Designer 2, Footwear- Innovation

Date: Jun 10, 2022

Location: Portland, OR, US, 97201

Company: Under Armour

Position Summary

We are searching for a Designer 2, Footwear- Innovation to join Under Armour’s Innovation Design Team, with a focus on solving athlete problems through innovative design solutions across all footwear classes. We are looking for a strong design with a clear point-of-view centered around a deep understanding of how to solve complex problems through beautiful, functional design solutions. We need a self-motivated individual, that is highly collaborative and looks to engage in - and build - strong partnerships across Under Armour’s Product Creation Engine.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Research into specific sports, Athlete interviews, Material and Vendors.
  • Analyzing data from Partners in testing functions and Business Units as well as external partners.
  • Hands on prototype exploration focused on technical, functional solves, informed by insights, validated in lab and on body, creating toolbox solutions that can be leverage across the brand.
  • Create holistic performance roadmaps with clear concept problem statements and athlete benefits, informed by consumer and athlete insights, that identify whitespace opportunities aligned to long range plans.
  • Manage design lead innovation platforms inclusive of timeline and resource needs.
  • Key collaborator across the innovation and product creation engine (materials, bio-mech, design, product) helping partners unlock possibilities
  • Clear and Consistent communication with all partners.
  • Set up and lead technology workshops ensuring our cross-functional teammates have the necessary tools and information to create performance solutions our athletes need.
  • Research and collaborate with internal and external partners to identify new resources and opportunities to bring innovative solutions to marketing.

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities)

  • Passionate collaborator focused on bringing non-obvious and responsible solutions to life
  • Strong appreciation for Sport and the Culture of Sport, with an understanding on blending Art and Science
  • Self motivated, team centric mindset, motivated with a positive attitude and energy
  • Speaks up with courage for self and the team
  • Open minded, good listener, receptive to candid feedback and diverse points of view
  • Strong presenter and narrator, able to explain complex issues in simple language
  • Must be detail oriented, able to prioritize tasks and to successfully meet multiple deadlines
  • Positively contribute to shared team culture and behaviors
  • Drive partnerships beyond the Design function (Development, Materials, Consumer Insights, Marketing, etc)
  • Culturally aware, using appropriate communication with partners across our global network of suppliers

Education And / Or Experience

  • BA, BFA or BS in Industrial Design (preferred not required)
  • 5-7yrs experience designing and developing innovative footwear and other products

Other Requirements

  • Expert Photoshop and Illustrator skills, 3D software design tools.
  • Strong sketching, illustration, and rendering skills
  • In depth knowledge of manufacturing processes and materials across industries
  • Must be able to generate a broad range of concepts and solutions for each project
  • Hands on prototyping skills are a plus or willingness to learn
  • Experienced with presentation programs: Keynote, Powerpoint, Acrobat, etc.


Managed Budget

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon