Senior Product Owner, Data Solution

General Purpose

As a Senior Product Owner of Data Solution at adidas Digital China Hub you are responsible for the quality and strategic impact of all initiatives to deliver cutting-edge data capability that can enable multiple use cases to drive better consumer experience and commercial benefit to the company. Together with cross function agile teams, you work on continuously improving and evolving the Data Solution (CDP) area, maximizing the value for the customer and the company.

Partnering with DIT and local china teams to define a robust product landscape, managing capability expansion increments and leading the teams towards definition of new functionalities & best practices are a few examples of the activities that will be expected from this role. Additionally, you will be key expert on all big data solutions in the china market and using that knowledge to support and enable the local business team to drive incremental revenue out of delivering digital experiences.


We believe in the benefits of working with an agile mindset, in an agile product team setup that fosters confidence, creativity and collaboration. That way we continuously deliver value in increments and move fast. Our cross-functional product teams are organized in product areas which form a digital domain – in this case Digital Analytics.


Key Responsibilities 

Scope:  Accountable for a wide range of products


Data Solution Strategy & Delivery

  • Be accountable for the success of the product area considering the value for the consumer and the company (ROI).
  • Define the mid to long-term vision and roadmap of the product area considering the value for the consumer and the company as well as its role and impact on the china digital ecosystem.
  • Be accountable for product delivery in line with the roadmap and committed delivery dates.
  • Identify and solve dependencies within and beyond your product area to ensure efficient delivery.

Stakeholder Management

  • Represent the business for the product area, fostering strong relationships with key global & local stakeholders to ensure that their views and requirements are captured in the product backlogs.
  • Act as the ambassador for your product area, showcasing the key functionalities, driving product adoption and assuring operational excellence together with IT peers.
  • Manage relationships outside the product area efficiently to ensure that the product teams can work autonomously.

Backlog Management

  • Drive the evolution of the product area backlogs in collaboration with the product teams.
  • Coach engineers and BAs in your area to ensure that the product teams are delivering the right enhancements to drive consumer and business value.
  • Influence backlog priorities in the own product area.
  • Influence dependent product backlogs from other product areas.


  • Be accountable for monitoring, optimization and enhancement of the configuration, features and functionalities related to the product area.
  • Ensure that objective data sources and feedback are used for the optimization of the product area. 

People Management

  • Lead team of internal and external resources effectively, identify and develop the future talents
  • Ensure appropriate leadership skills are present at every level by creating a motivational and supportive work environment in which employees are coached, trained and provided with career opportunities through development.
  • Continuously monitor and evaluate team workload and organizational efficiency with the support of data and team feedback and make appropriate changes in order to meet business needs.
  • Provide team members/direct reports with clear direction and targets that are aligned with business needs and local market’s objectives.


Key Relationships:

  • Local China business / IT teams
  • Global and Local Market teams
  • Global IT and Global Operations
  • Global and Local Sales organizations 
  • Group functions
  • External vendors 



Education & Experience

  • Master degree in computer science, Engineering, economics, applied statistical or comparable degree
  • 8+ years of professional experience in multi-national business environment, thereof 5+ year experience in a Digital and/or eCommerce environment as product owner in data domain
  • Solid hands on experience with big Data Solutions developed in large cloud computing infrastructures such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure or Google Cloud, with major big data technologies and frameworks including but not limited to HDFS, MapReduce, Spark, Hive, HBase, Cassandra and Elastic Search
  • In depth understanding of different phases of product development lifecycle and understanding of Agile Scrum processes, and able to provide technical requirement and ideally solution from an architect perspective
  • Strong SQL knowledge and general knowledge of data management, data governance, Knowledge of one additional programming language as Java, Scala, R, Python or C#
  • Knowledge and experience in online behavior data collection with one of the following solutions GA, AA, Sensors data
  • Data Science and Analytics experience is a plus (Machine Learning, Recommendation Engines, segmentations)
  • Experience in working with stakeholders and experts at various organizational levels
  • Experience in creating strong internal business cases to support investment and internal resource requests
  • Experience as a Product Owner in multiple product areas or domains


  • Ability to prioritize and delegate high numbers of tasks with varying workload and importance
  • Ability to handle ambiguity and untangle complex situations into actionable activities
  • High resilience and solution oriented attitude
  • Outstanding leadership skills and communication skills


  • In-depth big data platform domain knowledge
  • Expert knowledge of Agile working methods e.g. Scrum/Kanban
  • Comfortable working with enterprise-level platforms and technologies
  • In-depth understanding of digital IT products and capabilities
  • Fluent English and Chinese, both verbally and written
  • Familiarity with Alibaba Ecosystem and Tencent Ecosystem
  • Familiarity with upcoming Chinese Ecosystems and Platforms such as Tik Tok (Douyin)
  • Familiarity with online data tracking solutions (GA, AA, SensorsData)


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Job Title:  Senior Product Owner, Data Solution

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Shanghai
TEAM:  Digital
State:  SH
Country/Region:  CN
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  338708
Date:  Jun 11, 2021