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Sourcing/Purchasing Associate

Product & Operations | Los Altos, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

KiwiCo is an innovative eCommerce company that sparks kids’ creativity and curiosity through offline and online materials and inspiration. We offer kids a delightful, engaging way to explore, create, and learn. We offer a subscription service that delivers curated hands-on projects to kids. We take great pride and ownership in the products we build and in the community of parents and kids we serve. We're backed by leading investors and were named one of the "20 Startups to Watch" by Business Insider and "Hottest Companies in Silicon Valley" by Lead411. Our office is located in Los Altos.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Work closely with the Product Design team to identify the appropriate set of materials, quantities and delivery dates.

  • Interact with domestic and overseas vendors to negotiate prices, execute sampling and approval proces, ensure quality and margin targets are hit, and delivery dates on track.

  • Execute purchasing and receiving transactions in systems

  • Work collaboratively with design, product development and operations teams to ensure on time, on budget delivery of our product to end customers.

  • Track and manage inbound shipments, coordinate with logistics providers and production team to increase visibility to delays and creatively resolve problems to minimize impact

Skills:

  • As a start-up celebrating creativity and development, we believe and encourage the same in our team.  We seek team players with an infectious positive energy, great initiative, and a get-it-done attitude.  Candidates must thrive in ambiguity and love a rapid pace. You must have a strong desire to learn and improve.
  • Communication skills.  Exceptional communication skills with vendors and team members; friendly and pleasant demeanor over email and phone.

    Hands-on, "get things done" mentality. Eager and able to solve challenges and tackle opportunities. Identifies potential issues and hurdles and develops ways to get around them. Adapt to quickly figure out a way to get things done and to assume new responsibilities as needed.  Excellent organizational, analytical, and multi-tasking skills are musts.

    Detail-oriented.  We move quickly, but we bring care and thoughtfulness to everything we do. We care deeply about the details.

    Resourceful.  You see a project from idea stage through successful completion - and whatever it takes to make it a success, and your job will be fast-paced.  Hurdles are inevitable, but you take it upon yourself to take ownership, assess options and get something done.  

    More about you:  You're positive, motivated, dynamic, thoughtful, analytical, creative, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial with excellent judgement. 


Desired experience:

BA/BS required

1-4 years of experience in a similar business or function: apparel, toys, accessories in operations, sourcing, purchasing, product development

Experience managing projects, calendars, product development process or logistics all a plus

To apply:

Resumes without a cover letter won't be considered.  Please include a cover letter telling us why you'd make a good addition to our team and what interests you about this opportunity!  Resumes without a cover letter won't be considered.

Location:

  • Located in Los Altos, CA, no relocation offered at this time