Senior Director, Sourcing Operations

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization: 

  • Drive Sourcing’s vision to be the Most Agile, Most Competitive, Most Digitalized & Cleanest Supply Base in the industry.
  • Develop, implement, and manage sourcing strategies in the respective country in order to meet the company objectives relating to quality, volume, delivery, and cost of sourced products.
  • Build relationships with and support implementation of key initiatives in supply partners in order to achieve desired performance outcomes.
  • Build relationships and close collaboration with Market stakeholders to ensure sourcing strategy and capability delivers against market requirements
  • Oversee budget, personnel, and office operations for the country where applicable.


Key Responsibilities: 

  • Implement sourcing strategies within assigned location in order to meet the company objectives relating to quality, volume, delivery, and cost of sourced products.
  • Build and maintain business relationships between adidas Sourcing, its key factories, and suppliers are maintained at the highest level of trust and integrity.
  • Implement Supply Performance Framework (“SPIKE”) within the assigned location to ensure the company secures, maintains, and supports the highest quality vendors available.
  • Build and maintain relationships between adidas Sourcing and key Market stakeholders ensuring a high degree of trust and integrity, in order to achieve desired performance outcomes
  • Manage risks (e.g., political, economic, strategic, etc.) likely to impact business operations in the source locations.
  • Ensure implementation of company policy for all operations (Quality, Delivery, Costing, Development, Planning/Ordering/Shipping, Materials)
  • Ensure lead times provided by suppliers are in line with Sourcing’s objectives for speed-tomarket.
  • Ensure supply partners meet company expectations/targets for social and environmental topics.
  • Ensure all operations comply with relevant local laws (general and labour) and respect basic human rights, health, and safety of all employees and the environment.
  • Work closely with other Sourcing teams to apply and reinforce best practices, standards, and disciplines in the location.
  • Develop strong relationships with the relevant Creation Centres to ensure the sourcing strategy is fully aligned with the needs of the adidas. 
  • Ensure right level of collaboration and capabilities in Digital, Development, and Manufacturing in Tier1 supply partners.
  • Form and maintain the appropriate organizational structures for end-to-end process performance. Identify and develop future talent, and ensure appropriate leadership skills are present at every level through effective motivation, coaching, training, and development of direct reports and teams in the location
  • Maintain adidas’ public image at the highest possible level through professionalism, integrity, and contribution to the local community.
  • Role model leadership to foster a culture of Diversity Equity & Inclusion that strives for an inclusive workplace.
  • Develop and coach team to ensure the best standards of performance, appropriate skillsets and strong succession plans are in place.


Key Partnership: 

  • Global Sourcing
  • Global Brands
  • Product Operations
  • Regional Market Key stakeholder
  • Other Global Function team: Social and Environmental Affairs / Government Affairs
  • Sourcing Supply Partners


Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Breadth of management experiences across various industries (especially sourcng & manufacturing)
  • Strong conceptual thinking and business acumen
  • Strong influencing and communication skills (written and spoken)
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken)
  • Strong MS Office Skills
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to lead multidimensional teams.


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • University degree in engineering or a technical field (e.g., materials science, chemistry, physics, etc.) or non-technical field coupled with relevant work experiences.
  • Minimum 12+ years of relevant business experience and 5+ years of people management experience
  • Willingness to travel frequently (including internationally)


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 Director, Sourcing Operations

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Shanghai
TEAM:  Sourcing
State:  SH
Country/Region:  CN
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  506166
Date:  Feb 6, 2024