Material Innovator I

Posted on Dec 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. Footwear Product Creation team into motion. The team of footwear developers, testers, engineers and designers strive for product excellence. They obsess over shoes, while collaborating, ideating and refining the product's construction, fit and style. They use groundbreaking 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 Materials Innovator I, you will join the Footwear Materials team focused on supporting innovative material solutions for targeted initiatives within NXT, the Nike Explore Team. You will be asked to leverage a broad knowledge of polymer properties to primarily support strategic development programs across the Basketball, Running and Global Football categories. You will be asked to work with a variety of polymers, including thermoplastics, thermosets, composites, etc. within a wide range of material processing areas, including injection molding, extrusion, foaming, and compounding. Key to the role is the desire to leverage polymer science with hands-on execution of strategic initiatives.

You will be asked to work cooperatively on initiatives within the team as well as cross-functionally across the Nike matrix (Product Development, Business Development, Legal, Procurement, Chemical Engineering, Design, Sports Research Lab, categories, etc.). You will be asked to research new materials opportunities and technologies based on Nike business trends, technical conferences, and the competitive landscape. You will be askedto support collaborations with material suppliers and consultants designed to optimize and improve existing materials and/or develop new materials to meet Nike's needs. You will work with the Materials & Mechanical Lab to assist in generating, analyzing, and interpreting results of testing of materials to ensure that materials meet all required standards.


  • Bachelor's degree in Polymer Science, Materials Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, or related field.
    • A Master's degree is preferred, but not required.
  • Minimum of 2 years material research and/or application development experience preferred.
  • Comprehensive understanding of polymeric materials, their processing, and their relation to part design and performance.
  • Familiarity with state-of-the-art processing techniques used for polymeric materials, including injection molding, extrusion, foaming, and compression molding.
  • Ability to clearly articulate project goals and objectives to relevant audiences.
  • Knowledge of material supply base, academic research, industry standard test methods and analytical techniques.
  • Strong interpersonal effectiveness, collaboration and data-based decision-making track record (i.e. statistical methods).
  • Ability to work with diverse teams and skillsets to support strategic initiatives.

Reference: 599166007

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