VP Product Operations - Team Sports (m/f/d)



Design and deliver specific and customized Global Operation capabilities to enable the success of the Team Sports strategy across functions according to the overarching sub brand and BU directions.


Key Accountabilities:


  • Partner with the GMs in formulating the category strategies connecting Global Operations present and future capabilities and capacity, and the Global Operations strategic plan.
  • Create, steer and lead the creation teams across Creation Centers to ensure proper implementation of the Brand & BU strategies.
  • In partnership with the GM take ownership of the category P+L and contribute through providing operational excellence on all aligned initiatives.
  • Own the Global Operations deliverables contributing to the success of the category, across all Global Operations functions.
  • Drive product innovation and quality, and process simplicity with the goal of delivering world class products in a cost efficient, fast and agile way.
  • Ensure that products meet commercial targets supporting the profitability target as defined in the category budget and P+L.
  • Make a major contribution to the formation of the Product Operations and Global Operations strategic plans.
  • Take a responsible attitude toward the balance of category autonomy and cross-category leverage so as to deliver a continuously strengthening profitability for the adidas Group.
  • Monitor and identify Future trends in the industry and give new impulses to the organisation
  • Identify Business opportunities and risks working with Creation Centers towards collaborative solutions
  • Lead and drive new innovative solutions, executions, and constructions creating p/v relations through tier 1´s
  • At the most senior level, create respectful, collaborative and productive partnerships – Marketing, Design, Markets, HR...
  • Ensure appropriate leadership skills are present at every level through effective motivation, coaching, training and development of direct reports and all staff.
  • Develop your employees and talents within your organization and foster x-functional careers and also diversity within your organization
  • Drive change as a role model and embrace and live the new mindsets for Product Operations

Knowledge, Capabilities and Experience:

  • Proven senior experience in Development, Sourcing and SCM
  • Proven senior experience and deep understanding of Brand and commercial drivers
  • End to End Understanding and Thinking of the whole value chain
  • Intercultural management experience on global level
  • Proven record of leadership and accomplishment in a multi-national environment.
  • Ability to travel, domestic or international, as required
  • Excellent fluent English (verbal and written) skills, German/Asia languages an advantage



  1. Undergraduate university degree or comparable education
  2. 15 years minimum progressive work experience, specializing in Product Development, Sourcing and/or Materials or directly related field with appropriate management experience, ideally in the sporting goods industry

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Job Title:  VP Product Operations - Team Sports (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Product Development
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  198977