Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:
This is an exciting position that will directly contribute to the Corporate Internal Audit (CIA) mission to provide independent, objective assurance to improve the effectiveness of business risk management, internal controls, and governance processes throughout adidas.
The Internal Audit Manager will work in a project team to complete assurance and advisory projects under the guidance of a Senior Manager.
This position offers learning, development and creation opportunities in an international environment within a multi-cultural, sports enthusiastic team that values inclusion and diversity. The team embraces change and innovation in order to support the company mission to be the best sports company in the world.
Corporate Internal Audit team members are value-adding business partners focused on supporting adidas in creating a sound governance, risk and compliance framework which secures the achievement of strategic objectives.
Coordinate and execute independently throughout all phases of audit projects - i.e. planning, execution, completion & reporting, and follow-up - as assigned. Complete quality, thorough and fact-based documentation of project work throughout all deliverables.
Planning: participate in audit risk assessments and project scope definition; organize and conduct planning inquiry meetings; collect and review relevant information in advance of project; document relevant information supporting the final audit risk assessment and project scope definition; propose audit scope and audit approach; actively support opening presentation preparation.
Fieldwork: execute audit work programs timely; conclude project work with fair and objective results including audit rating; update Project Lead and Project Reviewer on all key observations and clear all coaching and development notes from working papers; update observations, validate issues and collaboratively identify solutions with stakeholders (e.g. audit entity management and HQ functions); assist project lead in conducting update meetings with project stakeholders.
Completion & Reporting: document detailed observations and recommendations ; create quality audit report/closing presentation content; support Project Lead in determining the audit rating and in preparing the executive summary communicated to the Executive Board and Audit Committee; present topics of responsibility during audit closing meeting; perform cross-review and quality check of completed deliverables as appropriate.
Follow-up: monitor the implementation of project recommendations.
Continuously expand and upgrade knowledge and skills by utilizing resources such as reading materials and attending training workshops.
Enhance day-to-day processes and suggest improvement opportunities, develop and enhance internal audit tools (audit programs, testing templates), share best practices.
Deliver small-scale to medium-scale team initiatives (e.g. risk models, audit system updates, recruitment).
Develop and provide guidance and advice for teams within the company, obtain breadth of understanding of key processes, systems, initiatives and business models and continuously develop professional expertise.
Act as a point of contact for more junior team members, involving onboarding of newcomers.
Senior Management and team members of the audit entities
Global support functions including Sales, Brand, Finance & TECH, Human Resources, and Operations
Key Governance functions: Risk Management, Policies & Internal Controls, Legal & Compliance
Corporate Internal Audit team
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Solution-oriented, adaptable, self-motivated, driven and committed team player with integrity and perseverance.
Able to accept and meet deadlines, involving effective time management capacity and sense of priorities and agility.
Strong analytic capabilities to manage large volume of information from various sources (interviews, data) and derive meaningful observations. Experience with data analytics extremely beneficial.
Solid interpersonal skills combined with a high degree of customer orientation; can adapt and navigate easily within a changing environment and complex organizations, able to connect with a variety of functions, audiences, management styles, or cultures and create/foster stakeholder relationships.
Curious and growth mindset; keen to learn and approach subjects outside of comfort zone, able to think critically and bring in different perspectives.
Comfortable to present and communicate in English effectively, both in writing and verbally.
Additional language skills would be advantageous (e.g. German, Mandarin, Spanish, etc.)
Mobile; business related travel up to 40% per year.
Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:
University degree in a business-related discipline (e.g. Accounting/Controlling/Finance, Management, Business Administration, International Business, etc.)
5+ years of assurance, advisory or consulting experience, preferably within multi-national organizations or professional services firms.
Evidence of training or discipline specialization in consumer products industry, diverse sales channels and brands (e.g. TECH, Fraud, Supply Chain, Wholesale, Retail, e-Commerce, Digital, Finance).
Professional designations (e.g. CIA, CPA, CISA, CFE, etc.) preferred.