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UncommonGoods is a fun, fast-paced and creative e-commerce and catalog company based in Brooklyn, NY. We are rapidly growing through our search for the next members of our collaborative team.

The UncommonGoods team is a diverse bunch of friendly, hard-working, big-thinking people who sell an eclectic group of handmade, recycled and just-plain-fun products. We care about our impact on the environment and the world, and believe in taking our work seriously, but not ourselves. We know that the right people can help take our company to the next level! We encourage positive, forward-thinking and inquisitive folks to apply!

We offer a competitive salary, health benefits, 401(k) match, and stock options.

UncommonGoods

140 58th Street
Building B Suite 5A
Brooklyn, NY 11220

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(347)-560-0167

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Purchasing Assistant

We are looking for an intelligent, positive and self-motivated individual who can work independently in a demanding environment as a Purchasing Assistant at UncommonGoods. This is not only a great opportunity for a person embarking on a future in retail planning but at UncommonGoods, planning is a little bit more exciting. We maintain direct contact with our versatile set of vendors, influence the flow of incoming shipments and liaison with our warehouse teams on how to manage these shipments.

The Purchasing Assistant will work with the Purchasing team on executing Purchase Orders, planning assortment strategies and managing inventory in-season to support these strategies on an on-going basis. This person needs to have strong communication skills, solid attention to detail as well as some flexibility to ensure that we are prepared for the unpredictable fourth quarter. Excellent analytical skills, creative problem solving skills and being solution-oriented are required to be successful in this position.

Requirements:

  • - Excellent communication skills (both written and verbal).
  • - Undergraduate degree.
  • - Strong mathematical skills.
  • - Prior planning, buying, operations experience preferred.
  • - Microsoft Office proficiency (Excel, Outlook, Powerpoint). Prospective candidate needs to have confidence working with Microsoft Excel including formulas, formatting and reporting.
  • - Ability to work flexible hours.
  • - Superior organizational skills, ability to prioritize and follow up in a timely and effective manner.

Responsibilities:

  • - Purchase order management including placing purchase orders, following up on tracking, invoices, and vendor confirmations. This person will be the first point of contact for many of our vendors
  • - Maintaining accurate correspondence and records of vendor communications, including current vendor information regarding cost, availability, reorders, and general product information
  • - Work with Planner on assortment forecasting and in season inventory management.
  • - Make recommendations on new item ordering and execute these.
  • - Collaborate with operations team on incoming shipments and assisting planner in maintaining optimal levels of stock.
  • - Levying penalties for non-compliant vendors by reporting to our compliance team
  • - Maintain general knowledge of Planning department metrics and taking part in compiling them weekly.
  • - Arranging shipments for international or freight orders that require special handling.
  • - General administrative duties and support, including special projects on an "as needed" basis for the purchasing team.

Bonus Experience:

  • - Experience processing or managing Purchase Orders and/or invoice
  • - Experience with UPS.com and tracking shipments
  • - Booking freight shipments or general knowledge of LTL shipment

Addition Information:

  • - Join a stellar team - Not only is the Purchasing Department filled with smart people, we're also fun and we really like to bake and often find excuses for celebrations.
  • - The UncommonGoods team is a diverse bunch of friendly, hard-working, big-thinking people who sell an eclectic assortment of handmade, recycled and just-plain-fun products. We care about our impact on the environment and the world, and believe in taking our work seriously. We know that the right people can help take our company to the next level! We encourage positive, forward-thinking and inquisitive folks to apply!
  • - Work in a fast-paced, fun environment where sharing your ideas and opinions is encouraged and rewarded.
  • - Be a member of a diverse team of imaginative, innovative people. Check out our blog: http://blog.uncommongoods.com/ and our Voting Tool: http://www.uncommongoods.com/voting/product/begin to see what we're up to. Also, check out your potential co-workers here: http://www.uncommongoods.com/staff-bios

To Apply: Send us your resume, a cover letter explaining why you believe your experience qualifies you for this role, and your salary requirements. Applications submitted without these requirements will not be considered.

