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Sr. Materials Developer - Footwear

125813 Portland, Oregon
11/05/2019 Materials
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Under Armour is hiring a Senior Materials Developer to drive Material Innovation within the UA apparel line. This is a highly interactive and technical development position that requires materials expertise. Qualified candidate must possess the ability to work with and interpret a diverse supply chain and internal customer network to develop dynamic, high quality materials for an international and renowned Technical Apparel Company. Responsibilities include driving technology transfer to in-line, developing alongside best-in-class material supply partners. 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned. 

Drive material innovation, and influence new end-use applications for all product categories 
+ Lead in-season material development while focusing on long-lead and highly-engineered, material innovation pipeline 
+ Collaborate with other internal Innovation partners on long-lead, high-profile projects 
+ Work cross-functionally with Product, Design, Merchandising, Color Team, and Strategic Sourcing teams to lead-in and determine each category’s material direction supported by their business needs 
+ Consider UA’s aesthetic direction and performance requirements for the focused performer 
+ Understand how fibers, yarns, knit, and woven constructions, as well as dyeing and finishing affect a material’s aesthetic and performance attributes 
+ Communicate, visit, and collaborate with global suppliers to aid in material development 
+ Partner with UA’s International Materials Team to drive technical materials development through commercialization 
+ Develop materials for specified end uses to ensure quality assurance and commercial viability 
+ Travel domestically and internationally as needed 

Qualifications: 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. 
+Bachelor’s degree in Apparel, Textiles, Materials Manufacturing, Design (Apparel), or related field 
+ Minimum 3 years’ experience in the principles listed above 
+Knowledge and proven experience working in technical material development
+ Textile apparel materials science experience with familiarity and understanding of all phases of product ideation to commercialization 
+ Natural and synthetic fiber and yarn performance attributes and manufacturing techniques 
+ Understanding of apparel material construction and properties in knitting, weaving, and non-woven constructions 
+ Understanding of apparel material dyeing and finishing processes 
+ Knowledge of value-added chemistries (performance enhancement) and mechanical finishes  for enhanced performance
+ End-use, product specific materials engineering 
+ Understanding of ASTM, AATCC, ISO, and JIS apparel test standards 
+ Understanding of the materials industry and vendors 
+ Conceptual, technical, and strategic understanding of apparel materials 
+ Aesthetic  sense and creativity 
+ Team player – 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 

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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