Design Operations Manager - Creative Direction (m/f/d)



As part of the Head Office team you will maintain oversight of all priorities within Creative Direction to drive SLT towards prioritizing and executing against our brand strategy. Manage key projects within the Brand portfolio with clear focus on milestone achievement and deployment to the business.





Support Brand Creative Director in creating all documents required for their 1:1 meetings with other Board Members, manage their presentations to the overall Executive Board.


COMMUNICATION: Manage and provide day to day content and analysis and support project communication with stakeholders. Support project communication with stakeholders. Prepare communication, presentations to Steering Board, Sponsors and stakeholders.


NETWORK: Establish network to key functions to enable constant information flow across Creative Direction, Design and other relevant functions.


SYSTEMS: Define system needs within project framework. Manage implementation into inline systems.


PROJECT CHARTER/ OBJECTIVES: Manage project charter and objectives based on framework, within given budget in collaboration with Director Projects


RESOURCES/ BUDGET:  Manage, coordinate direct and/or indirect reports and /or project resources, including budget management (where applicable).


PURPOSE: Drive, manage and implement cross- functional projects with wider impact to the organization/ increased complexity/scope ensuring successful execution and generation of expected benefits. Constantly foster and identify areas to creation of synergies, best practices and/or innovative approaches to existing processes. 


PROJECT MANAGEMENT: Drive and manage the rollout implementation of cross-functional projects and subprojects within defined project framework and contribute significantly to global programs /projects, assuring proper set-up of processes as well as end-to-end process support, as needed. Analyze and report and document project/program performance development, best practices and analysis among respective functions, identified internally or based on competitor research. Support the development of concept/methodology for future rollout and sustainable impact.


PROCESS: Manage and implement business process within project framework. Support integration into inline process. Provide operational, process and organizational management support to superior and team.





Depending on scope/type of project but in general:


  • Creative Direction and Design (Leadership) teams
  • Brand Senior Leadership Team
  • Brand and Design HO Network
  • Finance
  • Global Operations
  • Marketing Operations & Business Development
  • Sales (Wholesale, Retail, eCom)
  • Global IT
  • Human Resources




  • Communication skills that are clear, concise, logical
  • Portfolio and Project Management experience
  • Product experience (product marketing, design or development)
  • Strong presentation, planning and analytical skills.
  • Digital savvy, experience with Portfolio/Project management tools
  • Credible expertise and attitude in interacting with creative resources
  • Innovative mind – can develop innovative solutions to varied range of problems


Language skills

  • English: fluent
  • Another European language advantageous


IT skills

  • Outlook:              Advanced
  • Word:                   Basic
  • Excel:                   Advanced
  • PowerPoint:       Advanced
  • SmartSheet:      Basic
  • OneNote:            Basic




  • University degree or equivalent education required.
  • Minimum 8 years of experience in job or job function.
  • Cross-functional experience, ideally within marketing and sales on a Market level
  • Global mindset and ability to work cross-culturally; experience within different countries and/or different cultures


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Job Title:  Design Operations Manager - Creative Direction (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Design
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  379408
Date:  Jan 10, 2022