Footwear Developer I

Date: Jul 27, 2022

Location: Baltimore, MD, US, 21230

Company: Under Armour

Under Armour has one mission: to make you better. We have a commitment to innovation that lies at the heart of everything we do, not just for our athletes but also for our teammates. As a global organization, our teams around the world push boundaries and think beyond what is expected. Together our teammates are unified by our values and are grounded in our vision to inspire you with performance solutions you never knew you needed but can’t imagine living without.

Position Summary

Drive Footwear product development from brief to Confirm for Production (Buy ready).  In this role you are responsible for building and supporting overall footwear cross-functional teams with the best in class of fit & comfort, performance, and create a world class footwear.  Focus on the development through footwear best practices/standards, and find technical solutions, build at cost, project management, UA’s sustainability strategy, and inherence to product integrity via consumer satisfaction and UA’s Footwear requirements.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Displays a strong understanding of advanced concepts of pattern engineering and subsequent costing/quality implications, model making, part drawings, drafting, 2D documentation, 3D, mold making, materials, customs, patents, and most aspects of the manufacturing processes.
  • Ability to lead and manage multiple projects from Brief stage through Design, Development, Costing and Commercialization
  • Plan and execute project development according to the seasonal critical dates that lead to on–time delivery of sales samples and production confirmation
  • Display an in-depth knowledge of the manufacturing process with the ability to manipulate the process in order to advance and achieve new manufacturing techniques which enhance the overall performance of product
  • Mentor design and development personnel to ensure that designs are manufacturable and meet cost and quality objectives of the organization
  • Ability to critique, adjust and evaluate technical blueprints (outsole/ midsole/ upper), upper patterns and materials from a performance, manufacturing, and functional perspective
  • Lead Asia development trips as necessary to work with manufacturers and suppliers on existing and current development projects
  • Recommend and specify to product team the material, component, and construction options to meet pricing targets and product’s functional goals, as well as assure product performance integrity through product testing (physical and field testing)
  • Initiate and lead meetings with product teams during various phases of development to review, evaluate, update, and ultimately drive the decision-making process that leads to on–time production confirmation and margin goals
  • Provide technical packages for assigned projects for each season, including midsole/outsole blueprints, upper pattern packages, color maps, project specifications
  • Create and maintaining BOM and fulfill development requirements in Centric system.
  • Collaborate across cross-functional teams using VR production creation as a part of sample round.
  • Effectively communicate with our Asia Liaison Development, Design, Tech, Pricing and Production to manage project sampling and confirmation in Asia
  • Participate in product presentations and reviews at seasonal sales meetings, with our retail partners and other internal functions
  • Closely collaborate and manage product integrity, Fit & Comfort with category wear-test analyst throughout the development process

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities)

  • 3+ years traveling and working with Footwear manufactures
  • Advanced knowledge of Footwear product development and manufacturing experience
  • Current computer hardware and software proficiency
  • Ability to work professionally and efficiently cross-functionally across Under Armour, including Sales, Marketing, Production, and Operations
  • Strong understanding of the working methods and cultural norms of source countries
  • Excellent verbal and written skills

Education And / Or Experience

  • 3-7 years of experience
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Footwear, Biomechanical/Industrial/or Chemical Engineering or a related field preferred. 

Other Requirements

  • Location: This position is located in Baltimore, MD
  • Return to Work Designation: 3 days in office
  • Overseas Travel:  5% of the year
  • Program Experience: Microsoft Suite, Adobe Illustrator, or 3D viewer, and Centric


  • No relocation provided

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. 

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Nearest Major Market: Baltimore