Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion (m/f/d)

Herzogenaurach | Germany | Marketing & Communications


The Senior Director of Diversity & Inclusion will drive the global Diversity & Inclusion strategy for adidas.  Acting as a change agent for the implementation of D&I initiatives, the Senior Director will oversee the Global Diversity & Inclusion Team to ensure leaders across the organization are driving D&I best practices.

Key Accountabilities

  • Drive the further development of global Diversity & Inclusion innovation, concepts, strategies and implementation
  • Build and enhance initiatives to support hiring, retention and development of diverse talent through active research and benchmarking
  • Create alignment and continuity across senior management, internal customers, the Global Diversity & Inclusion Team, external service contractors, community organizations and governments to ensure accountability
  • Underline and drive relevance of Diversity & Inclusion through strong communication and transparency in close collaboration with internal and external Communication teams
  • Establish, track, report and analyze company diversity metrics to measure effectiveness against set HR KPIs
  • Manage the Global Diversity & Inclusion Team providing strategic guidance and empowering them to coach leaders across the organization to bring awareness, support and advocacy for global D&I programs and initiatives
  • Ensure access to company-wide D&I training
  • Report progress periodically and on request to executive leadership (Board, HRSLT)

Knowledge, Capabilities and Experience

  • Deep interest for the field of Diversity & Inclusion
  • Progressive experience in a multinational company with experience in leading Diversity & Inclusion teams, projects and initiatives
  • Direct experience in a branded, consumer-facing industry
  • Knowledge of global, contemporary diversity and inclusion concepts and critical metrics
  • Strong analytical skills
  • Proven experience leading international teams  
  • Service-minded and global thinker, networker, customer/consumer focus, end-to-end thinker, international mind-set
  • Proven experience leading change in large organizations
  • Excellent convincing and influencing skills, leading and running complex projects across multiple departments and countries
  • Quickly builds credibility with senior management demonstrating high emotional intelligence
  • Resilient and deals effectively with difficult situations, negotiates persuasively, has a clear opinion and conveys ideas to the point
  • Initiates and develops productive relationships based on trust and credibility
  • Strong integrator skills, such as a keen interest and ability to build connections among people that goes beyond support
  • A willingness to listen, observe and learn from teams and individuals, a value base that recognizes and celebrates the diverse abilities of people
  • Capability to reduce complexity and to identify/manage dependencies
  • Very strong analytical and conceptual thinking and expertise in HR strategy and organization
  • Strong business insight:  Has validated project management experience with high levels of business and process knowledge
  • Capability to build further understanding in strategic HR topics
  • Ability to work in and thrive in a changing business environment.


  1. University degree in Business or related field
  2. Advanced studies in HR, change, project or process management a plus
  3. 10+ years of progressive experience; with at least 5 years of experience in Diversity & Inclusion
  4. 5+ years of experience in successful partnering with Employee Resource Groups
  5. International, cross-functional and intercultural experience
  6. Strong project management skills, certification a plus
  7. Consistent track record of leading and implementing large-scale global or regional programs and projects
  8. Experience leading highly functional teams
  9. Knowledge and experience in strategic workforce management preferred
  10. English fluent (written and spoken), German is a plus
  11. Strong MS Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), MS Project
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adidas celebrates diversity, supports inclusiveness and encourages individual expression in our workplace. We do not tolerate the harassment or discrimination toward any of our applicants or employees. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

At adidas, every day is a chance to flip the script. An invitation to take everything we know and re-invent it. Do it better. Never settling for good enough. Every day we get up, invent, adapt, improvise, find new ways to collaborate, and do the unexpected. We’re creators, makers and doers. Helping athletes make a difference, not just in their games, but in their lives and in their world. It’s an obsession.

We’ve been doing this for more than 65 years. With an unmatched history and tradition of creating iconic products, consumer connections and experiences, we’ve been defining sport culture since the beginning. And we’re never done. Come be a part of shaping the future together with us.

The Facts

Jobtitle Senior Director, Diversity and Inclusion (m/f/d)
Team Marketing & Communications
Brand adidas
City Herzogenaurach
Location Germany
Number 193929
Position Type Full time
Date Apr-02, 2019
Relocation yes

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