Materials Development Professional, Footwear

Multiple Locations
Required Experience: 0 year(s)
Employment Type: Full-Time
Salary Range: Not available
Posted 13 days ago
Job Description
Under Armour is all about performance. Because what we make empowers athletes in every form to push themselves, to turn good into great, and to stay hungry for whatever comes next. And this is exactly what we expect from each other.
Working with us means one key thing: no matter what you do, you see every day and every project as a chance to push your field forward. In every store and every office, we build teams where everyone is an MVP. And together we tackle every challenge head on. Because we work to push the gear, the game, and ourselves farther.
We’re looking for people who do more than good work. We’re looking for the Best in Every Game.
Under Armour is the chosen brand of this generation of athletes... and the athletes of tomorrow. We're about performance - in training and on game day, in blistering heat and bitter cold. Whatever the conditions, whatever the sport, Under Armour delivers the advantage athletes have come to demand.That demand has created an environment of growth. An environment where building a great team is vital. An environment where doing whatever it takes is the baseline and going above and beyond to protect the Brand is commonplace.The world's hungriest athletes live by a code, a pledge to themselves and everyone else: Protect This House... I Will.  Our goal is to Build A Great Team!  Will YOU…Protect This House?!
The Footwear Materials team is responsible for delivering innovative new material concepts to the design teams on a seasonal basis, managing the materials selection process while complying with seasonal calendar, ensuring end use quality specifications are met and UA on boarded material vendors are managed.  We are currently looking for talented teammates!
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Meets with designers to formulate seasonal material direction. Initiates seasonal material briefs to appropriate material vendors. Presents new material concepts to design, development and product line management
Collaborates with Development, Sourcing, and Production to ensure all new material developments are properly allocated and tested to meet usage, costing, logistical, and lead time requirements
Establishes core material pallets based upon construction types and end uses for comprehensive design selection
Initiates and manages material sourcing and development activity with suppliers and works with manufacturers as well as UA factories to facilitate testing and adherence to standards for new materials
Serves as a central point of contact for material vendors, coordinating meetings, and evaluating their relevance to the UA Footwear business
Helps the team organize and maintain the Footwear materials libraries, regularly updating and editing the materials housed within for seasonal relevance, costing, and supply chain considerations
Input and maintain all material information into Centric (PDM Database) and work closely with development to ensure data integrity for BOM and all other critical product documentation
Provide Technical support for Product Creation, Development, and QA Teams
Travel to various industry events to gain insight into new developments to keep the UA team informed on the latest innovations in the market
Collaborate with designers, factories, and the Innovation Team in the development of new materials, new applications, and other materials related innovation
Supervisory Responsibilities
To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies :
Consistently works toward producing results at the functional team levelAccountable for producing to functional area timelines
Responsible for their own execution
Sets stretch personal goals and achieves them
Inspires confidence that they will deliver. Done!Done!Done!
Goes the extra mile to ensure the functional team’s success
Takes direction and makes a project their own

Lives and inspires the Under Armour Culture throughout the CompanyEmbraces the Company values in their everyday interactions
Inspires the values in their peers
Commits time and energy to the success of the Company
A good team player

Assists in executing on a strategic plan that creates a unique advantage for UA in the marketplaceFamiliar with more complex concepts and possesses advanced skills and functional understanding of the subject matter and technical requirements of the relevant functional area
Improves performance by gaining knowledge and experience of associated areas through job contacts and training
Suggests ideas that focus on improving costs and process efficiency

Has Manager/Director’s as well as their team’s trustDelivers what is promised
Contributes to the functions goals through individual and/or team effort
Impacts functional team by providing support
Understands how his/her role fits into the functional team’s goals

Shows intellectual curiosity in every task they are asked to performSeeks to not only perform the task but understand the purpose of the task
Demonstrated effort to understand processes outside their immediate area
Performs task well with an attention to detail
Understands and appreciates the value their task adds to goal achievement

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to deal with vendors from a variety of countries and cultures, specifically Asia
Strong process and organization skills
An understanding of dealing with vast cultural differences and cultural barriers, specifically Asian culture, to secure the best possible outcomes for UA Footwear, which include things like costing, managing intra-vendor, or vendor-to-factory relationships
Basic math skills related to consumer goods as well as calculating interest, percentages, area, circumference, volume, etc.
The ability to define problems, collect data, and draw rational conclusions as well as recommend solutions.
Education and/or Experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Textiles, or Supply Chain Management
Experience in textile and synthetic leather, leather, foams and plastics manufacturing, material development, or similar fields with an emphasis on material testing, sourcing, merchandising
Experience working with Illustrator, Word, Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint, Photoshop

At Under Armour, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  Under Armour believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.