Do you think we can do better for the environment we play and train in?
At adidas, the answer to this question is always yes because for them, environmental sustainability is one of the greatest expressions of their purpose: "Through sport, we have the power to change lives." After all, if we don’t protect the ground we’re on, how can we play sport?
adidas is constantly upping its game when it comes to sustainability. Where some may feel defeated by the significant environmental challenges ahead, adidas sees an opportunity to win together; a mindset that is central to their 5-year growth and investment strategy, Own the Game.
Environmental sustainability is integral to Own the Game, but adidas can't meet its ambitious 2025 targets alone. The challenges faced are too complex and far bigger than adidas, so they know that a team effort is required across multiple stakeholders, businesses and sectors to leave the planet better than they found it.
Why should this interest you?
adidas is expanding its global environmental team because they know that looking after the environment responsibly is a gamechanger - both for people today and for future generations.
If you're driven by the thought of guiding and monitoring an industry-leading supply chain strategy, joining adidas makes sense. With a large, multi-tiered and varied supply chain, adidas takes a detailed and systematic approach to managing its supplier relationships. As part of this new business function, adidas is hiring a Manager of Environmental Field Operations, Supply Chain (Tier 1) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
That's where you come in…
adidas views its suppliers as long-term partners and above all else, establishing an open and transparent dialogue with them is a must. Success in this role will require you to be a strong communicator with the ability to influence stakeholders at every level of seniority as you guide and monitor adidas environmental supply chain strategy, programme and targets for its Tier 1 suppliers. This includes over 300 suppliers - primarily located in Vietnam, Indonesia, China and Cambodia.
You'll also be on the ground with your head in the game, so your technical competence will be one of your most valuable assets - as will your ability to speak the local language. This means having strong expertise in more than one of adidas core environmental areas: carbon/renewable energy, waste/zero landfill, water, wastewater/chemicals.
Managing and implementing adidas environmental supply chain strategy, programme and targets for its Tier 1 suppliers
Ensuring facilities achieve fulfilment of adidas environmental programme requirements and targets
Providing expertise to Tier 1 suppliers on technical issues around energy, waste, water, chemical management and/or wastewater in the Global Supply Chain
Identifying areas of risk and providing recommendations that incorporate legal obligations, strategic commitments and environmental requirements
Analysing environmental indicators to track performance of suppliers and provide business partners with clear summary on supplier performance
Providing guidance, capacity building and technical knowledge to facilities on all environmental issues to drive improvements
Identifying and addressing training needs in the supply chain, conducting regular advisory to ensure suppliers meet reporting deadlines in the sustainability systems
Increasing internal awareness and knowledge about adidas environmental programme achievements
Building relationships and collaborating effectively with key internal stakeholders, including the global environmental team, sourcing division, global operations, as well as external stakeholders such as NGOs, government bodies, professional institutions and more
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
Strong project management knowledge and experience, including developing and maintaining project plans, providing regular communication, coordination, problem resolution and budget administration
Strong business acumen with an ability to keep an accurate pulse on challenges and opportunities in your business area
Superior quantitative and analytical problem-solving skills with a natural curiosity and an ability to navigate complexity, uncertainty and ambiguity with ease
Ability to develop business cases effectively, including financial implications for environmental investments
Excellent oral and written communication skills to convey complex information in a way that is simple and easy to understand across diverse stakeholder groups
Demonstrable experience interacting with stakeholders of all levels, flexing your approach to partner, influence and share knowledge across relevant networks
Strong written and verbal English, any other regional (Asia Pacific) language is a plus
High proficiency in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint programmes
Requisite education and experience / minimum qualifications:
5+ years of experience managing and implementing environmental issues within a manufacturing setting, footwear knowledge is preferred
Master's degree in Environmental Studies, Science, Engineering, Climate discipline (Bachelor's degree can be considered for the right candidate)
If you love sport and you want to change the world, the ball is in your court. Please apply directly or contact Liam Goldsworthy at Liam.Goldsworthy@acre.com because we'd love to hear from you.