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Adidas America Senior Manager SEA, Environment - Chemicals & Wastewater Management in Shanghai, China

Senior Manager SEA, Environment - Chemicals & Wastewater Management

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

The management of chemicals in multi-layer supply chain is complex and challenge, therefore we need to work in wider spectrum and collaboratively with various stakeholders such as chemical experts, industry association, to drive changes and identify the opportunities for further improvement.

The purpose of this role is to support Director, Social and Environmental Affairs (SEA) to manage end to end chemical management matters and issues in SEA. The role is fast paced, highly collaborative and operates within a dynamic work environment that demands agility and flexibility.

Key Responsibilities:

  • As the Chemical & Wastewater champion, drive and execute chemical/wastewater policies and standard to our global supply chain partners and business partners by defining the methodology or process and setting measurable outcomes.

  • Provide technical advisory to relevant internal stakeholders on chemical management practice and/or alternatives that fulfill adidas requirement

  • Provide technical advice to suppliers on how to improve their chemical/wastewater performance in the event of any compliance breaches and drive continuous improvement.

  • Ensures facilities understand and fulfill adidas chemical management compliance and working towards to targets.

  • Analyze the performance indicators to track supplier performance and provide business partners with clear summary on supplier performance under his/her coverage.

  • Identify the areas of risk and provide recommendations in respect of those risks, based on legal obligations, strategic commitments and/or SEA requirements

  • Identify training needs of in the supply chain and provide training and conduct regular advisory to ensure suppliers meet reporting deadlines in the sustainability systems.

  • Engage with chemical suppliers/chemical industry experts to support the implementation of chemical policy in our supply chain

  • Guide and support environmental team to roll out adidas Chemicals Management Programme in key countries.

  • Raise internal awareness and knowledge about adidas Chemical management policies and requirement.

  • Participates in relevant industry external engagements and contribute the development of industry standard.

Key Relationships:


  • SEA Global Environmental Team

  • Sourcing Division, Global Operations and local teams

  • Key Regional LOs


  • Local and regional industry associations on chemicals e.g. ZDHC

  • Laboratories

  • Engage in dialogue with third parties, including NGO, Government bodies and professional institutions

  • External monitors

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities :

  • Strong project management knowledge and experience, including developing and maintaining project plans, providing regular communication, coordination, problem resolution and undertaking budget administration.

  • Strong business acumen and superior quantitative and analytical problem-solving skills

  • Proven ability to develop business cases, including financial implications for environmental investments

  • Strong team player with proven ability to work cross functionally to achieve goals and objectivesand ability to work independently as well as in team setting.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills to convey complex information in a simple, easily understood to diverse groups of stakeholders

  • Proven ability to interact with all levels, partnering, facilitating, and influencing and utilizing internal and external resources

  • Strong written and verbal English, any other regional (Asia Pacific) language is a plus

  • High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint programs

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Minimum 8 years’ experience in managing chemical/ wastewater management aspects in apparel or footwear industry, with footwear knowledge is preferred

  • Within which 3 years of relevant project leadership, and stakeholder management experienceProven people and team management skill (at least 3 years)

  • Bachelor’s degree or above in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering

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 SEA, Environment - Chemicals & Wastewater Management

Brand: adidas

Location: Shanghai

TEAM: Legal / SEA

State: 31

Country/Region: CN

Contract Type: Full time

Number: 298768

Date: Feb 4, 2021