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VP OF OPERATIONS

Kiwi Crate 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. Our core offering is a subscription service that delivers curated hands-on projects to kids. We also manage an ecommerce storefront as well as the retail channel. 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 named one of the “20 Startups to Watch” by Business Insider. Our offices are located in Mountain View.

Role

We’re looking for an experienced Operations go-getter and leader interested in contributing to the early stages of a startup - where you will have a real impact on the business. You will be responsible for our Operations strategy, optimization, as well as execution. As a key contributor to a critical function in our business, you’ll be - on the ground floor - bringing our products to life. Your responsibilities include:

  • Lead supply chain, order management and inventory planning processes by planning and procuring the right product at the right time. Establish and maintain inventory, cycle counting and accounting.
  • Coordinate product and materials demand with sales plans. Establish short- and long-term priorities as supply/demand factors change to ensure customer satisfaction and optimum utilization of inventory. Manage the creation of forecasts, demand vs. supply, inventory overview reports. Work closely with finance on inventory reconciliation, cost, material adjustments. Prepare for scale.
  • Manage product assembly, fulfilment, and shipping operations and processes. Problem solve and design solutions. Implement new processes and systems. Responsible for all day-to-day operations including scheduling, production and shipping.
  • Determine and implement operations staffing, including developing appropriate jobs, job content, and staffing levels to meet sales requirements. Hire, train, and manage the direct labor personnel.
  • Create and execute strategic plans to migrate in-house assembly and fulfillment operations to outsourced partners. Coordinate contract management including sourcing, analysis and negotiation.
  • Responsible for all shipping and receiving. Negotiate best rates and solutions with shipping carriers.
  • Provide superior service by meeting or exceeding customer expectations for quality product and on-time delivery.
  • Seek and act on opportunities for efficiencies, improvements, and lean operations. Define and improve operational processes by driving continuous improvements to reduce costs and exceed performance standards. Provide operational leadership (elimination of complexity and waste, prevention & mistake proofing etc.)
  • Demonstrate ability to lead complex projects and interface effectively and positively with all members of the organization, in addition to suppliers and customers. Manage a diverse workforce. Ensure facilities and labor compliance.

Required Qualifications

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.

The ideal candidate has great attention to detail and a competitive drive to fulfill our business demands with the highest level of efficiency. Excellent organizational, analytical, and multi-tasking skills are musts. Required skills and qualifications:

  • 10+ years experience in Operations/ Supply Chain/Inventory Planning/Sales Planning/Merchandising in a leadership role
  • 8+ years of experience in a management or project management role in supply chain operations, logistics or manufacturing, ideally for retail or ecommerce
  • 3+ years experience in a startup environment
  • Strong group facilitation skills and exceptional communication skills
  • Experience working in a fast paced, just in time supply chain environment
  • Manage multiple tasks and consistently meet deadlines
  • Proven supplier/vendor management experience
  • Asia manufacturing experience a plus
  • Sourcing experience a plus
  • Experience with Lean/Six Sigma concepts and applications a plus

Please apply via our JobScore page

OPERATIONS INTERN FULL TIME

Kiwi Crate 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 Mountain View, within walking distance from Caltrain.

Responsibilities

We're looking for a recent college graduate interested in contributing to the early stages of a startup - where you will have a real impact on the operations of the business.

  • Assist in the identification of materials and components used to make our products including cost and margin analysis, purchasing, tracking and all vendor communications.
  • Managing timelines to ensure product procured, delivered and reviewed
  • Manage processes associated with testing products for safety and compliance
  • Assisting with inventory management and reconciliation
  • Ensuring inventory system remains up to date, error free and that we consistently apply processes and improvements over time
  • Contribute to improve the daily processes used by the organization to plan, produce and fulfill a growing number of products

Required Qualifications

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.

The ideal candidate has great initiative and operating range. Desired skills and responsibilities:

  • Self starter who is able to grasp new concepts/processes quickly and strive for continuous learning and improvement
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Organized with great time management skills, able to multi-task in a fast paced, constantly evolving, and dynamic environment
  • Ability to develop simple quantitative analyses in excel, which are often used to forecast, explain or plan the business
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and Google Docs
  • A sense of humor
  • Experience using operational or accounting systems in an inventory based business

To apply, please submit your resume along with a cover letter letting us know why you think you'd be a good fit for the position. Resumes without letters will not be considered. Unfortunately no relocation is offered at this time. Please apply via our JobScore page

ACQUISITION MARKETING MANAGER

Kiwi Crate 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. Our offices are located in Mountain View, walking distance to the Caltrain station.

Responsibilities

We are looking for an experienced and quantitative Marketing Manager to drive acquisition through performance marketing channels. We’re seeking someone passionate about our brand, analytical, and innovative in their approach to acquire and engage customers. This role will be critical in accelerating our growth.

