VP Sustainability Operations (f/m/d)

Herzogenaurach | Germany | Global Operations


To lead, drive and strengthen the impact of the adidas environmental sustainability program by

  • Inputting into the adidas strategy, during the strategy cycle;
  • providing cross functional direction and guidance on the company’s environmental sustainability ambitions and priorities;
  • ensuring effective delivery against environmental targets and milestones;  
  • keeping consistency in the end-to-end execution of agreed initiatives.
  • Representing the company externally on adidas corporate sustainability efforts.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide environmental and sustainability strategic input into the adidas strategy
  • Develop cross functional direction and guidance on the company’s environmental sustainability ambitions and priorities
  • Develop measurable environmental targets KPIs, drive and execute related initiatives, track and report on progress
  • Review and drive process and technology innovations to meet reduction targets in close collaboration with Futures, Advanced Concepts and Manufacturing Excellence Teams
  • Develop and mature the company’s in-house environmental management systems
  • Ensure end-to-end alignment and consistency in program management and communication to all internal stakeholders
  • Represent adidas externally as a spokesperson on our corporate sustainability efforts.
  • Drive the development of a sustainability data infrastructure and contribute to the establishment and maintenance of a company-wide environmental sustainability reporting structure
  • Manage and build an international high-performance team by providing performance objectives and feedback, addressing development needs, implementing training plans and structuring the team for optimal impact

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Develop cross functional environmental direction on water, chemicals, climate and circularity based on defined strategic priorities that effectively address environmental needs and complement brand specific consumer-facing programs
  • Build and maintain effective program portfolio tracking through KPIs to ensure delivery and execution of cross-cutting initiatives
  • Facilitate and manage Sustainability Steering Board tasked to build internal transparency on all sustainability-related subjects (social & environmental compliance, social purpose, consumer-facing programs) and align on internal and external messaging.
  • Search for and identify environmental technologies and process innovations through close interaction with innovation drivers and think tanks
  • Develop and mature Environmental Analytics and data systems ensuring impact measurement and functional Footprint tracking as basis for decision making and external reporting
  • Develop and maintain environmental management systems for own operations and sites including retail
  • Develop effective support for Global Sales and Markets in managing customer-facing requests and programs
  • Manage memberships to environmental alliances and industry partnerships

Requisite Education/Experience:

  • University degree; preferably with a solid technical background (textiles and/or footwear material engineering)
  • Solid experience in environmental management systems (ISO, EMAS)
  • Experience in material science (textile, footwear) and related environmental technologies
  • In-depth knowledge in footwear, apparel business model and operating procedures benefitial
  • Fluent english skills, German benefitial but not required
  • Minimum 8 years work experience in a consumer-centric FMCG company

Soft skills:

  • Excellent analytical and conceptual thinking and expertise in strategy management and organization.
  • Experienced in leading programs/projects and proven track record in contributing to larger initiatives.
  • Strong verbal and written presentation and communications skills
  • Dense network to environmental service organizations, think tanks and innovation hubs
  • Excellent skills in leading high-performance teams
  • Solid knowledge and experience in external stakeholder engagement and management.
  • Proactive and excellent communication (writing and talking) skills in German and English
  • International mind-set.
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The Facts

Jobtitle VP Sustainability Operations (f/m/d)
Team Global Operations
Brand adidas
Location Herzogenaurach
Country Germany
Number 187408
Position Type Full time
Date Dec-05, 2018
Relocation yes

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