VP Athlete Science (m/f/d)



Lead and steer a multi-disciplinary expert team to discover, support, and deliver sport credibility as part of a cross-functional innovation team. Oversee Athlete Science projects, initiatives, and relationships that maximize brand impact and create the best athlete experience.





  • Overall leadership and accountability of all Athlete Science Innovation initiatives.
  • Define and lead the Athlete Science Innovation strategy, with a 10year horizon.
  • Lead a team which delivers sport science expertise to the immediate and future needs of the Innovation team.
  • Drive strategic programs which increase the fundamental understanding of the athlete, to enable new credible innovations.
  • Lead and steer a constantly evolving world class infrastructure (physical/digital sport science capabilities)
  • Lead and steer strategic programs with external partners (universities, industry research groups) to enable a world class research network
  • Contribute to strategic direction of the overall Innovation team
  • Partnership with key competences in Innovation drive athlete science insights to solutions


Team Management:

  • Act as a role model in compliance with the relevant laws and regulations as well as the adidas Fair Play Code of Conduct and other internal policies
  • Build and lead a highly engaged team and provide the platform for long-term, cross-functional careers
  • Own and lead resources of the Athlete Science team across locations
  • Own team recruitment, development, and performance management





  • Global Strategy & Innovation leadership team
  • Engineering & Technology Team
  • Advanced Operations
  • Business Units
  • External (Universities, Agencies etc.)





  • Strong leadership, development, and mentoring skills
  • Big picture and visionary thinking
  • Confident connector with key stakeholders, internal and external collaborators
  • Strong influencer, internally and externally – natural collaborator
  • Strong communication skills – visual and verbal
  • Ability to plan and create strategies
  • Ability to inspire and lead a winning culture, creating the conditions for teams to perform at their best
  • High level of project management, budget management and scheduling
  • Ability to identify unique innovation opportunities and translate them into simple and meaningful consumer benefits
  • Fluent English language skills





  • PhD or Master’s degree in relevant Science or Engineering field
  • Minimum 15 years industry relevant experience in Research, Engineering, or similar position
  • 15 years progressive work experience in product innovation with appropriate management experience
  • 15 years proven track record in creating innovative consumer experiences and product solutions
  • 8 years team lead experience and ability to effectively build and lead diverse teams

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:  VP Athlete Science (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Research & Development
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  402588
Date:  Jun 8, 2022