Sr. Lead, Footwear Development Innovation

Date: Sep 10, 2022

Location: Portland, OR, US, 97201

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

Under Armour’s rapidly growing Innovation team is looking for a Sr. Lead, Footwear Development for Global Football who will be responsible for independently managing and driving the footwear creation process from concept through transition to inline.

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 Pro 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.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Utilize athlete insights and collaborate with design to create Global Football 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 and construction issues.
  • Understand both product, design, and brand vision.
  • Consistently lead in implementing new innovations.
  • Be responsible for continued development team growth and leadership.

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities)

  • 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 Global Football products and player need preferred.

Education And / Or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Footwear/Textile Design, Technology, Merchandising, Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or a related field.
  • 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

Other Requirements

  • Location: This individual must reside within commuting distance from our Portland office
  • Return To Work Designation: 3 days a week in-office, the remainder of work week remote.


  • Relocation may be provided up to a specified amount

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: Portland Oregon