Solution Architect(m/f/d) - SAP Planning

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization

We are looking for an experienced Solution Architect to join our adidas team in Herzogenaurach. As a member of central Tech team “Engineering SAP & Corporate - Planning” you will use your experience and knowledge to design, build, improve and own technical capabilities of our global “Integrated Planning” Product Area solutions with a focus on data warehousing, modeling and integration. In your role you will work in close collaboration with challenging and fast paced SAP S/4HANA transformation and BI Data Lake implementation programs.


Key Responsibilities

Specialist advice

  • Actively maintains knowledge in one or more identifiable specialisms
  • Provides detailed and specific advice regarding the application of their specialism(s) to the organization's planning and operations
  • Recognizes and identifies the boundaries of their own specialist knowledge
  • Collaborates with other specialists, where appropriate, to ensure advice given is appropriate to the needs of the organization


  • Within given research goals, builds on and refines appropriate outline ideas for research, including evaluation, development, demonstration and implementation
  • Applies standard methods to collect and analyses quantitative and qualitative data
  • Creates research reports to communicate research methodology and findings and conclusions.
  • Contributes sections of material of publication quality
  • Uses available resources to update knowledge of any relevant field and curates a personal collection of relevant material
  • Participates in research communities

Emerging technology monitoring

  • Supports monitoring of the external environment and assessment of emerging technologies to evaluate the potential impacts, threats and opportunities to the organization.
  • Contributes to the creation of reports, technology road mapping and the sharing of knowledge and insights.

Solution architecture

  • Contributes to the development of solution architectures in specific business, infrastructure or functional areas.
  • Identifies and evaluates alternative architectures and the trade-offs in cost, performance and scalability.
  • Produces specifications of cloud-based or on-premises components, tiers and interfaces, for translation into detailed designs using selected services and products.
  • Supports a change program or project through the preparation of technical plans and application of design principles that comply with enterprise and solution architecture standards (including security).

Requirements definition and management

  • Defines and manages scoping, requirements definition and prioritization activities for small-scale changes and assists with more complex change initiatives.
  • Follows agreed standards, applying appropriate techniques to elicit and document detailed requirements.
  • Provides constructive challenge to stakeholders as required.
  • Prioritizes requirements and documents traceability to source.
  • Reviews requirements for errors and omissions.
  • Provides input to the requirements base-line.
  • Investigates, manages and applies authorized requests for changes to base-lined requirements, in line with change management policy.

Software design

  • Undertakes complete design of moderately complex software applications or components applying agreed standards, patterns and tools
  • Assists as part of a team in the design of components of larger software systems
  • Specifies user and/or system interfaces
  • Creates multiple design views to address the concerns of the different stakeholders of the design and to handle separately functional and non-functional requirements
  • Assists in the evaluation of options and trade-offs
  • Collaborates in reviews of work with others as appropriate

Programming/software development

  • Designs, codes, verifies, tests, documents, amends and refactors moderately complex programs/scripts
  • Applies agreed standards and tools, to achieve a well-engineered result
  • Collaborates in reviews of work with others as appropriate

 Data modelling and design

  • Applies data analysis, design, modelling, and quality assurance techniques, based upon a detailed understanding of business processes, to establish, modify or maintain data structures and associated components (entity descriptions, relationship descriptions, attribute definitions)
  • Advises database designers and other application development team members on the details of data structures and associated components

Database design

  • Develops and maintains specialist knowledge of database and data warehouse concepts, design principles, architectures, software and facilities
  • Assesses proposed changes to object/data structures, in order to evaluate alternative options
  • Implements physical database designs to support transactional data requirements for performance and availability
  • Implements data warehouse designs that support demands for business intelligence and data analytics


 Systems integration and build

  • Defines the software modules needed for an integration build and produces a build definition for each generation of the software
  • Accepts completed software modules, ensuring that they meet defined criteria
  • Produces software builds from software source code for loading onto target hardware
  • Configures the hardware and software environment as required by the system being integrated
  • Produces integration test specifications, conducts tests and records and reports on outcomes
  • Diagnoses faults and records and reports on the results of tests. Produces system integration reports

If required: People Management / Resource Management:

  • May be involved and gives some input on hiring Transition decisions
  • 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 with the support of IT systems, data and analysis and 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 GIT objectives

Key Relationships:

  • Global IT
  • Respective business function (GOPS, Finance, Brand Marketing, Sales)
  • HR Management
  • Controlling

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Four-year college or university degree with focus on Business Administration or IT or related areas, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • At least 5-year experience in IT
  • 2 years of experience in relevant area
  • Very good understanding of relevant data integration technologies, e.g. CPI-DS, BW-capabilities, SLT, SDA, SDI, OData, REST
  • Hands-on experience in at least one of the following SAP Planning technologies: BW-IP, BPC or SAP Analytics Cloud
  • Understanding of SAP HANA architecture and data modeling
  • Strong communication skills
  • Proficient spoken and written command of English
  • Participated in projects with people from other functions/markets
  • Understanding of different culture

Nice to Have:

  • Practical experience in SaaS planning platforms, esp. in case of integration with on-premise applications
  • Up to date with technology trends - especially in the SAP context. Own educated opinion on modern SAP planning platforms
  • Experience in Big Data technologies and Advanced Analytics



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Job Title:  Solution Architect(m/f/d) - SAP Planning

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Information Technology
State:  BW
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  361749
Date:  Nov 26, 2021