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Jobs @ ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek is hiring! w00t! Open positions are detailed below. Don't be shy, if you've got the skills and want to work hard and have fun with a bunch of geeks and their dogs, we want to hear from you!

Current Open Positions

    Director, Merchandise Management - DMM

    Are you a seasoned buyer with at least 8 years of experience? Do you have both a highly creative and visionary side as well as a business savvy and analytical nature? Do you have that eye interpreting trends and picking winners? Can you imagine buying unique and exclusive products that drive geeks, fans, gamers and gifters to completely Geek Out?

    We are looking for an experienced buyer who will work closely with the VP of Merchandising to set the vision across a wide range of categories in softlines (including apparel) and hardlines, while skillfully leading a team of buyers to develop assortments that achieve or exceed defined strategic and financial objectives. We are looking someone with the leadership skills to rally and mentor a team to achieve success but can also roll up their sleeves to be very hands-on with the buying team. The Director will oversee the development and maintenance of annual and quarterly merchandise assortment plans across categories that continually increase company revenues and profitability, and achieve all assigned category, product, and financial goals and objectives. In this role you will partner with Marketing, Creative, Inventory Planning & Operations, Product Development, Licensing and Business Development & Strategy.
     
    What you'd be doing: 

    • Work with the VP of Merchandising, VP of Operations and buyers to build a top down 12 month rolling quarterly merchandising plan driven by customer needs, market position/trends, historical product & category performance, and business goals to support company strategies and financial targets.
    • Lead the buying team day-to-day to execute the Merchandise Planning Process on schedule.
    • Work closely with each buyer to develop, present and gain approval for a strategic business vision for each category in support of the company’s annual objectives and strategic plan.
    • Work closely with each buyer to develop a 12 month, rolling bottoms-up assortment plan that ticks and ties to the top down plan.
    • Partner closely with Marketing team to develop marketing and promotional strategies and tactics to achieve revenue and margin targets
    • Manage product life cycles, establish pricing strategies and manage product price points for new items to maximize sell-through and profitability, achieving all established margin objectives.
    • Work with each buyer to stay ahead of trends in each category through activities such as competitive shopping, trade show attendance, establishing and maintaining relationships with suppliers and industry contacts, reviewing relevant trade magazines/blogs/research, etc.
    • Identify upcoming trends in categories and customer segments to develop an exclusive and highly curated product assortment.
    • Present, communicate and advocate strategic goals for each category to cross functional departments and executive staff.
    • Partner closely with the Inventory Planning an Operations team to communicate and manage category plans, replenishment plans and targeted in-stock positions of key items to achieve sales, gross margin, inventory turn and open to buy goals, while maximizing profitability for company.
    • Consistently review & react to sales performance and selling reports daily and generate pricing and consolidation directives to ensure greatest sales and margin potential.
    • Partner with vendors and key internal stakeholders to ensure timely delivery dates; communicating needs/strategies with the operations team.
    • Work with the VP of Business Development & Strategy and VP of Merchandising on strategic growth categories to ensure the proper strategies and tactics are in place for execution.
    • Supervise, train and coach Buying team to ensure engagement and productivity goals are maintained; provides regular feedback and communication throughout year and during goal setting, follow-up sessions and performance reviews.

    What we're looking for: 

    • 8+ years of prior experience with at least 3 years of leadership experience managing a buying team.
    • Bachelor’s Degree with preference given to a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Merchandising, Business or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience.
    • Proficient in Microsoft Excel and other relevant Retail applications (Knowledge/experience with NetSuite perferred).
    • Right and left brained. Highly creative with strong analytical skills. 
    • Excels at  financial planning, budgeting, research and analysis.
    • Highly organized, detail oriented and can multitask at a high level while meeting and exceeding deadlines.
    • Demonstrated negotiation skills, ability to build and maintain effective vendor partnerships.
    • Lead with integrity & establish trust with candor, transparency.
    • Skillfully and confidently coach and develop staff to improve performance and achieve professional goals
    • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with other management staff, employees and others with whom the company conducts business
    • Show adaptability & flexibility in embracing needed change whether leading or following.
    • Strong presentation, listening, and written and verbal communication skills.

    Special Requirements:

    • Minimal travel required (approx. 10%)
    • Attends trade fairs and other relevant industry events
    • Willing and able to work additional hours when needed
    • Bend, lift, open and move product and related office items varying in weight from 1 to 25lbs.

