Sr. Design Lead, Footwear Innovation

Date: Feb 6, 2024

Location: Portland, OR, US, 97201

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

Under Armour’s Innovation Team is looking for an energetic, motivated Senior Designer, Footwear Innovation, with exceptional problem-solving skills and the ability to design both soft goods and hard goods. You will join a diverse and dynamic group of artists and engineers who introduce and drive new technology and innovation to all Business Units within Under Armour.  As the Designer, you will primarily focus on footwear, however you will have opportunities to influence apparel and accessories as well. We expect you to touch all parts of the brand, and to have access to the latest technologies and sports science. This is an opportunity to be part of a great success story, as Under Armour continues to impact the business like no other company has.

Your Impact

  • Work on product as part of a highly functional, collaborative team, not in a silo; be involved from concept through transition to Inline.
  • Continuously learn and share about high performance athletic pursuits and the human body’s need from a product point of view in those endeavors. 
  • Be curious, always. Ask yourself how you can make Under Armour the best performance athletic product company on the planet.
  • Talk to athletes from the amateur to the world’s best. Dig for insights that set UA product apart from our competition. Find out what athletes want or need by building close relationships over time.
  • Provide product conceptualization in 2D and 3D form, analog and digitally.  Create illustration and technical detail drawings of product, graphics and materials. Drive toward clarity with technical specifications and holistic functional design solutions.
  • Own a variety of footwear related projects including but not limited to: method of make, new material or manufacturing methods, digital processes development and application, color and materials application, textures, graphics and of course holistic new footwear concepts as well as story and presentations. Come to the team with a sharp eye for design and expression.
  • Liaise with Inline design, development and marketing to express concepts and build ownership.
  • Travel to suppliers and factories to implement ground-breaking product and build an idea network.
  • Build and modify product to express concepts and try new ideas. Sample your ideas in our Concept Creation Center.
  • Partner with Innovation Development and Material Science to give shape to new materials and ways of making.
  • Partner with our Sports Science Lab and testing partners to gain insight into problems and potential solutions
  • Be accountable, work with transparency and have a sense of urgency. Innovation moves quickly.


  • Solid understanding of footwear design, construction and materials. 
  • Should be versed in manufacturing techniques and have experience working at the factories on innovation and product development issues.
  • A passion for athletic performance and for solving the problems of athletes!
  • Show examples of finding and solving problems using consumer insight and design thinking.
  • Desire and ability to take risks, and to take responsibility for results – a finisher.
  • Expert ability to express concepts and ideas through hand sketching.
  • Understanding of patterns, blueprints, molds and materials.
  • Must be creative, detail oriented, able to prioritize tasks and work under pressure to successfully meet multiple deadlines.
  • Expert proficiency in Illustrator and Photoshop, Presentation software, 
  • Other computer skills: 3D modeling tools, nurbs or sub-d modeling, Microsoft Office.
  • Experience, working with factories in Asia and willingness to travel for development trips.
  • Ability to effectively present information and stories and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, media and the general public.
  • Sewing and/or model making abilities are a big plus.
  • Development experience is also a plus.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design.
  • At least 8 years of footwear or athletic equipment industry experience or equivalent combination of education and related experience.
  • Experience in the athletic footwear industry required.

Workplace Location

  • Location: This individual must reside within commuting distance from our Portland, Oregon office.
  • Return to Work Designation: Three (3) days week in-office, the remainder of work week remote. 
  • Travel: International and Domestic travel


  • No relocation provided

Base Compensation

$120,023.00 - $165,031.90 USD

Most new hires fall within this range and have the opportunity to earn more over time. Initial placement within the salary range, however, is based on an individual's relevant knowledge, skills and experience for the position. UA is committed to helping our teammates succeed and advance in their careers. Base salary is only one component of our competitive Total Rewards package.

Benefits & Perks

  • Paid "UA Give Back" Volunteer Days: Work alongside your team to support initiatives in your local community.
  • Under Armour Merchandise Discounts
  • Competitive 401(k) plan matching.  
  • Maternity and Parental Leave for eligible and FMLA-eligible teammates
  • Health & fitness benefits, discounts and resources- We offer teammates across the country programs to promote physical activity and overall well-being. 


Want more details about benefits? Visit our page here

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.

Nearest Major Market: Portland Oregon