Principal, Design Ops, Footwear, Global Jordan

Nike Inc.
Beaverton, OR, USA
Posted 10 days ago
Full time

Become a Part of the NIKE, Inc. Team

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.

Soul, performance and style take flight at Jordan Brand. With its deep roots in basketball, the Jordan Brand began as an homage to one player: Michael Jordan. Since then, Jordan has become synonymous with peak performance and an endless pursuit of greatness. Employees in merchandising, product branding, sports marketing and sales bring creativity, innovation and audacious design to footwear and apparel, all with one mission in mind: help athletes fly on and off the court.

The Jordan Design team is inspired by the Greatest of All Time, and is focused on continuing to deliver product that is made and engineered to the exact specification of championship athletes. On and off the court, we want our consumers and athletes to feel confident in the way they look and feel, the same way the greatest player who ever played the game felt every time he laced up his J’s. Jordan Design is a high performance team that works together, pushes the boundaries, and always stays focused on delivering the best product for the consumer.


The Jordan Footwear Design Operations Principal will be the operational connective hub between various design functions along with footwear product partners. They’ll drive clarity and efficiency, evolve our end-to- end process, and manage calendars and competing priorities. Their operational thought leadership will cultivate a collaborative space and provide clarity between teams and roles, so all are enabled to meet shared goals.

The Jordan Footwear Design Operations Principal will also ensure we have the right tools and resources to enable an impactful design team. With multiple seasonal workstreams overlapping simultaneously, they are capable of focusing upstream on longer term planning while actively problem-solving tactical issues in the day-to-day.

This role is best suited for a self-starter with great organizational and outstanding communication skills. Someone who is comfortable navigating ambiguity to build complex processes in a fast-paced environment. The dedication to develop trusted working relationships across teams and levels, to lead with confidence and conviction, and to respect and listen to the expertise and voices surrounding you to objectively drive conversations forward, will be critical to your success!


This is a unique operations opportunity within Jordan Footwear, spanning our product offerings for Mens, Womens, and Kid’s across Sport and Streetwear footwear model offerings.

You will manage seasonal design calendars; leading process creation and optimization for design-owned workstreams, while partnering closely with the product operations teams to deliver against product timelines.

On any given day, you will conduct workshops or meetings to gather insights and help define clear expectations, tools, and processes that drive creative collaboration across product, color, and materials design teams.

You will connect directly with design teams to encourage creative collaboration, while ensuring designers have the right tools at the right time, and understand what designers need to work more efficiently and effectively!


You will report directly to the Footwear Design Operations Director. Partnering with Design Operations teammates, Jordan Brand Design Directors, and Footwear Designers, as well as Product Operations partners, Development partners, Product Management partners, and the entire Global Jordan Design Studio.


  • Bachelor/Master's Degree in Business or related field preferred
  • 7 plus years proven experience in Creative, Design, and/or Brand Marketing Operations
  • An understanding of and/or operational experience with product creation, ideally within Jordan or Nike - Passion for process excellence and simplification
  • Consistent record of leading, planning, organizing, prioritizing and implementing simultaneous creative projects and activities across various teams in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others in a matrix environment and develop consensus within diverse groups and with people at all levels within the organization.
  • The perspective to understand the role that Design Operations can play to fuel the design studio.
  • Ability to problem solve and focus on both the big picture and the details.
  • Proficiency in building collaborative calendars and processes, with experience in Miro, Smartsheets, Air Table and/or other project management software tools.

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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