ABOUT THE ROLE
As an Assistant Buyer, you will support the Buyer with the day to day functions of the department and execution of assortment strategies. You will assist in driving growth by fostering relationships as we expand our reach in the design community through innovative partnerships. Assistant Buyers are entrepreneurial business drivers and self-starters who can create structure and work independently with limited supervision. We are always in search of the next great uncommon good and are passionate about the people and the products we work with.
You are naturally curious and love to discover uncommon products that nobody else has to offer. You are the one that can always find the needle in the haystack. You are persistent in pursuit of your goals and do not back down from a challenge. You have a knack for using data to build on current success and are not afraid to champion new ideas. You are excited to explore the endless possibilities of e-commerce and won’t settle for business as usual.
UncommonGoods was founded as a place to discover products that are original and meaningful. We proudly offer designs that are handmade, environmentally friendly, and created by artists and makers from the US and beyond. Learn more about our products, B Corp certification, Better To Give program, and the cool team members you might be working with. Check out more about all the Good Stuff we do at UncommonGoods!
- Liaise between Buyer and stakeholders across internal teams to ensure product accuracy and strong cross-functional communication.
- Help build relationships with new brands, artisan makers and designers, as well as support existing partner relations.
- Oversee sample process, including requesting samples, storing, cataloging and managing their life cycle before and after launch.
- Manage pipeline of new items, including requesting product information from vendors and ensuring accurate copy, photos and details before approving for launch.
- Set up new items and maintain/update existing items in our databases.
- Communicate with vendors and internal partners to effectively resolve issues or discrepancies in a timely manner.
- Support Buyer with catalog assortment planning, including preparing contracts for vendors and managing tracking system.
- Help monitor, report, and interpret sales and inventory data. Assist Buyer in conducting weekly, monthly and quarterly business reviews.
- Assist with category assortment planning and product sourcing, as well as weekly sample review presentations.
- Maintain awareness of competitive landscape, product distribution and customer preferences in the industry. This may include travel to trade shows, craft fairs and other events.
Skills & Qualifications:
- Bachelor’s Degree preferred.
- 3+ years of equivalent work experience within cross functional merchant roles.
- Experience and current working knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
- Product enthusiast and understanding of UncommonGoods brand and market positioning.
- Self-motivated with the ability to perform in a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent communication skills and collaborates effectively with cross functional partners.
- Detail oriented and highly organized.
- Robust benefits package, including generous PTO, 401(k) with company match, and paid family leave
- Stock options
- Casual work atmosphere, company snacks, lunches and team events
- 40% discount on the products we sell
When applying please include:
- Cover letter that includes an uncommon fact about yourself. We love to hear what makes you special!
- Included with your cover letter, please include photographs of a selection of three Music items not currently in the UncommonGoods assortment, and why you think they’d be a good fit for the business.
UncommonGoods is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
Our Story We know that there's a story behind every product. It's that of an emerging designer just introducing her work to the world; artisans working collaboratively in a low-income country; or a seasoned artist crafting each of his pieces by hand. With your help, we're building a community of passionate people who love our products and connect with the stories behind them. We're growing not only our artist family, but also a strong following of customers who celebrate artists and delight in surrounding themselves with creative design. Inspiration In 1999, our founder Dave Bolotsky visited a Smithsonian Museum craft show in Washington D.C. and was captivated by the variety of unique handmade goods and the talented people behind them. He saw there was a significant public demand for beautiful design. At the same time, he realized that the artists working to make those pieces were often traveling great distances in order to sell their wares at the show. Inspired by his experience, Dave had a vision to create something that had never existed before—an online marketplace to connect makers and their creations with individuals looking for truly special goods, regardless of the physical distance between the maker and the shopper. Dave turned this idea into UncommonGoods. He continued traveling to craft fairs and trade shows, meeting artists and finding stand-out merchandise, while running the business out of his home on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. Before long, the company had outgrown Dave's apartment, and moved through three successively larger offices in downtown Manhattan, eventually settling in our current location in Brooklyn, NY. Survival Of course, in the struggle to build a viable business, there are always bumps in the road along the way. When the internet bubble burst, we faced unforeseen hardships—funds were dwindling, and we were forced to cut back from a staff of 35 to just five full-time employees. Around this time co-founder Thomas Epting joined us as a photographer. Thomas worked tirelessly to help ensure the company's survival, steadily expanding his role to encompass all creative, technology, and warehouse operations. Times were tough, but thanks to the guidance of Dave and Thomas, we managed to turn the business around, becoming profitable for the first time in 2004. Sustainability Our focus is on building a business for the long haul. We've worked to create a sustainable business in all its aspects. We attempt to minimize our environmental impact, working with our artists to use sustainable or recycled materials whenever possible, choosing environmentally friendlier packing materials, and printing our catalog on Forest Stewardship Council [FSC] certified and recycled paper. We're building relationships with non-profit organizations through Better to Give, a program we created that allows our customers to choose a partner for us to donate $1 to with every order. And a concentration on strong financial health allows us to maintain independent ownership and stay true to our values. Our team has grown steadily over the last decade, from just 5 to over 200 year-round employees. Our business grows dramatically during the winter holidays each year. Thousands of packages ship out every day during these months, so we expand our workforce to hundreds of employees. We try to never lose sight of an inverted pyramid business model, meaning that the needs of the people closest to our customers, our customer service and warehouse teams, come first. As part of this model, our lowest paid hourly seasonal worker makes 100% more than minimum wage. B Corporation We're still growing, but what's important to us hasn't changed. Sustainability is, and has always been, central to what we do. In 2007, we became a founding B Corporation, which established an independent third-party certification of a company's sustainability. The Certified B Corporation seal means that a company has undergone and passed a comprehensive screening questionnaire, which evaluates areas including company governance, environmental practices, and impacts on the local community. As we maintain our certification as a B Corp we're also driven to continuously evaluate and improve ourselves, while raising awareness of the program. To date, more than 2,000 companies have become certified B corps. Evolution Along with sustainability, supporting creativity and the artist community is extremely important to us. Today our assortment has grown from a collection of Dave's trade show finds to a plethora of products handpicked by a full-fledged buying team, who scour the web for the latest in creative design and, just like in our early days, hit the road to bring back treasures from around the country. Thanks to our community of artists and designers, we also discover many unique pieces through online product submissions. Additionally, we've grown an in-house product development team, who work hard to create new goods sure to make even seasoned design junkies swoon. An Uncommon Future As we enter a new age of business, we'll remain focused on our commitment to sustainability and creative design. We'll never stop working to provide a remarkable shopping experience to our customers, make our company our team members' favorite place to work, celebrate craftsmanship and innovation, and support our community of artisans, designers, and creative thinkers. We have a feeling the future will be uncommonly good.