Director Project Office Asia-Pacific

Shanghai | Greater China | Strategy

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

Responsible for providing the oversight, coordination and management of the PMO work-streams with the respective Asia Pacific Leads and Sponsors, in order to facilitate the development of the adidas One Asia Pacific project.

He/she will achieve this mission by:

  • Driving, guiding and supporting Leads in the planning and execution of the respective work-streams and initiatives
  • Communicating project risks, recommending future actions, escalating decision points, and obtaining strategic direction from Sponsor(s) and Global interfaces.
  • Establishing credibility with Leads and Sponsors (e.g. can be trusted for an accurate snapshot of where things stand)

Key Responsibilities:

Project Planning
  • Drive and guide Leads by creating and sharing a systematic and integrated view of selected work-streams (set the baseline: set work-stream objectives, role, define KPIs)
  • Understand and identify interdependencies, across markets/functions, to enable effective measurement of portfolio risk and progress against baseline, prioritization, and focus
  • Ensure objectives are aligned with the strategic direction of the One Asia Pacific project
Project Management / Support / Communications
  • Coordinate and manage prioritization processes across markets/functions for each work-streams development
  • Provides content expertise, active process management and integrated problem-solving support (define, structure the problem, prioritize, develop the issues, analyse, synthesize findings, and develop recommendations)
  • Proactively recommend and/or lobby for additional support with Leads and Sponsors to facilitate work-stream development when necessary
  • Keep the transformation on track by actively monitoring completion of necessary deliverables (e.g. enforces deadlines and ensures compliance) with work-stream Leads
  • Translates implications of progress into outcomes and demands for Leads and Sponsors (e.g., knows who is on track, ahead of the game, or falling behind and understands what has to happen for the transformation to stay on track)
  • Facilitate and guide the overall work-stream life-cycle from start to finish
  • Act as liaison and communication bridge across the organization to build alignment on work-stream direction and priorities, and to manage cross-work-stream interdependences 
  • Provide Leads, Sponsors and Global interfaces with regular updates on work-stream progress (objective perspectives, priorities and directions) while managing their expectations
  • Identifies and co-develops people solutions with Leads and Sponsors to organizational complexities/conflicts that stifle cross-cutting work-stream(s)


  • Work-stream(s), Initiative(s) achievement – Time to Completion, Resource Utilisation
  • Contribution to the development of the overall business strategy and organisational set up
  • Qualitative feedback from Leads, Sponsors and Global Interfaces on overall project leadership, communications, problem solving, strategic influence

Knowledge and Abilities:

  • Strong process and project management skills – organized but flexible approach
  • Solid business sense and analytic/critical-thinking skills
  • Strategic thinking but willing to problem solve using a hands-on approach
  • Influential skills– able to mobilize people across functions towards a common objective.  Not just with logic but also by other means (e.g. appealing to authority, relationship, etc.)
  • Strong multi-tasking and prioritization abilities to handle multiple projects at the same time;
  • Takes initiative and proactively seek opportunity for improvement with an owner mentality
  • People oriented & Collaborative – ability to work with, service, and navigate across a wide network throughout the organization
  • Confident, has good judgement and will assert and stand behind it
  • Accountable, reliable and objective, leveraging fact base

Requisite Skills, Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • University degree or above (MBA or other business-related qualification preferred)
  • 10-12 years of general business experience
  • Strong track record in cross functional/market level project management with leading consumer brands or consulting firms
  • Proven track record of delivering high-quality work on time 

  • Experience with initiatives/project tracking (e.g. knowledge of utilizing tracking tools)
  • Experience with synthesizing large amounts of data into updates that are easy to digest 

  • Broad understanding of business value drivers and operations 

  • Solid skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, etc.) and experience with problem- solving tools (e.g. logic trees, storylines, quantitative models)
  • Strong communication skills – written and spoken English


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The Facts

Jobtitle Director Project Office Asia-Pacific
Team Strategy
Brand adidas
City Shanghai
Location Greater China
Number 205277
Position Type Full time
Date Nov-11, 2019
Relocation no

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