Senior Manager Finance Strategy and Programs - Focus on Finance Communication (f/m/d)



This is a key in-house strategy position for an organized, passionate, and goal-oriented future leader who is a communication expert with a passion for numbers and a great storyteller with an eye for detail. The position holder needs to see the big picture what initiatives have in common, and their strategic role in how organizations succeed, learn and change. The position holder will together with the Director Head Office Finance shape and manage the CFO´s agenda and activities by working on special CFO assignments, answering ad hoc requests, alignment with other functions, research, content preparation and event management of meetings, develop presentations and internal communication The position holder will have the opportunity to interact with the most senior leaders across the Finance organization. This role will report to the Director Head Office Finance Director CFO Office who will provide a close mentoring environment to rapidly accelerate the development of the position holder.


Key Responsibilities:


  • Own and drive Finance internal communication efforts, like SharePoint and Yammer
  • Support the development of internal and external executive level presentations and reports
  • Own and organize internal meetings and events
  • Drive and establish corporate governance principles and establish working routines for SLT team through agenda, meeting structure, meeting minutes and adequate follow up.
  • Support existing decision bodies to ensure the strategic initiative portfolio and overall project portfolio is synchronized with the Group’s strategic direction.
  • Synthesize results of quantitative and qualitative research and analysis into implications or recommendations, provide insight on complex issues to support Board decision making.
  • Develop effective working relationships with very senior, internal clients.
  • Manage Strategy & Programs departmental activities
  • Contribute to the success of the overall department by facilitating the achievement of the department objectives, building organizational credibility, and enabling team collaboration.


Key Relationships: 


  • VP Finance Strategy and Programs
  • Director Head Office Finance
  • CFO and Finance SLT (Senior Leadership Team)
  • All Finance teams relevant for respective tasks e.g. Commercial Finance and Group Planning & Reporting, IR, Accounting, Corporate & GOPS Finance
  • Internal Communication team responsible for Global Finance & GBS
  • Finance project initiative leads and delegates


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


Soft skills:

  • Excellent communication and change management skills
  • Outstanding analytical, research, and presentation skills, an ability to synthesize large sets of data and integrate into meaningful reports and recommendations
  • Strong persuasion and convincing others skills and ability to influence and work within the organization
  • Critical thinking and an ability to execute on the details independently
  • Organized and structured approach to problem and tasks
  • Strong interpersonal and team building skills
  • Diplomacy, poise, maturity and empathy
  • Comfort with ambiguity, flexibility, tenacity, eagerness to learn
  • Ability to work well under pressure and act in utmost confidentiality with sensitive leadership information


Hard skills:

  • Strong internal communication, (visual) storytelling skills
  • Strong change and event management skills
  • Superior technical skills (e.g. Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint)
  • Good facility with numbers, solid grip on strategic and financial fundamentals
  • Fluency in English, German is an advantage
  • International, cross-functional and intercultural experience
  • Knowledge of the Finance and IT function is preferred



Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:   


  • 6+ years cross functional experience preferably at a large, multinational company
  • Relevant university degree, ideally MBA
  • Experience in internal communication
  • Top quartile performance within peer group throughout education and career


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 Finance Strategy and Programs - Focus on Finance Communication (f/m/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Accounting & Finance
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  381808
Date:  Jan 15, 2022