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Warby Parker // boutique-quality eyewear retailer
Product, Full Time    New York City    Posted: Thursday, December 31, 2020
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Warby Parker is searching for a Product Development Assistant to support the creation & sourcing of our frames. In this role, youll work across departments to translate our Designers sketches into finished productsall while optimizing cost, quality, & lead time. Youll also be integral in helping Warby Parker execute our vendor strategy for frame & raw materials that aligns with our ambitious growth targets. Well count on you to facilitate vendor development, negotiations, sourcing, production management, & metrics reporting to evaluate vendor performance. Our ideal candidate is a strong communicator with experience in development & strategic sourcing. Sound right up your alley? Read on!


What youll do:

  • Manage vendor relationships through end-to-end product lifecycle of both new product & core business, from development to bulk delivery
  • Issue & track purchase orders (POs) to ensure on-time, in-full deliveries that pass pre-production & production quality approvals, & problem solve for any delays
  • Prepare monthly vendor forecasts in close collaboration with Planning & Overseas Operations to direct material stocking & support strategic vendor capacity conversations
  • Support new product development launches while driving cost optimizations through bill of materials (BOM) management, cost breakdown analysis, order placement, sample tracking, & production management
  • Contribute to gathering & reporting out vendor key performance indicators (KPIs) to inform our vendor scorecards, internal team performance goals, & future strategies
  • Work cross-functionally with internal stakeholders from our Design, Merchandising & Planning, Supply Chain, & Finance teams

Who you are:

  • Backed by 24 years of relevant product development & sourcing experience
  • An excellent communicator (in groups big & small) with strong interpersonal skills
  • Excited about product design with an eye for the details that will delight our customers  
  • Motivated to learn, ask effective questions, & balance differing viewpoints to reach the best resolution
  • Familiar with working with international vendors (you understand the cultural, regulatory, commercial, operational, & logistical implications of managing day-to-day operations within that setting)
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, & comfortable with learning & using Google Drive & Adobe applications 
  • Not on the Office of Inspector Generals List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE)

Extra credit: 

  • Experience in eyewear product development & sourcing


About us:

Warby Parker was founded with a lofty objective: to offer designer eyewear at a revolutionary price while leading the way for socially conscious businesses. By circumventing traditional channels & designing our frames in-house, were able to offer top-quality glasses & sunglasses (plus an uncommonly delightful shopping experience) at a fraction of the traditional going price.

Since starting out in 2010, weve set up headquarters in New York City & Nashville, built our own optical lab, & opened retail locations all around the U.S. & Canada. As we grow, were committed to proving that businesses can scale & be profitable while doing good in the world. For every pair of glasses we sell, a pair is distributed to someone in needto date, thats over five million pairs.

Of course, all work & no play makes a dull workplace. Who likes that? At Warby Parker, you can look forward to company outings, volunteering & learning opportunities, & just great company. Teammates can also connect around common interests, backgrounds, & identities, no matter their home base, through our various employee resource groups. (Were happy to say that the Human Rights Campaign has named us a Best Place to Work for LGBTQ+ employees!) That sense of community keeps us excited to walk through the door every day. Good work, good people.

Some benefits & perks of working at Warby Parker:

  • Health, vision, & dental insurance
  • Flexible My Time vacation policy
  • Retirement savings plan with a company match
  • Parental leave (non-birthing parents included)
  • Cell phone plan reimbursement
  • A health-and-wellness stipend
  • Free eyewear (plus discounts for friends & family)
  • And more (just ask!)
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