Senior Manager Lean Process Footwear

Guangzhou | Greater China | Sourcing


  • Lead and manage the implementation of ‘adidas Lean Operation System’ across supply base of Tier 1 and selected Tier 2 vendor within sourcing country.
  • Lead and manage Lean projects within factories that will deliver significant improvements in Quality, Speed & Efficiency in across Tier 1 and selected Tier 2 vendors.

Key Responsibilities:  

  • Contribute to the creation of the ‘adidas Lean Operation System’ for all Footwear Tier 1 factory to drive Quality, Speed and Efficiency. Support and execute the creation of all relevant document and roll out plans.
  • Lead, manage and drive the implementation of ‘adidas Lean Operating System” to all Tier 1 factories throughout their end to end footwear manufacturing processes.
  • Contribute to the creation of ‘adidas Lean Operation System’ evaluation methodology and support the annual evaluation process.
  • Lead and drive Lean methodology implementation in development & commercialization process to improve quality, speed and efficiency in manufacturing.
  • Establish report & track factory Lean KPI performance on monthly and seasonal basis. Analyse performance data and initiate follow up action accordingly when necessary.
  • Ensure lean principles are embedded in the development of new process and machinery by active collaboration, providing input and coaching the Technology Development Team.
  • Lead and drive Lean projects within Tier 1 factories and selected Tier 2 vendors within sourcing country. Measure progress, review and analyse results. Document and report to management.
  • Actively identify manufacturing process improvement opportunities through regular production line walk through and initiate process improvement projects with factory teams and LO teams.
  • Lead and facilitate lean training, lean workshops and cross functional events with all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Collaborate actively with peers across other sourcing location, exchange ideas & best practice examples and adopt best practices within area of responsibility.
  • Liaise with Manufacturing Excellence Apparel and A&G teams to identify opportunities and learnings to be adopted for new cell design and lean process flow.Key Relationships:
  • ME Footwear teams in all LO, Footwear Sourcing
  • LO Production Teams, Footwear Sourcing
  • LO Product Creation Teams, Footwear Sourcing
  • LO Functional teams, Material, Costing, Quality, etc.
  • T1 and T2 business partners
  • T1 Lean & CI teams.
  •  Knowledge Skills and Abilities:
  • Excellent Lean / Six Sigma knowledge and experience in manufacturing implementation.
  • Strong project management skills, able to lead several cross functional projects with diverse project teams.
  • Good problem-solving skills and a creative approach for new ideas
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and English communication skills.
  • Ability to effectively interact with different departments and functions.

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  • University degree in Business, Engineering or a related field. 
  • Training in Lean Manufacturing and 6 Sigma tools with certification.
  • 8+ years of experience in Lean implementation in the field or equivalent experience.
  • Experience in training, consulting or working with remote factories and cultures a plus.
  • Experience in footwear manufacturing or related field a plus.
  • Experience in multinational companies TA14
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The Facts

Jobtitle Senior Manager Lean Process Footwear
Team Sourcing
Brand adidas
City Guangzhou
Location Greater China
Number 196071
Position Type Full time
Date Jun-05, 2019
Relocation no

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