Looking for a job? Under Armour‘s Director of Talent Acquisition tells you how to make it. Continue reading to learn how to get a job at Under Armour.
If you want to land a job at Under Armour in Baltimore, Courtney Bond might be the person you’d run into. She’s the Director of Talent Acquisition for UA and she spoke with the Baltimore Business Journal who did a great interview on how to land a job with the growing company:
How many employees is Under Armour currently hiring?
We have 94 current openings here at Tide Point as of Oct. 22. Out of that 94, 70 of them are new positions to the company. We like to advertise that because we are a growth company. We’re certainly adding to our team, not necessarily because people are leaving Under Armour, but as much because we are growing. So far in 2010, we added 238 positions to the company at Tide Point.
What types of positions are you hiring for?
We’re growing in e-commerce. We’ve been hiring a lot in footwear from a design standpoint. Apparel you’re looking at a lot of designers and product managers. In more back of the house, we’re hiring everything from cash application specialists to senior network engineers. We have opportunities existing in all areas of our business.
What’s your advice for job seekers looking to get their foot in the door at Under Armour?
I think one of the things I’ll tell people is we see a lot of résumés. We could get close to 300-plus for one position. There’s not a magic wand. Skills and experience speak for themselves.
We’re looking for that rock star that has skills and experience to step into a role here and contribute immediately. We’re also looking for what that individual can bring as we grow. We’re hiring you for a position today but we’re thinking what’s next.
As a company that’s growing, we want people to stay and have a career here at Under Armour. That’s one of the biggest things I’m looking at in résumés, not only does that person have the skills to contribute now, but what you can bring in the future.
There’s also that culture piece — and not everyone has to be an athlete to work here. I’m certainly not. The humble and hungry isn’t a motto, it’s truly how each and everyone of our employees work here.
Where does the company typically recruit employees?
From our rookie program. We do a lot of college recruiting to talk about the rookie program (Think internship programs). We visit some campuses that really have niche specialties. Whether it’s a school like the University of Cincinnati for footwear. We’ve been doing more MBA recruiting this year. We’ve visited Harvard and Boston College and we’ll be headed out to UCLA in November. We’ve been to University of Maryland and Darden School of Business at University of Virginia.
Of course we use our network of employee referrals and we use LinkedIn. We ask everyone to come through our application tracker site. We don’t go on Monster or CareerBuilder.
Where do you see the most job growth in the future at Under Armour?
Apparel will continue to be a huge driver in both men’s and women’s, as well as footwear. And you think about all of that support functions that seethe into those areas, we’re definitely going to need support to feed into our front-end businesses. Retail, we are opening [factory] store after [factory] store nationwide.
How would you describe the culture at Under Armour?
I can tell you what I hear from candidates and I think they are right on. You’d think it’s a laid-back environment, but we accomplish more in one day then what most companies accomplish in one week. We’re definitely high paced and full of energy.
What’s your advice for someone coming on an interview?
I think everyone should have a point of view and be very clear on that. Understanding why they want to work for Under Armour and what value they can add to our organization. Definitely be prepared to discuss business and your accomplishments throughout your professional careers and just who you are.
How should they dress?
We don’t get upset if someone wears a suit or tie or dress in their first visit. But by your second interview, we’re also looking to see how relaxed you are in our environment. We want people to be comfortable in our culture.
What are some of the biggest perks for employees?
The focus on wellness. We have a combine training center [at Tide Point], a basketball court, the Hungry and Humble Cafe. We have a 50 percent employee discount on clothes. We’re able to see some great sporting events. We have a great tuition reimbursement program.