Senior Director of Product Operations, Footwear

Reebok - Irvine, CA

Posted: February 27th, 2018



The Senior Director for Footwear Product Operations will manage and direct the Performance Footwear Development team clearly understanding its capability, project workload and interaction with the Performance Marketing division, Design and other departments as necessary. This individual will elevate the overall expertise of the group by providing direction for development with clear short term and long term objectives and in accordance with the adidas company vision.  

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure the Performance Footwear Development team is fully partnered up with their counterparts in Marketing and Design through efficient product teams to establish project lists, critical milestone evaluations, appropriate resourcing and dedicated focus to the needs of the Performance Footwear division.
  • Via constant interaction with Sourcing’s Management, understand and address the major development and commercialization issues that arise in each country.
  • Enhance the working relationship between Marketing, Design and Development by establishing a respectful and efficient rapport with the respective team members in each department
  • Work to customize product creation processes and activities to service the specific needs of the Performance Marketing division most efficiently.
  • Provide direction and discipline necessary to support an organized, effective and focused organization.
  • Establish a ”working” product execution and evaluation process resulting in timely, accurate and conclusive direction from project inception through commercialization.
  • Create the standard specifications for new products (through complete and detailed technical packages) and ensure the ability to meet this standard throughout the department.
  • Ensure product is cost engineered to meet target FOB’s while maintaining integrity in quality and performance.
  • Drive the initial stage of the product allocation for each season of development through alignment with the companies sourcing strategy and close cooperation with Far East management.
  • Guide the Performance Footwear Development group and team up with the partner function of footwear quality to redefine areas of interaction and shared activities for quality enhancements to adidas products.
  • Cooperate with Planning and Forecasting to balance the criteria for product confirmation with the need for product availability to the customer.

Key Relationships: 

  • Marketing
  • Design
  • Sourcing Management
  • Quality
  • Planning/Forecasting

Knowledge Skills and Abilities:

  • Computer literacy (Microsoft Office / e-mail management)
  • Presentation skills
  • Fluent English
  • 10 years minimum work experience in the athletic footwear industry, specializing in product development, design and/or marketing. Proven record of leadership and accomplishment 

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications: 

  1. Undergraduate university degree preferred
  2. Technical training in footwear engineering and product development preferred; background in other phases of the footwear business (Marketing, Operations, other) may be an acceptable substitute for technical training
  3. Extensive Management Experience

The Reebok brand has moved their HQ to a 220,000 square-foot section of the Innovation and Design Building in Boston’s Seaport District. This move has brought community fitness to a next generation design and innovation space; the all new workplace fosters a vibrant collaborative culture and allows the brand to be closely connected to the community in Boston. Alongside state-of-the-art office spaces, the headquarters is equipped with an employee fitness center and a retail store.

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About Reebok

At Reebok, we love fitness. It's what wakes us up in the morning, what we think about all day and what drives us toward tomorrow.

We want to invite people to see fitness the way we do, to be passionate about it the way we are.

We believe fitness can be surprising, amazing and fun. We are so inspired by the impact fitness can have and we want to bring it to the world in a fun, intriguing way.


At Reebok, we have one goal. To enable people to be fit—for life. It's that simple.

We want to break down the barriers to getting fit and bring the fun back to fitness. We believe that fitness is something people should enjoy doing—not a chore. Seem like a lofty goal? Maybe. But we believe it's one worth pursuing.

Reebok has always been a fitness brand and today we are leading a new fitness revolution. Through our groundbreaking partnership with CrossFit, our collaboration with Cirque Du Soleil to create JUKARI, our unmatched footwear, apparel and equipment, and employees who not only talk the talk, but walk the walk, Reebok is uniquely positioned to provide the tools people need to be fit for life. Reebok is THE fitness brand.

At Reebok, our employees embrace this mission and are encouraged to reach for their fitness goals—as well as their career and personal objectives. It's part of the fabric of who we are and what we stand for.

Reebok-CCM Hockey, a subsidiary of the adidas Group, is headquartered in Montreal. With operations in Canada, the United States, and Europe, we are one of the top designers, manufacturers, and marketers of hockey equipment and related apparel under two of the most recognized hockey brand names: Reebok Hockey and CCM Hockey.