Director GOPS Projects & Programs – Head Office (m/f/d)

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

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization

This is a key in-house strategy position for an organized, passionate and goal-oriented future leader who will work cross-functionally to lead key work packages on behalf of Strategy & Programs and GOPS. Through business assessments, resource and project planning as well as timely and targeted stakeholder communication and management, this key role enables business success in the areas of portfolio management, Tech demand management and GOPS strategy definition & execution.

Key Accountabilities

  • Own and manages projects that drive change in Global Operations, including the Tech demand management process on behalf of GOPS
  • Serve as Product Led Transformation Lead across GOPS domain, including leading portfolio management, driving team engagement and more
  • Manage effective and timely communication on project progress and results to sponsors and senior management
  • Lead interpretation of program, project results and translate into insights to steer the project successfully
  • Identify business opportunities through development of new capabilities, and align and balance cross-divisions’ interest
  • Supports Director, Head Office on COO agenda

Key Relationships

  • GOPS Strategy & Programs SLT
  • CIO and Transformation Team
  • Tech Senior Management Team (SMT)
  • Finance
  • Corporate Strategy and functional Strategy teams

Knowledge, Capabilities and Expereince

Soft skills

  • End-to-end mindset, big picture view of problems on hand
  • Decisive, taking ownership
  • Ability to maneuver in consistently changing environment & to operate cross-functionally
  • Engaging, open and reacts to feedback in order to improve
  • Compelling executive presence and ability to facilitate on execute level
  • Excellent communication skills with proven ability to motivate, network and influence across business levels effectively
  • Positive attitude

Hard skills

  • Proven ability to deal with complexity and translate complex topics into digestible communication
  • Proven track record of driving and managing change implementation in large multinational organizations
  • Ability to launch large-scale projects and proven track records of strategic project management experience, advanced understanding of business process management, methodologies, and principles
  • Business acumen and in-depth knowledge on development, sourcing and supply chain and/ or operation related processes
  • Experience in multi-cultural and cross-divisional management
  • Full fluency in English
  • Proficient in MS Office suite

People management skills

  • Establish a highly motivational working environment in which employees are challenged and provided with career and personal development opportunities
  • Coach junior team members by providing feedback to support the development and performance of the team
  • Build a talent pipeline, as needed
  • Drive ambassadorship across network


  • University degree, PMP and lean sigma certification preferred
  • Min. 7-8 years progressive similar working experience in FMCG environment (e.g.  multinational organizations, top tier consulting, apparel/fashion)
  • Proven track record (4-5 years’ experience) of large scale project/program management experience
  • Affinity in the areas of business, logistics, planning, supply chain, or operations a plus