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Senior Copywriter

UncommonGoods is an online retailer that specializes in handmade, eco-friendly, and unique design. We are looking for a talented senior copywriter to write snappy, imaginative, brand-reinforcing product descriptions and supplementary material for our website, email campaigns, and our quarterly catalogs. The ideal candidate will be able to keep up in a fast-paced work environment and will capture our unique brand voice through well-written, clever copy and captivating storytelling. This position reports to the Creative Director and will work out of our headquarters in Brooklyn, NY.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • - Write copy, headlines, SEO, meta descriptions, and artist profiles for a constant flow of new products (20-40 per week).
  • - Write and edit product copy for our quarterly catalogs. We need a fast and fastidious self-editor who is ready to receive feedback, offer suggestions, and meet tight deadlines.
  • - Write clever, captivating email copy on a bi-weekly basis.
  • - Manage and recruit freelance writers.

Skills & Qualifications:

  • - 5+ years of experience.
  • - Familiarity with our company, our voice, our aesthetic, our ethics, and our audience.
  • - UncommonGoods' focus is toward sustainability, with an emphasis on how we impact the world. We truly work to reduce, reuse, and recycle!
  • - Strong command of language, grammar, and punctuation.
  • - Familiarity with SEO and Adobe InCopy/InDesign a plus.

Education:

  • - BA/MA in Creative Writing, English, Marketing, or related field.

To Apply: Submit your resume, cover letter, and 5 writing samples directly to the Copywriter job at www.uncommongoods.com/careers. Please do not email your submission. Rather, please apply directly online.

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Copywriter

UncommonGoods is an online retailer that specializes in handmade, eco- friendly and uniquely designed gifts and accessories. We are looking for a talented copywriter to write snappy, imaginative, brand-reinforcing product descriptions and supplementary material for our website, email campaigns and our quarterly catalogs. The ideal candidate will be able to keep up in a fast-paced work environment, will not crack under pressure, and will capture our unique brand voice through well-written, clever copy and captivating storytelling. This role reports to the Art Director.

Primary Responsibilities

  • - Write copy, headlines, SEO, meta descriptions, and artist profiles for a constant flow of new products (20-50 per week).
  • - Write and edit product copy for our quarterly catalogs. We need a fast and fastidious self-editor who is ready to receive feedback, offer suggestions and meet tight deadlines.
  • - Write witty, exciting email copy on a bi-weekly basis.
  • - Work independently and with members of the creative, merchant and marketing departments.

Skills & Qualifications

  • - 1-2 years of experience (Professional, Internship and/or Freelance acceptable).
  • - Familiarity with our company, our voice, our aesthetic, our ethics, and our audience. UncommonGoods' focus is toward sustainability, with an emphasis on how we impact the world. We truly work to recycle, reduce and reuse!
  • - Highly creative, curious, friendly, and enthusiastic!
  • - Strong command of language, grammar and punctuation.
  • - The ability to give and receive constructive criticism to and from managers and co-workers in an eager and respectful manner.
  • - Familiarity with SEO and Adobe InCopy/InDesign a plus.

Education

  • - B.A./B.F.A (M.A./M.F.A preferred) in Creative Writing, English, Journalism, Advertising, or related field.

To Apply: Submit your resume, cover letter, and 5 writing samples. No phone calls or walk-ins accepted.

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Junior Copywriter

UncommonGoods is an online retailer that specializes in handmade, eco-friendly, and unique design. We are looking for a talented junior copywriter to write snappy, imaginative, brand-reinforcing product descriptions and supplementary material for our website, email campaigns, and our quarterly catalogs. The ideal candidate will be able to keep up in a fast-paced work environment and will capture our unique brand voice through well-written, clever copy and captivating storytelling. This position reports to the Creative Director.

