Lead, 3D Materials Virtualization
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- Under Armour is building out its digital and virtual foundation to streamline both engineering and aesthetic functions. This specific role, Lead, Materials Virtualization, is a cornerstone of this initiative and will focus on creating, specifying, and executing a Materials Virtualization Strategy. Near-term, that strategy will focus on quantifying existing yarn and textile combinations but the long-term goal is develop tools and processes to enable UA to engineer textiles digitally via predictive virtual models prior to realization. Not only will this enable a more efficient and sustainable method of engineering textiles, but it will also enable more fine-tuning of textile performance to make all athletes better.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Participate in the cross-functional strategic build-out of UA’s virtualization needs.
- Research and understand activities and products in industry attempting to address materials/textile virtualization.
- Understand how fiber, yarn, knit, and woven constructions, as well as dyeing and finishing affect a material’s aesthetic and performance attributes.
- Determine the physics required to characterize an existing textile and/or yarn virtually and the testing protocols and instruments essential to collecting and interpreting that data.
- Determine how general physics data can plug into a variety of existing virtualization software to render 3D garments.
- Determine the requirements needed to cultivate a direct connection between materials physics and aesthetics.
- Characterize existing textiles aesthetically (including color) via existing hardware and software.
- Determine and execute a strategy that enables UA to engineer textiles virtually prior to physical sampling.
- Communicate, visit, and collaborate with global Tier I, II, and III suppliers to aid in materials virtualization.
- Partner with UA’s International Materials Team to understand global supply-chain competency as it relates to virtualization.
Qualifications To perform this job successfully, candidate must perform each essential duty at a high-performance level. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Extensive knowledge and proven experience working in technical material development and the following principles:
- Strong understanding of textiles from fiber to yarn to textile construction
- Strong aesthetic sense and creativity
- Experience using either design or engineering software involving virtual textiles and/or textile characteristics
- Build a great team – each and every day
- Strong communication skills; being able to communicate with global internal and external partners
- Ability to work independently and cooperatively in a diverse group
- Ability to work collaboratively within the entire organization
- Strong verbal and written communication skills, including meeting facilitation and presentations
- Ability to network and influence internal and external resources
Education and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Apparel, Textiles, Materials Manufacturing, Design (Apparel), or related field
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.