Manager Strategic & Transformation Programs (m/f/d) 2x

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


As a Manager Strategic & Transformation Programs in adidas Digital your task is to manage and deliver small digital projects, significant RFCs or sub-elements of mid-scale digital projects. The project scope is primarily on a local (market) or global level across brands and functions. Your objective is to conduct the projects within the boundaries of time, cost & quality while focusing on consumers’ expectations and requirements. Planning, executing and tracking projects in cooperation with the respective functions and project team members are a few examples of what is expected from this role. Additionally, you will be focusing on resource management and coordination activities, acting as the central interface to local stakeholders.


  • Scope – Manage and deliver mid-scale digital projects on a local or global level
  • Project/ Program Delivery
    • Deliver projects end-to-end successfully, ideally through effective application of PMI/Agile methodology.
    • Develop detailed plans that allow providing transparency on progress and identifying risks on time.
    • Identify interdependencies with other projects and solve issues proactively.
    • Drive continuous improvement of products, processes or systems within the project scope.
  • Resource Planning
    • Lead and manage team resources (internals and externals) to deliver and support projects & programs.
  • Consultation & Communication
    • Act as the key contact person for local / global stakeholders.
    • Apply appropriate and effective communication methods to the project sponsors and important stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle.
    • As conflicts arise within projects, identify solutions and contribute to their resolution in a timely and appropriate manner and escalate to project sponsors if necessary.
    • Manage change within projects and ensure changes are smoothly and successfully implemented to achieve lasting benefits.
  • Project Controlling
    • Execute project controlling as an independent element to ensure that actual project costs are in line the committed budget.
    • Conduct engagement reviews. Verify compliance with quality assurance procedures. Validate if project are delivering against program KPIs.
    • Monitor project variables (cost, effort, scope, etc.) against plan in order to implement corrective or preventive actions.
  • “If required” Responsibility – Agile Transformation
    • Drive the implementation of elements of the transformation to full agile working mode and facilitate agile adoption.
    • Contribute to developing and orchestrating the demand & delivery process within DBC.
    • Facilitate initial demand discussions.
  • “If required” Responsibility – Market Development
    • Create business cases per market with support from Analytics team to evaluate growth opportunities.
    • Propose priorities for market rollouts based on business potential and market specific needs.
    • Develop base platform capabilities required to fulfill business cases, together with IT. 


  • Leading Sr. Manager or (Sr.) Dir. Transformation & Programs
  • Project Team
  • Local Project Stakeholders
  • Global IT
  • Respective business function (GOPS, Finance, HR, Brand Marketing, Wholesale/Retail)
  • HR Management
  • Controlling


  • Soft-Skills Critical thinking and interpersonal skills
    • Good communication skills, especially when interacting with different levels of business
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with different international cultures
    • Solutions-oriented approach and entrepreneurial mindset
    • Good numerical and analytical skills
  • Technical Skills
    • Strong MS-Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
    • Ability to travel, domestic or international, as required
    • Basic Experience and a broad understanding of IT
    • Working knowledge of Agile working methods e.g. Scrum/Kanban
    • Working knowledge of PMI methods ideally with certification
    • Fluent English both verbally and written


  • University degree with focus on Business Administration, Communication or IT or related areas, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5+ years of in-depth professional experience related to project management or similar topics
  • 1-3 years of professional experience in the ecosystem environment of the project area in scope
  • Experience in Finance is a plus
  • Experience working with stakeholders at various seniority levels as well as subject matter experts across various functions (Developers, business stakeholders, product and marketing teams, etc.)