Director Procurement - Marketing

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:


The Global Non-Trade Procurement team is creating value for adidas by delivering opportunities beyond sustainable negotiation success. As a strategic business partner, we provide market insights and trends to our global stakeholders. Stakeholder Management, Sourcing Management, Category Management and Supplier Management can be considered as our main areas of activity. This position is in Shanghai, responsible for supporting the implementation of procurement best practices within respective categories, including (below mentioned focus areas which are not exhaustive):

• Execution of procurement activities for respective categories in alignment with the line manager and relevant business partners

• Support the implementation of category strategies for the responsible categories

• Deliver towards the committed annual Non-Trade Procurement ambitions (e.g., negotiation success)

• Definition, commitment, and realization of goals, in alignment with the SVP GCA finance/ CPO and the overall Non- Trade Procurement targets, as well as with the respective business stakeholders

• Managerial responsibility for your respective Non-Trade Procurement area


Stakeholder Management

• Act as the Single Point of Contact (e.g., escalations) for a dedicated adidas business area in context of all Non-Trade Procurement related topics

• Actively partner up with appointed stakeholders to effectively build business relationships enabling them to achieve their business targets

• Drive demand intake within NTP and provide regular status updates to your stakeholder

• Understand and manage business needs and address solutions

• Manage and challenge business expectations in line with Category strategies and policies

• Take full responsibility to drive project pipelines to achieve negotiation success ambitions


Sourcing Management

• Lead and/or execute large sized sourcing projects (e.g. (e-)RfX, Single Source, risk assessment, supplier base assessment, internal and external analysis) in alignment with the Category Strategy

• Engage with respective stakeholders and suppliers in context of the sourcing event

• Perform contract administration activities (local/global) and manage contract compliance

 • Negotiate large sized contracts up to final authorization

• Participate in regular Category strategy upskilling sessions


 Category Management

• Drive and lead the development of global strategies (large sized categories) to address business needs incl. risk and supplier base assessment)

• Market Trends: Perform a comprehensive market research to understand the current and potential future market trends and new innovations related to service scope of the category

• Internal Requirements: Follow-up with Business Stakeholder Managers on a global level to obtain current and future needs of their stakeholders to consider in their category strategy development

• Leads category council meetings on a regular basis including upskilling of Sourcing Managers

• Add, update, and maintain all category relevant information (e.g., Supplier Rostering) in the Non-Trade Procurement Database

• Benchmark category practices to identify initiatives for improvement and drive innovative approaches

• Define P2P and buying channel strategies, identify and consider automation potential • Act as an advisor/escalation point for category (large sized) related issues towards Sourcing colleagues and drive resolution in line with global Procurement policies

• Takes full responsibility of consolidation and communication of category achievements (financial or other) People Management

• Manage resource planning and have full responsibility in recruiting process

• Implements resource plans, including conducting recruitment interviews

• Facilitates selection, assessment and on-boarding processes, and internal resource allocation

• Contributes to transitioning of resources, complying with relevant statutory or external regulations and codes of good practice

• Ensures appropriate leadership skills are present at every level through creating a motivational and supportive work environment in which employees are coached, trained and provided with career opportunities through development

• Allocates the different work to the respective employees considering experience, complexity, workload and organizational efficiency

• Continuously monitors and evaluates team workload and organizational efficiency, analysis team feedback and makes appropriate changes to meet business needs

• Provides team members/direct reports with clear direction and targets that are aligned with business needs and the Non-Trade Procurement objectives

• Responsible for performance assessment

• Supports team members development areas / upskilling needs


Supplier Management

• Act as Point of contact for assigned key supplier(s)

• Lead supplier development activities based on supplier partner management strategy • Set-up cross-functional review meetings with key suppliers in order to improve performance and further cost reductions

• Develop and nurture relationship with supplier to explore further capabilities and drive future innovation

• Communicate any updates from key suppliers towards the Procurement organization • Monitor the performance of the key suppliers, including key performance optimization such as

• fulfillment towards their contractual agreement

• benchmarking according to industry standards

• managing risks

• Identify and drive potential contract improvement opportunities

• Establish regular Business Review meetings together with the key supplier

• Act as Advisor for Stakeholder/Category Manager related to key strategic suppliers


Key Relationships:

• Internal: Finance, Non-Trade Procurement team, Global Business Services teams, Key Business Stakeholder Functions, Key Business Partners (Legal, etc.), Executives

• External: Suppliers: Executives, Key Account Managers & Legal Counsel


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Advanced knowledge in strategic sourcing and procurement methodologies, business partnering and category management (4 steps strategic sourcing, TCO, fact-based negotiations, life cycle of products/services etc.)

• Experience across indirect spend categories, especially on marketing categories

• Expertise knowledge of procurement tools and data, content, and automation (ARIBA e-sourcing, ARIBA P2P, e-catalogues, buying channels, etc.).

• Proven expertise streamlining and improving procurement processes and systems, development of procurement category strategies

• Strong track record of delivering sustainable savings with bottom line impact

• Strong ability to analyze data, specifications, and influence demand

• Experience in developing business cases to support investments

• Experience in working with procurement shared service centers

• Capability to independently interact throughout the adidas organization and to work with virtual teams

• Strong analytical, presentation, communication, interpersonal and influencing skills

• Ability to operate at pace and respond positively to change

• Action oriented and solution minded team player with high degree of self-management

• Proficiency in MS Office and ARIBA Sourcing

• Fluent in English, to a business standard, spoken and written, additional language skills are advantageous Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: • A degree from an accredited college or university with emphasis on the areas of business, economics, finance, procurement or legal, or comparable professional education

• Minimum 8+ years’ experience in a procurement role, minimum 5 years’ experience in a strategic procurement position (manager level or above) with project/strategic sourcing experience and knowledge of category management practices; strong experience across all stages of supplier selection, negotiation and contracting.

• Experience in a global / matrix structure, working with shared service centers is desired

• Experience of managing and developing teams of a similar size

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:  Director Procurement - Marketing

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Shanghai
TEAM:  Accounting & Finance
State:  SH
Country/Region:  CN
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  513552
Date:  Jul 9, 2024