Nike Footwear Material Palette Developer II in Portland, Oregon

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 first spark of a product idea sets the Nike Footwear Product Creation team into motion. The team of footwear developers, testers, engineers and designers strive for product excellence. They obsess over shoes, while collaborating, ideating and refining the product’s construction, fit and style. They use groundbreaking advancements in technology and sustainable design to accelerate innovation. And they work lockstep with Merchandising, Design, Manufacturing and others to produce the final result: products that reflect the soul of sport and inspire athletes to reach new levels of performance.

Description

As our Footwear Material Palette Developer II, you’ll use your materials knowledge and collaborative skills to help optimize and manage the creation of, and the subsequent downstream transition of, strategically important materials. In addition, you'll drive analysis and material reviews that result in gender/category materials consolidation. You will also be responsible for more complex products and projects as requested by the Materials Leadership team. You'll also collaborate with our Material Development and Design teams to create and execute physical and virtual tools that support business goals. You'll manage the lifecycle of approved materials as well as will help scale key innovations. You'll also research manufacturing trends and new innovations.

Example of types of activities:

• Collaborate with Material Procurement and Material Development to drive material optimization, through the analysis of material use data, technical specifications, and vendor performance.

• Communicate and manage optimized material choices via physical and virtual tools for use within the footwear Material Development & Design community

• Initiate and manage a small number of strategically important material developments. Enable both the creative and technical objectives through operational activities including vendor validation and material article validation.

• Provide technical assistance to product creation teams (primarily Development, Design, and Product Management) and procurement teams as it relates to the application of footwear upper materials.

• Collaborate with Material Ops Managers and Raw Materials Sourcing to manage capacity on key volume and / or innovation materials.

• Research the manufacturing industry and create technical briefs detailing ‘best-in-class’ manufacturing techniques, technology and expertise.

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Textiles, Material Science, Engineering, Manufacturing or equivalent

  • Minimum 5 years' relevant experience, which may include footwear industry experience or materials development

  • 2 years' experience may be substituted for a degree

  • Strong understanding of textile formation, yarn, fiber, dyeing, printing and finishing

  • Knowledge of material types knits, woven’s & non woven’s

  • Knowledge of leather manufacture and use is a plus

  • Basic working knowledge of MS Office applications

  • Able to anticipate needs, solve problems, perform research and analyze results

  • Attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple priorities

  • Able to negotiate and influence with sensitivity for the creative process

  • Able to be assertive, self-motivated and work in a team environment

  • Sensitivity to different cultures, customs and business practices

  • Footwear, Apparel or similar consumer goods product development process knowledge is strongly preferred

  • Lab testing and global material experience is a plus

  • Experience with 3rd party/vendor engagement, materials or related development projects is preferred

  • Understanding of manufacturing realities and constraints preferred

  • Ability to interpret design intent and offer alternative solutions preferred

  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time

Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in Textiles, Material Science, Engineering, Manufacturing or equivalent

  • Minimum 5 years' relevant experience, which may include footwear industry experience or materials development

  • 2 years' experience may be substituted for a degree

  • Strong understanding of textile formation, yarn, fiber, dyeing, printing and finishing

  • Knowledge of material types knits, woven’s & non woven’s

  • Knowledge of leather manufacture and use is a plus

  • Basic working knowledge of MS Office applications

  • Able to anticipate needs, solve problems, perform research and analyze results

  • Attention to detail and the ability to handle multiple priorities

  • Able to negotiate and influence with sensitivity for the creative process

  • Able to be assertive, self-motivated and work in a team environment

  • Sensitivity to different cultures, customs and business practices

  • Footwear, Apparel or similar consumer goods product development process knowledge is strongly preferred

  • Lab testing and global material experience is a plus

  • Experience with 3rd party/vendor engagement, materials or related development projects is preferred

  • Understanding of manufacturing realities and constraints preferred

  • Ability to interpret design intent and offer alternative solutions preferred

  • Ability to travel up to 20% of the time

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: 00381429

Location: United States-Oregon-Portland

Job Category: Global Footwear Product Creation, Product Development