    ThinkGeek Perks:

    Join a close-knit community of curious, passionate, enthusiastic people, obsessed with creating and sharing the most unique and fun product experiences with the world. ThinkGeek offers a competitive benefits package to all full-time employees: 

    Comprehensive benefits plans
    Generous Paid Time Off Policy
    401(k) Plan with Company Match
    Gym Membership Subsidy
    Dog-friendly Office
    ThinkGeek Employee Discount

    About ThinkGeek

    Since 1999, ThinkGeek has been creating a world where everyone can express and celebrate their inner geek, turn their interests into passions, and connect with one another. We are obsessed with creating and sharing unique and authentic experiences that stimulate our fans’ imaginations and fuel their geek core. We believe there is geek in everyone and invite you to… Join in. Geek out. 

    Geeknet, which owns and manages ThinkGeek.com and ThinkGeek Solutions, is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disabilities, marital status, sexual orientation or any other unlawful basis.

     

    Apply for the Director, Merchandise Management - DMM position

    Graphic Designer

    ThinkGeek is looking for a dynamic Graphic Designer with skills and experience in creating print design, package design, illustration, branding and logo design.

    This role will support our GeekLabs internal development group which invents, designs and manufactures custom products for sale on ThinkGeek. We hold licenses across dozens of proprieties. This role will have the opportunity to work with major notable brands such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Minecraft, Dr. Who, Marvel, etc..

    The Graphic artist we are seeking will create package designs for custom products and other design work as directed. We're looking for someone who understands Geek culture and gets passionate about product packaging, style and design.

    You will be working with a tight knit team of high-performers under possibly difficult deadlines. We need someone with a fun easy-going personality and strong work ethic who takes complete ownership and receives creative freedom in return.
     

    What we're looking for: 

    • At least 2 years of professional graphic design experience
    • Degree in graphic design or equivalent combination of education and experience
    • Must be a self-starter, able to manage yourself and keep organizational track of whatever is thrown your way
    • Contemporary design skills showing sensibility for modern urban styling
    • Strong typography skills
    • Expert package design skills
    • Strong print design skills
    • Good illustration skills with style directions similar to manga meets urban vinyl
    • Good perspective illustration skills. Can draw a simple turn-around of a 3D object relatively accurately
    • Expert proficiency in the Adobe suite including Illustrator, Photoshop and inDesign
    • Familiarity with Internet culture, gaming, comics, manga, D&D, sci-fi, etc.
    • Neat, timely delivery of projects on deadline

    We are NOT looking for a web designer. This is print based design and illustration

    Other desired skills: (not required, but very nice to have)

    • Digital photography and photo retouching
    • Branding experience
    • Logo Design
    • Experience in catalog design and production
    • Ability to sketch an identifiable Boba Fett in < 60 seconds.

    YOU MUST INCLUDE YOUR GRAPHIC DESIGN PORTFOLIO TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION

    Only applications that include links to portfolios of previous graphic design work will be accepted. No portfolio? We don't look at your resume.

    ThinkGeek Perks:

    Join a close-knit community of curious, passionate, enthusiastic people, obsessed with creating and sharing the most unique and fun product experiences with the world. ThinkGeek offers a competitive benefits package to all full-time employees: 

    Comprehensive benefits plans
    Generous Paid Time Off Policy
    401(k) Plan with Company Match
    Gym Membership Subsidy
    Dog-friendly Office
    ThinkGeek Employee Discount

    About ThinkGeek

    Since 1999, ThinkGeek has been creating a world where everyone can express and celebrate their inner geek, turn their interests into passions, and connect with one another. We are obsessed with creating and sharing unique and authentic experiences that stimulate our fans’ imaginations and fuel their geek core. We believe there is geek in everyone and invite you to… Join in. Geek out. 

    Geeknet, which owns and manages ThinkGeek.com and ThinkGeek Solutions, is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disabilities, marital status, sexual orientation or any other unlawful basis.

    Apply for the Graphic Designer position

    Merchandiser & Product Buyer

    The ThinkGeek Overlords are seeking a Merchandiser & Buyer that will be responsible for growth, profitability and overall awesomeosity of several product lines.

    What we're looking for: 

    • Keenly adapted to assortment creation and product selection.
    • Processes a highly skilled and creative eye around trends
    • Source and buy products that support ThinkGeek’s unique, trend driven categories and assortments.
    • Passionate about and fully in tune to the concept of endless occasions to buy
    • Highly skilled in developing and growing vendor relationships
    • Keen ability to utilize metrics to predict, manage and reorder inventory.
    • Collaborate with our customer service, marketing and development staff on items related to your categories, assortments and product lines.

