Herzogenaurach, BY, DE
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Senior Manager Digital Technologies Footwear (M/F/D) - Product Operations

Land : Deutschland Deutschland

Bundesland : Bayern

Stadt : Herzogenaurach

Berufsfelder : Finanzwesen

Vertragsform : Festanstellung

Arbeitszeit : Vollzeit


- Creates digital models using computational creation tools (Rhino, Grasshopper, Houdini, ...) for new and innovative Design ideas.
- Partners closely with Product creation teams to establish norms and standard procedures around the use of new creation technologies.
- Researches, evaluates and benchmarks innovative applications/technologies in his area of responsibility and aligns the related findings with the Director Creation technologies.
- Continuously develops his expertise by visiting fairs, conferences, using the internet and building networks with external technology experts.
- Creates and continuously improves an industry leading technology set up in the area od 3D, generative and computational Design and Engineering within the adidas Group.
- Develops innovative improvement strategies & helps to define process visions supported by technology.
- Defines and continuously updates technology implementation roadmap for the adidas Group according to business needs in his area of responsibility.
- Uses his sound product creation process knowledge to initiate and drive implementation of business relevant technology innovations.
- Translates complicated technological facts into business opportunities.
- Communicates and presents technology opportunities to secure buy in from business stakeholders.
- Supports budget allocation decisions by influencing prioritization of technology innovations according to business benefits.
- Manages the interfaces with external business partners by representing the adidas Group and its strategies and translating these in an understandable manner to the external technology providers.
- Communicates and presents new technology opportunities process technologies to internal interfaces to ensure the technology development meets customers' expectations.
- Set strategy for technical trainings for Project Managers, Design, Marketing, LO's and vendors to ensure all involved teams can work effectively with newly implemented and existing applications.
- Identify and addresses opportunities for intellectual property safeguarding and support IP safeguarding implementation.
- Establishes advanced working relationships and a people's network with internal and external technology experts in his area of responsibility.
- Earns reputation and recognition as an expert for his area of responsibility.
People Management (if applicable):
- Build the appropriate structure to be able to manage the respective organization effectively, identify and develop the future talents and create realistic succession scenarios for key positions.
- Ensure 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.
- Allocate the different topics and work streams to the respective teams and employees considering experience, complexity, workload and organizational efficiency.
- Continuously monitor and evaluate team workload and organizational efficiency with the support of systems, data and analysis and team feedback and make appropriate changes in order to meet business needs.
- Provide team members/direct reports (if applicable) with clear direction and targets that are aligned with business needs and Legal objectives.
Key Relationships:
- Marketing
- Design
- Brand Operations
- Sourcing
- Global IT
- External partners (e.g. software vendors)
Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organisation:
This role will focus on footwear technologies relevant to Computational Design & Engineering and 3D modeling, and support the Product Teams to create and commercialize new and innovative Computational Design concepts. It conducts research and defines technology strategy for its area of responsibility according to business needs in close alignment with internal stakeholders, external partners and Director Digital Technologies.


- Management skills preferred
- Ability to translate complex technical circumstances into business relevant facts
- Excellent software knowledge/skills (CAD software, Computational Design Tools, Virtual Reality, Graphic Software, 3D Design)
- Good Programming knowledge
- Robust product creation process knowledge (pattern knowledge is a plus)
- General affinity for IT systems & workflows
- Advanced presentation skills
- Fluent English
Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:
- University Degree or comparable education in industrial design, mechanical engineering, multimedia art, media informatics, communication design and/ or computer graphics
- Minimum of 6 to 7 years related work experience
- First experience in people management

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