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Global Lean (NIKE Logistics System) Director

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Company: Nike Inc.
Contract: PERM
Location: Memphis, Tennessee, United States

Become a Part of the NIKE, Inc. Team

NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world's best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At Nike, it’s about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

The Nike, Inc. Supply Chain team is the engine that propels product around the world. Supply Chain experts ensure that every year, almost a billion units of footwear, apparel and equipment arrive at the right place, at the right time. To ensure this complex job goes off without a hitch, Supply Chain teams work with a network of more than 50 distribution centers, thousands of accountants, and more than 100,000 retail stores worldwide — making the impossible happen every single day.

As the Global NLS Director, you will co-establish the vision and strategic direction for the future Nike Logistics System. You will develop and grow the NLS organization and leadership in a way that the Geo teams can efficiently drive their strategic transformation into NLS. Supporting the Geo in their transformation, you will assist in translating business and market directions into pragmatic growth and innovative plans in the area of logistics. You will drive relevant logistics initiatives to increase our efficiency while enhancing the services we provide, to offer the best value proposition to our consumers. Innovative logistics concepts are deployed across the different functions. This Global NLS Director and team will be located in Memphis Tennessee. Your team will not only focus on North America. The team will also support other Geo’s. You will report directly to the Senior Director Global NLS and you’re a member of the Global NLS Management team located in Laakdal, Belgium.
  • Visioning:Imagining the future logistics system. Coaching to achieve this preferred future in a way that inspires others.
  • Team management:Coaching, managing, driving and inspiring the Geo leadership/NLS team to ensure that we deliver the NLS, with all its logistics functions, on time, with a focus on safety, quality and productivity, within a climate of commitment, flexibility and continuous process improvement. Managing resources such that the team can effectively make progress towards clear expectations and goals.
  • Communication management: Developing a communication strategy and action plan that will enable people to feel connected with the NLS roll out. The NLS communication builds trust and true understanding. Both internal employees and Nike Business Partners know where we're going, believe it is the right place to go and know what to do to help get there. Ensure that the plan is executed according to timelines and content expectations.
  • Transition management: Helping an organization and its people to make the transition from today to the future with minimal business disruption.
  • Problem solving and good Judgment: Using a methodical process of analyzing & solving problems to find the root cause. Deciding on a course of action that moves the organization towards its goals.
  • Travel: 25-35%


  • Master’s degree with a technical or business major, or equivalent through experience.
  • Technical and professional knowledge: Adding value to Nike by contributing skills and expertise in Lean Thinking (Logistics is a +). Min 8 years of extensive Lean/continuous improvement experience with + 4 years at senior level in a large organization with a complex business environment.
  • Good networking skills and a proven track record in working within a multi-team environment and delivering change through solid “continuous improvement thinking”. You are a demonstrated value-based team leader. You enjoy the leadership role and being responsible for inspiring a team to accomplish Nike’s goals.
  • As a good systems thinker, you view the organisation as a collection of linked processes and systems. In this, you understand how changes in a specific area impact the whole.
  • Fluent in English (written and spoken), able to communicate to all layers of the organization, incl. headquarters.
  • A deep understanding of Lean /TPS.
  • Proven track record of delivering results (safety, quality, delivery, cost, moral) in large global or Geo-based improvement activities.

NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.

Job ID 00424291


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