Footwear Materials Designer I, Performance Running

Nike Inc.
Beaverton, OR, USA
Posted 8 hours ago
Full time

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NIKE, Inc. designs the future. At NIKE, Inc. designers chase their curiosities and build what’s next, shaping the culture and advancing human potential. The Design teams include artists, inventors and specialists, all with different focuses, including color and material experts, and apparel, footwear and graphic designers. Nike designers look to the future, aggressively pursuing materials, ideas and forms that further elevate the athlete experience, raise the bar for modern style and reduce environmental impact.

The Nike Material Design team’s mission is to elevate our product experience by focusing on both the art and science of materials. We are inspired by our heritage and new innovations, and continually pushing how materials can be imagined on our products through the edges of performance and style for all athletes on and off the court. Material Design is a high-performance team that works collaboratively together, pushes the boundaries of design, and always stays focused on delivering the best product for our consumers.


We’re looking for an exceptional Footwear Materials Designer to combine their experience, problem solving abilities, and creativity to help create the future of Nike Footwear Materials! The category you will be working in is the Global Running team. A team focusing on serving our athletes* from professionals to entry level runners.

The ideal candidate needs to be a highly creative problem solver, who doesn’t settle for anything less than the best design and materials solutions, to meet the needs of the consumer at all stages of their run and beyond. This person will be focused on elevating the consumer experience by crafting materials that are performance and trend-relevant for a range of products, while driving an emotional connection to materials for the consumer through the use of narrative and storytelling.


Your day to day job will be working on a wide range of performance running product from top athletic moments to our core franchises.

If this is you, you will be working on a range of technical and complex material designs using the latest techniques all the way to curating and elevating existing materials for refresh and collection models.

Your work encompasses concepting and ideating through to finalizing tech packs, as well as working with manufacturing partners, and at times communicating directly with athletes; the daily responsibilities of this role are wide ranging, challenging, and rewarding.


You will be partnering with the Nike FW Industrial Design, Color Design, Graphic Design, Digital Design and Marketing & Development teams in bringing to life the seasonal creative direction through Footwear Materials design and innovation.

This role will report directly to the Sr Material Designer in Global Running.

  • Bachelor’s degree or a combination of relevant education, experience, and training.
  • At least 3 years of relevant design experience exemplifying ability to push material design.
  • Ability to translate consumer knowledge/insights to narratives and product executions.
  • Ability to create concepts and explore new Materials innovations and technologies and ideas
  • Experience building inspiration/concept presentations, and mood boards for seasonal concepts and direction
  • Experience building 3D samples and crafting mockup samples by hand
  • Participates in the communication and presentation of design concepts to internal and external audiences
  • Collaborate and build interpersonal connections with design and adjacent functions Ability to build and edit files using Adobe programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Ability in participating in multiple seasonal projects with competing resources and deadlines
  • Understanding of the Footwear Product Creation process, a plus.
  • Passion for Design.

Nike requires all applicants for this position to be vaccinated for COVID-19 as a condition of hire, unless otherwise required by law. As an equal opportunity employer, Nike will make accommodations to individuals who cannot be vaccinated in accordance with applicable law.

NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.

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