Senior Manager Technical Development Apparel, BU Outdoor (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation

Leads and manages a team of product developers in th

e creation and commercialization of assigned products. Actively monitors development calendars to ensure deadlines, costing KPIs and quality standards are met. Acts as an advocate for product integrity by working closely with cross functional creation center teams as well as all related support services.


Key Responsibilities

•    Work with the cross functional team to understand the consumer and focus activity and translate findings into performance apparel development, construction and testing requirements.
•    Work as part of a cross-functional team to agree and manage the creation process agreeing alignment sessions and handovers in line with seasonal calendar.
•    Communicate all necessary development information to Leadership Teams, Marketing, Design, Suppliers and LO/OC to ensure the effective and efficient creation of outstanding product  
•    Manage handover from design to T1 to ensure that all information provided to T1 is complete. Manage T1 feedback to design and marketing and incorporate where performance, quality or cost can be improved without sacrificing product aesthetics  
•    Ensure timely and accurate data entry by T1 regarding AD/BOM, costing or other data as required at calendar milestones
•    Evaluate all prototypes for compliance with AD, manage fit approval/size specification, approval of color, accessories and materials. Manage comments to T1
•    Supervise the costing process to achieve the best possible cost throughout the creation process for owned models and team’s models. Ensure target price and product designs are aligned through predictive costing. Review, validate and approve T1 costing information throughout the entire creation process. Ensure compliance to agreed standards. Negotiate with T1 as needed 
•    Research innovation from market or supply chain as far as garment construction, pattern/fit, embellishment, trims. Work cross functionally with Advanced Teams, Sourcing Teams and T1/T2 to implement into product creation
•    Drive and execute key initiatives and provide input to short, mid and long-term planning and budgeting
•    Coordinate with Sourcing Strategy Team, Outdoor Global Planning and the Head of Apparel Development to review product needs and to determine appropriate sourcing direction based on quality, delivery and price.  Input into the seasonal pre-allocation process based on service and product needs
•    Ensure continuous product and process improvement with emphasis on Product Excellence and Right First Time development of products in accordance with the operating calendars
•    Be responsible for Buy Ready performance through strong interfaces with Marketing, Design, Materials Development, Pattern, Logistics and Sourcing (Technical Services, Materials, Merchandising and Production)
•    Be responsible for monitoring and continuously improving workload and organizational efficiency with the support of IT-systems, data and analysis
•    Provide direction and inspire the team to ensure both the creation and commercialization processes are synergized with focus on results
•    Allocate/delegate the different products/projects to the respective development team members considering experience, product complexity and workload
•    Provide team with clear direction, projects and targets that are aligned with business needs and Outdoor objectives
•    Create a motivational and supportive work environment in which employees are challenged, coached, trained and provided with career opportunities



Key Relationships

•    Marketing
•    Design
•    Sourcing ( Brand Strategy, Merchandising, Costing, Materials, Tech Services)
•    POPS (Materials, Costing, Pattern)
•    GSP and SCI
•    T1/T2


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

•    Ability to translate consumer preferences and activity requirements into technical apparel constructions
•    Knowledge of outdoor performance material construction and related testing
•    Knowledge of wear and physical product testing for outdoor sports
•    Knowledge of production garment construction and manufacturing, relating to outdoor performance garments
•    Strong communication (both written and verbal) and facilitation (small and large groups) skills 
•    Ability to deliver effective and persuasive presentations on complex topics to diverse audiences
•    Ability to think strategically, anticipate and define problems, synthesize complex data and develop innovative solutions
•    Ability to think end-to-end with a global mindset
•    Ability to manage through change, make decisions and act comfortably with risk and uncertainty
•    Ability to provide a clear framework for performance to direct reports
•    Ability to coach, guide, manage and develop a team
•    Good understanding of sourcing allocation impact on product from a quality and cost perspective
•    Fluent in English (written and spoken) 
•    Strong IT skills ( MS office, PDM, CAD )
•    Travel, domestic and international as required by business needs


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications

•    Four-year college or university degree with emphasis on clothing technology and/or manufacturing 
•    Minimum 5 years of progressive work experience in outdoor garment industry in a development / creation / production focused role 
•    2–3 years of experience managing a team

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Job Title:  Senior Manager Technical Development Apparel, BU Outdoor (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  270409
Date:  Dec 29, 2020