Primary Responsibilities

  • - Write and edit product copy for our quarterly catalogs. We need a fast and fastidious self-editor who is ready to receive feedback, offer suggestions, and meet tight deadlines.
  • - Write copy, headlines, SEO, and meta descriptions for a constant flow of new products (20 - 40 per week).
  • - Collaborate with Copywriters and Designers on weekly marketing email campaigns

Skill & Qualifications

  • - Strong Creative voice
  • - Familiarity with our company, our voice, our aesthetic, our ethics, and our audience. UncommonGoods' focus is toward sustainability, with an emphasis on how we impact the world. We truly work to reduce, reuse, and recycle!
  • - Command of language, grammar, and punctuation.
  • - Familiarity with SEO and Adobe InCopy/InDesign a plus.
  • - BA in Creative Writing, English, Marketing, or related field.

To Apply: Submit your resume, cover letter, and 5 writing samples directly to the position. Please do not email your submission. Rather, please apply directly online.

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Photographer

UncommonGoods is a fun, fast-paced and creative e-commerce and catalog company based in Brooklyn, NY. We are rapidly growing and actively searching for the next members of our collaborative team.

The UncommonGoods team is a diverse bunch of friendly, hard-working, big-thinking people who sell an eclectic group of handmade, recycled and just-plain-fun products. We care about our impact on the environment and the world, and believe in taking our workseriously, but not ourselves. We know that the right people can help us continually improve. We encourage positive, forward-thinking and inquisitive folks to apply!

We are looking for a talented, eager photographer to style, shoot, retouch and color correct tabletop product images for our website and catalog. The ideal candidate can keep up in a fast-paced work environment, won't crack under pressure, can self manage workflow and will capture the unique brand voice through imagery.

Applicant must:

  • - Have experience with photographing product using strobe lighting.
  • - Have experience with photographing product using natural lighting.
  • - Have experience styling product on set.
  • - Be proficient at retouching product photos in Photoshop.
  • - Have experience color managing in print and digital mediums.
  • - Know how to use Capture One.
  • - Background with video and editing is a major plus.
  • - Be able to work independently as part of a creative and diverse team

To apply, submit your resume, portfolio and cover letter expressing your interest in the position. Your portfolio of tabletop work should include photographs that are white silos of products.

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Senior Project Manager

UncommonGoods, an award-winning website that offers creatively designed (unusual, handmade, recycled/upcycled, and fun) products, is looking for a senior project manager to help us continue to innovate and grow. We are a rapidly growing, innovative, and profitable company in search of the next members of our collaborative team. Our focus always has been, and always will be, on our employees and customers.

We have a fun, diverse, and laid-back environment, and focus on hiring motivated, smart, honest, humble, and nice people. We work hard and love to create great technology systems. There are ping pong and foosball tables in the technology room, and you should always be on the lookout for nerf darts. We try to do a team activity every week, often friendly video games or nearby basketball. The company also has great events and benefits, such as transparency (company metrics and financials shared weekly), bowling, dinners, lunches, free fruit, 401K, stock options, and annual bonuses. We want happy, successful workers that love their job. We try to work smart and efficiently to have a work-life balance, not to spend all your waking hours at work.

From our beginnings, UncommonGoods has been a pioneer in corporate social responsibility. We were a founding B Corp, which established a new independent standard for sustainable business in 2007. Through our Better to Give program, we've donated over $700,000 to various charitable organizations since 2001. We believe making the world a better place should be a core part of everything we do, and we're looking for team members who feel the same way.

This position will report directly to the CTO. Projects will involve our public customer-focused web site as well as internal systems. We're looking to do more agile-based software development going forward as well, instead of the more traditional waterfall methodology.

Responsibilities:

  • - Initiate, plan, execute, close, and evaluate projects.
  • - Work with sponsors and stakeholders to determine scope, goals, deliverables, timeline, resources, and budget.
  • - Work with project team to break down work into individual tasks to create overall schedule.
  • - Effectively communicate expectations and status (both verbally and in writing) to stakeholders, sponsors, and project team.
  • - Manage change requests, and identify causes to try to reduce them.
  • - Ability to motivate team members and identify areas of improvement.
  • - Work with third-parties as needed.
  • - Ensure quality of final deliverables.
  • - Resolve issues that occur during projects.
  • - Archive all project management documentation.

