Director/Senior Manager Global Engineering

Suzhou | China (Peoples Republic of) | Engineering

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Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

Design, drive, implement and optimize distribution centers for the APAC region, while ensuring continuous process improvements and projects are brought to a successful conclusion in line with the company strategy. In addition, enable the adidas Group to achieve operations excellence from an infrastructure, process and system perspective.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Highlight economically beneficial opportunities as they arise, co-plan the concept and return on investment with Senior Leadership from SCM and Business.
  • Management of the regional Engineering Managers and external consultants on DC projects including but not limited to: retrofit projects, labor standards implementations, new facility design and implementation as well as four-wall optimization efforts.
  • Lead and manage the concept phase of new DC builds and/or major change projects on a global scale. Overall responsibility for driving standardization across all DCs, globally.
  • Focus on development and implementation of standardizing DC processes, MHE (Material Handling Equipment) and supplier harmonization. Set up detailed project planning and milestone tracking relating to MHE implementations.
  • Responsible for monitoring, interacting and negotiating costs with external MHE/WCS service providers to further enable and optimize our DCs.
  • Provide warehouse technical expertise for solution design and optimization for manual, automated, and semi-automated DCs. As part of automated DCs, monitor Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) outputs as required.
  • Develop business case inputs for large-scale project initiatives on a regional level across all brands with regard to warehousing, ensuring a tangible analysis behind any initiative. Develop, structure and change management approaches for initiatives while ensuring timely communication across the network; lead implementation of change management concepts.
  • Develop and maintain a project network with other relevant departments within Global Operations or the adidas Group in order to get end-to-end transparency of project activity.
  • Lead and develop a team of regional Industrial Engineers to help support and further their growth in aspects of the professional content of their project management role. Provide advice on warehousing best practices across the region.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  1. Ability to provide a clear framework for performance to direct reports/project team.
  2. Ability to coach, guide and manage a (project)team.
  3. Pro-active (engaging & impact-oriented) mind-set, ability to think end-to-end with a global mind-set.
  4. Ability to be self-directed while working under tight deadlines.
  5. Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with different international cultures.
  6. Excellent analytical and quantitative abilities
  7. Action-oriented and solution-minded team player with a high degree of self-management, enthusiasm and drive to perform
  8. Distribution expert with a specific focus on warehousing and distribution execution strategies
  9. Strong technical knowledge as it relates to DC automation (e.g. ASRS, mini load, goods to man, sortation) and Warehouse Control Systems, as well as Manual DC concepts.
  10. Excellent project management, planning and organization skills and ability to work and deliver in changing environments while adhering to specified deadlines
  11. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and in writing, to interact effectively and efficiently on different levels of the organization and with external providers
  12. Excellent English language proficiency; Mandarin strongly preferred
  13. Excellent ability to mediate and bring cross-functional stakeholders with different objectives to agree on a consensus
  14. Proficiency in project management related tools and software (Excel, Access, PowerPoint, SharePoint)
  15. Willingness to invest and increase career development potential
  16. Willingness and ability to travel frequently

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Ability to provide a clear framework for performance to direct reports/project team.
  • Ability to coach, guide and manage a (project)team.
  • Pro-active (engaging & impact-oriented) mind-set, ability to think end-to-end with a global mind-set.
  • Ability to be self-directed while working under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with different international cultures.
  • Ability to provide a clear framework for performance to direct reports/project team.
  • Ability to coach, guide and manage a (project)team.
  • Pro-active (engaging & impact-oriented) mind-set, ability to think end-to-end with a global mind-set.
  • Ability to be self-directed while working under tight deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with different international cultures.

Key Relationships:

  • Supply Chain Management global and market-based teams/SCM market team
  • Distribution IT and Project Mgt
  • Respective business function (GOPS, Finance, HR, Brand Marketing, Wholesale/Retail/E-COM)
  • Procurement
  • HR Management
  • Controlling
  • External consultants (as needed)/3 PL provider

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The Facts

Jobtitle Director/Senior Manager Global Engineering
Team Engineering
Brand adidas
Location Suzhou
Country China (Peoples Republic of)
Number 177577
Position Type Full time
Date Jun-05, 2018
Relocation no

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