    Required:

    • College degree or equivalent
    • 4-6 years experience as product manager or buyer, preferably for toys, gadgets, apparel, licensed collectables or consumer electronics.
    • Excellent person-to-person skills
    • Highly detail oriented and organized
    • Strong spreadsheet and word processing skills required
    • Strong computer and internet use skills
    • An understanding of Internet & Geek Culture.
    • Must be willing to play with a pile of gadgets and gizmos in the search for the perfect products for the site.

    ThinkGeek Perks:

    Join a close-knit community of curious, passionate, enthusiastic people, obsessed with creating and sharing the most unique and fun product experiences with the world. ThinkGeek offers a competitive benefits package to all full-time employees: 

    Comprehensive benefits plans
    Generous Paid Time Off Policy
    401(k) Plan with Company Match
    Gym Membership Subsidy
    Dog-friendly Office
    ThinkGeek Employee Discount

    About ThinkGeek

    Since 1999, ThinkGeek has been creating a world where everyone can express and celebrate their inner geek, turn their interests into passions, and connect with one another. We are obsessed with creating and sharing unique and authentic experiences that stimulate our fans’ imaginations and fuel their geek core. We believe there is geek in everyone and invite you to… Join in. Geek out. 

    Geeknet, which owns and manages ThinkGeek.com and ThinkGeek Solutions, is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disabilities, marital status, sexual orientation or any other unlawful basis.

    Apply for the Merchandiser & Product Buyer position

    Perl Application Developer

    We are a team of highly collaborative people, that are fully invested in the work we do and in our company. We care deeply about the quality of our work and the environment we do it in.  We value both learning and teaching, as we explore new technologies to expand our custom applications.  We are happy to teach Perl to someone who has intermediate to expert level experience in another scripting language.

    You are someone who enjoys a team environment filled with intentional collaboration.  You enjoy the challenge of diving into legacy code to adapt and extend, bending it to your will. You are excited about teaching and mentoring your more junior teammates. You are willing and eager to learn.

    Desired work authorization: US Citizen, permanent residents.

    This is a full time position in our Fairfax, VA office. While we offer flexible scheduling options we have found that there is no substitute for face to face communication

    Main job responsibilities:

    • Develop web & command line applications, as well as various third party integrations that are designed with scalability and secure coding (OWASP) practices in mind.
    • Working with Business Owners in various departments, in conjunction with the Scrum Product Owner, to deliver high value products using an iterative approach.
    • Develop tests, predict areas of risk, and coordinate with our QA staff to deliver solid, dependable code.

    Skills & Experience:

    • 3-6 years professional programming experience with Perl 5 or similar scripting language (Ruby, Python, PHP)
    • 4+ years professional experience working with relational databases (SQL).
    • General experience with MVC patterns, ORMs, and Web Services (client/servers).
    • Ability to comply with mandatory fun.
    • Willingness to train and mentor junior developers.
    • Linux or UNIX command-line experience.
    • Ability to break down business needs into small, well-defined, actionable projects.
    • Skilled in juggling multiple, shifting priorities during our busy ecommerce season, when we shift from Scrum to Kanban.
    • Excellent English-language communication skills both written and oral.
    • Experience with judging, but not participation in, the Obfuscated Perl Contest.

    For bonus points:

    • Intermediate/Expert level experience with at least 1 language other than Perl.
    • Experience with Agile software development practices (e.g. Scrum, Lean/Kanban)
    • Experience with developing (and troubleshooting) Javascript (jQuery specifically) for DOM manipulation and AJAX interactions.
    • Experience with RabbitMQ or other message queueing systems.
    • Experience with Modern Perl, Perl Best Practices and PerlCritic.
    • Experience with Perl Template Toolkit.
    • HTML and CSS skills to create templates for web.
    • Experience developing automated functional and performance testing suites.
    • E-commerce experience.
    • Published and/or contributed to CPAN, GitHub, Google Code, or similar repositories.

    ThinkGeek Perks:

    Join a close-knit community of curious, passionate, enthusiastic people, obsessed with creating and sharing the most unique and fun product experiences with the world. ThinkGeek offers a competitive benefits package to all full-time employees: 

    Comprehensive benefits plans
    Generous Paid Time Off Policy
    401(k) Plan with Company Match
    Gym Membership Subsidy
    Dog-friendly Office
    ThinkGeek Employee Discount

    About ThinkGeek

    Since 1999, ThinkGeek has been creating a world where everyone can express and celebrate their inner geek, turn their interests into passions, and connect with one another. We are obsessed with creating and sharing unique and authentic experiences that stimulate our fans’ imaginations and fuel their geek core. We believe there is geek in everyone and invite you to… Join in. Geek out. 