  • Responsibility for driving new subscriber growth across key acquisition channels and marketing programs (channels may include, but not limited to: Facebook ads, Google adwords & display, Pinterest, affiliate networks)
  • Direct data collection and analysis to measure effectiveness of campaigns, draw insights, and communicate with larger team.
  • Continuously learn and iterate our marketing programs to continuously improve growth outcomes
  • Research industry trends to stay on top of industry benchmarks and best practices
  • Lead key customer and channel performance analyses to drive marketing insights

Required Qualifications

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.

  • Analytical. Solid analytical skills, you're a strong believer in testing, measuring and optimizing
  • Experience. Bachelor's degree with 5+ years related experience with acquisition marketing for consumer goods/ website and 3+ years of email marketing experience
  • Passionate about customers. You love learning and developing relationships with customers and prospective customers through key acquisition channels
  • Hands-on, "get things done" mentality. You have the ability to create strategic marketing plans for key acquisition channels, and love to "roll up your sleeves" to execute as well
  • Analytical. Solid analytical skills, you're a strong believer in testing, measuring and optimizing
  • Collaborative. Ability to lead and influence cross-functional teams in a matrixed organization, as well as confidently make presentations to senior management
  • 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. Hurdles are inevitable, but you take it upon yourself to assess options and get something done. You thrive in a fast paced, small company environment
  • More about you: You're motivated, dynamic, strategic, creative, results-oriented, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial with excellent judgement and exceptional communication skills

Bonus

  • MBA a plus, but not required
  • Strong understanding of consumer/children's products or marketing to parents strong plus

Please apply via our JobScore page

PRODUCT DESIGN INTERN

Kiwi Crate 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 Mountain View, within walking distance from Caltrain.

Role

We're looking for a product design intern interested in contributing to the very early stages of a startup - where you will have a real impact on the business. You will work with our product design and sourcing teams to develop the activities and source the materials that our little customers will delight in using to create, build, interact. You'll be - on the ground floor - bringing our products to life.

  • Work closely and effectively with the Product Design, Merchandising, and Sourcing teams to create new hands-on activities (arts, crafts, science, imaginative play, and more) and identify the appropriate set of materials for our activities.
  • Develop new concepts and prototypes. Present customers with new ideas and prototypes for feedback and iterate as needed.
  • Interface with our community in testing and during events.

Required Qualifications

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. A strong work ethic, communication skills, high levels of empathy and selling skills are important to this position.

  • Passionate about kids and creativity. You love kids and the power of hands-on learning and development.
  • Communication skills. Exceptional communication skills with customers and team members; friendly and pleasant demeanor over email and phone. Must be comfortable talking with customers on the phone as needed.
  • 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.
  • 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, creative, enthusiastic and entrepreneurial with excellent judgement.

Please apply via our JobScore page.

WEB DESIGNER

Kiwi Crate 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. Our office is located in Mountain View, within walking distance from Caltrain.

Do you have a creative eye for design? Do you often research what makes people do the things they do? Are you obsessive about designing a product with a great user experience? Kiwi Crate is looking for a creative and strategic designer who is passionate about design and obsessive about designing online products with great user experience. The Web Designer at Kiwi Crate is responsible for designing the user interface of the Kiwi Crate website, by balancing the needs of our users, our design aesthetic as well as the objectives of the business. Your primary responsibilities include:

  • Create exceptional designs, working within the Kiwi Crate brand, for various online products
  • Collaborate with a cross-functional team to assess product requirements, translate requirements into interaction models, user flows, wireframes, and that promote ease of use and optimize the user experience
  • Experience with building rapid high fidelity prototypes, landing pages, and display ads using Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Iterate and test alternative designs to optimize conversion of user flows
  • Have practical experience employing user-centered design methods
  • Have confidence and experience in presenting design ideas and recommendations to team
  • Keep abreast of current design tools, techniques, methodologies and technologies (e.g. HTML 5, design for mobile)
  • Be the champion of the user experience, as well as our brand and design guidelines
  • Conduct user research activities by testing the usability of features and conceptual designs

Required Qualifications

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. Excellent organizational, communications, and multi-tasking skills are musts. Required skills and qualifications include:

  • 3+ years of experience designing websites and web applications
  • BA or BS in human computer interaction design or graphic design
  • Entrepreneurial - thrive in fast paced environment with limited resources
  • Extraordinary product, interaction, and visual design talent
  • Excellent communication skills and ability to explain your design decisions
  • Substantial experience designing interactive online products
  • Be self-motivated, self-driven and able to make logical decisions to ensure the overall success of the project by creating designs that seamlessly address customer and business concerns and objectives
  • Proficient in the Adobe CS5+ creative suite - specifically Photoshop and Illustrator
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to think critically and creatively

Bonus

  • Experience working at early stage startup
  • Experience with designing for mobile
  • Experience designing for print or across broad spectrum of design
  • Ability to build what you design - HTML, CSS, Javascript

Please apply via our JobScore page

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Kiwi Crate 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 Mountain View, within walking distance from Caltrain.

