Footwear Materials Designer II, Global Kids

Nike Inc.
Beaverton, OR, USA
Posted 13 days ago
Full time

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NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world’s best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At NIKE, Inc. it’s about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

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.

We’re looking for an outstanding Footwear Materials Designer II to combine their experience, problem solving abilities, and creativity to help build the future of Nike Footwear Materials! The category you will be working in is the Nike Kids Footwear team, a team focusing on growing our future athletes through the power of play.

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 on and off the court. 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. A passion for driving Nike’s purpose initiatives around sustainability and people is a must.

If this is you, you will be working on a range of material designs, from crafting new technologies for brand-new models, all the way to curating and elevating existing materials for our Kids’s lifestyle and performance footwear products. A category focusing on growing our future athletes through the power of play.

From concepting and conceptualizing all the way to finalizing tech packs, from working with manufacturing partners to communicating directly with athletes or consumers, the daily responsibilities of this role are multifaceted, ambitious, and exciting!

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

This role report directly to the Sr Materials Designer in Kids Global Creation.


-  Bachelor's or Master's degree in design, art or related field including fashion design, product design, industrial design, accessory and footwear design, or textile design or equivalent combination of education and experience

-  Ideally 4+ years of relevant design experience exemplifying ability to push material design, and/or proven experience in Textile Design or Footwear 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

-  Ability to present new insights or seasonal concepts to small and large groups

-  Highly organized and self-sufficient

-  Experience working and communicating directly with manufacturing partners to ensure the accuracy of intent and Materials executions

-  Ability to create and edit files using Adobe programs including Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign

-  Ability in participating in multiple seasonal projects with challenging resources and deadlines

-  Understanding of the Footwear Product Creation process, a plus.

-  Passion for kids products and growing our future athletes is a plus

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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