    Geeknet, which owns and manages ThinkGeek.com and ThinkGeek Solutions, is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disabilities, marital status, sexual orientation or any other unlawful basis.

    Apply for the Perl Application Developer position

    Product Safety & Quality Assurance Manager

    What you'd be doing: 

    This position is responsible for developing and implementing quality & safety testing protocols and quality control procedures for ThinkGeek.com, an e-commerce direct retailer that also wholesales product to other retailers. The ideal candidate is to be an ASQ certified quality engineer and have a proven track record. The candidate must be familiar with consumer products which include technology & hard line goods, novelties, collectibles & toys for global markets; and understand QA functions which include but are not limited to protocol & standards development, test programs implementation, and product shipment inspections. This role requires productive & collaborative interaction with internal creative teams and external vendors, including custom manufacturing sources and manufacturing agents. Factory evaluations and vendor qualifications are also required.

    Leadership

    • Lead and create product qualification process procedures
    • Work with creative teams within the phases of product design & development to ensure relevant regulatory compliance procedures are implemented
    • Update & apprise management on quality & safety related matters
    • Lead communication with internal/external business partners as well as third-party labs to ensure a consistent approach for meeting business initiatives.

    Industry Knowledge

    • Demonstrated expertise and successful application of test protocols and methodologies as well as consumer products labeling regulatory compliance requirements such as  CPSC/CPSIA, FDA, FCC & ASTM for toys and hardline goods; International toy/children's products testing protocol and regulations.

    Quality Assurance

    • Lead and develop protocols/standards development for custom manufacture toys and hard goods
    • Lead and develop design evaluation processes which analyze and identify potential product hazards
    • Ensure design and construction are robust to intended consumer audience to withstand transportation, warehousing and consumer shipping standards
    • Manage and effectively communicate technical requirements to internal/external partners related to QA and test programs
    • Develop and implement factory evaluation program
    • Manage 3rd party labs to originate test methodology, protocols & standards development to ensure each lab is providing consistent service to all internal/external partners
    • Identify, prioritize and monitor projects inclusive of corrective action plans, technical guidance & design evaluations
    • Responsible to draft, maintain and communicate QA policy and procedures
    • Develop and maintain systems to track and update testing & standards criteria

    What we're looking for: 

    • Bachelor’s degree in engineering, CQE (ASQ Certified Quality Engineer) preferred
    • 4-6 years relevant experience in manufacturing, production, quality assurance & test laboratory procedures
    • Product design/development and product testing/qualification of consumer products
    • Strong ability to manage multiple projects
    • Adapts to fluid environment, works well under pressure and limited timelines
    • Ability to interpret technical information and aid non-technical personal in understanding product decision implications
    • Technical competency in regulatory compliance for consumer products (e.g. CPSC, 16 CFR, 21 CFR, 47 CFR, and ASTM F963)
    • Strong understanding of test methodologies for toys, novelty and other hard line products.
    • Conversational Chinese language skills high desirable

    ThinkGeek Perks:

    Join a close-knit community of curious, passionate, enthusiastic people, obsessed with creating and sharing the most unique and fun product experiences with the world. ThinkGeek offers a competitive benefits package to all full-time employees: 

    Comprehensive benefits plans
    Generous Paid Time Off Policy
    401(k) Plan with Company Match
    Gym Membership Subsidy
    Dog-friendly Office
    ThinkGeek Employee Discount

    About ThinkGeek

    Since 1999, ThinkGeek has been creating a world where everyone can express and celebrate their inner geek, turn their interests into passions, and connect with one another. We are obsessed with creating and sharing unique and authentic experiences that stimulate our fans’ imaginations and fuel their geek core. We believe there is geek in everyone and invite you to… Join in. Geek out. 

    Geeknet, which owns and manages ThinkGeek.com and ThinkGeek Solutions, is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disabilities, marital status, sexual orientation or any other unlawful basis.

    Apply for the Product Safety & Quality Assurance Manager position

    Project Manager

    ThinkGeek is looking for a Project Manager to help get licensed products made and into the hands of adoring fans. If you have product management experience paired with a love of Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones, we may have the dream job you’re looking for.

