Senior Manager Corporate Internal Audit (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization: 

This is an exciting position that will directly contribute to the Corporate Internal Audit (CIA) mission to provide independent, objective assurance to improve the effectiveness of business risk management, internal controls, and governance processes throughout adidas.  


The Senior Manager Internal Audit is tasked to lead assurance and advisory projects and report results to the CIA Senior Leadership Team, including the Chief Audit Officer. 


This position offers learning, development, and creation opportunities in an international environment within a multi-cultural, sports enthusiastic team that values inclusion and diversity. The team embraces change and innovation to support the company mission to be the best sports company in the world.  


Corporate Internal Audit team members are value-adding business partners focused on supporting adidas in creating a sound governance, risk and compliance framework which secures the achievement of strategic objectives. 


Key Responsibilities:  

  • Coordinate and execute independently all phases of audit projects i.e., planning, execution, completion & reporting, and follow-up. Lead and coach the project team to deliver quality, thorough and fact-based documentation of work performed throughout all deliverables. Review and sign-off on documentation and deliverables from more junior team members. 

  • Planning: Participate in audit risk assessments and scope definition; lead planning inquiry meetings and review relevant information in advance of project; define and align project scope and approach with Project Reviewer and CAO; establish project timelines and present project scope and approach through collaboration with audit entity management/key stakeholders. 

  • Fieldwork: Execute audit work programs timely; conclude with fair and objective results including audit rating; ensure timely delivery of detailed review and quality check of project team’s  work papers and documentation; continuously guide and develop  team members; update Project Reviewer and CAO on all key issues, and clear all coaching and development notes from working papers; update and validate observations and solutions with stakeholders (e.g. audit entity management and HQ functions); lead update meetings with project stakeholders. 

  • Completion & Reporting: Document and review detailed observations and recommendations; responsible for quality report/closing presentation content; review the audit rating, prepare and communicate the executive summary  to the Executive Board and Audit Committee; lead closing presentation to project sponsors and stakeholders and present topics of responsibility (e.g. audit rating); perform cross-review and quality check of completed deliverables as appropriate before submission to CIA management. 

  • Data Analytics (DA): Execute accurate and insightful data analytics through timely identification of; opportunities, data sources, data extraction and relevant analysis in consultation with DA team to provide greater audit assurance.  Support and role model DA awareness for project team members. This should also include visualization of results to deliver impactful and actionable data insights to key stakeholders 

  • Follow-up: Monitor the implementation of project recommendations. 

  • Continuously expand and upgrade knowledge and skills by utilizing resources such as reading materials and attending training workshops. 

  • Enhance day-to-day processes and suggest improvement opportunities, develop, and enhance internal audit tools (audit programs, testing templates), share best practices. 

  • Lead small-scale to medium-scale team initiatives (e.g., risk models, audit system updates, recruitment). 

  • Develop and provide guidance and advice for teams within the company, obtain breadth of understanding of key processes, systems, initiatives, and business models and continuously develop professional expertise.  

  • Develop expertise in assigned subject, involving staying alert of company-wide initiatives, process changes and organization changes. Leverage from experience and knowledge gathered throughout projects. Conduct training for team members and update audit work programs when required. 

  • Provide coaching and development feedback to project team members as part of each engagement. Act as a point of contact for more junior team members, involving onboarding of newcomers. 


Key Relationships:  

  • Senior Management and team members of the audit entities 

  • Global support functions including Sales, Brand, Finance, TECH, Human Resources, and Operations 

  • Key Governance functions: Risk Management, Policies & Internal Controls, Legal & Compliance 

  • Corporate Internal Audit team 


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:  

  • Solution-oriented, adaptable, self-motivated, driven and committed team player with integrity and perseverance. Able to accept and meet deadlines, involving effective time management capacity and sense of priorities and agility. 

  • Strong analytic capabilities to manage large volume of information from various sources (interviews, data) and derive meaningful observations. Experience with data analytics extremely beneficial. 

  • Strong interpersonal skills combined with a high degree of customer orientation; can adapt and navigate easily within a changing environment and complex organizations, able to connect with a variety of functions, audiences, management styles, or cultures and create/foster stakeholder relationships.  

  • Curious and growth mindset, keen to learn and approach subjects outside of comfort zone, able to think critically and bring in different perspectives.   

  • Comfortable to present and communicate in English effectively, both in writing and verbally.  

  • Additional language skills would be advantageous (e.g., German, Mandarin, Spanish, etc.). 

  • Mobile; business related travel up to 40% per year. 


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:  

  • University degree in a business-related discipline (e.g., Accounting/Controlling/Finance, Management, Business Administration, International Business etc.)  

  • 8+ years of assurance, advisory or consulting experience, preferably within multi-national organizations or professional services firms.  

  • Evidence of training or discipline specialization in consumer products industry, diverse sales channels and brands (e.g., Tech, Fraud, Supply Chain, Wholesale, Retail, eCommerce, Digital, Finance).  

  • Professional designations (e.g., CIA, CPA, CISA, CFE, etc.) preferred. 

adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Title:  Senior Manager Corporate Internal Audit (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Audit
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  446788
Date:  May 19, 2022