Sr. Manager, 3D Materials Virtualization


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Position Summary

The role of Senior Manager, 3D Material Virtualization builds and leads the Materials Virtualization Strategy, one of the four pillars of the Under Armour Digital Transformation initiative. This role establishes the vision, mission, and strategy, creates the step-by-step roadmap, and builds the brand-new team to achieve the milestones. The role is responsible for communication and collaboration with global Tier I, II, and III suppliers to aid in materials virtualization, and partnering with International Materials Team to understand global supply-chain competency as it relates to virtualization. In accordance UA’s corporate strategy to drive sustainable growth in the long run, this role also oversees potentially ground-breaking R&D projects in the field of predictive textile engineering that will unlock the limitation of physical materials and product development and create an efficient, data-driven, and sustainable virtual development environment. The path of virtualization will continue to support and unlock innovation in an unprecedented virtual world.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Participate in the cross-functional strategic build-out of UA’s virtualization needs. Establish the vision, mission, and strategy, create the step-by-step roadmap, and recruit teammates to achieve the milestones. Identify and assess competing technical approaches through rigorous scouting to ensure UA’s digital strategy stays up-to-date.
  • Manage, lead, and mentor 1 to 4 Virtual Materials Analysts or additional contractors.
  • Characterize existing textiles aesthetically via existing hardware and software. Determine the requirements needed to cultivate a direct connection between materials physics and aesthetics. Understand the product lifecycle. Build the virtual materials library, tools, and database to support the end-to-end lifecycle of digital products.
  • Determine the physics required to characterize an existing textile and yarn virtually; set up the testing protocols and instruments essential to collect and interpret that data to be able to support predictive engineering initiatives, partnerships, and pre-textile development.
  • Project and budget management. Initiate, plan, propose, and manage variety of business and research projects to ensure timely deliverables and effective communication and alignment with multi-year corporate strategies.
  • Integrate the workflow into the PLM system to seamlessly deliver the benefits of materials virtualization. Design training to drive cross-functional teams’ adoption of the virtual material approach.
  • Communicate and collaborate with global Tier I, II, and III suppliers to aid in materials virtualization strategy. Partner with International Materials Team to understand global supply-chain competency as it relates to virtualization.

Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills & Abilities)

  • Manage, lead, and build the team to support Material Virtualization initiatives.
  • Experience in leading projects from ideation to execution.
  • Experience in 3D programs or knit simulation programs, e.g. CLO, Browzwear SHIMA SEIKI, STOLL, Keyshot, Substance.
  • Knowledge in performance apparel and biomechanics; experience in garment construction and fit.
  • Advanced statistical analysis and experience in one of many analytical tools, e.g. Excel, Tableau, R.
  • Experience forming industry partnerships.
  • Experience in corporate training and workshop facilitation.
  • Proficient graphic skills and experienced user of Adobe Suite
  • Textile Construction, 3D Software, Statistical Analysis

    Other Requirements

    Travel: Overseas travel (2 times/year) / Industry trade shows/ partnership meetings