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Engineered Knit Material Developer

Posted on Nov 14, 2018 by Nike

Portland, OR 97201
Leisure & Sport
Immediate Start
Annual Salary
Job Description

The first spark of a product idea sets the Nike, Inc. Apparel Product Creation team into motion. The team of apparel developers, testers, engineers and designers strive for product excellence. They obsess over Nike's iconic silhouettes and create groundbreaking new styles. They collaborate, ideate and refine products' construction, fit and materials. They use cutting-edge advancements in technology and sustainable design to accelerate innovation. 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.


As our Engineered Knit Material Developer, you will join the Global Apparel Materials team and create innovative knit structures and textiles on seamless, circular, warp and flat knitting machines. You will be developing new knit products for a variety of applications from seamless to engineered materials for different Categories. You will work closely with Product and graphic Designers while integrating ideas through knitting technology. You will be responsible for creating a cohesive aesthetic expression in a material technology or across a group of materials. You will act as a key member of the team, helping to research new technologies and develop materials. You will also be responsible for complex products and projects as requested by the Materials Leadership team.


  • Bachelor's degree in Textiles/Apparel and a minimum of 3 years' textile industry experience
  • Advanced knowledge of materials construction and properties
  • Superior understanding of the design and development process from inception through final adoption
  • Advanced technical materials and textile knowledge, including fibers, yarns, knit and woven fabrications, textile manufacturing, dyeing, finishing and the ability to partner with a materials vendor to develop a material from inception to actual production
  • Garment development knowledge
  • Knowledge of product creation process and the apparel business
  • Knowledge of industry trends
  • Materials design experience a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, including meeting facilitation and presentations
  • Computer skills, including Microsoft office, Adobe Illustrator, and Product Data Management systems
  • Ability to clearly articulate goals and objectives
  • Strong information seeking-skills and a drive to make things happen
  • Ability to work independently and cooperatively in a diverse group
  • Ability to network and utilize internal and external resources
  • Ability to demonstrate a sense of style and creativity
  • Ability to understand the big picture related to Nike business processes and consumer needs
  • Ability to travel approximately 15% of the time

Reference: 561324580