Nike Innovation Entrepreneur in Beaverton, Oregon

Become a Part of the NIKE, Inc. Team

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 Technology designs, creates and implements the methods and tools needed to make the world’s largest sports brand run faster, smarter and more securely. Global Technology teams aggressively innovate the solutions needed to help employees navigate Nike's rapidly evolving landscape. From infrastructure to security and supply chain operations, Technology specialists drive growth through top-flight hardware, software and enterprise applications. Simply put, without Nike Technology, there are no Nike products.

Description

The Innovation Entrepreneur will work across all business units at Nike. This person will be responsible for bringing the point of view of the business and key user groups to help the Technology Innovation team execute successful proofs of concept. The Innovation Entrepreneur will partner with Product Directors and Engineering Leads to help validate hypothesis and drive alignment on cross functional proofs of concept (POCs). Once the team has aligned on a POC, the Innovation Entrepreneur will be responsible for working across the business and technology organizations to bring that POC to life. A successful candidate in this role will bring new, tech-oriented thinking and capabilities to Nike in a way that allows the new solutions to be embraced by Nike’s people-focused, story-focused, matrix-oriented, brand-driven culture.

Specific Skill Sets & Responsibilities

User Advocate

  • Become one of theteam’s experts on the business need driving the POC.

  • Regularly engagewith users. Innovation Entrepreneur should be intimately aware of current anddesired user behavior and be able to articulate why something is/is notimportant to the users.

  • Deeply understandusers and impacted constituents’ beliefs, actions and fears related to the solutionsproposed in the POC.

  • Advocate for theusers’ needs during the backlog grooming process. Makesure the product team has clarity of purpose/ business understanding and doesnot get pulled in multiple directions between sprints.

  • Work with nervousconstituents—help to understand their concerns and develop appropriate plans toaddress the concerns.

Communication

  • Regularly engagewith constituents on the business and technology sides of the company—help core,cross functional team members and related teams understand what we’reattempting to do and why. Listen tocolleagues/users’ concerns and ideas.

  • Develop andexecute communication plans appropriate for various types of audiences relatedto a POC—users, leadership, etc.

Execute & Enable

  • Help to driverapid solution prototyping & execute proof of concepts.

  • Help to set up aprocess or criteria to measure the impact of projects.

  • Help to create arefined launch process to allow the company to comfortably embrace potentiallydisruptive innovations without getting sidetracked by people who are investedin protecting the status quo.

  • Help theInnovation Tech Team understand the impact they are having on theorganization and celebrate the impacts that the team is having onNike. Create retrospectives andconversations about lessons learned among team members. Create a culture of support, healthydebate and connection between the members of the team.

  • If the companydecides to scale a POC, the Innovation Entrepreneur will help foster the adoption ofthe POC to the scaling team(s).

Integrate & Inspire

  • Inspire colleaguesand leaders at Nike to imagine a new way of using technology to better serveconsumers, work with strategic, external partners and internal colleaguesaround the globe

  • Help to create aculture of innovation throughout the tech department and throughout Nike

  • Empower people tobring their best skills, talents and crazy ideas to work.

Qualifications

  • Strongorganizational skills.

  • A master atfollowing up and following through.

  • Experiencedworking with and applying Agile, Design Thinking, & Lean innovationmethodologies inside a large organization.

  • Proven ability toinfluence cross functional leaders and colleagues.

  • A sense ofurgency to deliver great, effective solutions that are utilized by thebusiness.

  • The compassionand ability help users and influencers understand why and how to change theirbehavior and embrace a new solution or idea.

  • Able to simplifyand personalize complicated ideas into compelling stories or understandablenarratives that inform, persuade and inspire others to follow.

  • Left brain andright brain thinker—a successful candidate will be comfortable creativelynavigating through ambiguity while striving to methodically analyze and focuson the business need driving the innovation solution.

Qualifications

  • Strongorganizational skills.

  • A master atfollowing up and following through.

  • Experiencedworking with and applying Agile, Design Thinking, & Lean innovationmethodologies inside a large organization.

  • Proven ability toinfluence cross functional leaders and colleagues.

  • A sense ofurgency to deliver great, effective solutions that are utilized by thebusiness.

  • The compassionand ability help users and influencers understand why and how to change theirbehavior and embrace a new solution or idea.

  • Able to simplifyand personalize complicated ideas into compelling stories or understandablenarratives that inform, persuade and inspire others to follow.

  • Left brain andright brain thinker—a successful candidate will be comfortable creativelynavigating through ambiguity while striving to methodically analyze and focuson the business need driving the innovation solution.

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: 00411386

Location: United States-Oregon-Beaverton

Job Category: Technology