Manager Procurement & Contracts (m/f)

Herzogenaurach | Germany | Supply Chain Management

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We’ve been doing this for more than 65 years. With an unmatched history and tradition of creating iconic products, consumer connections and experiences, we’ve been defining sport culture since the beginning. And we’re never done. Come be a part of shaping the future together with us.


Manages, follows up and supports global (above market) Third Party Logistics tender projects to ensure best-in-class cost and service levels for the adidas-Group. In this role the Manager Procurement will Manage, Implement and Utilize innovative, efficient and proven tender concepts / methodologies while ensuring a proper implementation support until services and providers are fully operational.

Key Accountabilities

  • Manage, coordinate and support global tender projects in line with the market / regional requirements and according to the adidas Group standards, policies and guidelines. Coordinate processes, systems, tools and administrate relevant procurement processes above and with market.
  • Tender Subjects:
  • Inbound Transportation: Parcel (Standard, Express), FTL, LTL, Rail
  • Outbound Transportation: Ocean Freight, Air Freight, Express Parcel, Trucking, Rail Freight
  • 3PL Distribution Center Services: warehousing services, documentation services, customs services
  • Other logistics services: origin consolidation services
  • Tender Preparation: Data source identification, Data mining, Data analysis, requirements collection, documentation, tender execution process, alignment with internal and external stakeholders
  • Tender Execution: Coordinate 3PL providers during tender phase, manage set tender time lines, prepare and support negotiations, constant communication of tender progress and results
  • Tender Finalization: Support implementation & change management, set-up contractual framework, manage and coordinate allocation recommendations, align savings calculation method, communicate savings and enable tracking
  • Work closely with adidas-Group legal department supporting the set-up of contractual framework for all procured transport and logistics services
  • Manage and coordinate standardized / non-standardized contract requirements in an efficient way and support the on-the-spot and long term risk analyses with the development and implementation of counter actions
  • Conduct ongoing market research on 3PL transportation service provider capabilities, strength and weaknesses
  • Support the development of a data assessment methodology to enable global transparency on in-/outbound specific transportation data (past and future) and support implementation through close alignment with the data analytics team
  • Identify innovative supply chain solutions and manage implementation of new services
  • Collaborate closely with the 3PL project management team on a day to day basis and provide support during specific project management phases.
  • Business Case support for new/innovative logistics solutions

Knowledge, Capabilities and Experience

  • Pro-active mind-set, ability to think end-to-end
  • Ability to be self-directed while working under tight deadlines
  • Ability to identify problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with different international cultures
  • Business- and solution-oriented, global mind-set
  • Extensive experience in managing international in-/outbound tender initiatives, including change management, implementation and savings tracking
  • Advanced knowledge of the international logistics inbound market (Ocean Freight, Air Freight, Express Parcel, Trucking, Rail Freight)
  • Good knowledge of the international logistics outbound market (Parcel (Standard, Express), FTL, LTL, Rail)
  • Knowledge in distribution center operations and other logistics areas like origin  consolidation services
  • Strong procurement project management skills - experience in / ability to manage (multiple) global procurement projects simultaneously
  • Strong analytical skills, database knowledge a plus – methodical as well as tool based (MS Excel, SQL, databases)
  • Ability to assess requirements, identify main cost drivers and translate into service levels
  • Possess team attitude with highly developed, customer-focused service delivery skills and good cultural awareness
  • Financial and legal affiliated
  • Able to embrace innovation and challenge the status quo; drive change
  • Solid communication skills in spoken and written English, other language is a plus
  • Strong MS-Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)


  1. Good knowledge of English (spoken and written)
  2. Four-year degree of an accredited college or university with emphasis on areas of SCM, Logistics, Business Administration, and/or related areas, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  3. Minimum of 3-5 years progressive work experience in procurement, supply chain management in mid- to large international companies
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The Facts

Jobtitle Manager Procurement & Contracts (m/f)
Team Supply Chain Management
Brand adidas
Location Herzogenaurach
Country Germany
Number 164192
Position Type Full time
Date Aug-25, 2017
Relocation no

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