Herzogenaurach, BY, DE
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Senior Product Owner Workplaces (M/F/D)

Land : Deutschland Deutschland

Bundesland : Bayern

Stadt : Herzogenaurach

Berufsfelder : Marketing

Vertragsform : Festanstellung

Arbeitszeit : Vollzeit


Workplaces is responsible for the active management of the Global Real Estate Portfolio including leases and transactions of all the properties, all design, construction and operations for offices, showrooms and DC's for adidas.
To meet the specific needs of the Workplaces function, adidas focuses on a product-led strategy to adopt technical systems, tools, and processes that run and operate a sustainable real estate portfolio. Product-led allows adidas functions to actively manage products or tech tools throughout their lifecycle (inception through to retirement) to address user needs and generate the greatest possible value for the business.
Workplaces owns five products that deliver global processes and tools related to data and analytics, contract & lease management, space management, facility management, and facility services. The Senior Product Owner Workplaces is responsible for 1 - 2 Products in the Workplaces suite, continuously improving and evolving the product in order to maximize the value for all internal customers. In close partnership with Tech, the Product Owner will manage the product backlog, prioritize improvements with stakeholder input, monitor and communicate releases, and manage a product team to deliver the improvements.
Key Responsibilities:
Stakeholder Management
- Investigate operational requirements, problems, and opportunities, seeking effective business solutions through improvements in automated and non-automated analytics and reporting tools across the Workplaces system landscape.
- Develops relationships with the Workplaces Senior Leadership Team to ensure alignment of goals and roadmap of the product to deliver effective solutions.
- Facilitates input from functional stakeholders, provides constructive challenge and enables effective prioritization of requirements.
- Works with stakeholders, to identify specific user stories to define acceptance tests.
- Implements stakeholder engagement/communications plan.
- Deals with problems and issues, managing resolutions, corrective actions, lessons learned and the collection and dissemination of relevant information.
- Collects and uses feedback from customers and stakeholders to help measure effectiveness of stakeholder management.
Requirements Definition
- Establishes the requirements baselines, obtains formal agreement to requirements, and ensures traceability to source.
- Supports the development of organizational methods and standards.
- Analyses market and/or user research, feedback, expert opinion and usage data to understand needs and opportunities.
- Defines and manages scoping, requirements definition and prioritization activities for complex initiatives.
- Reviews requirements for errors and omissions.
- Investigates, manages, and applies authorized requests for changes to baseline requirements, in line with change management policy.
Program and project support
- Help provision of support services to projects.
- Uses and recommends project control solutions for planning, scheduling, and tracking projects.
- Provides detailed guidance on project management/agile software, procedures, processes, tools, and techniques.
- Supports program or project control boards, project assurance teams and quality review meetings.
- Provides basic guidance on individual project proposals.
- May be involved in aspects of supporting a program by providing a cross program view on risk, change, quality, finance, or configuration management.
Product Management
- Acts as product owner for one or more Workplaces products or services.
- Works with the Product Domain owner to manage the product lifecycle enabling the product to meet the needs of customers/users and achieve financial or other targets.
- Utilizes appropriate product development methods, tools, and techniques to manage the product lifecycle through agile methodologies.
- Prioritizes product requirements and owns the product backlog.
- Supports user engagement and adoption by planning development of product collateral, supporting and evaluating campaigns, and monitoring product performance.
Release Management
- Rolls-out trials and product launches and supports communications and training.
- Assesses and analyses release components, processes or task changes, and risk.
- Provides input to scheduling.
- Carries out the builds and tests in coordination with testers and component specialists maintaining and administering the tools and methods - manual or automatic - and ensuring, where possible, information exchange with configuration management.
- Ensures release processes and procedures are maintained
Key Relationships:
- Workplaces Senior Leadership Team
- Workplaces functional leads: Portfolio Management, Data Strategy Team, Health/Safety Energy & Environment team, Facility Management teams, Workplace Experience Teams, Workplace Operations teams
- Global IT
- Global Finance
- Global Business Services
- Controlling
- External service providers (software supplier, consultants)


- Experience with product-led approach, agile methodology and tools
- Knowledge of real estate portfolio management, Integrated Workplace Management (IWMS) systems and programs, and/or computer-aided facility management systems (CAFM)
- Knowledge of data and analytics platforms (Power BI)
- Knowledge of SAP systems and system architecture recommended
- Ability to coach, guide and manage product teams
- Pro-active (engaging & impact-oriented) mindset, ability to think end-to-end
- Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with different international cultures
- Business mindset: strong numerical and analytical skills, experience in finance
- Strong experience to manage complex projects on a global level
- Strong experience to work on several projects simultaneously
- Strong communication (both written and verbal) and facilitation skills (small and large groups) especially when interacting with different levels of business
- Ability to travel, domestic or international, as required
- Change Management skills
- Fluent English skills (verbal and written)
- Strong MS-Office skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint)
- Strong knowledge of agile tools (Jira, Confluence, Smartsheet, Collibra)
Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:
- University degree (or equivalent) in Project Management, Business Administration, or IT or related areas, or equivalent
- Minimum 8 years of work experience and minimum 2 years of experience in project or IT management

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