Sr. Lead, Footwear Development Innovation (HCMC)

Date: May 11, 2024

Location: Ho Chi Minh, VN

Company: Under Armour

Values & Innovation

At Under Armour, we are committed to empowering those who strive for more, and the company's values - Act Sustainably, Celebrate the Wins, Fight on Together, Love Athletes and Stand for Equality - serve as both a roadmap for our teams and the qualities expected of every teammate.


Our Values define and unite us, the beliefs that are the red thread that connects everyone at Under Armour. Our values are rallying cries, reminding us why we're here, and fueling everything we do.


Our pursuit of better begins with innovation and with our team's mission of being the best. With us, you get the freedom to go further - no matter your role. That means developing, delivering, and selling the state-of-the-art products and digital tools that make top performers even better.


If you are a current Under Armour teammate, apply to this position on the Internal Career Site Here. 

Purpose of Role


The Sr. Lead, Footwear Development will be responsible for independently managing and driving the footwear creation process from concept through transition to inline. The primary workload will include developing proof of concept footwear prototypes by coordinating with various creation partners with an aligned goals to creation best in class performance projects tested and proven by our Athletes and Performance focused consumers.  Inclusive of researching new processes to create new methods of make to benefit athlete performance.  The Sr. Lead, Footwear Development will function as the creative development driver of assigned projects and concepts along with serving as the business and technical resource for the Development Managers and act as a liaison between design and factory development partners. 

Your Impact

  •  Utilize athlete insights and collaborate with design to create category concepts. Use extensive development and product creation / project management skills to actively create and develop project prototypes with all levels of vendor partners worldwide.  Work closely with the Portland office counterparts to drive concept generation and prototyping. Clearly and concisely document the project process from origination through completion
  • Effectively communicate with inline partners, factory and vendor personnel, marketing, Innovation design, engineering, materials, testing partners and Pro/Consumer Athletes. Understand footwear creation and manufacturing process and use this knowledge to iterate new design concepts.
  • Responsible for all aspects of projects in footwear prototyping phase
  • Coordinate and follows up on development of prototype product with project designers, material vendors,  and mold shops
  • Act as point person for all development-related communication.
  • Manage and coordinate the testing process across all partners to ensure best in class performance testing validates the concept and athlete benefit.  
  • Maintain an open line of communication with all partners to resolve performance construction issues. 
  • Understand both product, design, and brand vision.
  • Consistently lead in implementing new innovations.
  • Be responsible for continued development team growth and leadership.


  • Bachelor's degree in Footwear/Textile Design, Technology, Merchandising, Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or a related field with typically 10 years of relevant experience or Master's degree with typically 8 years of relevant experience or typically 14 years of relevant experience without degree
  • At least 8 years of footwear or athletic equipment industry experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of Performance Footwear Development including all aspects that bring together class leading projects to market that meet/exceed consumer expectations while maintaining company profitability and delivery targets. 
  • A passion and understanding of category products and player need preferred.

Workplace Location

  • Location: This individual must reside within commuting distance from our Ho Chi Minh City office.


  • To be considered if qualifications meet the role expectation.

Base Compensation

Benefits & Perks

Our Commitment to Diversity

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 or belief, 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, family or paternal 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. Accommodation is available for applicants with disabilities upon request.