Director Manufacturing Excellence APP

Shanghai | China (Peoples Republic of) | Sourcing

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To drive overall ME performance through implementation of Global Apparel ME process and standards, assuring our strategic objective of creating world class vendors that drive continually improvement and related KPI milestone are met by leading response LO ME Managers (MEM’s) and Snr. Managers.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Lead and manage the Manufacturing Excellence Apparel team in the sourcing country for Manufacturing Excellence projects and initiatives to deliver measurable & sustainable increases in manufacturing efficiency, quality, sustainability and/or speed.
  • Ensure that Lean Manufacturing Principles are maintained with all projects and that Lean Manufacturing metrics are continuously tracked
  • Drive cross functional collaboration with all internal and external stakeholders in the sourcing country (Manufacturing Innovation functions, Brand Operations, Costing, Allocation etc.)
  • Management and monitoring of KPI data to ensure that opportunities and risks are identified and addressed – this may include the introduction of new KPI’s and driving new analysis of existing data
  • Manage the high-level communications with T1 business owners and senior internal/external stakeholders
  • To effectively manage the escalation of issues and to be the Senior Operational contact point  of sourcing country in managing the resolution of performance issues
  • To be an effective ambassador to represent the ME department with internal and external stakeholders of sourcing country eg. knowledge sharing throughout the adidas-Group organization and supplier groups.
  • Partner with machine manufacturers and attend industry trade fairs to keep educated on industry technology development which will impact productivity. Transfer knowledge into productivity improvement efforts across Apparel factories.
  • Initiate and lead mid and long term operational strategy in the sourcing country,
  • To ensure the on-going performance management and the development of the skills and capabilities of the MEM’s and SMEM’s through direct guidance and mentoring, fulfilling internal and external training needs, support the SR Director facilitating cross-location support, and the organization of ‘best practice’ sharing events and forums
  • To oversee and agree the ME Operation resource travel and work-schedules in the response region to ensure that regional /business priorities and objectives are achieved
  • Ownership of related regular ME Operational communications and build platform for knowledge transfer in sourcing country. .

Key Relationships:

  • ME Operational resource
  • ME Sr. Director
  • T1 Business partners
  • Functional heads (CI, TS, Planning, Costing)
  • Senior Management team, Apparel Sourcing incl. Directors
  • Brand Operations
  • Global Supply Planning
  • Supply Chain Integration
  • Continuous Improvement
  • SEA, CoE Logistics
  • HR/Performance Management/IT
  • Industry forums and organizations

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Apparel ‘business management’ acumen
  • Ability to manage senior level communications and relationships
  • Project management skills
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Strong influencing skills
  • Thorough understanding of all aspects of T1 apparel manufacturing
  • Strong communication skills
  • Competency with Excel, Word, Access and MS Project is required.
  • Fluent in English (Reading, Writing and Speaking), BULATS level 3 or equivalent

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:  

  • Degree in Industrial Engineering or equivalent qualification
  • A minimum of 8 years of experience within an apparel manufacturing/industrial engineering environment
  • A minimum of 3-5 years in a senior management position managing multiple departments/functions - ideally within apparel

adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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The Facts

Jobtitle Director Manufacturing Excellence APP
Team Sourcing
Brand adidas
Location Shanghai
Country China (Peoples Republic of)
Number 172547
Position Type Full time
Date Apr-26, 2018
Relocation no

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As a leading sporting goods company in the world, adidas established its wholly-owned China subsidiary, adidas Sports (China) Ltd, in Suzhou in 1997. Over the past 18 years, the increasing affluence of Chinese consumers, combined with the sport and fashion consciousness of Chinese youths, has seen adidas make giant strides in China. Through the company's relentless investment and unwavering commitment, China has become the companys second largest market worldwide. In 2014, adidas Greater China generated sales of 1.8 billion euros. Today, adidas China is headquartered in Shanghai and has regional offices in Beijing, Guangzhou and Chengdu as well as two distribution centers, in Suzhou and Tianjin. In Greater China, adidas employs over 3,000 people.

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