Product Testing Manager

Beaverton, OR, USA
Posted 3 days ago
Full time

Job description

We are looking for a Footwear Product Testing Manager to join the Innovation Footwear Product Testing team!
This role ensures that Nike Footwear fits and performs up the highest standards. Our Product Testing Manager will act as a player/coach with both testing responsibilities and direct reports to lead. From a testing perspective, this role will drive and implement all aspects of footwear testing; including to authoritatively plan tests, recruit and build relationships with target athletes*, execute all level of tests, thoughtfully analyze both quantitative and qualitative data while gathering product and athlete feedback, produce excellent written reports and deliver presentations to the product creation team. From a manager perspective, this role will help develop, coach and mentor. This role will be responsible for individual talent and performance development of direct reports. This role will develop team members to support both career goals and the organizational goals, provide mentorship and development opportunities for team members and cultivate an environment in which differences are openly shared, embraced and incorporated into the team culture.
The candidate needs to have strong product creation savvy, proven influencing skills, formal mentoring experience, outstanding communication and organizational skills as well as demonstrated initiative in identifying areas of opportunities and implementing solutions in conjunction with the leadership team.
In this role, you will lead and manage a team of Analysts, as well as execute all aspects of testing. You'll use your shown understanding of the footwear manufacturing process combined with your solid understanding of the athlete* to thoughtfully derive insights from data in order to advise and encourage the product creation team. You will provide mentorship and performance feedback while leading others to deliver results which improve Footwear Product Testing and the Innovation team.
You will work directly with the extended Footwear Innovation team including; Innovators, Design, NSRL, Athlete Concepts, Sports Marketing, Material Development (Sustainability), in pursuit of product excellence. You will be collaborating with your Footwear Product Testing teammates on prioritized projects to test new innovative footwear. You will also be working with Athletes* to gain a better understanding of their needs to best gather their feedback of the tested models.


- Bachelor's degree preferred, or minimum 2 additional years' relevant work experience in lieu of a degree.
- 4 years' experience in a professional working environment. Experience in the footwear, product testing, development, marketing, engineering, retail, customer service industry is preferred.
- Understanding of footwear components, materials, and inline productions processes is a definite plus.
- Outstanding verbal and written communication skills.
- Experience working with athletes, coaches, and equipment managers.
- Experience with Microsoft Office programs and familiarity with spreadsheet database and statistical analysis procedures.
- Able to physically lift and carry items weighing 20 pounds.
- Passion for sport is a plus
- Ability to travel up to 10% per year, domestically and internationally.

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