Senior Manager, Talent Partnering

Adidas | Portland, OR, United States

Posted Date 10/11/2018

The Senior Talent Partner is responsible for delivering and executing the Talent Strategy as well as core Talent programs and services (especially in the field of Talent Management & Learning, Leadership, Organizational Development) to respective HR Partners (70%) within adidas. This strong project manager will be responsible for driving non-core & functional Talent initiatives in cooperation with the Design Team and the Talent Partner network (30%). This individual will also be tasked with upskilling HR Partners on off-the-shelf (core) HR Talent products and services that can be offered to their support areas.

 Key Accountabilities:

  • Point of contact for the respective HR Leadership team, Business Leaders and HR Partners in regards to all HR Talent related programs and services. Responsible for the talent strategy specifically for that market or global function (aligned with global direction).
  • In collaboration with the HR Partners ensure consistent, timely and seamless delivery and implementation of all Talent global core programs and solutions derived from the HR & Talent Strategy across the respective business function. Enable HR Partners to consult their support areas on all core products and services.
  • Analyze business demands and consult HR Partners and Business leaders with tailored Talent solutions (non-core) for the identified business demands. Design and drive the implementation of non-core products and services in respective support area.
  • Ensure efficiency and consistency of non-core programs and services across businesses and Markets by leveraging best practices from the Talent Partner network across the globe.
  • Ambassador of the Talent Strategy and partners with HR Leadership team to foster cultural change within adidas
  • Liaise with HR Partners on Cultural Change initiatives and share best practices being developed by OD pillar.
  • Support the activation and embedding of the 3 C's of adidas (Confidence, Collaboration, Creativity) in the respective business support area.
  • Provide outside-in perspective (from Business / HR Partners into HR Talent) and contributes to the creation of integrated HR Talent products & services.
  • Consult HR Partners and the Business on strategic workforce planning. Use analytics to derive insights into addressed needs. Identify resources, capabilities and learning offers needed in the business and provide recommendations for resource and headcount planning. 
  • Consult HR Partners to have high quality career counseling conversations and development conversations with their customers (co-share the development of Development Plans for Top Talents).
  • In cooperation with the HR Partners co-facilitate workshops and meetings (e.g. Succession & Talent Conferences, Team development workshops etc.).
  • Conduct trainings to HR Partners and Line Managers around feedback and coaching.
  • Support the development of the Leadership Bench for the future in cooperation with the HR Partners.
  • Monitor customer-specific (non-core) initiatives by providing status reporting to HR Partners and with Talent organization. Assures process and execution quality through regular reporting (e.g. defined standards, schedules and metrics).
  • Provides coaching & feedback to all team members
  • Ensures that direct reports set performance plans with subordinates
  • Generates a high level of teamwork between all Departments

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Talent Capabilities: Generalist with cross-functional experience in all Talent areas (Talent Management, Leadership & Learning, Organizational Development); strong knowledge of the Talent core processes.
  • Business Capabilities: Commercial Awareness, customer focus, ability to align Talent, HR Strategy & Business Strategy.
  • Consulting Capabilities: Advanced facilitation skills and strong internal consulting skills; diagnostic skills with ability to analyses the situation and provide solutions, ideally Certified Coach; basic Program Design skills, ability to build trustful relationships with key stakeholders and HR  Partners, consulting mindset with strong executional skills.
  • Ability to think and act strategically as well as operationally.
  • Strong team player with relevant working experience in a global matrix organization.
  • Strong customer orientation, confidence to manage demand, HR Leadership team and expectations and ability to operate on senior hierarchical levels (stakeholder management).
  • Articulate and clear in written and verbal communication; engaging presentations to large groups and teams. Provides ideas and thought leadership on people topics. Confident, creative and collaborative and role models this within the team, coaching others across the team.
  • Strong Presentation to all employees including senior management and excellent networking skills.
  • Shows deep understanding of the overall strategy and derived goals. Translates goals in actionable projects or tasks.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Minimum of 8 years’ work experience in Talent Management, Leadership & Learning, Organizational Development or relevant HR fields.
  2. International experience and mindset.
  3. Fluent in English, ideally in other languages.
  4. Training and facilitation experience a plus

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