Required Qualifications:

  • - 5 years of experience in project management.
  • - 3 years of experience managing web-based projects.
  • - Knowledge of both agile and waterfall software development methodologies.
  • - Strong leadership and ability to facilitate meetings.
  • - Knowledge of common requirements gathering techniques.
  • - Knowledge of project management best practices (both process and tools).
  • - Ability to manage multiple projects at once.

Desired Qualifications:

  • - PMP and/or CSM certification.
  • - Retail industry experience.
  • - Bachelor's degree.

Additional Information:

  • - You will work closely with the CTO, the rest of the technology team, and leaders from other departments.
  • - You will enjoy the freedom of a self-directed position, while working with mentors who encourage and promote growth and development.
  • - The nature of the work is diverse, and includes working in multiple software environments.
  • - Exciting, creative, collaborative team environment.
  • - Ownership stake - your voice affects the direction of the company.
  • - Company focus is toward sustainability, with an emphasis on how we impact the world.
  • - Friendly and informal work environment, including working from home once a week and no dress code.
  • - You will work with other technologists, as well as with each of the company's departments (i.e., merchandising, fulfillment, marketing, customer service, content, accounting) to satisfy project requirements.

Our offices are located at the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. We offer a competitive salary and benefits package, including stock options, health and dental insurance, and 401(k).

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Merchandising Director/Head Buyer

Are you up for leading the fast changing merchandising efforts of a pioneering online retailer that's still growing like a start-up? Got the right-brain passion for creatively design products? Razor sharp left-brain analytics? Outstanding leadership skills? A commitment to using business to have a positive social impact? If so, then we should talk. UncommonGoods is a fun, fast-paced, creative e-commerce and catalog company based in Brooklyn, NY. Our team is a diverse bunch of friendly, hard-working, big-thinking people who produce and edit an eclectic collection of handmade, recycled, sustainable, innovative, hard-to-find and just-plain-fun products. We care about our impact on people and the planet and are a founding member of B Corporation, a carefully screened network of socially responsible businesses.

You'll be leading our super-talented team of dedicated buyers and guiding collaboration with our marketing, creative, technology and business development teams. You will be the point person in our partnerships with artists, designers and other key suppliers, all in an effort to continue our tradition of dazzling our customers with a veritable conga-line of remarkable products.

Job Description:

  • - Convey the UncommonGoods merchandising vision through effective product selection, customer understanding and strong vendor partnerships.
  • - Strengthen our market position and brand recognition through the skillful selection of innovative and creatively designed merchandise that appeals to the company's target customers and market positioning.
  • - Prepare and manage the annual merchandise operating plan to ensure key performance goals, new initiatives and qualitative measures consistent with the brand vision and financial goals are achieved.
  • - Direct and approve all products in the company's assortment, as well as catalogs, emails and homepages to meet criteria, standards and achieve gross profit goals.
  • - Identify and develop exclusive product ideas and opportunities, as well as prioritize category opportunities.
  • - Lead the buying team to ensure the full product assortment meets the criteria for product attribute and financial goals.
  • - Develop team members and put in place succession planning for the buying team.
  • - Travel to multiple trade shows throughout the year.
  • - Consistently seek new opportunities and venues to find new product and product opportunities.
  • - Report to the Founder/CEO and fulfill a key leadership role in the company.

Responsibilities:

  • - Set the merchandising strategy.
  • - Edit the exclusive product business.
  • - Attend industry trade shows.
  • - Deliver on the company's Merchandise Operating Plan.
  • - Full P&L responsibility for all product categories.
  • - Achieve assortment and gross profit goals for catalogs and online totals.
  • - Forecast all product selections (new items and catalog picks).
  • - Ensure effective new item pipeline management.
  • - Drive the growth of the business by ensuring successful introduction of new items to the company that meet the product criteria as well as financial goals.
  • - Oversee web category product presentations and all catalog product picks.
  • - Develop additional reports, analytics and metrics to improve our business.
  • - Effectively lead and manage a team of buying direct reports.

