Vice President Global Cost Management

Our aspiration as the Finance function at adidas is to be the reliable business partner driving growth and value creation. As a central element within the Finance organization, Corporate Controlling drives financial steering and decision making through high-quality financial analysis and foresight. The department covers strategic controlling, corporate planning & performance management, integrated business & demand planning, sales finance, brand/marketing finance as well as global cost management and group functions finance.


As a Vice President Global Cost Management, you will play a critical role in the execution of ‘Own the Game’ and ensuring we achieve our profitability growth targets. You will work in a fast-paced, highly visible environment, lead a team of 20-30 people and liaise with a broad set of stakeholders including the CFO and Executive Board, the Finance leadership and FP&A teams as well as functional leaders, and business development teams.



Key Responsibilities:

  • Enhance transparency on Operating Overhead (OOH) on company level
  • Refine structures to enable holistic OOH management
  • Improve management reporting and increase degree of standardization
  • Strengthen OOH analytics, planning and forecasting incl. link to FTE
  • Anticipate cost challenges, identify savings opportunities, structure initiatives and control implementation
  • Manage cross-functional projects towards achieving cost excellence
  • Lead company-wide zero-based budgeting center of excellence d drive cost-conscious mindset throughout the company
  • Further develop cross-functional OOH investment governance (excl. Tech & Data)
  • Prospectively lead Group Functions Controlling area (Finance, HR, Workplaces, Business Services, General Management)
  • Further develop and strengthen the team



Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Very strong understanding of finance/accounting, controlling and FP&A
  • Proven track record in identifying cost savings / reinvestment opportunities at scale and implementation of respective programs
  • Experience in applying zero-based costing principles and budgeting processes
  • Understanding of Finance IT infrastructure (ideally SAP environment) as well as financial planning and front-end reporting tools
  • Strong analytical mindset and facility with numbers
  • Outstanding problem-solving skills (structuring, analysis, synthesis)
  • Strong interpersonal skills including stakeholder management, influencing, executive presence
  • Strong leadership, management and coaching skills and experience in leading multi-cultural teams in an international environment
  • Innovative, action-oriented and solution-minded team player



Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Advanced degree or qualification in Business, Finance or Economics
  • Min. 12-15 years of broad-based Finance and cross-functional experience with progressive responsibility in industry leading consultancy and global companies
  • Significant leadership and budget responsibilities


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Job Title:  Vice President Global Cost Management

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Herzogenaurach
TEAM:  Accounting & Finance
State:  BY
Country/Region:  DE
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  341655
Date:  Oct 12, 2021