Manager Materials (Footwear)

Ho Chi Minh City | Vietnam | Production

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  • Support Material manager/Material Expert in the development and implementation of a sourcing strategy for the relevant materials through strong analysis of business data and effective communication with T1 and T2 suppliers.  Lead and maintain a Strong relationship between T2 supplier base, adidas group and T1 factories to ensure world class material innovation and supply.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Support the Materials Manager/Material Expert in development of T2 suppliers through communication of adidas Group policies, procedures, and performance data (SCP & FACT) to guide the suppliers’ development in line with adidas Group direction
  • Support Material Manager/Material Expert on Strategic Material Sourcing programs for designated Material type (such as MAP/MCP and T1 nomination) with the T1 and T2 suppliers to maximize value and reduce complexity.
  • Manage the seasonal collections of new materials from relevant Tier 2 suppliers for HQ vendor fairs and Material Toolbox selection.
  • In collaboration with LO & HQ product creation, lead new material developments and commercialization through partnership with T2 suppliers for the designated material segment.   Provides authoritative technical guidance to product creation and T1 teams.
  • Provide analysis of material segment business conditions, support Material manager/Material Expert to recommend strategies to optimize material cost, quality, and delivery.    
  • Monitor and tracking cost trends for the material segment to support the price negotiation and manage price list creation according to required seasonal timelines. 
  • Educate T2 suppliers on adidas Group quality requirements and resolve critical material quality and delivery issues with T1 and T2 suppliers.
  • Organize T2 supplier development events, local vendor fairs, and coordinate T2 participation in HQ vendor fairs.

Key Relationships: 

  • T2 suppliers
  • Tier 1 factory material purchasing team and production team.
  • Development team at Liaison Office
  • HQ’s material teams
  • Other LO Material teams

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree ( BA or BS) from four-year college or university, prefer study of Textile engineering, Polymer chemistry .
  • Understand of functional footwear processes.
  • Minimum 5 years of footwear materials and business related experience (especially textile, polymer) and/or an equivalent combination education and experience.
  • Fluent English in oral and writing, can pass BULATS level 3 or equivalent.

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The Facts

Jobtitle Manager Materials (Footwear)
Team Production
Brand adidas
Location Ho Chi Minh City
Country Vietnam
Number 178850
Position Type Full time
Date Jul-05, 2018
Relocation no

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