Requirements:

  • - Bachelor's degree
  • - Proven track record of success with experience in a management leadership role as a merchant.
  • - 5+ years of specialty buying experience with merchandise P&L and planning responsibility.
  • - Passion, eye and knowledge of specialty merchandise and creative design.
  • - Customer orientation.
  • - Ability to set and achieve high level of performance from a product selection team.
  • - Strong negotiation and relationship management skills.
  • - Strong communication skills (written and verbal).
  • - Creative thinker with financial acumen.
  • - High level of professionalism.
  • - Ability to extract data from a database into Excel, manipulate, and develop reports to improve decision making a plus.
  • - Manufacturing/production experience a plus.

What we need from you when you apply:

A great resume and cover letter describing why you are interested in UncommonGoods and qualified to lead the buying team, along with examples of at least 5 products across multiple categories that we carry that are currently not in our assortment, with specific insights on why they would be right for us.

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Product Development Associate/Graphic Designer

UncommonGoods is an ecommerce and catalog retail company with a focus on unique gifts and creative design. We are currently expanding and looking for a graphic designer to join our growing product development team. The designer will develop concepts and execute designs that will be applied to consumer products such as glassware, ceramics, textiles (pillows, bags), printed journals, and wall art. Strong concept development skills, versatility of style, and the ability to accept and apply critical feedback with a positive attitude are essential to this position.

Requirements:

  • - Degree in Graphic Design or related field preferred, but not necessary if experience and portfolio warrant.
  • - Must be proficient in Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, and Microsoft Office, and be able to work on both a PC and Mac platform.
  • - At least 1-2 years work experience in a design role.

Skills and qualifications:

  • - Must be a self-starter who can take a project from concept to completion.
  • - Prioritize and manage work to adhere to project timelines in a fast-paced environment.
  • - Strong conceptual thinking--Past experience with proven results in concept development is a must.
  • - Open minded, ability to accept and apply critical feedback with a positive attitude.
  • - Ability to do simple (or advanced) illustrations and hand typography-Versatility of style/aesthetic is a must.
  • - Must have an understanding and love of typography.
  • - Experience in print and packaging production.
  • - Excellent communication skills through type, rendering, and sketching.
  • - Ability to create product specification documents and technical drawings is a major plus.
  • - Must work well within a team, as well as individually.
  • - Passion and drive to create great work.

Responsibilities:

  • - Develop concepts and create multiple design options for review by director of product development.
  • - Create production-ready designs that will be applied to consumer products such as glassware, ceramics, textiles (pillows, bags), desktop items, and wall art.
  • - Create layouts for printed journals and books.
  • - Work with existing collateral to improve upon design/composition and prepare for production.
  • - Design product packaging as needed.
  • - Assess consumer and market trends.

To apply please submit a resume, cover letter, and your portfolio presented in either PDF or online format. Portfolios that show strong concept development skills and a versatility of style will be given priority.

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Assistant Production Manager

UncommonGoods is an e-commerce and catalog retail company with a focus on unique gifts and creative design. We are currently expanding and looking for an assistant production manager to join our growing product development team. The assistant production manager will support the production manager in implementation and management of direct manufacturer production resources and new developments. An organized approach, the ability to analyze and extrapolate from data, and attention to detail while coordinating multiple projects in various stages of development are essential to this position.

Requirements:

  • - College Degree

Skills and qualifications:

  • - Self- starter with excellent communication and organization skills.
  • - Strong data collection and analysis skills.
  • - Interest in unique and innovative product and design applications.
  • - A consistent awareness and implementation of product safety and sustainability throughout sourcing, development, and additional job functions.
  • - Experience with multiple PC applications including strong Excel skills, and the ability to multi-task and work independently.
  • - 1-2 years' work experience preferred, production coordination and data analysis experience a plus.

