Sr. Professional, Sports Research Engineer

Date: Aug 6, 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

The Sr. Professional Sports Research Engineer will evaluate and enhance the performance of innovation and inline concepts and products (footwear, apparel and accessories) via testing, research and/or expert knowledge of athlete performance, biomechanics and engineering.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with cross functional partners in delivering pinnacle performance solutions that benefit athletes
  • Develop research methodology on human subjects and conduct scientific research studies applying engineering principles to identify athlete performance needs and authenticate product benefits
  • Develop and execute on effective biomechanical test plans in a timely manner while managing competing priorities
  • Continually improve biomechanical lab capabilities by assessing/acquiring new equipment and developing new methodology/analytical tools to advance cross-functional initiatives, research agenda and process optimization
  • Effectively communicate (presentations, written and oral) test results and research findings to an audience that may range in technical comprehension and at all levels
  • Advocate and demonstrate Under Armour’s commitment to the science and engineering process behind its performance innovations and products with internal cross-functional teams and participate in external scientific/engineering conferences or technical meetings as an expert in the fields of footwear, biomechanics, and related engineering disciplines

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities)

  • A passion for sports, performance…and sporting goods particularly athletic footwear!
  • Strong technical skills with biomechanical equipment and data analysis along with a proficiency in collecting biomechanical data on human subjects
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills with a proficiency to analyze complex test data and distill it into useful information that (footwear) product teams can use and apply to build innovative performance-based products
  • Desire and ability to take risks, and to take responsibility for results – must be a finisher.  Be resourceful, curious and have strong intuition to find and solve problems using insight sand design thinking.
  • Excellent Mac or PC computer skills; computer programming would be an asset
  • Must be creative, detail oriented, able to prioritize tasks and work under pressure to successfully meet competing priorities and deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to effectively present technical information and respond to questions from non-technical groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public

Education And / Or Experience

  • Education: BS in Biomechanics, Mechanical Engineering, Exercise Physiology or similar plus one year of performance athletic sportwear/footwear or product industry experience required, 2 years preferred.
  • Experience:  Solid understanding of footwear design, construction, and materials. Experience in applying biomechanics and engineering principles to product and scientific research

Other Requirements

  • Location: This individual must reside within commuting distance from Portland office
  • Return To Work Designation: 4-5 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