Senior Manager Category Footwear (Product Development)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation

•    Independently manage all Development/Commercialization aspects of 1 or more Categories 
•    The designated representative of the Categories


Key Responsibilities

•    Lead a development/commercialization and tech team for one or more sport categories in ensuring that products consistently exceed customer expectations in respect to fit, comfort, design integrity, performance, perceived value, manufacturability and quality
•    Manage relationship with the factory development team leaders to continually upgrade sports category competence, development innovation capability, technical expertise and communication skills of factory direct development personnel
•    Oversees the direct development process between Headquarter/Creation Center Project Management and Tier 1 factory.    Manages the development of cohesive and customer focused cross functional teams (development, Tooling, Materials, and Costing) ensuring that product integrity and Create to Value is the paramount priority and focus
•    Exhibits “product eyes” and sports competence-have a feel for styling, product cosmetics, product construction and manufacturing technologies in order to influence and drive the overall product direction of the specific category(s) he/she manages
•    Make decisions within the defined development (physical or virtual prototypes) and commercialization scope for the categor(ies) being assigned
•    Day-to-day operational contact point for Digital Creation process 
•    Ensure Virtual proto created by the suppliers are a true representative of designers’ intent, and that Physical production is aligned with Virtual approved proto
•    Provide immediate guidance to T1 in the physical & digital creation process – investigate, resolve and escalate issues if required
•    Facilitate transfer process & ensure transfer package is complete
•    Lead a team and contribute to the achievement of team objectives
•    Give input to issuing directives in development, commercialization and related area
•    Influence HQ (Design, Marketing, Brand Ops, Quality) and external parties (Factory Development /Commericalization & Production) and drive change using principle centered vs policy driven with adi Dassler Standards as the center of focus in managing/solving conflicts
•    (For Digital Creation expert user): follow-up, investigate and resolve technical (3D) challenges with T1/ LO Development

Key Relationships 

•    HQ Product Teams (Design, Marketing, Brand Operations, PCT.)
•    Factory Head of Development, Factory Development teams, Factory Sample Room Head
•    Tier 2 material suppliers
•    Production Team Leader
•    Other GOPS/Sourcing functions –costing, Material, Planning, Product Testing, Quality/Lab
•    Senior Operations Manager


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

•    Good interpersonal and English communication skills
•    Ability to effectively interact with different departments (Marketing, Design, Factories) via phone, written communication and in person
•    Basic 3D knowledge and skills on virtual sample creation & engineering 
•    German or Chinese language knowledge an advantage
•    Have knowledge and expertise and can support LO/regional based projects within defined scope of production
•    Can lead projects with support/ training in project management skills
•    Exposure to leading and managing cross functional team (direct & in-direct) including dev/comm, Tooling, Costing, Materials/Lab
•    Coach and support direct reports to further their skills, capability and management competencies
•    Good understanding of costing principles and process; ability to decipher cost breakdown related to products


Requisite Education and Qualifications

•    University degree preferably on shoe making or industrial engineering
•    Min 7 years production or development experience in Footwear industry
•    Overseas work experiences a strong advantage
•    Passion and interest in athletic competition, sports or fitness related activities
•    5-7+ years combined experience in at least 2 functions:  Production, development/commercialization, materials development/science or costing
•    Experience in footwear manufacuturing and creation areas such as pattern engineering, mold making, grading, materials processing

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Job Title:  Senior Manager Category Footwear (Product Development)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Guangzhou
TEAM:  Sourcing
State:  GD
Country/Region:  CN
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  394009
Date:  Jan 15, 2022