VP TECH - Platform Engineering (m/f/d)

"at adidas, Technology moves from being a Service Provider into a Value and Competency Enabler"  Own the Game, adidas Strategic Business Plan 2025


At adidas, Tech is at the core of everything we do and Platform Engineering is the Department where we design, build and run the key platforms, technologies and services for products to be built faster, more resilient and in higher quality. Increasing tech focus in value creation and competency enablement.


We treat Platforms and Practices as Products, where we are the Product Owners.  Our Platform Engineers are continuously striving for adoption, user happiness and resiliency.  We spend 50% of our time in building our platforms and 50% consulting and developing with our users.



We are looking for the Global Leader of the Platform Engineering Practice for adidas.  You will lead a team of +100 worldwide distributed and engaged Platform Engineers of the 4 key Platform Areas for the Company:

  • Cloud Native Engieering, where the team provides self-service, resilient and scalable platforms for more than 2500 Engineers across the globe.  The team runs the Software Communities of Practice, onboards every adidas engineer into our Continuous Integration, Observability or Testing Practices, while evolving our Container Orchestration Clusters, with more than 30000 containers running as we speak.
  • Enterprise Platforms, where we deliver the technical SAP S/4 capabilities for Software Engineering and Platform, next to our Automation capabilities such as Robotic Process Automation or Process Mining.
  • Data and Integration Platforms, where the team owns the API and future Integration Strategy of the Company, while evolving our Global Big Data and Streaming Platforms, with more than a Trillion messages per day.
  • Finally, Managed Cloud, where we host and proactively manage the management strategy for the more than 1000 adidas Information Systems, in their different flavors (PaaS and IaaS).  Currently with more than 68% of our workloads alreay in Public Cloud.  



  • Positive, pro-active leader who is passionate about developing great people and building world-class engineering teams 
  • Ability to directly and successfully lead, mentor and develop a talented team of high-performing individuals in a fast-paced environment
  • Proven skill in understanding market and technology trends, and customer needs and developing product strategy and aligning product plans built directly from customer input 
  • Technically strong with significant experience in software engineering and architecture, cloud based infrastructure, infrastructure automation and continuous delivery platforms 
  • Extensive experience in developing API’s and services in a scrum/Agile environment including Kanban 
  • Experience in technical operations of high volume distributed applications 
  • Experience in fostering a strong engineering culture in an agile and DevOps environment 
  • Making decisions at the appropriate time, considering the needs of the situation, priorities, constraints and the availability of necessary information.
  • Understanding the needs, objectives and constraints of those in other disciplines and functions.
  • Adept at predicting and planning for growth of the business, teams and process complexity 
  • Strong English language skills. Able to communicate passionately, effectively, and persuasively across a diverse set of stakeholders 
  • Working co-operatively (rather than competitively) with others to achieve a common goal. 



  • 15+ years’ experience in IT
  • 8+ years’ experience in Enterprise / Domain Architecture
  • 10+ years’ experience in Software Architecture & Engineering
  • 10+ years’ experience in team management and development

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 TECH - Platform Engineering (m/f/d)

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Information Technology
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  310188
Date:  Jun 11, 2021