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Materials Lab Analyst

125811 Baltimore, Maryland
11/05/2019 Materials
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Under Armour is all about performance. Because what we make empowers athletes in every form to push themselves, to turn good into great, and to stay hungry for whatever comes next. And this is exactly what we expect from each other.

Working with us means one key thing: no matter what you do, you see every day and every project as a chance to push your field forward. In every store and every office, we build teams where everyone is an MVP. And together we tackle every challenge head on. Because we work to push the gear, the game, and ourselves farther.

We’re looking for people who do more than good work.
We’re looking for the Best in Every Game.

Under Armour is the chosen brand of this generation of athletes... and the athletes of tomorrow. We're about performance - in training and on game day, in blistering heat and bitter cold. Whatever the conditions, whatever the sport, Under Armour delivers the advantage athletes have come to demand.
That demand has created an environment of growth. An environment where building a great team is vital. An environment where doing whatever it takes is the baseline and going above and beyond to protect the Brand is commonplace.
The world's hungriest athletes live by a code, a pledge to themselves and everyone else: Protect This House... I Will.  Our goal is to Build A Great Team!  Will YOU…Protect This House?!

As a Materials Lab Analyst you will support Under Armour’s research and development of high perfomance materials. The role helps to assure adherence with Under Armour’s end use material standards. The responsiblities span from conducting industry and internal test methods in the Under Armour internal testing laboratory to analyzing and reporting data. The role requires fast and reliable analysis of development submits, communication of Under Armour material standards and effective involvement with development and sourcing to help guide data/performance based decisions. This all must occur within a demanding environment that seeks to balance our simultaneous commitment to quality, innovation, cost containment, delivery and social/environmental improvement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

(Other duties may be assigned.)

  • Primary responsibility is the conducting of lab testing of materials and finished goods in support of the Innovation Team’s developments.
    • Conduct all testing in a timely & organized manner.
    • Input all test data into Under Armour databases allowing for analysis of variability and historical reference.
    • Effectively communicate test results to Innovation & Product Development teams and/or other key stakeholders. 
  • Assist the Innovation leadership in validating marketing claims, utilizing testing methods if necessary.
  • Assist the lab team in evolving/maintaining standard operating procedures pertaining to materials and testing. 
  • Actively participate in the development, utilization, and maintenance of lab equipment and material information systems.  
  • Help support an on-going Quality Assurance procedure with all vendors using adequate submit systems and vendor supplied test data.
  • Stay current in new technologies, processes, industry trends and changes in test methodologies. Re-evaluate appropriateness of test requirements for intended end use of material types as needed.
  • Work in conjunction with the Innovation Wear Test team to help validate/verify lab results to “real world” use.  
  • Participate in trade shows, tours and clinics as needed (Some overseas travel will be required).

Supervisory Responsibilities 

None

Competencies 

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Consistently works toward producing results at the functional team level
    • Accountable for producing to functional area timelines
    • Responsible for their own execution
    • Sets stretch personal goals and achieves them
    • Inspires confidence that they will deliver. Done!Done!Done!
    • Goes the extra mile to ensure the functional team’s success
    • Takes direction and makes a project their own
  • Lives and inspires the Under Armour Culture throughout the Company
    • Embraces the Company values in their everyday interactions
    • Inspires the values in their peers
    • Commits time and energy to the success of the Company
    • A good team player
  • Assists in executing on a strategic plan that creates a unique advantage for UA in the marketplace
    • Familiar with more complex concepts and possesses advanced skills and functional understanding of the subject matter and technical requirements of the relevant functional area
    • Improves performance by gaining knowledge and experience of associated areas through job contacts and training
    • Suggests ideas that focus on improving costs and process efficiency
  • Has Manager/Director’s as well as their team’s trust
    • Delivers what is promised
    • Contributes to the functions goals through individual and/or team effort
    • Impacts functional team by providing support
    • Understands how his/her role fits into the functional team’s goals
  • Shows intellectual curiosity in every task they are asked to perform
    • Seeks to not only perform the task but understand the purpose of the task
    • Demonstrated effort to understand processes outside their immediate area
    • Performs task well with an attention to detail 
    • Understands and appreciates the value their task adds to goal achievement 

Qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • High level of expertise with Microsoft Office (Word, PowerPoint, Excel).
  • Able to work independently, but also comfortable with team-based work structure; ability to demonstrate flexibility on the job.
  • Demonstrates initiative, is conscientious and provides complete follow-through on areas of responsibility.
  • Exceptional analytical and organizational skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to sit/stand for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to look at a computer screen for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to travel as needed.

Education and/or Experience 

  • BS or 5+ years of laboratory experience in Textiles, Material Science or other related field 
  • Knowledge of fiber characteristics, textile processing and textile testing, gained through college curriculum and/or equivalent work experience.
  • Basic understanding of Quality Management and Statistical Quality Control concepts and practices, based on work experience or study.
  • Basic understanding of industry test methods pertaining to materials (ASTM, ISO, JIS, etc.).

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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