Senior Manager Diversity & Inclusion, Market EM

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization
Integrate diversity and inclusion as one of the D&I subject matter experts within Emerging Markets and South Africa to build an inclusive and diverse culture and workforce. Influence, design, implement and execute D&I programs. Support the development and execution of the Market Diversity and Inclusion strategy, messaging, and programs in alignment with HR strategy, People Strategy and the Global Diversity Team. 


Location :           Cape Town or Johannesburg

EE Status :         This is an Employment Equity Position


Key Responsibilities

  • Maintain and support diversity activities in the market, bringing together business units, HR, employee resource groups, leadership, and others to tell a holistic and unified story and activations
  • Support the execution and completion of Diversity and Inclusion programs from concept to launch. Working with the market lead to coordinate people, resources, and budget
  • Think nationally and x-functionally to support program scope, dependencies, and key partners to scale initiatives nationally
  • Partner with business units, talent acquisition leaders, and HR business partners to identify and design programs focused on expanding recruiting, employee development and diversity educational programs
  • Drive partnerships and alignment of internal and external programs and campaigns focused on an inclusive culture and championing diversity
  • Provide support for all employee resource group needs to ensure a balance of voices and highlights for key moments
  • Support messaging and storytelling architecture that captures a clear and consistent vision for the company around diversity, while allowing for distinct storytelling opportunities
  • Support implementation of initiatives with overall HR & People strategy; drive regular status reporting & follow-up


From a South Africa focus

  • Collect and analyze statistical data to evaluate the country’s population vs company’s workforce in accordance with diversity standards and goals
  • Work collaboratively with the Diversity and Inclusion Committees to keep track of diversity plans, goals and metrics
  • Acts as company liaison with government agencies concerning affirmative action and equal employment opportunities
  • Reviewing the organization’s workplace, policies and procedures, ensuring that these are all inclusive and non-discriminatory
  • Lead the D&I committee within SA in accordance with the Employment Equity requirements, submitting all necessary data and plans on an annual basis
  • Liaise and collaborate with the global diversity team to bring the global diversity vision to life in the market, creating synergies around initiatives, events and trainings within Emerging markets


Key Relationships

  • Employee Resource Groups
  • Talent Acquisition leaders 
  • HR Business Partners
  • Internal & External Communications 
  • Global Events
  • External suppliers/guest speakers
  • Managers & Employees
  • Non-profits, diversity organizations, local government organizations
  • Agencies
  • Global diversity and inclusion team
  • Local Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • EM Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • adidas South Africa Leadership team


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong project management skills & ability to coordinate cross-functional project teams from concept to implementation, ideally on a national scale
  • Ability to partner with Global D&I and integrate diversity and inclusion within the market with the ability to move fast, navigate ambiguity, and collectively make an impact
  • A team-oriented and skilled diversity and inclusion practitioner with demonstrated ability to influence, design, implement and execute programs
  • Ability to excel in both strategic and tactical thinking & executing
  • Customer/Consumer focus, end-to-end thinker
  • Service-minded and global thinking, networker
  • Integrator, able to consider multiple perspectives
  • Cross-functional and intercultural experience
  • Excellent Interpersonal and communication skills  Proven passion for the topics of diversity & inclusion, workplace culture and social impact


Requisite Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in human resources or related field required
  • At least 8+ years’ experience specializing in Diversity and Inclusion Programs, equal employment opportunity, affirmative action measures
  • Track record in Project management and change management, preferably on a global scale
  • Experience designing and leading employee facing programs and trainings from concept to launch 
  • Experience working with Employee Resource Groups and helping embed inclusion programs into the fabric of the culture

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 Diversity & Inclusion, Market EM

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Cape Town
TEAM:  Human Resources
State:  WC
Country/Region:  ZA
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  326663
Date:  May 4, 2021