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Footwear Designer II – Nike Basketball

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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 position of Footwear Designer 2 will work under the Designer Director of Nike Basketball Footwear to design performance basketball footwear from concept to reality. You will design product seasonally, spanning a range of price points and athlete/consumer types. In this role, the designer will need to have excellent sketching skills and be able to generate a lot of ideas quickly, then be able to focus the designs down to a finalized solution that is manufacturable. Ex- from loose sketches or prototyping, to realistic renderings, to precise technical orthographic drawings. Your ability to clearly and concisely communicate your designs and ideas is critical for internal and external presentations and meetings. In this job, you will constantly be working with partners in design, marketing, development, engineering, costing and testing. Not only are your individual skills and experience important, but collaboration with these partners is paramount to the success of the product you will be working on and the team dynamic. We are looking for someone who is vocal with their thoughts but is also very open to listening to and acting upon feedback. As a member of Nike Basketball, you are in a highly visible category, where there is potential for you to be in front of professional athletes and media. You will also be traveling domestically and internationally to connect with consumers, athletes, retailers, design inspiration, collaborators, and factory partners. We expect you to bring a high level of professionalism, respect and maturity in how you behave internally and externally. Bring your daily passion for Basketball! Your ability to play the game isn’t as critical as your drive and curiosity to learn about the game from a science to cultural standpoint. Your ability to creatively translate insights from the lab, the court, and off the court into marketable and innovative products is what we expect you to do. Nike Basketball is the leading authentic brand in Basketball, we want you to strengthen our great legacy! 

  • Communication and presentation skills: creating presentation tools and excellent communication skills for internal purposes and for athletes
  • Compute skills: Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Keynote, PowerPoint, Outlook
  • Excellent sketching (analog and digital), rendering, and orthographic drawing skills
  • Capable of creating a broad range of designs and ideas. Different styles, different price points, different athletes/consumers
  • Strong problem solving around basketball movement, footwear construction and manufacturing.
  • Excellent aesthetic and narrative sensibilities to push basketball culturally
  • Collaborative working style within the Design team and with other functions

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 00427938

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