Lead Technical Designer - Global Sports Apparel, Advanced
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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.
The first spark of a product idea sets the NIKE, Inc. Product team into motion. The team of developers, testers, engineers, designers and managers obsess over Nike’s iconic silhouettes and create groundbreaking new styles. They collaborate, ideate and refine products’ construction, fit and materials. They maintain a keen understanding of consumer and market trends. They skillfully operate at the intersection of buyer needs, technical feasibility and business objectives. And they work lockstep with Merchandising, Design, Manufacturing and others to produce the final result: products that reflect the soul of sport and inspire athletes to reach new levels of performance.
Who We Are Looking ForThis candidate brings expert pattern making skills and a digital-led approach. The candidate also needs to have a strong product creation background and be a strategic problem solver with project management capabilities. This role requires the use of pattern making software (Optitex) and 3D tools & technologies such as CLO. A keen interest in fit and block work as well as the integration of innovative materials and craft will drive new GSA Athlete Chassis creation to the highest quality. A curiosity for consumer and athlete data, as well as testing and validation processes will drive better decisions for our Athlete Performance Block & Chassis. We’re looking for someone who is eager to work differently, approach problems with an innovation mind-set, embrace new tools and technologies, and analyze new data to continually improve decision making. A self-starting innovator, collaborator, communicator, and advocate will succeed in this role.
What You Will Work OnYou’ll partner across the business to create and implement new Athlete Performance Blocks and Chassis, most often on pre-season timelines. You will partner cross-functionally to validate, create specifications, libraries and tools in the support of Fit and Construction Standards for Apparel. You’ll ensure project concepts align with GSA Sport Dimensional initiatives, determining the best methods and procedures on new projects. While also creating and validating the physical Blocks and Chassis, you will also create Digital versions using 3D tools (Clo) of all Blocks and Chassis to be used for Digital Product Creation by the adopting Dimensional product teams.
Who You Will Work WithYou will be reporting to our GSA Technical Design Director and will work with a dedicated Technical Design & Development team. You will partner with Design, Materials, Product Management, Development and Manufacturing Partners (both overseas and domestic), and Operations to deliver validated Blocks and Chassis on advanced timelines for adoption by the various GSA Sport Dimensions. You may also partner with the Global Standards and/or NXT team to implement new Fit or Grade standards based on new Consumer or Athlete data. You’ll also provide technical recommendations and support to the Dimensional Technical Design and Product Development community and be at the forefront of adopting, adapting new tools and processes to implement across the business.
What You Bring
- Bachelor's/Master's degree in Apparel Design, Pattern Making, Textile Science or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience
- Advanced (5+ years) experience in the apparel development process from inception through production, including but not limited to pattern making, grading, construction, costing, manufacturing, embroidery, materials and quality
- Expert in pattern making, translating patterns to written product specs and construction standards instructions
- Expert in 3D patterning, sewing and fit
- Ability to act as a technical resource and mentor others; lead initiatives and project teams
- Demonstrated skill in problem solving and results orientation
- Strong verbal and written communication skills
- Ability to manage a high workload and multiple projects
- Proficiency with CAD Pattern Design software (Optitex) and 3D software (Clo) highly desired
- Proficiency with MS Office programs and Adobe Illustrator
- Ability to travel 10-15% of the time including international travel
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.