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SENIOR MERCHANDISE PLANNER icon

Packed Party is looking for a senior merchandise planner to jump in the middle of our rapidly growing team here in Austin, TX at the ground level.

We have a number of large retailers and a rapidly growing business. This person will be a key point of contact across cross functional teams helping to drive decisions on product selection, promotion and will drive company wide analytics and will report to our Director of Operations.

Essential roles and duties:
• Extremely detailed and process oriented, helping to implement processes while keeping timelines and schedules of production and processes
• Strong Excel skills and highly analytical in nature
• An over-communicator, you understand our sales team and customers need to know timelines of when products are arriving so you feel comfortable communicating timing to the larger team
• Self-starter, you see an issue on our website or with a product and you find the best way to fix it quickly
• Trustworthy, you are holding the key to our manufacturers and margins so transparency and direct communication with our Director of Operations and President is of the utmost importance
• Ability to properly analyze large sets of data and put together key take-aways to report to the larger team

This role would be responsible for:
• Assisting in forecasting sales and inventory needs for our different channels of business
• Pricing and sales analysis: Maintain all sell-through analysis, reporting to the Director of Operations and President so that strategic decisions can be made for future orders and/or designs
• Determining price points on products based on internal and industry analysis
• Monitor inventory levels and reorder as necessary on popular items
• Offer creative ways to push slower moving inventory-- Build unique pricing bundles for our customers based on inventory on hand and needs
• Entry of Purchase Orders to our manufacturers in Cin7

Reporting and Analysis:
• Drive reporting decisions and build a robust reporting plan to keep all cross functional teams aware of results and opportunities
• Owner of overall Walmart reporting analysis to support product development team to make stronger strategic assortment plans and drive topline Walmart growth
• Logistics Management: Relationship owner with our freight forwarder, Flexport-- responsible for staying up to date with changing trends and shifts needed to stay on top of rapidly changing supply chain issues
• Managing receipt flow and shipping plan of importing goods from our manufacturers to optimize timelines and reduce shipping costs
• Analysis of true landed costs to benchmark costing and report on changes to assumptions
• Owner of PO Tracker to report to all teams of estimated arrival dates, potential timing risks, and any changes to planned flow

Qualifications:
• 3-5 Years experience working in a retail support environment
• Strong Excel skills required
• Experience with an inventory management system (Cin7 or Stitch Labs) preferred
• Background in merchandise buying and planning preferred
• Employment Type - Full Time

DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT icon

Packed Party is looking for a Director of Product Development and Sourcing to jump in and lead our rapidly growing product development team here in Austin, TX.

This leadership role collaborates with sales, operations and creative to identify customer needs and build strategic sourcing and product launch plans to meet those needs. This includes managing timelines from start to finish, identifying and vetting suppliers who meet quality standards and delivering quality products that meet brand standards.

Responsibilities:
Product Development
• Responsible for the team that drives end-to-end new product development, from timeline development, design, sourcing, costing and packaging, through to delivery at scale
• Owns the product development and design task management calendars. Communicates all key dates to cross functional team
• Lead ideation and brainstorming sessions for product refreshes and new product launches
• Responsible for overseeing the technical specification documentation and handling internal communication on behalf of the design team to cross-functional partners.
• Ensure all supplier quotations and samples are completed on a timely basis for appropriate decision making to meet objectives
• Researches market and competitors to determine most compelling product specifications and pricing
• Creates and documents product specification details
• Gets multiple quotations and samples from qualified factories
• Partners with Director of Operations to develop pricing/MOQ scenarios to ensure the highest gross profit and lowest inventory risk
• Communicates final product specifications and pricing to internal stakeholders
• Manages team responsible for monitoring product quality through sample inspections and factory corrective actions
• Works closely with operations and suppliers for ongoing quality assurance, developing corrective action plans as required

Sourcing
• Responsible for owning communication with suppliers and ensuring that timely responses are maintained during overnight communication with suppliers
• Identify and vet factories that meet quality, price, and service requirements
• Manages and grows relationships with sourcing partners
• Accountable for providing vision and executional focus of a global sourcing strategy
• Optimize the current source base for capabilities including quality, cost competitiveness and margin adherence, on time delivery, lead time, sustainability, and innovation
• Planning; Lead the process of identifying manufacturing needs of each season/product refresh; attend key cross-functional meetings on a regular basis to integrate sourcing into the product creation process and provide additional insight regarding manufacturing challenges and opportunities
• Work on special projects as assigned

