at Nike
Published November 12, 2022
Location Hilversum, Netherlands
Category Machine Learning  
Job Type Full-time  


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

NIKE is a technology company. From our flagship website and five-star mobile apps to developing products, managing big data and providing leading edge engineering and systems support, our teams at NIKE Global Technology exist to revolutionize the future at the confluence of tech and sport. We invest and develop advances in technology and employ the most creative people in the world, and then give them the support to constantly innovate, iterate and serve consumers more directly and personally. Our teams are innovative, diverse, multidisciplinary and collaborative, taking technology into the future and bringing the world with it.

The EMEA Enterprise Data and Analytics (ED&A) team supports all business activity across 39 countries in the region and serves all functions. This includes working closely with all functions across the EMEA region, including: Supplier Management, Demand Planning, Sales Planning, Nike Direct, Supply Chain, Merchandising, Pricing, Marketing, Customer Insight, as well as the global team in the US, and its counterparts in other regions.

Who We Are Looking For

We are looking for a hardworking Principal ML Engineer to build Nike’s robust advanced analytics and machine learning solutions that have a direct impact on the business. You should have a proven history of conceiving, executing, and delivering strategically meaningful technology projects. As a Principal ML Engineer, you’ll be expected to articulate a technology vision aligned to a critical business outcome, and to act as a technical leader to the teams involved in delivering that vision. Strong interpersonal skills are essential for this role as you will be required to communicate your technical vision both down to individual team members and up to senior leaders for buy-in.

What You Will Work On

If this is you, you will work on ML solutions at scale, with our squads for the entire Nike EMEA business. Our technical solutions serve the end-to-end breadth of Nike, from building foundational data capabilities, crafting analytical products to help the Nike business make better decisions to optimizing our supply chain enabling our business to run as efficiently as possible.

Next to this you will play a fundamental role within the global AI initiatives of Nike, with teammates in Portland, Boston, China, and Poland, you’ll be joining a global organization working to tackle machine learning problems at scale.

Working across multiple squads, you will provide expert-level guidance on the most sophisticated solution, drive ML(Ops) maturity and standardization. You will lead development activities by example by active contribution of code to either help deliver solutions or by providing proof of concepts on frameworks and tools to accelerate delivery.

We build our products to run reliably and at scale, quality is built into our solutions up front, with a testing and quality mentality being a key attribute of our team. You will be asked to provide support by writing documentation and tutorials as well as providing guidance to users with a variety of technical skills.

Who You Will Work With

You'll work closely with multiple engineering squads across Nike’s business in order to drive the most value and innovation with ML products.

Working with Architecture you will help define the technical design and implementation roadmap across multiple solutions and will work with engineering leadership to ensure we resource and equip our squads with the right expertise to deliver those solutions.

Your partners will include Scrum teams, Engineering and Architecture, as well as Product and Business leadership.

Through our communities of practice, you will interact with engineers from multiple other squads, and will play a key role in elevating Nike’s engineering culture, standards and best practices, advocating for engineering excellence and innovation.

You will be reporting into the AI Engineering Director, who will guide you to grow and build your career path.

What You Bring

  • 9+ years of professional experience in software engineering, data engineering, machine learning, or related field
  • Ability to write robust, maintainable, and extendable code in Python
  • Expertise in SQL and Spark
  • Expertise in applied data science methods and machine learning algorithms
  • Data engineering and feature engineering expertise with structured and unstructured data
  • Experience with cloud architecture and technologies (preferably AWS Sagemaker, Kubernetes, and Docker)
  • Demonstrated MLOps knowledge by productionizing ML Products at scale
  • Strong background in mathematics, statistics, or computer science
  • Good understanding of principles of solution architecture and technical design

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.