Buyer - Babylist Kits & Special Projects at Babylist (Remote)

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Who We Are

Babylist is the leading destination for baby commerce, where 8 million people each year discover and purchase items to help welcome a new baby. We serve parents and the community of grandparents, friends and relatives around each baby - connecting everyone who helps plan, prepare and shop for the new arrival. From the “add anything from anywhere” registry for new parents, to the expert advice and product ideas for gift givers, there is no more trusted, go-to solution for growing families.

Our Ways of Working

We’re a remote-first company with team members located across the United States spanning multiple time zones. This means we put in extra effort to make sure we connect and collaborate in ways that make sense for us. We know how valuable the flexibility of remote work is for our employees so people can get the work done in the way that suits them best. After all, many parents call Babylist their professional home, and sometimes, you just have to jump off that Zoom meeting to clean up that banana that’s getting stomped on by your 2 year old.

We know that personal connection is the foundation for the great work we do together. In order to quickly build those relationships, we offer the opportunity to meet with coworkers in person two times a year at a full company offsite and a departmental offsite. These are great opportunities to meet the people you work with every day and to do some of the work that is much more difficult to do virtually. Most of our roles are fully remote, but these opportunities to meet in person will involve limited amounts of travel. For some leaders, there might be more opportunities to get together in person that would require about 10% travel to Oakland, CA or elsewhere.

What the Role Is 

Babylist is looking for a Buyer to join our growing Merchandising Team. Babylist Kits began with the launch of the Bottle Box and is a growing strategic initiative which has seen success through subsequent launches of parenting oriented solutions such as Pacifier Box and Swaddle Box. In this role, you will create and develop business strategies and assortment plans that align with the goals of the overall division and business. You will identify opportunities to grow the business while maximizing profitability and efficiency as we scale. You will lead cross-functional communication, working closely with Inventory Management, Operations, Site Merchandising, Marketing, Content, Data and Product teams.  This position may manage direct reports. We are excited about you because you are passionate about product, an excellent communicator, seasoned at the art of negotiation, and able to foster strong relationships. You know how to thrive in an uncharted future and you navigate change well.

Who You Are

  • You're a charismatic leader with innate problem-solving skills and 5+ years of buying/ merchandising experience
  • You are able to manage a multitude of varying deliverables at once You're a creative self-starter with an eye for process improvement
  • We'd be really impressed if you have business development and or product development

Your Core Competencies Might Include:

  • Communicating Effectively-  excelling at both written and verbal communication
  • Managing Ambiguity- able to navigate within uncertainty with keen ability to lead others toward a goal despite challenges
  • Decision Quality- making high impact decisions, often in the absence of complete information
  • Collaborative- working productively independently, within a multidisciplinary team, across various cross-functional units
  • Business Insight: able to anticipate business needs and understand business impact of downstream strategy
  • Organization- managing projects from start to finishing in a highly organized way with an emphasis on effective time management

How You Will Make an Impact

  • Own the Babylist Kitting Division from strategy to execution from project scoping/market analysis to merchandising/curation of kits to daily project management and program maintenance
  • Own buying and merchandising strategy and execution for arm of business that will involve breast pumps and health-care related items
  • Support the strategic business vision for the Essentials & Premium Kits division and set strategies for growth in your defined area of ownership
  • Own the strategy building, assortment building, product development (where applicable), assortment planning - communicating all effectively to senior leadership and key stakeholders
  • Partner with Planning on in-season inventory management across all fulfillment channels as well as pre-season financial plans and forecasts by category and brand
  • Lead profitability maximization initiatives across all areas of the P&L in collaboration with the Planning and Operations teams
  • Cultivate and manage relationships with top tier suppliers with ability to draw up a deal and get all parties to a ‘yes’
  • Analyze and report on weekly/monthly/quarterly category performance; identify and communicate opportunities and risks
  • Own quarterly round-up reports to share back performance, marketing placements/performance, and PR coverage to keep strategic partners up to date 
  • Keep pulse on emerging trends through data, vendor relationships, and market research with ultimate goal of ensuring product market fit for all programs
  • In collaboration with site merchandising, drive online product presentation and discoverability through site experience and curation 
  • Travel to market (when safe to do so) and lead business planning conversations with existing and prospective suppliers
  • Plan and oversee the execution of several projects that will involve clients across different industries and initiatives

Why You Will Love Working At Babylist

  • We are a remote first company and invest in infrastructure you’ll need to be supported and successful: tools, opportunities to connect with colleagues, and a stipend to help you set up your office
  • We build products that have a positive impact on millions of people’s lives
  • We work at a sustainable pace which means work/life balance is a real thing here
  • We believe technology and data can solve hard problems 
  • We believe in exceptional management 
  • We are committed to providing an actively antiracist organization and doing the work to support differences of all kinds
  • We offer competitive pay and meaningful opportunities for career advancement
  • We have great benefits like company paid medical, dental, and vision, a generous paid parental leave policy, and 401k with company match
  • We care about employee wellbeing with perks for physical, mental and emotional health, parenting, childcare, and financial planning

If your experience is close to what we’re looking for, please consider applying. Experience comes in many forms – skills are transferable, and passion goes a long way. We know that diversity makes for the best problem-solving and creative thinking, which is why we’re dedicated to adding new perspectives to the team and encourage everyone to apply.



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An Insider's view of Babylist

What are some social events your company does?

We stay connected to each other through Slack, virtual events, or meeting up in person. It is essential as a remote company that we are intentional about seeing each other in person and use that time to build strong relationships. We have an annual company off-site and department off-sites that focus on connecting with each other as whole humans.

Becky Lehman

Community Manager

What's the biggest problem your team is solving?

Ensuring inbound supply chain processes can match our growth. The biggest problem we face is ensuring our processes and systems can grow with us. To enable sustainable solutions to this we focus on four key themes: Be extremely good at the basics, automation of manual tasks, continuous improvement, and creating actionable dashboards and reports.

Josh Woods

Director, Inbound Operations

What are some things you learned at the company?

Effective asynchronous communication is the key to working remotely. Being able to provide generous, carefully-considered updates with just enough detail to ensure your reader understands your reasoning is a powerful skill that I see on display every day.

Andy Aragon

Sr. Software Engineer

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

Our implementation teams have full responsibility for delivering their projects. We provide them with a well-defined problem statement and a workable solution outline. Then, it’s up to the team to work out the details of the project, set tasks, adjust the scope, and get creative to deliver in a fixed period of time.

TJ Moretto

VP of Engineering

What projects are you most excited about?

I’m excited to integrate our partner brands into the metaverse with the launch of Babylist Land, a virtual registry and gifting experience. Gen Z and Millenial parents want to buy in virtual environments, and Babylist Land will integrate our brand partners in this experience to drive high engagement and ultimately, registry additions and sales.

Liz Primm

Sr.Director, Business Development + Strategic Partnership

What are Babylist Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
One example of how we volunteer is through a company sponsored Volunteer Week.
Partners with Nonprofits
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Mean gender pay gap below 10%
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
Health Insurance Benefits
Life Insurance
Pet Insurance
Wellness Programs
Mental Health Benefits
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
Company Equity
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Child Care Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Paid Volunteer Time
Sabbatical
Paid Holidays
Paid Sick Days
Perks & Discounts
Casual Dress
Company Outings
Fitness Subsidies
Home Office Stipend for Remote Employees
Professional Development Benefits
Tuition Reimbursement
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
Time allotted for learning
Paid industry certifications

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