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Operations Apprentice

             

 

If you’re an organizational guru who’s excited about sustainable fashion, listen up.

 

'CAUSE WE'RE HIRING AN OPERATIONS APPRENTICE!


A LITTLE BIT ABOUT US

Seamly.co is a Denver-based fashion startup on a mission. We produce clothing in Colorado using surplus fabrics (excess from mills and warehouses around the United States). It’s all about consumer education — showcasing how our clothes are made, and why it matters to people and planet. We sell direct-to-consumer in our online shop, to (mostly) women between 18-40.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

In 2010, Kristin Glenn co-founded {r}evolution apparel, a fashion startup focused on versatile and sustainable design. The company raised over $60K on Kickstarter and was featured in Forbes, The New York Times, Yahoo! News, and the Huffington Post. After seeing American manufacturing up-close, working with textile mills and garment factories, and producing a short documentary with industry experts, Kristin decided to shift her focus. Thus, Seamly.co was born. With a small team of local contractors, Kristin launched Seamly.co in June 2013. 

THE OPPORTUNITY

 

CURRENTLY SEEKING: OPERATIONS APPRENTICE

 

Seamly.co is growing quickly, and this is our first "official" hire.

You’ll be working directly with me (Kristin) in a support role. Some days will be purely administrative (light bookkeeping and errands), others will be full of shipments, packaging, and inventory management. You will also be given autonomy to build systems within your role, to make our processes as efficient and effortless as possible. (Know a better way to pack and ship, or organize our books? You’ll be able to bring new ideas to the table and test them.)

You’ll have a chance to see the innerworkings of a small business, with a healthy balance between challenging, big-picture projects and day-to-day operations.


KEY FUNCTIONS

Inventory Preparation + Management -- Receive orders from our sew shop, fold and tag items, package for shipment, and organize. (Varies; busy weeks can include as much as 4-8 hours per week)

Shipping -- Pack and ship products 3x per week from our storage, keep tabs on inventory and shipping supplies. (3-4 hours per week)

Bookkeeping -- Update our books (we use Google Spreadsheets and GoDaddy Bookkeeping) weekly. This is data entry from invoices and credit cards. (1-2 hours per week)

Other tasks include handling customer service emails (just a few messages per week), scheduling and managing casting calls for models, light social media duties (Pinterest), wash testing new fabrics and styles, light errands (mostly business-related, but some personal errands as well), placing orders for packaging, tags, thread, etc.


WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

This role is meant to evolve over time. Right now (in utmost honesty) it’s a job — not a career. It’s not glamorous, and it’s hard, task-based, sometimes repetitive work. But you’ll be an integral part of a small business -- with an eye on every aspect -- always learning and gaining a better understanding of a growing sustainable fashion company.

The right person will grow with the company, and eventually take on more managerial work: helping with business strategy, training new hires, and taking part in more of the fun things about working in a fashion company.  

This is the perfect opportunity for an ambitious, passionate, and bright individual looking for real-life experience in the startup world.


WHO YOU ARE

Recent college graduates preferred. You must be:

  • Exceptionally organized.
  • Proficient-to-intermediate in Excel / Numbers / Google Spreadsheets. You don’t need to know macros (but that would be a bonus).
  • Precise. Folding, packing, and testing fabric require great attention to detail.
  • A good writer. Ability to mirror my tone through e-mail, and create great customer experiences via inbox.
  • Proactive and self-directed.
  • Driven, humble, and enthusiastic.
  • Passionate about sustianability.    

Bonus skills:

  • A current online presence, and/or experience with the online blog or business world.
  • An understanding of social media.
  • Proficient in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop.
  • Experience in the e-commerce or fashion industry.

 

WORK ARRANGEMENT

 

This role pays $10 - $12/hour, depending on experience.

Hours and days are flexible (Monday - Friday only), with a 15 hour-per-week firm commitment. More hours may be available depending on the week or month.

You’ll be working from my home studio or office, and a car is required for this position, as you’ll be running errands frequently. Local Denver applicants only, please.

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN US!

 

All in all, the perks include:

  • Obviously, discounts on Seamly.co goods!  
  • Hands-on experience in startup entrepreneurship and the fashion industry.
  • Freedom to adapt your role over time.
  • Flexible working arrangement, both in schedule and location.
  • Strong emphasis on learning, self-discovery, and professional development.
  • Contribute to a socially-focused business that cares about the environment and consumer education.

HOW TO APPLY + APPLICATION DEADLINE: MAY 1, 2014

 

Please send a resume and cover letter to hello@seamly.co with the subject, “OPERATIONS APPRENTICE" and be sure to answer these questions within your cover letter. Short and succinct is best!

  • Why are you interested?
  • What are you strongest skill sets?
  • What makes you right for this type of position?
  • Describe a relevant, previous experience.
  • List your current availability. 

Thank You!