Senior Manager Materials Operations FW


Leads an innovative product and customer-focused Materials team in the source country based on company mission and values


Key Responsibilities:


  • Provide Vision to suppliers for the type of materials / components we want to pursue in the future and on key strategic initiatives such as complexity reduction, Lean, Vendor and Material consolidation, etc.


  • Finding and developing new innovative products in line with company strategic direction.
  • Monitor technical and fashion trends affecting footwear industry and communicate them to product teams.
  • Collaborate with HQ, LO, and aIT teams to identify material directions and partner with suppliers to develop innovative new materials that bring value to our consumers.

Supplier Management

  • Ensure that new suppliers are released following MSMOG guidelines and that constant updates of standards (A01, NDA, SoE, SOPs, etc) are provided to all T2s.
  • Provide forecast information on time and accurately. Understand supplier’s capacity and limitations in order to ensure that materials are delivered timely. Track supplier’s delivery performance.
  • Build loyal, mutually beneficial strategic partnerships by understanding the needs and organization of suppliers. Organize their catalogues on the LO library and facilitate their participation on HQ fairs.
  • Build effective communication between adidas, Tier 1, and Tier 2 suppliers and lead supply chain initiatives to optimize material sourcing.
  • Promote regional Tier-2 suppliers to invest in LO based countries (localization!)
  • Develop and implement strategies to support a well-balanced allocation of business among Tier 2 suppliers in the region in order to minimize risk and ensure competitive pricing.
  • Identifies opportunities to improve efficiency in material selections and supply chain to reduce business complexity.
  • Collaborate on the execution of Overall Supplier Effectiveness (OSE) program by collecting reliable data from all factories.


  • Active role in supervising commodity pricing
  • Provide input to Costing on material costing trends
  • Provide preliminary costing information to Costing for new innovations.
  • Negotiate and finalize final production material costs for new materials.
  • Enter and maintain material costs in PDM database.

Personnel & Development management

  • Trains and coaches personnel ensuring that skill levels are raised, accountabilities are defined, and career development opportunities are provided.
  • Take an active role in driving engagement.
  • Provide the framework for performance.


  • Collaborate with LO lab to maintain material test results be updated in PDM database.
  • Collaborate with LO lab to communicate all adidas required environmental and legal regulations and ensures their implementation with Tier 1 and Tier 2 suppliers.


Key Relationships: 

  • T-1 and T-2 vendors.
  • Global and Local Material Managers as well as Material Costing Team.



  • Knowledge on Footwear Materials manufacturing process, special features, key physical properties of each material type and adidas requirements per use purpose.
  • Understand material policy, supporting material data base maintained.
  • Management experience, including leading, developing and motivating people and building effective team.
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills.
  • Strategic thinking.
  • Strong business sense.
  • Strong planning & organizing skills.
  • Pro-active approach and thinking outside of the box.
  • Fluent in English(Written and Spoken)


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree (BA or BS) from four-year College or university, preferably in material-related science.
  • Minimum 5 years experience in footwear industry and 3 years in Materials.

Understanding of technical and functional footwear processes.

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Job Title:  Senior Manager Materials Operations FW

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Guangzhou
TEAM:  Sourcing
State:  44
Country/Region:  CN
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  318428
Date:  Apr 7, 2021