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Adidas America Director Enterprise Architecture (m/f/d) in Herzogenaurach, Germany

Director Enterprise Architecture (m/f/d)

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

The creation, iteration, and maintenance of structures such as enterprise and business architectures embodying the key principles, methods and models that describe the organization's future state, and that enable its evolution. This typically involves the interpretation of business goals and drivers; the translation of business strategy and objectives into an “operating model”; the strategic assessment of current capabilities; the identification of required changes in capabilities; and the description of inter-relationships between people, organization, service, process, data, information, technology and the external environment. The architecture development process supports the formation of the constraints, standards and guiding principles necessary to define, assure and govern the required evolution; this facilitates change in the organization's structure, business processes, systems and infrastructure in order to achieve predictable transition to the intended state.

Key Responsibilities:


  • Takes responsibility for understanding client requirements, collecting data, delivering analysis and problem resolution.

  • Identifies, evaluates and recommends options, implementing if required.

  • Collaborates with, and facilitates stakeholder groups, as part of formal or informal consultancy agreements.

  • Seeks to fully address client needs, enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of client personnel, by ensuring that proposed solutions are properly understood and appropriately exploited.


  • Builds on and refines appropriate outline ideas for the evaluation, development, demonstration and implementation of research.

  • Contributes to research goals and funding proposals.

  • Collects and analyses qualitative and quantitative data as required.

  • Creates research reports to communicate research methodology, findings and conclusions.

  • Presents papers at conferences, contribute significant sections of material of publication quality, and presents reports to clients.

  • Contributes to research plans and identifies appropriate opportunities for publication and dissemination of research findings.

  • Makes an active contribution to research communities.

Enterprise and business architecture

  • Leads the creation and review of a systems capability strategy that meets the strategic requirements of the business.

  • Captures and prioritises market and environmental trends, business strategies and objectives, and identifies the business benefits of alternative strategies.

  • Develops enterprise-wide architecture and processes which ensure that the strategic application of change is embedded in the management of the organisation, ensuring the buy-in of all key stakeholders.

  • Develops and presents business cases, for high-level initiatives, approval, funding and prioritisation.

  • Sets strategies, policies, standards and practices to ensure compliance between business strategies, technology strategies, and enterprise transformation activities.

Emerging technology monitoring

  • Monitors the external environment to gather intelligence on emerging technologies.

  • Assesses and documents the impacts, threats and opportunities to the organisation.

  • Creates reports and technology roadmaps and shares knowledge and insights with others.

Business analysis

  • Investigates operational requirements, problems, and opportunities, seeking effective business solutions through improvements in automated and non-automated components of new or changed processes.

  • Assists in the analysis of stakeholder objectives, and the underlying issues arising from investigations into business requirements and problems and identifies options for consideration.

  • Works with stakeholders, to identify potential benefits and available options for consideration, and in defining acceptance tests.

  • Contributes to selection of the business analysis methods, tools and techniques for projects; selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches.

Business modelling

  • Produces models in support of business strategy.

  • Has in-depth knowledge of a broad range of industry-wide modelling techniques.

  • Advises on the choice of techniques and approach and influences customers accordingly.

  • Capable of developing bespoke models for unusual contexts.

  • Responsible for planning and co-ordinating team modelling activities and for ensuring the quality of their work.

Relationship management

  • Identifies the communications and relationship needs of stakeholder groups.

  • Translates communications/stakeholder engagement strategies into specific activities and deliverables.

  • Facilitates open communication and discussion between stakeholders, acting as a single point of contact by developing, maintaining and working to stakeholder engagement strategies and plans.

  • Provides informed feedback to assess and promote understanding.

  • Facilitates business decision-making processes.

  • Captures and disseminates technical and business information.

If required: People Management / Resource Management:

  • Supports resource planning and may have full responsibility in recruiting process.

  • Implements resource plans, including conducting recruitment interviews.

  • Facilitates selection, assessment and on-boarding processes, and internal resource allocation.

  • Contributes to transitioning of resources, complying with relevant statutory or external regulations and codes of good practice.

  • Ensures appropriate leadership skills are present at every level through creating a motivational and supportive work environment in which employees are coached, trained and provided with career opportunities through development

  • Allocates the different work to the respective employees considering experience, complexity, workload and organizational efficiency

  • Continuously monitors and evaluates team workload and organizational efficiency with the support of IT systems, data and analysis and team feedback and makes appropriate changes to meet business needs.

  • Provides team members/direct reports with clear direction and targets that are aligned with business needs and GIT objectives

Key Relationships:

  • Global IT

  • Respective business function (GOPS, Finance, HR, Brand Marketing, Wholesale/Retail)

  • HR Management

  • Controlling Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Four-year college or university degree with focus on Business Administration or IT or related areas, or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Proficient spoken and written command of English

  • At least 10 -year experience in IT

  • 7 years of experience in relevant area

  • 5-year experience in team management including professional

  • International Experience - ideally working abroad and mobile in leadership roles for multiple years and has functional/market experience in projects with a local/global perspective

  • Participated in a global project execution/ significant contribution to local/functional project

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: Director Enterprise Architecture (m/f/d)

Brand: adidas

Location: Herzogenaurach

TEAM: Information Technology

State: BY

Country/Region: DE

Contract Type: Full time

Number: 301448

Date: Apr 14, 2021