    You’d be working within our GeekLabs department, which invents, designs, and develops custom products for sale primarily on ThinkGeek.com. Product categories range from electronics to toys, apparel, kitchen gadgets and appliances.  

    What you’d be doing:

    Working with internal and external resources to ensure on-time delivery of products
    Preparing project status, risks, and issues reports and track project metrics and trends
    Ensuring that the delivered project remains within budget, is delivered on time, and achieves quality criteria
    Understanding the project life cycle and taking responsibility for the full life-cycle of assigned projects
    Communicating with overseas vendors via e-mail and phone to coordinate projects

    What are we looking for?

    • 3-5 years project management experience
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Project Management, Business Administration, Logistics, or other relevant field preferred
    • Detail oriented with strong organization skills
    • Experience developing custom manufactured retail products a plus
    • Experience with vendor relationship management
    • Interest and knowledge of various geeky TV, movie and games a plus
    • Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to present information clearly and concisely

    ThinkGeek Perks:

    Join a close-knit community of curious, passionate, enthusiastic people, obsessed with creating and sharing the most unique and fun product experiences with the world. ThinkGeek offers a competitive benefits package to all full-time employees: 

    Comprehensive benefits plans
    Generous Paid Time Off Policy
    401(k) Plan with Company Match
    Gym Membership Subsidy
    Dog-friendly Office
    ThinkGeek Employee Discount

    About ThinkGeek

    Since 1999, ThinkGeek has been creating a world where everyone can express and celebrate their inner geek, turn their interests into passions, and connect with one another. We are obsessed with creating and sharing unique and authentic experiences that stimulate our fans’ imaginations and fuel their geek core. We believe there is geek in everyone and invite you to… Join in. Geek out. 

    Geeknet, which owns and manages ThinkGeek.com and ThinkGeek Solutions, is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disabilities, marital status, sexual orientation or any other unlawful basis.

    Apply for the Project Manager position

    Quality Assurance Engineer

    ThinkGeek is looking for a Quality Assurance Engineer to be responsible for the testing and validation of all bug fixes and site enhancements for our site. Main responsibilities include conducting first line triage on all new bugs and feature requests; monitoring incoming communication to the development team to detect emergencies; gathering business owner approvals; documenting testing and workflow processes.

    This position reports to our Chief Information Officer, and we're looking for someone who works well independently and in an Agile team environment.

    Key Responsibilities

    • Perform functional, integration, and regression testing of all bug fixes, as well as minor and major site enhancements.
    • Identify report on, and verify bugs.
    • Work closely with business owners to initially determine severity of bug reports and new feature enhancements before assigning them to the correct manager for resolution.
    • Follow up with business owners after issues have been fixed, to validate the solution satisfies requirements.
    • Detect potential emergencies by verifying issues reported in all forms of department-wide communication.
    • Execute manual and automated test plans
    • Document quality assurance practices
    • Report, track and determine priority of reported bugs
    • Other duties as assigned

    Education & Experience Requirements

    • Bachelors in Computer Sciences or associated discipline or the equivalent experience
    • 3+ years of related work experience
    • Experience with automated testing tools, to include Selenium
    • Experience with load and performance testing preferred
    • Basic knowledge of SQL for data validation is required
    • Working knowledge of Linux, Apache, and MySQL is required
    • Experience with mod-Perl is a plus
    • Possess solid understanding of web based technology, and their testing requirements including cross-browser and cross-platform testing.
    • A solid understanding of quality assurance as part of the development process.
    • Detail oriented and a problem solver
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Prior development experience is a plus

    ThinkGeek Perks:

    Join a close-knit community of curious, passionate, enthusiastic people, obsessed with creating and sharing the most unique and fun product experiences with the world. ThinkGeek offers a competitive benefits package to all full-time employees: 

    • Comprehensive benefits plans
    • Generous Paid Time Off Policy
    • 401(k) Plan with Company Match
    • Gym Membership Subsidy
    • Dog-friendly Office
    • ThinkGeek Employee Discount

    About ThinkGeek

    Since 1999, ThinkGeek has been creating a world where everyone can express and celebrate their inner geek, turn their interests into passions, and connect with one another. We are obsessed with creating and sharing unique and authentic experiences that stimulate our fans’ imaginations and fuel their geek core. We believe there is geek in everyone and invite you to… Join in. Geek out. 

    Geeknet, which owns and manages ThinkGeek.com and ThinkGeek Solutions, is an equal opportunity employer, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, physical or mental disabilities, marital status, sexual orientation or any other unlawful basis.

    Apply for the Quality Assurance Engineer position