Innovation Footwear Designer II

Job ID
Product Design
5 South Union St


New Balance has a history of 100 years of enduring performance and is still running strong today. Part of what makes New Balance so unique is our commitment to making products that not only provide performance, but also superior fit and comfort. The same attention that is placed on our athletic shoes and apparel is also placed on our associates. New Balance thrives because of the passion and dedication of the people we hire. We rely on our associates to match our enthusiasm for the business and to help drive consumers to move further, faster and more frequently. We seek associates who are always on the move. Associates who push themselves forward and are motivated to move New Balance forward. Ask yourself: Are you ready to move the world?



As Innovation Designer, you will create innovative product solutions and design statement level products that meet the category’s innovation direction. Be responsible for researching, ideating and designing performance products by balancing functionality, aesthetics and engineering.  Be well rounded in all areas of the New Balance business including performance product including on field, on track, or on street.



  • Work from verbal descriptions, brainstorm sessions, or marketing briefs to communicate design intent through various mediums: sketches, renderings, 3D modeling and hands-on prototypes.
  • Meets key deadlines for projects and have a solid understanding of the product creating process and timeline.
  • Redefine footwear visuals and invent new process, materials and constructions through experimentation and have the ability to complete through commercialization.
  • Work closely with the engineering team and the Sport Research Lab to create functional prototypes and specifications to investigate feasibility of ideas and new technology to support the innovation pipeline.



Meet the needs of the innovation team’s goals and strategies by providing product, process, material, and construction innovations rooted in performance but including all areas of the business (running, cleated, sport lifestyle). These innovations should also align with inline category initiatives and marketing line plans to deliver successful and disruptively commercial product.



  • Deliver innovative design solutions.
  • Manage project load and future innovation planning
  • Deliver high level presentations that push how design communicates ideas



Reports to innovation design manager.



  • Minimum 5 years Industrial Design experience with innovation focus or 5 years performance footwear design experience.
  • BA or Master’s degree in Industrial Design, and/or Fashion design or related area. Innovation, Engineering Degree is a plus.
  • Proficient knowledge of graphics and design tools such as Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Sketchbook
  • Solid experience with 3D modeling tools such as Rhino, Grasshopper and Modo
  • Knowledge and experience working with 3D printing technologies
  • Strong knowledge and understanding of ergonomics, biomechanics and engineering
  • Experience in athletic/outdoor products, technical footwear, or sport lifestyle products needed.


Our Benefit Offerings:


We’re happy to provide traditional benefits, but to us, the greatest benefit of working at New Balance is taking advantage of additional programs that will enhance your life at work and at home as you grow with our business. Our benefits, at a glance, include:

  • 401k plan with employer match
  • Generous vacation package and paid holidays
  • Paid time off to volunteer in the community
  • Fitness Reimbursement Program
  • Discounted Health Club Memberships
  • Corporate Gift Matching
  • 40% associate discount

Your Career Development:


While the company looks to achieve strategic goals, each associate is encouraged to take ownership and mold their development process as they conquer their personal aspirations. To guide you in the process we offer traditional and nontraditional development opportunities, including mentor programs, to help you move your body or career, in which our executives participate as mentors. We also offer customized team sessions, on and off-site seminars and tuition reimbursement.


New Balance provides equal opportunities for all current and prospective associates and takes affirmative action to ensure that employment, training, compensation, transfer, promotion and other terms, conditions and privileges of employment are provided without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, handicap, genetic information and/or status as an Armed Forces service medal veteran, recently separated veteran, qualified disabled veteran or other protected veteran.

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