Senior Project Manager - Innovation Management (m/f/d)


This is a key in-house strategy position for an organized, passionate and goal-oriented future leader who understands how a product related innovation portfolio is identified, prioritized, managed & implemented in a cross-functional stakeholder landscape.

  • Drive major product related innovation projects across functions
  • Manage (senior) stakeholders relationship and secure buy-ins to project deliverables
  • Furthering project management capabilities and knowledge management of the team
  • Uphold and represent Innovation Management with (senior) stakeholders


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Lead and drive overall innovation project(s)  and workstreams deliverables (e.g. project planning, milestones execution and monitoring)  in alignment with strategic direction
  • Manage cross-functional project teams & provide clear direction and project targets aligned with business needs
  • Identify business opportunities through development of new capabilities, and align and balance cross-divisions’ interest
  • Manage effective and timely communication on project progress and results to sponsors and senior management
  • Lead interpretation of project results and translate into insights to steer the project successfully
  • Effectively deploy project management toolkit across innovation projects and workstreams to ensure high quality and consistency of deliverables
  • Coach and Manage activities of (assistant) project managers and business analysts
  • Manage Advanced Creation – Innovation Management departmental activities (e.g. knowledge sharing and employer branding)


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

Soft skills:

  • End-to-end mindset, big picture view of problems on hand
  • Engaging, empathic open and react to feedbacks and improve
  • Highly self-motivated individuals
  • Independently manage portfolio of tasks and handle upward communication proactively
  • Change management skills of influencing network of stakeholders
  • Coaching experience
  • Willingness to travel

Hard skills:

  • Proven track records on wide areas of tools (e.g. Project planning, process mapping, enterprise solutions, Excel analytics, etc.)
  • Solid presentation and storytelling skills
  • Discipline in planning time management and organization skills 
  • Project management certification preferred (e.g. Lean Six Sigma, PMP)

People management skills:

  • Manage project teams
  • Coach junior team members through providing feedbacks to support the development and performance of the team
  • Drive and manage onboarding
  • Support recruiting
  • Fosters a team culture that encourages trust, open and constructive discussion of important issues


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. Minimum 6 years of relevant work experience in multi-national company environment (e.g. top tier consulting, project management, apparel/fashion, or supply chain management, background)
  2. Within which 1-2 years of relevant project leadership, team management experiences
  3. University degree, PMP and lean sigma certification preferred

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 Project Manager - Innovation Management (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  310648
Date:  Mar 24, 2021