Role

The Graphic Designer role at Kiwi Crate brings our brands (Kiwi Crate, Koala Crate, Doodle Crate, and Tinker Crate) to life and plays a key role in shaping the consumer’s view of the company. It’s a rich and rewarding position that directly shapes our customers’ impressions and engages our young customers. You will be creating and delivering packaging, product designs, die lines, and collateral for our retail channel.

  • Includes project creation with the design team, project testing, and some material sourcing.
  • Manages development of print layout work for instruction sheets and magazines.
  • Creates presentations and sell sheets for meetings with retail buyers. Produces planograms and visual layouts as needed.
  • Owns developing new packaging design for an assortment of products.
  • Translates business, marketing, and branding objectives into design strategies.
  • Collaborates closely with sourcing and ops teams.
  • Organizes and art directs photo shoots.

Required Qualifications

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.

The ideal candidate has great initiative and operating range. Required skills and responsibilities:

  • Experience. Bachelor’s degree with 3+ years of graphic design experience with demonstrated creative successes. Experience in packaging required.
  • Passionate about customers. You love our customers and understand how to design and develop artwork for a fun and enriching set of projects and materials - for kids and for parents.
  • Hands-on, “get things done” mentality. Self-starter with the ability to prioritize in a fast paced environment and meet changing deadlines and priorities on multiple simultaneous projects. Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines while still paying attention to details and executing flawlessly. Strong project management skills.
  • Passionate about design. Understands the design and development process from concept to production. An eye for great design and intuitive understanding of what connects with readers / customers. Strong design and art skills with a fresh aesthetic. Proficient in CS6: InDesign, PhotoShop, Illustrator.
  • Resourceful. You see a project from idea stage through successful completion - and do whatever it takes to make it a success. You are an innovative thinker and can solve problems creatively.
  • Detail-oriented. We move quickly, but we bring care and thoughtfulness to everything we do. We care deeply about the details.
  • Collaborative. Ability to work well within cross-functional teams in a matrixed organization. A positive force on the team who can bring our product to the next level.
  • Broad operating range. Have the ability to think broadly around how illustration can further our business goals, while also having a love of detail and design finesse. Thrives in a fast-paced, small company environment.

Please apply via our JobScore page.

ILLUSTRATOR

The Illustrator role at Kiwi Crate brings our brands (Kiwi Crate, Koala Crate, Doodle Crate, and Tinker Crate) to life and plays a key role in shaping the consumer’s view of the company. It’s a rich and rewarding position that directly shapes our customers’ impressions and engages our young customers. You will be creating and delivering illustrations used in packaging, product designs, comics, instructions, and educational magazines for kids.

  • Creates character illustrations for comics and stories across our four brands.
  • Provides style direction to contract illustrators, to maintain our visual style.
  • Creates additional illustrations as needed for our instruction sheets, packaging, and magazines.
  • Collaborates closely with editorial and product design team.
  • Organizes our illustration assets and maintains consistency in style.

Required Qualifications

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.

The ideal candidate has great initiative and operating range. Required skills and responsibilities:

  • Experience. Bachelor’s degree with 1-3 years of illustration experience with demonstrated creative successes. Experience in graphic design preferred.
  • Passionate about customers. You love our customers and understand how to design and develop artwork for a fun and enriching set of projects and materials - for kids and for parents.
  • Hands-on, “get things done” mentality. Self-starter with the ability to prioritize in a fast paced environment and meet changing deadlines and priorities on multiple simultaneous projects. Ability to multi-task and meet deadlines while still paying attention to details and executing flawlessly. Strong project management skills.
  • Passionate about illustration. An eye for design and storytelling, and intuitive understanding of what connects with readers / customers. Strong design and art skills with a fresh aesthetic. Proficient in Illustrator.
  • Passionate about storytelling. An understanding of how to use visuals to communicate a story. Experience with creating characters strongly desired.
  • Resourceful. You see a project from idea stage through successful completion - and do whatever it takes to make it a success. You are an innovative thinker and can solve problems creatively.
  • Detail-oriented. We move quickly, but we bring care and thoughtfulness to everything we do. We care deeply about the details. This role needs an illustrator who can bring that eye for detail to our visual style and make sure every illustration meets our standards.
  • Detail-oriented. We move quickly, but we bring care and thoughtfulness to everything we do. We care deeply about the details.
  • Collaborative. Ability to work well within cross-functional teams in a matrixed organization. A positive force on the team who can bring our product to the next level.
  • Broad operating range. Have the ability to think broadly around how illustration can further our business goals, while also having a love of detail and design finesse. Thrives in a fast-paced, small company environment.

Please apply via our JobScore page.

Sourcing/Purchasing Associate

Kiwi Crate 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 Mountain View, within walking distance from Caltrain.

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
  • Excellent English writing skills, ability to communicate succinctly

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!

Location:

  • Located in Mountain View, CA, no relocation offered at this time

Please apply via our JobScore page.