Adidas America Senior Manager Digital Strategic & Transformation Program in Amsterdam, Netherlands
Senior Manager Digital Strategic & Transformation Program
As a Senior Manager, Strategic & Transformation Programs in adidas Digital your task is to manage and deliver mid-scale digital projects, significant RFCs or sub-elements of large-scale digital projects. The project scope can be on a local or global level across brands and functions. Your objective is to conduct the projects within the boundaries of time, cost & quality while focusing on consumers’ expectations and requirements. Dynamic consulting, planning, executing and tracking projects in cooperation with the respective functions and project team members are a few examples of what is expected from this role. Additionally, you will be focusing on resource management, vendor management and coordination activities, acting as the central interface to project stakeholders. All the while, you must ensure strong communication, exceptional collaboration and stakeholder management, and navigate with a nuanced understanding of how a diverse international organization works.
Scope: Manage and deliver mid-scale digital projects on a local or global level
Project/ Program Delivery:
Deliver projects end-to-end successfully, ideally through effective application of PMI/Agile methodology.
Develop detailed plans that allow providing transparency on progress and identifying risks on time.
Identify interdependencies with other projects and solve issues proactively.
Drive continuous improvement of products, processes or systems within the project scope.
Form, lead, manage and monitor multi-functional team resources (internals and externals) to deliver and support projects.
Partner with Supplier Management/ Procurement department in order to manage suppliers for the projects & programs in scope, e.g. interviews, staffing, supplier costs.
Consultation & Communication:
Act as the key contact person for major local / global stakeholders.
Apply appropriate and effective communication methods to senior management and important stakeholders (incl. vendor) throughout the project lifecycle.
As conflicts and escalations arise within projects, identify solutions and drive their resolution in a timely and appropriate manner.
Manage change within projects and ensure changes are smoothly and successfully implemented to achieve lasting benefits.
Manage project controlling as an independent element to ensure that actual project costs are in line the committed budget.
Drive engagement reviews. Verify compliance with quality assurance procedures. Validate if project are delivering against program KPIs.
Manage the monitoring of project variables (cost, effort, scope, etc.) against plan in order to implement corrective or preventive actions.
Drive the implementation of elements of the transformation to full agile working mode and facilitate agile adoption.
Contribute to developing and orchestrating the demand & delivery process within DBC.
Facilitate initial demand discussions.
Create business cases per market with support from the Analytics team to evaluate growth opportunities.
Propose priorities for market rollouts based on business potential and market specific needs.
Develop base platform capabilities required to fulfill business cases, together with IT.
Create a supportive work environment in which employees are coached, trained and provided with career opportunities through development.
Provide team members/direct reports with clear direction and targets that are aligned with business needs and DBC objectives.
Major Global and Market stakeholders
Respective business function (GOPS, Finance, HR, Brand Marketing, Wholesale/Retail, IT)
Project and Program Teams
Education & Experience:
University degree with focus on Business Administration, Communication or IT or related areas, or equivalent combination of education and experience
8+ years of in-depth experience related to project management or similar topics
3-5 years of professional experience in the ecosystem environment of the project area in scope
Experience in Finance is a plus
Experience working with stakeholders at various seniority levels as well as subject matter experts across various functions (Developers, business stakeholders, product and marketing teams, etc.)
1+ years of experience in leading a team
Skills Critical thinking and interpersonal skills:
Resiliency to be able to thrive in ambiguity and untangle complex situations into actionable activities
Highly developed collaboration and leadership skills are required
Strong communication skills, especially when interacting with different functions and levels of the business
Ability to work in a dynamic, ever changing environment with different international cultures
Distinctive strategic mindset and ability to prioritize and delegate high numbers of tasks with varying workload and importance
Solutions-oriented approach and entrepreneurial mindset
Good numerical and analytical skills
Strong MS-Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
Ability to travel, domestic or international, as required
Advanced understanding of IT
Very good knowledge of Agile working methods e.g. Scrum/Kanban
Very good knowledge of PMI methods ideally with certification
Fluent English both verbally and written
At adidas we have a winning culture. But to win, physical power is not enough. Just like athletes our employees need mental strength in their game. We foster the athlete‘s mindset through a set of behaviors that we want to enable and develop in our people and that are at the core of our unique company culture – the 3Cs: CONFIDENCE, COLLABORATION and CREATIVITY.
CONFIDENCE allows athletes to make quick decisions on the field, to reach higher. For us at adidas confidence means acknowledging that we don’t have all the answers. But we are willing to take risks, we try new things. And if we fail, then this is part of our learning – it helps us improve.
COLLABORATION . Every elite athlete relies on partners: coaches, teammates, and nutritionists. We, too, know that we are stronger together. Winning as one team takes open and candid dialogue, inclusiveness and trust in each other’s abilities and talents.
Being the best sports company in the world takes CREATIVITY . No great athlete succeeds by copying their predecessors’ training plans and strategies. We have to be open to new ideas, explore, gain an edge and stand out. Only then can we succeed.
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.
Job Title: Senior Manager Digital Strategic & Transformation Program
Contract Type: Full time
Date: Nov 25, 2021