Responsibilities:

  • - Daily tracking and coordination of all direct manufacturer developments, including close attention to and communication of status and needs - collaborative or otherwise - at various stages of production.
  • - Cost negotiation and recordkeeping.
  • - Maintenance of production resources, including current vendor capacities and new vendor sourcing.
  • - Review and refinement of internal processes with updates reflected in Process Manual.
  • - Analysis and extrapolation of sales performance - including weekly, monthly and quarterly analysis.
  • - Coordination with purchasing department to refine forecasting and ensure inventory needs are being appropriately met and properly managed.
  • - Implementation and refinement of performance/quality testing and initial specification protocol and standards.

To apply, visit our careers page at www.uncommongoods.com/careers and submit a resume and cover letter expressing your interest in the position.

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Staff Accountant

We are seeking an intelligent, detail-oriented and positive individual who can work independently in a demanding environment. This is an excellent opportunity for the right person to learn the organization's operations and develop the related accounting skills in an exciting retail environment.
The Staff Accountant will report directly to the Senior Accountant and will work with the rest of the Accounting team to ensure the smooth day-to-day operations of the organization's accounting function.

Requirements:

  • - Passion for accounting
  • - Undergraduate degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or a related field
  • - Prefer two years of experience in a related position
  • - An eye for details
  • - A thrifty nature and the desire to seek out cost savings
  • - Excellent organizational skills
  • - Professional skepticism and the ability to deny payments/expense reimbursements that violate the organization's policies
  • - Strong communication skills
  • - Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, especially Excel
  • - Proficiency with Peachtree is a plus

Responsibilities:

  • - Resolve A/P related issues (including internal and external disputes)
  • - Monitor the outstanding payables and follow up with vendors for missing information
  • - Process weekly check runs
  • - Reconcile bank accounts on a daily and monthly basis
  • - General maintenance of the company's ledger
  • - Post non-merchandise invoices to the accounting system and obtain proper approval from responsible departments
  • - Review invoice postings over a stated threshold
  • - Compile monthly expenses and distribute to responsible department managers for review
  • - Reconcile revenue on a monthly basis
  • - Deposit checks received from customers
  • - Assist with month-end and year-end closing duties
  • - Assist Human Resources with payroll-related items, when necessary, including the annual preparation of the W-2s and 1099s
  • - Bi-weekly hourly payroll reconciliation
  • - Order accounting supplies (checks, postage, envelopes, etc.)
  • - Disbursement and reconciliation of petty cash
  • - Develop and implement cost saving techniques

In your submission, please include your resume and a cover letter explaining why you believe your experience qualifies you for this role and your salary requirements.

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Accounts Payable Specialist

We are seeking an intelligent, detail-oriented and positive individual who can work independently in a demanding environment. This is an excellent opportunity for the right person to learn the organization's operations while applying accounts payable skills in an exciting retail environment.
The A/P Specialist will report directly to the Senior Accountant and will work with the rest of the Accounting team as well as Purchasing, Merchandising and Operations to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of the organization's accounts payable function.

Requirements:

  • - Passion for accounting
  • - Undergraduate degree in Business, Accounting, Finance or a related field
  • - Prefer two years of experience in a related position
  • - An eye for details
  • - A thrifty nature and the desire to seek out cost savings
  • - Excellent organizational skills
  • - Professional skepticism and the ability to deny payments/expense reimbursements that violate the organization's policies
  • - Protects organization's values by keeping information confidential
  • - Strong communication skills
  • - Proficiency with Microsoft Office products, especially Excel
  • - Proficiency with Peachtree is a plus

Responsibilities:

  • - Receive and check invoices against purchase orders
  • - Enter invoices into accounting software for payment
  • - Verify that transactions comply with financial policies and procedures
  • - Resolve A/P related issues (including internal and external disputes)
  • - Verify vendor accounts by reconciling monthly statements to ledger
  • - Process weekly check runs and prepare checks for mailing
  • - Monitor vendor discount opportunities
  • - General maintenance of the company's ledger
  • - Post non-merchandise invoices to the accounting system and obtain proper approval from responsible departments
  • - Assist with month-end and year-end closing duties
  • - Develop and implement cost saving techniques

In your application, please include your resume and a cover letter explaining why you believe your experience qualifies you for this role with your salary requirements.

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