Director Materials Operations Footwear

Hong Kong | Hong Kong | Sourcing


  • Manage the T2 supply base across locations and material categories
  • Develop materials supply strategy for adidas to ensure that the supply base has and builds-up the capabilities and capacities required
  • Manage Material Operations teams across locations and ensure optimal setup and resource allocation within Materials Operations

Key Responsibilities:

  • Manage T2 supply base of adidas across all locations and material categories
  • Develop and implement materials supply strategy across locations in line with overall sourcing and supplier portfolio strategy
  • Define methodology to track and monitor supplier performance across facilities and collaborate with Portfolio Management and Costing to take substantiated portfolio decisions
  • Responsible for the strategic coordination with local VP Sourcing (Country Manager)
  • Define strategy to operationalize and ensure implementation of supplier reactions through his local teams, e.g., phase-out or on-boarding of suppliers, realization of counter-developments and allocation of optimized materials
  • Lead Materials Operations teams located in the Liaison offices and drive implementation of standards and procedures to guarantee efficient and effective local operations
  • Define Material Operations long-term strategy and  ensure an optimal setup and allocation of resources within Materials Operations across locations
  • Balance the harmonization of shared processes and serving of local needs
  • Develop and ensure the implementation of guidelines and standard procedures to be defined with and followed by local Materials Operations
  • Define supply base improvement strategy and drive improvement roadmap for key material suppliers together with local teams
  • Coordinate materials operations and ensure proactive mitigation of potential material constraints or production issues by local teams (e.g., lack of skills, capacities, etc.)
  • Define the transition and integration strategy for new suppliers and technologies into local operations together with Director of Materials Technology Incubation
  • Ensure the execution of supplier agreements and advise for potential adaptations in line with long-term material portfolio strategy
  • Lead and develop best-in-class Materials Operations team

Key Relationships:

  • T2 suppliers
  • T1 suppliers
  • Portfolio Management and Costing
  • Materials Technology Incubation
  • Sustainability
  • LO Planning
  • LO Operations
  • Brand Operations
  • Futures

Knowledge, Transferrable Skills and Abilities:

  • Proven management skills and team responsibilities with large intercultural teams
  • Footwear/ materials industry expertise
  • Strong project management knowledge and skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Ability to network with multiple stakeholders
  • Fluent in English both written and spoken 


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The Facts

Jobtitle Director Materials Operations Footwear
Team Sourcing
Brand adidas
Location Hong Kong
Country Hong Kong
Number 182744
Position Type Full time
Date Sep-17, 2018
Relocation no

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