Calendar & Development
• Oversee the establishment of calendar development timelines and prioritize flow of development approvals from concept through production ready to buy based on production lead times

Metrics and Tracking
• Responsible for achieving desired outcomes and meeting all targets and cost-saving goals
• Drive discipline around adherence to process, timelines and targets
• Establish reporting, KPI’s and communication process to ensure sourcing teams meet expectations and that the intended category mix is achieved

Qualifications
• Bachelor’s degree or degree in apparel-related specialty preferred, or equivalent combination of education and experience in apparel supply chain, operations, development or manufacturing
• Minimum of 15 years of experience in global sourcing & development with strong vendor management skills
• 6+ years managing multiple direct reports and teams
Start-up experience preferred

Skills/Abilities:
• Flexibility to move between strategic leadership level to hands-on management of specific projects
• Strong organizational skills and attention-to-detail
• Ability to focus and follow tasks from beginning to end
• Collaborative working style, able to communicate and interact well with stakeholders and teams
• Excellent communications skills, both verbal and written
• High proficiency in Excel, Microsoft Office programs, and additional required workplace software
• Excellent presentation skills with the ability to present information in a compelling fashion to global retail partners
• Strong negotiation, organizational and facilitation skills
• Ability to operate with uncertainty and to adjust approach based on business needs
• Ability to work well under pressure, operate with a sense of urgency, meet deadlines and financial expectation

OPERATIONS ANALYST icon

Packed Party is looking for a rock star operations analyst to jump in the middle of our rapidly growing team here in Austin, TX at the ground level.

We have a number of large retailers and a rapidly growing business. This person will be a key point of contact for our major retail partners while assisting and reporting to our Director of Operations.

Essential roles and duties:
• Extremely detailed and process oriented, helping to implement processes while keeping timelines and schedules of production and processes
• Strong Excel skills and highly analytical in nature
•An over-communicator, you understand our sales team and customers need to know timelines of when products are arriving so you feel comfortable communicating timing to the larger team
• Self-starter, you see an issue on our website or with a product and you find the best way to fix it quickly
• Trustworthy, you are the main point of contact for our Distribution Center team and help keep them aware of initiatives, forecasts, and upcoming projects
• Ability to properly analyze large sets of data and put together key take-aways to report to the larger team

This role would be responsible for:
• Assisting in forecasting sales and inventory needs for our different channels of business
• Inventory management: Maintain accurate inventory at all times
• Work with warehouse manager to ensure inventory is accurately reflected at all time through cycle counts
• Monitor inventory levels and reorder as necessary on popular items
• Offer creative ways to push slower moving inventory-- Build unique pricing bundles for our customers based on inventory on hand and needs

Customer and Vendor Management:
• Managing the day-to-day interaction with all of our big box retailers ensuring product is properly merchandised and standards are being met
• Managing all 3rd party merchandisers, entering orders and determining if they are meeting all standards of operations
• Owner of all replenishment for our major retail partners - owns writing of orders, tracking of sales against projections, running analysis of sales and drawing strategic business conclusions, and creation of suggested replenishment orders to our manufacturers

Sales Support:
• Complete vendor information sheets as needed
• Communicate with Retail partners via email, calls, meetings as needed
• Enter purchase orders from Majors received via PDF or EDI into our Cin7 system
• Create and send invoices to Majors via email or EDI

Qualifications:
• 2-4 Years experience working in a retail support environment
• Strong Excel skills required Experience with an inventory management system (Cin7 or Stitch Labs) preferred
• Background in handling EDI and DC support functions preferred
• Employment Type - Full-time

Think you're THE person for the job? Submit your cover letter + resume to careers@packedparty.com

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE icon

Packed Party is looking for a Product Development Associate to jump in the middle of our rapidly growing team here in Austin, TX at the ground level. The individual will be responsible for supporting all pre-production development tasks; including technical spec preparation, overnight communication with factories and much more. You’ll work closely with the Operations and Design teams.

