Materials Developer I- Footwear
- Nike, Inc.
- United States
- 0 year(s)
- Not Available
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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, Inc. 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.
DescriptionThe Material Developer I will support the development and management of new materials specific for footwear with an emphasis on aesthetic, performance, quality, cost and sustainability. They collaborate with the vendor, the product creation team, and other functions in order to establish seasonal material direction, attain on-time delivery and ensure product excellence for both consumers and athletes.Core Responsibilities:Provide tools, palettes and data across multiple material types to enable effective material selection for end use and category ease of use; including technical assistance to product creation teams
Partner with Material Design to ensure the material palette is infused with seasonal energy, while considering source base, price and performance
Adhere to the product creation calendar to ensure seasonal materials are developed, tested and commercialized on time
Collaborate with Material Planning & Procurement to ensure you are providing visibility to both your category and to Planning & Procurement when issues or concerns arise; collaborate on resolution
Manage vendor communication and have good understanding of vendor capabilities. Be the primary contact for vendor as it relates to category specific issues (price, technical specs, performance). Maintain positive working relationships.
Address risks and trouble-shoot solutions when issues or concerns arise.
Collaborate with product creation team, innovation and sourcing to provide training and education for footwear product creation as well as best practices to enable informed decision making.
QualificationsBachelor's degree in Apparel, Textiles, Business or equivalent
2+ years' relevant experience, which may include footwear industry experience or experience in materials development, manufacturing or engineering
Good understanding of various material manufacturing processes required
Understanding of the product creation process is preferred
Lab testing and ability to interpret results preferred
Excellent problem-solving skills and continual innovation ability
Ability to interpret design intent and offer alternative solutions
Strong verbal/written and intercultural communication skills
Ability to anticipate needs, solve problems, perform research and analyze results
Attention to detail, active follow-through, assertiveness, self-motivation and the ability to work in a team environment
Ability to handle multiple priorities
PC literate with working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Outlook. PTC/material management systems experience preferred.
Ability to travel up to 15% 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 00403139