Senior Manager Materials Development Apparel, Creation Center Tokyo-Development

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation:

Provide support to the MDI team by establishing relevant business intelligence for apparel materials which allows educated decision-making. Lead and support the continuous improvement and evolvement of internal processes within MDI. Represent the MDI team on Management level in PDX.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with cross-functional business partners (Marketing/Development/Design) to identify strategic Material Management information needs and develop tools and reports that enable Product teams to make fact based, faster material and product decisions.
  • Establish and provide regular Material Market relevant trend data as well as macroeconomic trends and developments.
  • Develop and execute regular in depth reporting of material management data focusing on material usage reports across our key material types (leather, synthetic and textiles) and categories.
  • Provide material related risk management analysis by category and lead all activities on proactive risk management by taken relevant decisions on material/supplier changes.
  • Drive the department internal process management and continuous improvement of all material development processes globally.
  • Represent the MDI team in cross-functional initiatives and projects.
  • Ensure the existing System Landscape supports material and product development processes.
  • Work with the relevant IT owners and COE teams to ensure alignment between systems and process needs.
  • Create, maintain and communicate the MDI relevant timelines. Ensure representation of MDI key milestones in Product Creation Calendars.
  • Represent the Senior Management of MDI in the US and be the point person for Management discussions and decisions relevant for the US teams
  • Manage the Budget for the PDX Apparel MDI team.


Key Relationships:

  • Design
  • Marketing
  • Sourcing
  • BOPS
  • CoE Brand Operations
  • External Supply Base Partners
  • Performance Management


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent analytical, planning and organizational skills
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to work with people at all hierarchy levels in an organization
  • Ability to lead project teams and implement change at a global level
  • Certified Lean Specialist or Six Sigma Green Belt an advantage
  • Ability to approach projects both operationally and analytically
  • Experience synthesizing and packaging complex analyses and delivering easy-to-interpret results to senior leadership
  • Experience in working with multiple stakeholders and liaising with Business and IT partners; experience building relationships & partnerships across functions
  • Ability to cope with change, make decisions and act comfortably with risk and uncertainty.
  • Ability to effectively communicate (both written and verbal) and to lead discussions in small and larger groups



Requisite Education and Experience/ Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's degree in Textile Sciences, Textile Engineering/Technology, Design or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive work experience in material research and/or development


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Job Title:  Senior Manager Materials Development Apparel, Creation Center Tokyo-Development

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Tokyo
TEAM:  Product Development
State:  13
Country/Region:  JP
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  500519
Date:  Apr 3, 2024