This person is ideally:
• Extremely detailed and process oriented, helping to implement processes
• An organization freak excited about the prospect of sample organization and being the gatekeeper to the full library of Packed Party development
• Highly analytical in nature with solid Microsoft Office skills
• An over-communicator, you are able to clearly articulate vision and direction across language barriers internationally and across internal teams
• A brand champion, obsessed with product and ready to lead quality control processes
• A self-starter, ready to dig in, find problems, and proactively fix them
• A team player, eager to provide support across the organization as needed
• Trustworthy, you are holding the key to our manufacturers and margins so transparency and direct communication with our Director of Operations and President is of the utmost important

This role would be responsible for:
Supporting PD Managers
• Responsible for supporting PD Manager’s in responding to factories overnight and summarizing all correspondence for PD Managers on a daily basis
• Supporting PD Managers and the daily tasks associated with bringing to life new concepts and designs
• Sends all packaging requirements to factories; communicates relevant details such as timeline, samples needed, retailer specific guidelines, and PO adjustments
• Maintain open communication with our supplier base as well as actively help research and analyze new potential partners
• Works with vendors to get pricing, item details, templates, MOQs, and any other pertinent details during development

Quality Control
• Leader in Quality Control management for Packed Party
• Actively participate in quality reviews of samples and shipments and in charge of logging all concerns and follow up to communicate back to our production partners
• Owner of item measurements and weights across reference documents and confirming samples match specifications

Sample Management
• Owner of sample organization and tracking including samples from all phases of the development cycle.
• Responsible for management of previous production references as well as product development resource library of finishes, materials, etc.
• Actively participate in quality reviews of samples and shipments and in charge of logging all concerns and follow up to communicate back to our production partners
• Coordinating the influencer process and responsible for making sure samples are sent to influencers in a timely manner.

SKU Creation
• Owner of UPC creation in GS1 and Lot Number maintenance
• Aid in customs classification research, duty rate changes, and benchmarking true landed costs from targets

The ideal candidate:
• Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of product development or buying experience preferred
• Proficient in all Microsoft Office applications
• Excellent communication, problem-solving, and decision-making skills
• Highly detail oriented

Optional, but preferred, please send a PDF of your portfolio including work that is relevant to the above job description to careers@packedparty.com

PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT MANAGER icon

Overview
Packed Party is looking for a Product Development Manager to jump in the middle of our rapidly growing team here in Austin, TX at the ground level. The individual will be responsible for supporting all pre-production development tasks; including developing technical packages for manufacturers, tracking and reviewing samples, market & trend research, technical file preparation and maintenance, design ideation, and much more. You’ll work closely with the Director of Operations and the Design Team.

Essential roles and duties:
• Extremely detailed and process oriented, helping to refine all pre-production processes
• Highly motivated with a high sense of urgency and initiative. Always taking responsibility with a proactive mentality •Organization freak keeping timelines and schedules of production and processes
•Able to work effectively under pressure and always looking for the next challenge
•Strong attention to details and craftsmanship, ensuring that all product provided to third parties has been fully vetted
•Strong ability to manage multiple projects and timelines
•An over-communicator, as you will need to ensure our Design and Operations teams meet all deadlines. This individual must be comfortable communicating timing to the larger team
•Self-starter, you see an issue with a product or packaging and you immediately fix the error and alert the team about the issue
•Proven ability to analyze and research the market and trends for a full understanding of product categories and competitive offerings.
•Comfortable bringing creative and innovative concepts to the team to help drive ideation process
•Excellent problem-solving skills and an ability to work independently with limited instruction
•Proficiency in MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint is a must Experience with Adobe Creative Suite (Illustrator, InDesign & Photoshop) is preferred
•3-5 Years of Product Development experience required
•Experience producing products in a global supply chain preferred

This role would be responsible for:
•Assist with product development brainstorming and ideation
•Work directly with the design team assisting with all open product development projects, including the all tasks required to bring the product to market
•Assist with the development and organization of all basic technical file packages.
•This role is the subject matter expert at keeping product specifications up to date and accurate for communication with our manufacturing base
•Oversee the technical specification documentation and handle internal communication on behalf of design team to cross-functional partners
•Establish standards for technical specification documents and technical packets

Pre-Production Development - Operational
•Oversee the production work stream from start to finish Prepare weekly reports to keep the team well informed of the status of all upcoming programs
•Assist with the development and enforcement of approval processes using an excel based tracking system
•Closely monitor the development process and ensure schedule adherence to launch through all vendor and internal channels
•Ensure all supplier quotations and samples are completed on a timely basis for appropriate decision making to meet objectives

Market and Product Trend Analysis
•Assist with market and trend research, constantly monitoring the competitive landscape, finding new materials, manufacturing processes and design trends that may be of use to the design and operations teams
•Lead analysis determining if Packed Party’s prices are competitive on comparable products vs. competitors
•Develop products to achieve unmet consumer needs

Supplier Oversight
•Manage order execution and resolve product and production issues on a timely and proactive manner
•Monitor supplier performance to ensure it meets or exceeds Company KPIs Assist in research to expand Packed Party’s manufacturing base
•Assist in identifying the process and partners for PP to partner with to manufacture directly for Walmart.

