Senior Director Color & Print/Pattern f. Creative Direction (m/f/d)

Herzogenaurach | Germany | Design

Purpose: Shape, steer, develop & implement the creative direction for the brand horizontally to become design leader in the industry. Direct & Lead Global Color, Print/Pattern Organisation across the brand horizontally. Partner with CD leadership Sr. Director of Global Apparel & Footwear Materials on the advanced material toolbox in dialogue with the color toolbox & quarterly roll out. Direct, Inform, & implement together across creative direction in collaboration with BU CMG & product design disciplines.

Key Accountabilities:

  • Establish, maintain, and nurture the creative direction through strategies that can translate consumer research and innovation advances in a visually consistent manner.  
  • Identify cultural, sport, lifestyle, & design trends in order to influence & shape the future creative direction & innovation platform opportunities. Partner with key stakeholders (head of Trend, Future, Adv Concepts, Brand Design)  to apply seasonal and long-term trend strategies for implementation into key concepts, product ranges, &  horizontal brand planning to build a more clear brand narrative, & increase brand recognition.
  • Maintain Strategic Plans for Color, Material, Branding, and Visual language in coordination with Creative Director & Creative Direction leadership team(s).
  • Create, Steer ,Align, and lead the Color, Print & Patter (with the  Material Strategy) for the brand & group. Ensure holistic Color, Print/Pattern Language  & Material Concepts across different Business Units , Design Disciplines for Apparel, Footwear, Accessories & horizontal brand functions.
  • Sign off on overall color strategy for adidas.
  • Sign off on overall print/pattern strategy for adidas.
  • Ensure the right set up of the Color & Pattern/Print  team to lead & implement a horizontal process.
  • Ensure Color, Material, Trend implementation to be a strong competitive differentiator in the market.
  • Direct & Lead Strategic Color /Advanced Material Concepts including Print/Pattern across all design/horizontal design disciplines to create merchandising opportunities with consistent visual alignment. Guide/Lead & Orchestrate among key stakeholders in Future, CTC, & Retail.  for maximum impact.
  • Inform, Recognize, and include diverse category business, market, and consumer needs among business functions.
  • Lead partnership across horizontal CD with BU stakeholders to ensure market & distribution opportunities are achieved with success through color, print/pattern excellence.
  • Implement  horizontal brand & key seasonal strategies to achieve sustainability and environmental targets across all categories and BU's. This includes product excellence and “making more with less” with reduction, clarity, & discipline.
  • Ensure continuous exchange of relevant color & print/pattern information between the business units, co-headquarters (HZA & PDX, SLD) & Creation Centers (CCS, CCT, CCSP).  Find more synergies within the ranges & global creative direction culture.
  • Develop a succession plan for future leaders between both Color, Print/Pattern.
  • Direct and curate visual tools and presentations for Color, Materials, Pattern/Print inclusive of Trend & Insights. This will be both physical & digital toolboxes seasonally. Enhance a more tangible Creative Direction experience.
  • Lead Seasonal Milestone events together among Trend, Color, Materials, & Graphics in conjunction with BU category stakeholders to shape, ideate, and curate the final seasonal brand guidelines from Creative Direction brand & function wide.
  • Ensure constant collaboration & upskilling across CD & BU CMG lead network.


  • Staff most suitable persons in direct report positions as well as team members on lower levels
  • Set personal objectives, guidelines and assess the team
  • Develop functional and social skills of the team on and off the job
  • Manage all reports as an integrated team by setting objectives, targets and guidelines to ensure smooth cooperation of all direct reports along all interfaces
  • Identify and prepare talents in respective Category for career progression within the adidas organization
  • Cost centre budget responsibility

Key Relationships:

  • Creative & BU Design Directors; Future, Brand Design, Head Office
  • Each Horizontal Function

Knowledge, Capabilities and Skills:

  • Big picture and visionary thinking
  • Strategic acting
  • Leading through visions and values
  • Develop leaders and manage talents
  • Personal impact
  • Proven track record in Design


  1. >10 years functional
  2. > 8 years leadership experience
  3. Degree in Design or related field
  4. Fluent in English
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The Facts

Jobtitle Senior Director Color & Print/Pattern f. Creative Direction (m/f/d)
Team Design
Brand adidas
Location Herzogenaurach
Country Germany
Number 184454
Position Type Full time
Date Oct-25, 2018
Relocation yes

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