Materials Lab Engineer - Apparel & Accessories

Date: May 25, 2023

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

We are searching for a Materials Lab Engineer to elevate Under Armour’s state-of-the-art materials testing laboratory. This role supports UA’s development of high-performance materials & product in Apparel and Accessories.  A member of the Innovation team, this position adheres to the brand’s material & finished good standards, conducting essential testing and analysis to provide objective information on the brand’s latest technological developments. The responsibilities include conducting physical & mechanical testing, accurate analysis of test results, assisting in the development of new testing methods, and effective communication of results & analysis to a cross-functional development team. Lab Engineers also contribute to the transfer of innovation technologies to the Product teams. 

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Efficiently and accurately conduct a full battery of physical testing on materials and finished goods in a laboratory setting to characterize performance and inform the Innovation team on its technological developments. 
  • Prioritize, organize, and execute testing and analysis to ensure the deadlines of all stakeholders are met; communicate conflicting timelines in advance when necessary.
  • Accurately input all test data into Under Armour databases allowing for analysis of findings and historical reference.
  • Effectively report and communicate test results to Innovation & Product Development teams and/or other key stakeholders.
  • Assist the Innovation team in validating marketing claims, utilizing testing methods if necessary. 
  • Assist in updating and manuals and procedures for materials and testing.
  • Participate in the preventative maintenance of lab equipment to ensure instruments remain operational and accurate; communicate issues as they arise.
  • Work closely with a multitude of cross-functional teams (inline, biomechanics, field testing, development, etc.), relaying appropriate findings and information in an objective and clear manner.
  • Learn and apply new technologies, processes, industry trends and changes in test methodologies where applicable.
  • Re-evaluate appropriateness of test requirements for intended end use of material types as needed.
  • Assist in the communication of UA’s test methods and material requirements to partner suppliers, including first-hand training to key partners.

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities)

  • 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.
  • Able to work independently, but also comfortable with team-based work structure.
  • Flexibility in an environment where priorities can shift quickly to meet the business needs.
  • Proficient in multitasking as the job requires an analyst to work on more than one project at a time.
  • Take initiative, is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility.
  • Exceptional analytical and organizational skills. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to sit/stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to look at a computer screen for extended periods of time. Ability to travel as needed.

Education And / Or Experience

  • BS in Textiles, Materials or Related Engineering Field (Mechanical, Chemical, etc.) 
  • Or 3+ years of laboratory or related industry experience

Other Requirements

  • High level of expertise with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Basic understanding of Quality Management and Statistical Quality Control concepts and practices, based on work experience or study.
  • Experience with SolidWorks (recommended, but not required).
  • Experience with using MATLAB for data processing (recommended, but not required).
  • Knowledge of material characteristics, construction techniques and production processes.
  • Knowledge of industry-specific testing methodology.
  • Current knowledge of industry testing methods/standards (SATRA, ISO, AATCC, ASTM, etc.).

Salary and Relocation

  • Work/Life Designation: Baltimore | Fully in office
  • No relocation provided.
  • Salary Range: $70,000-$96,000


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. 

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore