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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
    Employee Stock Purchase Plan
    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.

     

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    MySQL DBA

    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.  

    You are someone who enjoys a team environment filled with intentional collaboration.  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

    Primary Purpose

    The MySQL DBA will be responsible for maintaining and designing databases and troubleshooting related database code.

    Main Job Responsibilities:

    The DBA will work as part of the larger engineering team that produces custom solutions for ourinternal business units as well as the ThinkGeek.com e-commerce platform.  This requiresworking closely with the Perl development and the technology operations team.  Daily dutiesinclude system monitoring, database backup/recovery, and performance tuning. You will alsoparticipate in designing new database schemas and creation of different types of databaseobjects. You will be responsible for database capacity planning, performance tuning and creation of database maintenance plans.

    Education & Experience Requirements

    • Bachelor’s degree in computer science MIS, CIS, or related field or combination of work experience is required
    • Minimum 3+ years of supporting databases using My SQL
    • Proficient in SQL query language
    • Experience with Percona 5.6, Mod Perl, and report creation are all plusses
    • Extensive experience with database management/monitoring, ETL operations, queryperformance tuning and optimization, and bulk data imports/exports is required
    • Experience with DB management in a high-transaction, high-availability environment isrequired.
    • Experience supporting customer facing web applications a plus but not required.
    • In depth knowledge of MySQL replication management and monitoring is required
    • Working knowledge of fault-tolerant technologies including MMM clusters is a plus
    • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to achieve results within tight deadlines

    Problem Solving & Decision Making

    The database administrator will work on a variety of challenging and complex problems in a fast pace production environment; providing direct support to the application development teams as well as the database systems.   

    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
    Employee Stock Purchase Plan
    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 MySQL DBA 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
    Employee Stock Purchase Plan
    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

    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
    • Employee Stock Purchase Plan
    • 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

    Sr. Accountant

    Geeknet, Inc. (GKNT) is looking for a Senior Accountant candidate with previous public company experience.  The Senior Accountant will be responsible for preparing monthly journal entries, performing reconciliations, and assisting with 10-Q/10-K preparation and financial statement analysis.  This position reports to the Assistant Controller. We are looking for a team player with great interpersonal skills who wants to learn and develop in a growing company.

    Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Compile data, documentation and information in order to prepare monthly journal entries
    • Prepare monthly reconciliations
    • Partnering with Assistant Controller to review journal entries and reconciliations
    • Analyze financial data, financial statements and other reports
    • Documenting new procedures related to the implementation and integration of the company’s ERP system
    • Assist with the preparation of periodic SEC filings (10-Qs, 10-Ks, proxies etc.) including the preparation of detailed supporting work papers and disclosure checklists
    • Prepare audit requests as needed for periodic internal and external audits and reviews
    • Assist with ensuring Sarbanes-Oxley requirements are met and establishing key controls
    • Assist with integration of and creating procedures for inventory of newly acquired subsidiary
    • Other responsibilities and ad-hoc projects as assigned

    Experience:

    • CPA or CPA candidate and Bachelor’s degree in Accounting required with 4-6 years relevant work experience
    • Public Accounting Experience is desired
    • Strong communication skills
    • Advanced experience with Microsoft Excel required
    • Experience with Netsuite is desired

    This position is based out of Fairfax, VA.

    Geeknet, Inc. (NASDAQ: GKNT), is the parent company for ThinkGeek, the premier retailer for the global geek community.  Since 1999, ThinkGeek has sought to provide tech, gadget, and toy-obsessed communities with all the things that geeks crave.  ThinkGeek was founded to serve the distinct needs and interests of technology professionals and enthusiasts and today has grown to become the first choice of innovative and imaginative products that appeal to the geek in everyone.  Would you like to know more?  Check out thinkgeek.com

    Geeknet, owner of ThinkGeek.com and ThinkGeek Solutions, is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing equal opportunity to all applicants and employees in full compliance with all applicable state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, disability, veteran's status, or any other class protected by applicable state or federal law.

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