Senior Project Manager HR Programs (m/f/d)

Date posted:
Company: Adidas
Location: Herzogenaurach (BY), N/A
Job Type: Full-Time

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization

Manage and deliver projects for HR function and act as strategic advisor for People elements of cross-functional initiatives. Support the development and execution of the HR and People Strategy with a focus on managing specific projects within the HR project portfolio.

Key Responsibilities

Project Management 

  • Plan and lead projects from ideation to successful delivery in line with a new People Strategy and HR roadmap
  • Manage every aspect of a project, including its planning, communication, risk assessment, and resources.
  • Ensure full understanding of project scope to be able to design detailed project plans.
  • Establish realistic goals and implement action plans for achieving set objectives
  • Ensure availability of financial, material and human resources required to successfully complete a project
  • Offer solutions effective in meeting set targets and satisfying business requirements
  • Develop and implement project management programs which contain the details of a project
  • Guide and direct project team members to ensure compliance with set standards, procedures, and guidelines for the flawless execution of project
  • Manage the execution and completion of the defined project plan through effectively managing people, resources, and budget.
  • Ensure resource availability and allocation
  • Oversee the recruiting and orienting of project personnel to ensure a capable workforce
  • Evaluate the progress of a project to detect limitations or faults in order to seek solutions to a more efficient process
  • Ensure that all projects are delivered on-time, within scope and within budget
  • Monitor the project variables (cost, effort, scope, etc.) against the project plan to implement corrective or preventative actions.
  • Establish risk management to minimize and mitigate project risks; report and escalate to sponsors as needed
  • Measure project performance using appropriate tools and techniques
  • Develop internal communication strategies useful in ensuring communication between various departments of an organization
  • Ensure compliance to project management standards, e.g. -PM methodology
  • Establish and execute the project governance and present the project status to the steering committee and other relevant stakeholders
  • Understand interdependencies between technology, operations and business needs; escalate dependency issues and co-create solutions
  • Create transparency across key initiatives within the HR and People Strategies (i.e., about project goals, benefits, status quo vs. initial roadmap, resource bottlenecks etc.)
  • Receive demand for & drive assessment of need for new initiatives, support from ideation to scoping management
  • Conduct feasibility studies and oversee the selection of vendors
  • Provide ad-hoc support for HR Leadership
  • As needed, prepare annual budgets, schedule expenditure, and initiate corrective action to meet financial objectives

Key Relationships 

  • HR Senior Leadership Team
  • HR Partners
  • Tech
  • GBS
  • Communications
  • Talent Acquisition
  • Finance
  • Program Board
  • Coordination Board

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Strong project management skills & ability to coordinate cross-functional project teams from concept to implementation, ideally on an international scale
  • Proven leader with experience leading complex teams
  • Excellent problem-solving skills; demonstrate the ability to apply project management principles and methodologies in seeking solutions to project problems.
  • Excellent Interpersonal and communication skills across all levels
  • Creative mind with story-telling skills; able to develop effective communication materials to support change management activities for our portfolio
  • Strong strategic and tactical skills with the ability to focus on the details
  • Excellent execution skills
  • Customer/Consumer focus, service-mindset
  • Experience working across multiple cultures; demonstrates global thinking
  • International, cross-functional and intercultural experience
  • Strong networking skills
  • Fluent in English; ideally in other languages as well

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications

  • A degree from an accredited college or university
  • Project management certification or demonstrated project management skills and experience
  • Minimum 6-8 years progressive working experience in fast moving goods industry and/or consulting background
  • Track record in project management and change management, preferably on a global scale in the HR space