Senior Manager Pattern Apparel – Statement/Luxury (m/f/d)

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


Lead and manage the global pattern team with a focus on consistent global fit through the alignment of basic patterns, fit and quality standards. Act as a strong advocate for product integrity by working closely with cross functional Creation Center teams as well as all related support services.

Key Responsibilities: 

  • Ensure industry leading and efficient pattern development process on a global level
  • Ensure the achievement of goals and objectives set by the business unit through partnership with Development, Marketing and Design
  • Proactively communicate on an on-going basis with the global pattern team as well as cross functional teams to ensure an efficient pattern creation process
  • Actively monitor development calendars to ensure that deadlines are achieved
  • Build and maintain a close relationship with all cross-functional teams, divisions, brands and external partners
  • Provide direction and inspire the global pattern team to ensure that the pattern creation process is synergized with focus on consistency and the highest level of quality 
  • Build up a consultant/expert function within the global pattern team to train Pattern Makers, Product Developers and T1
  • Drive globally the basic pattern consolidation across all BUs and Brands. Ensure aligned needs of all Creation Centers and markets and make the final call on basic pattern creation  
  • Communicate to internal and external teams seasonal product initiatives, process changes and long-term category vision
  • Drive and execute key initiatives and provide input to short, mid and long term planning and budgeting
  • Take responsibility for monitoring and continuously improving workload and organizational efficiency with the support of IT-systems, data and analysis
  • Allocate the different products/projects to the respective pattern team leaders/pattern teams considering experience, product complexity and workload
  • Take responsibility for the research of new pattern creation methodologies and drives process improvements by implementing new technologies into the development process

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: 

  • Strong communication (both written and verbal) and facilitation (small and large groups) skills 
  • Ability to deliver effective and persuasive presentations on complex topics to diverse audiences
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate and define problems, synthesize complex data and develop innovative solutions
  • Ability to think end-to-end with a global mindset
  • Ability to manage through change, make decisions and act comfortably with risk and uncertainty
  • Ability to provide a clear framework for performance to direct reports
  • Ability to coach, guide, manage and develop a team
  • Good understanding of sourcing allocation impact on product from a quality and cost perspective
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken) 
  • Strong IT skills ( MS office, PDM, CAD )
  • Travel, domestic and international as required by business needs

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. Four-year college or university degree with emphasis on clothing technology and/or manufacturing 
  2. Minimum 5 years of progressive work experience in the garment/textile industry 
  3. First experience in managing a team preferred