Quality Control Management
•Visiting our distribution center and leading all quality control on incoming product
•Acting proactively to communicate with our internal team and manufacturers on any discrepancies of final product vs. final samples

Please send a PDF of your resume to careers@packedparty.com

GRAPHIC DESIGNER icon

Packed Party is looking for a rockstar Graphic Designer to jump in the middle of our rapidly growing team here in Austin, Texas at the ground level!

Responsibilities
• Work in partnership with our design team
• Direct photo shoots, photograph and edit images and assist in all things emailers, social media assets, website layout, images and design, marketing assets, you-name-it!
• Assist in product development from design concepts to mock-ups, art files, packaging, and tech packs
• Learn, uphold and embrace the Packed Party brand and how our graphics and products translate to our customers
• Be able to work in a team setting. Don’t be afraid to speak up and share your own ideas. Communication is key!
• Ensure you are able to see projects through start to finish. Conceptualize, construct ideas, visually layout concepts, and share with team
• Have the ability to work very quickly while still getting the job done efficiently
• Working closely with our ad agency on building still ads in different format sizes (video is a plus!)
• Marketing flyers, pop-up signage, retail merchandising help, etc.
• Provide new design insight, research, and inspiration to the design team. Take charge and look out for the trends we should be working towards.
• New products, social media story trends, physical mailers, we want to hear from you
• Be willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done!
• You’re a real go-getter and want to see the end goal.

Qualifications
• Bachelor's degree in a related field
• Minimum 3+ year experience in design related field
• Proficient in Adobe Suite including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere
• Strong communication skills, organization and detail oriented, ability to multi-task throughout the day
• Ability to see the big picture and take a step back to do at least one strategic task a day to help build the Packed Party brand in the long run
• Strong time management skills and willingness to go above and beyond to meet deadlines and produce work of the utmost quality and brand integrity. Details are the most important
• Thrive in a fast-paced environment, a master at pivoting and prioritizing

Preferred Skills
• Ability to use iPad ProCreate and Wacom devices is a plus
• Hand drawing is a must Ability to style and photograph still product and lifestyle images
• Klayvio and email campaign experience
• Shopify and e-commerce management experience

Please send a PDF of your portfolio including work that is relevant to the above job description to careers@packedparty.com

WHOLESALE ACCOUNT REP icon


Here's the scoop!

You're gonna be given all the tools for success; the best products on the market, an established high end client list and a seriously awesome team to work alongside (hey, we think we're pretty fun)


Key responsibilities:

Fielding wholesale calls and requests from smaller retailers around the country

Communicating directly with Packed Party's operation team about inventory to discuss what is needing to be sold

Handling cold calling new accounts around the country where Packed Party should be sold in

Following up with existing customers, via phone, about reorders and how products are selling inside stores

Research in finding new key accounts Packed Party NEEDS to be working with. You're the go-to on all the new stores in whatever the hottest cities are. You understand where our brand fits and where it does not

Using your communication and listening skills to build strong relationships with our existing clients, via phone and email

Handling customer issues as they come up over the phone and confidently overcoming objections

Researching and evaluating accounts to understand Packed Party's clients every need - they need signage? Let's make 'em signage. They need social media photos? Coming right up!


Our Ideal Candidate will have:

The confidence to hop on the phone and cold call new accounts

A proven track record of sales achievement and has a serious passion to win and not take no for an answer

Outstanding relationship development skills (you're like REALLY good at working with others and especially on the phone)

Exceptional project and time management skills - we have a large list of retailers; how will you segment your days to contact them all while fielding incoming calls too?

Strong influencing and negotiating abilities


If you're a self-starting enthusiastic individual and a true people person looking for the opportunity to sell the biggest names in homeware and giftware come join us - we want you here starting the party with us.