Director Private Cloud Engineering (m/f/d)

  • Adidas
  • IN - HR - Gurgaon
  • 5 days ago

Company Name: Adidas

Location: Gurgaon, HR, IN



Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

In this role you will focus on Virtualization Products, mainly VMWare in close collaboration with our platform engineering team. Your primary role is that of a technical strategist and evangelist to shape and deliver on a strategy that builds mind share and broad use of Infrastructure as a service across the partner community. You will enable the transformation of infrastructure into a fully automated, service-oriented, software defined environment



Key Responsibilities:


  • Takes responsibility for understanding client requirements, collecting data, delivering analysis and problem resolution.
  • Identifies, evaluates and recommends options, implementing if required. Collaborates with, and facilitates stakeholder groups, as part of formal or informal consultancy agreements.
  • Seeks to fully address client needs, enhancing the capabilities and effectiveness of client personnel, by ensuring that proposed solutions are properly understood and appropriately exploited.


Specialist advice

  • Actively maintains recognised expert level knowledge in one or more identifiable specialisms.
  • Provides definitive and expert advice in their specialist area(s).
  • Oversees the provision of specialist advice by others, consolidates expertise from multiple sources, including third party experts, to provide coherent advice to further organisational objectives.
  • Supports and promotes the development and sharing of specialist knowledge within the organisation.


Emerging Technology

  • Monitors the external environment to gather intelligence on emerging technologies.
  • Assesses and documents the impacts, threats and opportunities to the organization.
  • Creates reports and technology roadmaps and shares knowledge and insights with others.


Systems development management

  • Defines systems development projects which support the organisation's objectives and plans.
  • Selects, adopts and adapts appropriate systems development methods, tools and techniques selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches.
  • Ensures that senior management is both aware of and able to provide the required resources.
  • Facilitates availability and optimum utilisation of resources.
  • Monitors and reports on the progress of development projects, ensuring that projects are carried out in accordance with agreed architectures, standards, methods and procedures (including secure software development).
  • Develops road maps to communicate future development activity.


Programming/Software Development

  • Takes technical responsibility across all stages and iterations of software development.
  • Plans and drives software construction activities.
  • Adopts and adapts appropriate software development methods, tools and techniques selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches.
  • Measures and monitors applications of project/team standards for software construction including software security.
  • Contributes to the development of organisational policies, standards, and guidelines for software development.


Systems design

  • Adopts and adapts appropriate systems design methods, tools and techniques selecting appropriately from predictive (plan-driven) approaches or adaptive (iterative/agile) approaches, and ensures they are applied effectively.
  • Designs large or complex systems. Undertakes impact analysis on major design options and trade-off.
  • Makes recommendations and assesses and manages associated risks.
  • Reviews others' systems designs to ensure selection of appropriate technology, efficient use of resources, and integration of multiple systems and technology.
  • Ensures that the system design balances functional and non-functional requirements.
  • Contributes to development of systems design policies and standards and selection of architecture components.


Database design

  • Provides expert guidance in the selection, provision and use of database and data warehouse architectures, software and facilities.
  • Provides specialist expertise in the design characteristics of database management systems (DBMS) or data warehouse products/services.  
  • Ensures that physical database design policy supports transactional data requirements for performance and availability.
  • Ensures that data warehouse design policy supports demands for business intelligence and data analytics.



  • Coordinates and manages planning of the system and/or acceptance tests, including software security testing, within a development or integration project or programme.
  • Takes responsibility for integrity of testing and acceptance activities and coordinates the execution of these activities.
  • Provides authoritative advice and guidance on any aspect of test planning and execution.
  • Defines and communicates the test strategy for the project.
  • Manages all test processes, including test plans, resources, costs, timescales, test deliverables and traceability.
  • Manages client relationships with respect to testing matters.
  • Identifies process improvements, and contributes to corporate testing standards and definition of best practice.


Systems integration and build

  • Identifies, evaluates and manages the adoption of appropriate tools, techniques and processes (including automation and continuous integration) to create a robust integration framework.
  • Leads integration work in line with the agreed system and service design. Monitors and reports on the results of each integration and build.
  • Designs and builds integration components and interfaces.
  • Contributes to the overall design of the service and the definition of criteria for product and component selection.
  • Contributes to development of systems integration policies, standards and tools.


Porting/software configuration

  • Leads a team, providing expert technical knowledge in the systems testing of platform-specific versions of the software products, on varying platforms.
  • Provides specialist guidance information to support, systems testing and quality assurance functions to assist in improving procedures.


Availability management

  • Provides advice, assistance and leadership associated with the planning, design and improvement of service and component availability, including the investigation of all breaches of availability targets and service non-availability, with the instigation of remedial activities.
  • Plans arrangements for disaster recovery together with supporting processes and manages the testing of such plans.



Service level management

  • Ensures that service delivery meets agreed service levels.
  • Creates and maintains a catalogue of available services.
  • In consultation with the customer negotiates service level requirements and agrees service levels.
  • Diagnoses service delivery problems and initiates actions to maintain or improve levels of service.
  • Establishes and maintains operational methods, procedures and facilities in assigned area of responsibility and reviews them regularly for effectiveness and efficiency.


Release and deployment

  • Leads the assessment, analysis, planning and design of release packages, including assessment of risk.
  • Liaises with business and IT partners on release scheduling and communication of progress.
  • Conducts post release reviews.
  • Ensures release processes and procedures are applied and that releases can be rolled back as needed.
  • Identifies, evaluates and manages the adoption of appropriate release and deployment tools, techniques and processes (including automation).


Capacity management

  • Manages capacity modelling and forecasting activities.
  • Pro-actively reviews information in conjunction with service level agreements to identify any capacity issues and specifies any required changes.
  • Provides advice to support the design of service components including designing in flexible and scalable capacity.
  • Works with business representatives to agree and implement short- and medium-term modifications to capacity.
  • Drafts and maintains standards and procedures for service component capacity management.
  • Ensures the correct implementation of standards and procedures.


Relationship management

  • Identifies the communications and relationship needs of stakeholder groups.
  • Translates communications/stakeholder engagement strategies into specific activities and deliverables.
  • Facilitates open communication and discussion between stakeholders, acting as a single point of contact by developing, maintaining and working to stakeholder engagement strategies and plans.
  • Provides informed feedback to assess and promote understanding.
  • Facilitates business decision-making processes.
  • Captures and disseminates technical and business information.



People Management / Resource Management:

  • Supports resource planning and may have full responsibility in recruiting process.
  • Implements resource plans, including conducting recruitment interviews.
  • Facilitates selection, assessment and on-boarding processes, and internal resource allocation.
  • Contributes to transitioning of resources, complying with relevant statutory or external regulations and codes of good practice.
  • Ensures appropriate leadership skills are present at every level through creating a motivational and supportive work environment in which employees are coached, trained and provided with career opportunities through development
  • Allocates the different work to the respective employees considering experience, complexity, workload and organizational efficiency
  • Continuously monitors and evaluates team workload and organizational efficiency with the support of IT systems, data and analysis and team feedback and makes appropriate changes to meet business needs.
  • Provides team members/direct reports with clear direction and targets that are aligned with business needs and GIT objectives


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Four-year college or university degree with focus on Business Administration or IT or related areas, or equivalent combination of education and experience
  2. Proficient spoken and written command of English
  3. At least 10 -year experience in IT
  4. 7 years of experience in relevant area
  5. 5 years of experience in team management including professional
  6. International Experience – ideally working abroad and mobile in leadership roles for multiple years and has functional/market experience in projects with a local/global perspective
  7. Participated in a global project execution/ significant contribution to local/functional project