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Rent The Runway // designer dresses & accessories rental
Engineering, Full Time    Secaucus, NJ    Posted: Tuesday, September 28, 2021
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About Us:

Rent the Runway (RTR)  is transforming the way we get dressed by pioneering the worlds first Closet in the Cloud. Founded in 2009, RTR has disrupted the $2.4 trillion fashion industry by inspiring women with a more joyful, sustainable & financially-savvy way to feel their best every day. As the ultimate destination for circular fashion, the brand now offers infinite points of access to its shared closet via a fully customizable subscription to fashion, one-time rental or ownership. RTR offers designer apparel, accessories & home decor from 700+ brand partners & has built in-house proprietary technology & a one-of-a-kind reverse logistics operation. Under CEO & Co-Founder Jennifer Hymans leadership, RTR has been named to CNBCs Disruptor 50 five times in ten years, & has been placed on Fast Companys Most Innovative Companies list multiple times, while Hyman herself has been named to the TIME 100 most influential people in the world & as one of People magazines Women Changing the World.

About the Team:

The operations team at RTR works to deliver the customer mission by innovating through automation, process improvement, transportation methods, packaging & garment science. In doing so, the RTR operations team owns the largest cost components of the business: fulfillment labor, transportation & inventory care. While this is true of any e-commerce company, our subscription rental model & reverse logistics process introduce complexities that are unique to RTR. Garments are rented multiple times & returning garments to like-new condition is critical to maximizing the life of our inventory. RTR is thus not only tasked with scaling productive operational processes for traditional e-commerce functions, but also with carrying out manufacturing-like processes such as dry cleaning & repairs. The variety of our inventory assortment - which has been expanding with the growth of new categories - further introduces challenges to implementing traditional technologies & solutions. Success on the RTR operations team requires the pursuit of constant innovation beyond conventional standards.

About the Job:

RTR is seeking an outstanding Senior Manager, Inventory Science to join our Garment Science & Quality team to own & lead inventory longevity. In this position, you will partner with cross-functional teams & interface with business leaders to drive critical business initiatives. This role provides the opportunity to shape strategic planning & tackle key challenges that will take RTRs inventory longevity, sustainability & the customer experience to the next level.

What Youll Do:

  • Play a central role in measuring & leading improvements to one of our most important KPIs - inventory longevity. 
  • Design an investigations process to understand root causes of damaged units & drive reductions in partnership with customer service, operations & fashion teams
  • Work directly with the product development team to improve inventory longevity for owned styles.
  • Maintain contracted standards for brands & collaborate with the Cleaning Team on improving new style testing to identify issues early. 
  • Work autonomously in an ambiguous environment, seeking to understand business problems, limitations, scaling factors, boundary conditions & the rationale driving overarching leadership decisions.

About You:

Required qualifications

  • Bachelors degree in Engineering or Fabric Science.
  • 5+ years of experience in the job offered or related occupation of Manufacturing Quality, Fabric Science, Manufacturing/Process/Industrial Engineering, or related fields.
  • Experience in technical leadership for complex processes and/or multiple products.
  • Proficiency using business/technical software such as Excel & Word.
  • Strong communicator & organized thinker.
  • Ability to work independently in a fast-paced & rapidly changing environment.

Preferred qualifications

  • Masters Degree or other advanced degree in Mechanical/Industrial/Process Engineering, Operations, Business Administration or related field.
  • Experience with driving process yield or quality improvements with contracted manufacturers. 
  • Proficiency in business intelligence softwares
  • Experience with creating & managing manufacturing quality contract standards & testing mechanisms. 


At Rent the Runway, were committed to the happiness & wellbeing of our employees, & aim to create a workplace that fosters both personal & professional growth. Our inclusive benefits include, but are not limited to:

  • Generous Paid Time Off including vacation, paid bereavement, & family sick leave - every employee needs time to take care of themselves & their family.
  • Universal Paid Parental Leave for both parents + flexible return to work program  - because we know your newest family member(s) deserve your undivided attention.
  • Paid Sabbatical after 5 years of continuous service - Unplug, recharge, & have some fun!
  • Exclusive employee subscription & rental discounts -  to ensure you experience the magic of renting the runway (and give us valued feedback!).
  • Comprehensive health, vision, dental, FSA & dependent care from day 1 of employment - Your health comes first & weve got you covered.
  • Industry leading 401k match - an investment in your future.
  • Company wide events & outings - our team spirit is no joke - we know how to have fun!
  • Flexibility Policy - when our corporate employees return to the office post COVID they will have the option to work remotely 2-3 days a week. 

Rent the Runway is an equal opportunity employer. In accordance with applicable law, we prohibit discrimination against any applicant or employee based on any legally-recognized basis, including, but not limited to: race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, lactation, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, age (40 & over), national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, physical or mental disability, genetic information (including testing & characteristics), veteran status, uniformed servicemember status or any other status protected by federal, state or local law.

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