Sr. Manager Retail Engineering & Sourcing (m/f/d)

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

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation:

This role is responsible for maximizing the profitability of Retail Concepts by managing the Development & Sourcing process and the respective team for all Global Retail Concept Hardware (Fixture & Fittings, Sales Support Items and Digital Hardware) – from brief to engineering via prototyping to sourcing.

During the concept design phase this role acts as a consultant to the creative team to enable our agencies delivering a comprehensive concept design according to all retail and adidas specific requirements.

The identification, set-up and management of suitable, globally operating engineering and manufacturing partners are key deliverables to achieve industry leading price/quality ratio and speed to market in line with growth plan for all consumer direct retail & Sustainability Targets.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Set up and manage most suitable global retail engineering and manufacturing partners according to the growth plan analysis to support the adidas markets achieving their targets
  • Maintain & support vendor network to assure most efficient usage of global economies of scale & industry leading cost structure for production in cooperation with Procurement & Markets teams
  • Create & support processes & procedures to maximize opportunities of supply chains
  • Support Set-up and mange global tender process for Concept Hardware according to industry leading standards and procedures in cooperation with Procurement
  • Ensure & support data accuracy (e.g. File management & supply chain) within the system landscape to maintain a solid and robust base for decision making and reporting purposes
  • Manage team of project managers for technical development of all global Retails concepts (also utilizing 3rd party) and assure maximum synergy between concepts
  • Consult other Global Retail Design & Infrastructure functions during the concept design process to assure the supply chain & Sustainable potential can be maximized
  • Establish and maintain process-driven and solution-orientated communication with key stakeholders
  • Evaluate the competencies of their subordinates on a regular basis and provide prompt and regular feedback and guidance to drive high performance
  • Take ownership for Talent Management processes to grow, develop and retain talents
  • Promote a high-performance culture by setting clear expectations and individual goals
  • Translate the company goals into team specific actions and business plans. Control and monitor performance and results
  • Support the update process of global forecasting & tools to enable a transparent demand management process by the markets
  • Other duties as requested by line manager

Key Relationships:

  • Retail Concept Team, Visual Merchandizing & Instore Communication Team, In-Store-Experience Team, HUB Teams (APAC, EMEA, Americas) in Portland; Shanghai; Herzogenaurach
  • Quality & Standards team; Demand & Inventory Team
  • Global & Regional Procurement Teams; Regional Store Development & Wholesale teams
  • Executive Management 3rd party vendors
  • External service providers including supply chain managers and factories

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Expert knowledge of construction, manufacturing, construction and quality control processes of Concept Hardware in Fixture & Fitting Production; in Digital Signage Execution
  • Advanced Communication; negotiation and issue resolution skills
  • English – excellent written and spoken
  • MS Office – Advanced
  • Power Point – Advanced
  • Workflow / Database Software

Required Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduate level engineering or graduate level BA
  • Minimum of 5+ years’ experience in managing 3rd party supplier relationships in an international context
  • Strong communication skills