Sr. Professional, Materials Science Innovation - Chemistry

Under Armour

Baltimore, MD, USA


Mid-Senior Level


Aug 23

Under Armour has one mission: to make you better. We have a commitment to innovation that lies at the heart of everything we do, not just for our athletes but also for our teammates. As a global organization, our teams around the world push boundaries and think beyond what is expected. Together, our teammates are unified by our values and are grounded in our vision to inspire you with performance solutions you never knew you needed but can’t imagine living without.

Position Summary

The Senior Professional, General Chemist is a fast-paced, highly interactive position where you will work across Apparel, Footwear and Accessories, collaborating with the material innovation teams, innovation development and design as well as sourcing and sustainability organizations. In this role, you are one of the main conduits to key chemical partners and responsible for chemical/ material developments across multiple material classifications with a primary focus on bringing performance through sustainability. This role is responsible for supporting the building of a robust innovation portfolio focused on reducing environmental impact through the development of new chemical solutions for UA’s leading products. Your responsibilities will include collaborating with internal partners to scale up innovations and support through the commercialization and working with the Human performance team to identify material needs to create world-leading products that the athlete never new they needed but cannot live without. Another aspect to this position will be supporting global supply chain to onboard new chemical partners and help assess all new developments regarding sustainability, ensuring all new materials align with corporate goals. 


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

⦁   Leads key polymer developments as SME for foams, plates, synthetic leathers, membranes, and coatings with a focus on sustainability and circularity 

⦁   Conduct/oversee polymer testing and characterization, working with the sustainability team to assess environmental impact 

⦁   Development of sustainable materials, documenting/ analyzing key data, including LCA 

⦁   Manage key projects within the Material science team and collaborate with the wider Materials team 

⦁   Develop/lead research programs to enable UA to gain understanding of the state of current polymer science and its relationship to sustainability and performance 

⦁   Point of contact for select chemical partners 

⦁   Meet with product engine POD’s (design/development/product line manager) to formulate innovation material pipelines around chemical developments. 

⦁   Work with development, material operations, quality, and production to ensure all new developments are properly allocated and tested. 

⦁   Travel to global industry events to gain insight into new developments to keep the UA team informed on the latest innovations in the market

⦁   Manage data on the current status of developments and help to coordinate projects

⦁   Support other teams when interacting with key partners where acting as the POC.

⦁   Summarize meetings and communicate action items

⦁   Compile information and create presentations

⦁   Build and maintain relations with internal and external partners 

⦁   Takes direction and makes a project their own, assist with other tasks as assigned


Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities)

⦁   Robust knowledge in chemistry with a particular focus on either viscoelastic materials or coatings and finishes for materials and processing methods commonly used in apparel and footwear.

⦁   Proficient in conducting/overseeing polymer testing and characterization

⦁   Strong understanding of the LCA process and able to make recommendations based on findings. 

⦁   Proficient in relationship management, with experience in managing internal and external relationships

⦁   Strong communication skills, both verbal and written, with the ability to successfully communicate with vendors from around the world and difference cultural backgrounds.

⦁   Proficient project management, process, and organization skills. The ability to effectively manage many different tasks and overlapping deadlines.

⦁   Understanding of Footwear and/or Apparel supply chain. 

⦁   The ability to work with internal partners to help shape and define the innovation roadmap

⦁   A great team player who embraces the Company values in their everyday interactions

⦁   The ability to travel internationally 


Education And / Or Experience

⦁   Master’s degree in material science, chemistry, chemical engineering, or related field + 3 years related professional experience, ideally in footwear or apparel 

⦁   Project/ portfolio management experience

Other Requirements

⦁   Travel: potentially 5-10% of the year

⦁   Program Experience: Microsoft Suite, Keynote and/or PowerPoint, and Miro 

At Under Armour, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law. Under Armour believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates is critical to our success as a global company, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.  

Nearest Major Market: Baltimore

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