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Computational Designer I – NXT Footwear

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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, it’s about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

Nike, Inc. designs the future. At Nike, 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.


The NXT Digital Innovation team provides a competitive advantage to our creation teams by fueling product innovation and craft.  To accomplish this, we leverage the power of modern technologies, skillsets and services.  We are seeking a FW Computational Designer I who has a strong design portfolio and demonstrated solid experience in computational design software—experience in footwear product design is a benefit.  As our FW Computational Designer I, you'll work with the footwear design team to design products and streamline product design, development and manufacturing, leveraging computational design.  You’ll use computational design tools to help design great product.  You will have an understanding of computational design best practices in Rhino/Grasshopper. You also are familiar with advanced digital skills such as Maya and ZBrush.  In your portfolio of work, you should have clear examples of how you’ve worked on products with complex design requirements.  You’ll collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams and participate in the creation of best-in-class product.

  • Work hands-on to digitally design products leveraging industry standard computational design technologies.
  • Learn and take direction from senior computational designers on best practices and footwear design.
  • Multi-task and concurrently execute on several products.
  • Partner on the product lifecycle process with the Design, Development and Engineering organizations.
  • Participate on multiple interdisciplinary project teams.
  • Clearly communicate project status and manage priorities with leadership input.
  • Ensure all deliverables are of the highest quality.
  • Work in an independent fashion, solve problems, make decisions, and communicate effectively in difficult situations.
  • Solid oral and written communication skills.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design or Architecture.
  • In lieu of degree, 2+ years of work experience in a similar role.
  • Several examples of successfully launched products that demonstrate complex product design solutions.
  • At least 2+ years experience using 2D and 3D design software
  • At least 2+ years experience in computational design or advanced CAD design
  • Ability to develop simple and elegant solutions to complex design problems
  • Ability to collaborate as part of a multi-disciplinary team
  • Must be organized, able to act independently as well as take direction, and able to switch rapidly between different projects in a fast-paced environment 
  • Can work with grace under pressure
  • Intermediate skills with Rhino, Grasshopper and Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop).
  • Intermediate skills with Maya, Zbrush
  • Entry-level skills with Python or similar.

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.

Job ID 00425245

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