Sr. Materials Developer - Apparel & Accessories

Date: Sep 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

We are searching for a Material Development Senior Developer to focus on and elevate Innovation.  The Material Development Senior Developer will focus on Material Innovation but will also have opportunities to touch all parts of the brand and have access to the latest technologies and innovations. This is a highly interactive and technical development position that requires materials expertise. Qualified candidate must possess the ability to work with and interpret a diverse supply chain and internal customer network to develop dynamic, high-quality materials for an international and renowned Technical Performance Company. Responsibilities include driving technology transfer to in-line, developing alongside best-in-class material supply partners. This is an opportunity to be part of a great success story, as Under Armour builds and grows their Apparel and Accessories legacy.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Drive and lead material innovation visually and functionally, evolve material processes, and influence new end-use applications for all product categories.
  • Lead in-season material development while focusing on long-lead and highly engineered, material innovation pipeline 
  • Collaborate with other internal Innovation partners to support long-lead, high profile projects (not just limited to textiles).
  • Be a key partner that that fosters an atmosphere of innovative thinking, collaboration, and teamwork. 
  • Develop and maintain an understanding of divisional business goals and values and works collaboratively with all cross- functional partners (Product, Design, Merchandising, Color Team, and Strategic Sourcing Teams) to enhance material development and group effectiveness.
  • Deep understanding of how fibers, yarns, knit, and woven constructions, as well as dyeing and finishing affect a material’s performance and aesthetic attributes 
  • Explore and ideate beyond the apparel industry in search of new knowledge and ideas that push and challenge the future of Apparel Innovation.
  • Develop textiles to an end-specification to ensure quality assurance and commercial viability of a textile through the tested and proven model.
  • Establish a methodological toolkit, and make sure it is shared, understood, and used throughout that connects back to the creative vision and focused performer.
  • Understand of all material capabilities, and have the knowledge to research latest trends in all realms of our business; sportswear, fashion, social, consumer, macro, etc.
  • Communicate/visit/collaborate with our vast network of global partner mills, ingredient suppliers, and trade-shows to develop new textile concepts for on-trend (or future trend) textiles
  • Partner with our International Materials Team (based in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Panama) for both technical development and completion of textile specifications for all materials Under Armour engineers from across the globe.


Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities)

  • Extensive knowledge and proven experience working in technical textile development and the following principles:
    • Textile apparel materials science experience with familiarity and understanding of all phases of product ideation to commercialization 
    • Natural and synthetic fiber and yarn performance attributes and manufacturing techniques 
    • Understanding of apparel material construction and properties in knitting, weaving, and non-woven constructions 
    • Understanding of apparel material dyeing and finishing processes
    • Knowledge of value-added chemistries (performance enhancement) and mechanical finishes for enhanced performance  
    • End-use, product specific materials engineering 
    • Understanding of ASTM, AATCC, ISO, and JIS apparel test standards 
    • Understanding of the materials industry and vendors 
    • Conceptual, technical, and strategic understanding of apparel materials 
    • Aesthetic sense and creativity 
  • Team player – each and every day motivating others and effectively collaborating in decision-making
  • Strong communication skills; being able to communicate with both global internal/external customers and suppliers
  • Ability to work independently without rigidity and constant oversight and collaboratively within the entire organization 
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including meeting facilitation and presentations 
  • Ability to network and influence internal and external resources 
  • Strong ability to effectively communicate complex and/or controversial topics and concepts to a wide and diverse audience contributing sound judgment of policy and strategy.

Education And / Or Experience

  • BS in Apparel, Textiles, Materials Manufacturing, Design, or related field 
  • 5+ years of experience

Other Requirements

  • Location: This individual must reside within commuting distance from our global headquarters in Baltimore, MD.
  • Return To Work Designation: 3 days a week in-office, the remainder of work week remote.
  • Travel:   Ability to travel domestically and internationally (5-10%)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite


  • 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