Materials Development Manager- 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.
DescriptionAs our Materials Development Manager, you’ll use your materials knowledge and leadership skills to manage a team in the development and management of materials specific to footwear with an emphasis on aesthetic, performance, quality, cost and sustainability. You will collaborate with vendors, the product creation & design teams, and other functions in order to establish seasonal material direction, attain on-time delivery and ensure product excellence for both consumers and athletes. You’ll ensure the category developers are supported and that they have the opportunity to do their best work. You’ll raise issues, present opportunities and use your expertise to solve problems and mitigate risk. You’ll coach, drive, lead and inspire your team. Core Responsibilities:Provide leadership to your category and be the main point of contact for issues and opportunities
Be a mentor and coach to your team, providing best practices, support and guidance. Actively seek opportunities and classes to improve your management & awareness skills.
Provide tools, palettes and data across multiple material types that contribute to category material strategy; be a technical expert to material & product creation teams
Partner with Material Design to develop a material palette infused with seasonal energy, while considering source base, price, performance and sustainability
Drive adherence to product creation calendar within your category to ensure seasonal materials are developed, tested and commercialized on time
Partner 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
Lead vendor communication and have deep 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.
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
5+ years' relevant experience, which may include footwear industry experience or experience in materials development, manufacturing or engineering
Experience successfully mentoring or managing people
Deep understanding of various material manufacturing processes required
Understanding of the product creation process
Ability to translate lab testing results for end use application
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, mitigate risks, solve problems, perform research, analyze results and develop action plans and basic strategies.
Attention to detail, active follow-through, assertiveness, self-motivation and the ability to work in a fast-paced team environment
Ability to handle multiple competing priorities and independently manage workload
PC literate with working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and Outlook. PTC/material management systems experience 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.
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