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E-commerce Inventory Manager
Chicago, Illinois


About us: Small, fast-growing, profitable, "green" e-commerce company dedicated to serving the triple bottom line has an immediate need for an outstanding person to fill the Inventory Manager position. We offer a selection of smart, innovative, eco-friendly products that help people consume less, thus giving consumers pragmatic solutions and intelligent alternatives. We target the rapidly growing $209 billion LOHAS market. Our first site ReusableBags.com has established a strong brand, a large passionate customer base, and is generating enormous buzz - recent highlights include Reader's Digest, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, NY Times, Chicago Tribune, CNN, ABC News, NPR's Marketplace and an endorsement in An Inconvenient Truth.

Description: ReusableBags.com Inventory Manager is responsible for the day to day management of the inventory lifecycle. They will support the purchasing process; manage open purchase orders and product delivery to warehouse; and oversee fulfillment house partner in receiving, storage, and order fulfillment & shipping. The goal is to make all inventory management processes effective, efficient, stable, & scalable, and to ensure accurate information is available at all times for inventory levels, product availability, purchase order status, etc. to allow better management decisions.

A few musts:
  • effectively utilize on-line tools to track and maintain inventory for ~500 different products
  • maintain effective relationships with 30+ vendors to ensure accurate product availability information
  • maintain productive relationship with 3rd party fulfillment house to improve joint process efficiencies and reduce inventory discrepancies
  • provide timely and accurate product availability information to purchasing and customer service
  • track many different projects at one time and thrive in a growth environment
  • work in multiple Chicago locations each week (requires own transportation)
Candidate must be able to excel and adapt in a rapid growth, small business environment. Must be able manage competing and shifting priorities.

Education: Bachelors Degree

Skills and Experience
  • Minimum 2 - 4 years relevant work experience
  • At least 1 year experience directly managing inventory (as described above)
  • Experience working with warehouse/fulfillment partner highly preferred
  • Ecommerce experience preferred; mail order management a plus
  • Experience with osCommerce and Wiki a plus
  • Must be internet savvy
  • A great "numbers" person
  • Results-oriented self-starter
  • Great, "can do", positive attitude
Key Responsibilities Include:
  • Efficiently manage the PO lifecycle (from planning / creation to receipt of goods to payment by the bookkeeper)
  • Create purchase orders to replenish inventory
  • Manage inventory budget
  • Manage the timing and delivery of purchases
  • Manage the best pricing and terms for purchases
  • Manage the vendor relationship (including PO follow up and resolving any shipment or defect issues)
  • Work with the bookkeeper to resolve any billing discrepancies
  • Monitor inventory levels and work with other departments to understand merchandising plans, new product searches, and sales and marketing efforts
  • Analyze item sales, inventory turns and vendor turnaround to determine ordering requirements and profitability
  • Track product availability and forecast potential issues using internal reports
  • Monitor web pricing to ensure it meets vendor requirements & is competitive
  • Manage order returns and communicate product issues (i.e. defects, negative feedback) to vendors
  • Know all products well and work with fulfillment partner to receive purchases and troubleshoot any errors that arise
  • Work with fulfillment partner to ensure accuracy of reported inventory levels
  • Provide accurate and timely inventory level reports and analysis to Management
  • Monitor and analyze fulfillment partner performance to help safeguard the company brands (quality of order processing, etc.)
  • Spend 2 - 3 days per week on-site with the fulfillment partner (more during sales surges)
We offer a very competitive compensation package based on experience including a base salary and strong incentive/bonus program with upside potential.

We have an entrepreneurial work environment with a lot of autonomy. While a casual environment, work is fast paced and outstanding results are expected. This position is a 40+ hour work week. Approximate hours: M-F, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.

We are an ethics-driven organization and pride ourselves on having a workplace with open communication, mutual respect and the golden rule. We are very selective - whether selecting products, vendors or hiring employees in order to insure a good fit.

We look forward to hearing from you. Please complete the Inventory Manager Applicant Questionnaire and email it along with your resume to Careers@ReusableBags.com. Please do not call at this time or email to any other email addresses, no exceptions. All email will be answered.

If you know the perfect person for this position, please forward this description to them.

via Website - http://www.reusablebags.com/careers.php?id=27

Chicago, IL 60610
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