Senior Footwear Designer - Men’s Running at

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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.

NIKE, Inc. designs the future. At NIKE, Inc. designers chase their curiosities and build what’s next, shaping the culture and advancing human potential. The Design teams include artists, inventors and specialists, all with different focuses, including color and material experts, and apparel, footwear and graphic designers. Nike designers look to the future, aggressively pursuing materials, ideas and forms that further elevate the athlete experience, raise the bar for modern style and reduce environmental impact.


As our Senior Footwear Designer in Nike Men’s Running, you will build industry-leading innovative running footwear designs (but not limited to) from concept to reality. We value strong problem solving in providing athletes* with measurable benefits in performance that are matched with breath-taking iconic designs.


In Nike Men’s Running, you will work on designs that push the possibilities of the human potential through footwear (and beyond). We expect you to explore new opportunities, take risks, and change the game! In your day to day, you will engage with project teammates on researching, gaining insights, problem solving around performance and manufacturing, working with athletes, and crafting a vast range of creative and appealing solutions, that are also sustainable and considerate of cost. With each project, you are encouraged to also participate and present the work in informal and formal reviews. In addition to individual project work, the Senior Designer will also collaborate and help build the design direction with the Senior Design Director. As a top-tier designer with deep knowledge and experience in footwear, you will be seen as a team leader and mentor for other designers.


As a senior designer in Men’s Running, you will be working hand in hand with a large project team of different professionals (engineers, researchers, scientists, marketing, testing, sustainability, materials, costing, etc), collaborate within the design community (industrial designers, materials, color, graphics, computational, etc.), and mentor other designers. You will work under the direction of our Senior Design Director, and be reviewed by other directors from other functions.


Design Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree in Industrial Design or related field
  • 8+ years experience designing and developing innovative footwear and other products
  • Knowledge of form, color, materials, human factors, related to elevating the consumer experience
  • Ability to translate consumer knowledge and insights into product solutions and narratives

Experience in technical footwear design - running design is a plus

  • Strong Photoshop, Illustrator skills
  • Must be able to build accurate 2D technical drawings (tech packs)
  • Cobbling and prototyping skills are a plus
  • 3D design program experience are a plus
  • Strong sketching, illustration, and rendering skills
  • Solid knowledge of manufacturing processes and materials
  • Must be able to generate a broad range of concepts and solutions for each project
  • Knowledge and experience with sustainable design and manufacturing are a plus
  • Experienced with presentation programs: Keynote, Powerpoint, Acrobat, etc.

Team Requirements:

  • Positive personality and energy
  • Ability and passion to lead, mentor and onboard Design teammates
  • Contribute and align to shared team culture and behaviors
  • Catalyst to make connections with other Design groups
  • Lead + drive partnerships beyond the Design function (Marketing, Engineering, Development, etc)
  • Motivated and hardworking about bringing others along
  • Extraordinary teammate, and humble leader
  • Collaborator with a skill in connecting the dots
  • Speaks up with courage for self and the team
  • Open minded, good listener, receptive to candid feedback and diverse points of view
  • Being a runner is not a requirement but being passionate and curious to learn about Running and the athlete* is.

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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