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Director Finance aGolf at adidas Group in Carlsbad, CA

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The Director BU Finance acts as a financial advisor and business partner to the HEAD OF ADIDAS GOLF and all corresponding teams by giving recommendations to enable and drive fact-based decision-making. The Director BU Finance supervises and drives the business planning and tracking to achieve (financial) targets as well as the brand’s strategy. In this role the Director BU Finance provides guidance and insights to Marketing and Finance teams in the area of planning & target setting and convinces global and local teams to coordinate and streamline processes and procedures. This position will have a heavy interaction point with the Snr Director BU Finance HBS/Outdoor to ensure standardized reporting for the BUG HBS.


Key Responsibilities

  • Advise and influence brand adidas senior management team in strategic planning as well as translating strategic business targets in seasonal and sub-category targets
  • Lead and direct ad-hoc and scenario analysis for fast decision taking. Ensure financial guidelines are respected, identify critical processes & advice solutions
  • Inspire new process and standards for entire GOLF P&L planning/tracking from a Global and Own Retail/Global Brands perspective.
  • Significantly impact to the achievement of the department strategy.
  • Enable a fact based decision-making process by creating transparency on key performance indicators with respect to business plans (net sales, volumes, margins, range size)
  • Direct and design further improvements to adidas reporting and analytical tools regarding range efficiency, drop rounds, workload indicators, market overlap, margin calculation etc.
  • This includes standard reporting, ad-hoc analysis as well as official royalty reporting
  • Proactively identify improvement potential, derive solutions and facilitate related decisions
  • Enhance and improve working methods for day-to-day processes.
  • Provide comprehensive business expertise for the Core management team and act as an interface between different functions (Marketing, Design, Marketing Operations, CtC, Retail, Range Architecture, etc.) and different development locations to drive alignment and to ensure smooth operation of the business.
  • Manage and develop team members and set environment for performance.
  • Provide training, mentorship and leadership to define standards, processes and procedures within own area of responsibility but also in the larger circle of concern within the finance and marketing department.


Key Relationships

  • Head of adidas Golf
  • GM HBS
  • VP Product adidas Golf
  • Brand adidas senior management team and related Product Marketing Teams
  • Marketing Operations, Global Operations
  • Brand Communications
  • Global Merchandising
  • Market/Retail Finance & Performance Management Team


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Comprehensive business understanding of processes and structure
  • High degree of customer orientation
  • Ability to maneuver in consistently changing environment
  • Ability to operate cross-functionally and understanding of external business drivers
  • Thorough understanding of the complexity, interactions and dynamics within an international company
  • Very good communication skills for persuasion and convincing others both internally and externally
  • Business fluency in English (written and spoken)
  • Ability to coach, guide, manage, and develop a multinational mid-size team
  • Ability to think and act strategically and develop operational and strategic plans
  • Excellent analytical skills, managing large data quantities from multiple sources



  1. University degree in Business Administration/Finance/Controlling
  2. Comprehensive understanding of system landscape (Grape, SAP, POS BW, BI Sales, GRS, Cognos, TM1, Microstrategy, Marketing Creation & master data systems)
  3. 5-10 years working experience in Finance department
  4. 2+ years in people management role 

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