Short Story

Modern ecommerce for petite women

Assistant Buyer / Merchandise Coordinator - Apparel and Accessories

San Francisco
Job Type
1+ years
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About the role

Short Story is the premiere personal styling service for petite women 5’4” or under. We’re a fast growing startup on a mission to reinvent apparel retail for petite women, because they deserve a radically new shopping experience. Our mission is to remove the ‘ugh’ from the shopping equation for millions of petite women so they can dress with effortless confidence.

Short Story is a brand that celebrates petiteness, boldness, and modern womanhood. Our culture is one that blends an obsession with data, passion for a truly better product, and a scrappy startup mentality. We've been recognized by TechCrunch, Buzzfeed, and rated the #1 Best Clothing Styling Service by USA Today. We’ve grown rapidly in the last 2 years and will continue to build for scale in 2022.

About the Role:

We’re hiring an Assistant Buyer to join our Merchandising team. You will work directly with the Head of Merchandising to create an exciting and timely product assortment for our unique audience. You will support the overall execution of all product categories at Short Story, ensure data accuracy, and sample management. You must have a passion for fashion, be analytically minded, and possess a stellar work ethic. You should have interest in startups, e-commerce, and tech.

What You’ll Do: Work with Head of Merchandising to determine the overall mix of product for each category to ensure a customer-oriented final mix Assist in the development of the product assortment, key item positioning, and ensuring that the assortment is compelling, commercially viable and supports overall business objectives Ensure data-entry integrity and maintenance product integrity in product management systems Maintain all purchase orders and all records with meticulousness and attention to detail Prompt vendor communication to ensure timely product development flow Review and analyze product information data from vendors to ensure accuracy Be responsible for samples management and organization Act as a conduit of information, materials, and samples to cross-functional teams Create & manage Photo catalog and manage photo quality in management system Create, enter & perform in-season updates to product information in multiple databases Plan and prioritize workload to meet deadlines and increase efficiency Complete seasonal projects for merchandising team (ex: trend and competitor research) Opportunity for growth into category management, depending on experience Conduct administrative work for the merchandising team as needed

Who You Are: Bachelor’s Degree in Fashion, Business, or a related field 2 years retail buying experience Ability to work on cross functional teams Excellent communication and organizational skills Strong analytical ability and retail acumen Clear and concise presentation skills Proficiency in Excel An understanding of the customer's wants and needs and shopping experience Ability to creatively identify the appropriate product/trend that will appeal to the customer and meet their expectations Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, multi-task and maintain attention to detail Fundamental understanding of financial KPIs of the business (IMU%, MD%, GM%, selloff, WOS, etc.) and the OTB

Location San Francisco, CA

Benefits & Compensation Attractive early stage compensation and equity package Opportunity to work closely with a small, dedicated leadership team Opportunity to work at a Y-Combinator backed startup Medical and dental benefits Unlimited vacation Company meals & events

Why you should join Short Story

The average American woman is petite at 5’4”, yet only 4% of clothes are available in petite sizes. Petite women are a hugely underserved segment. So why is no one paying attention? Short Story is a first-of-its-kind platform dedicated to styling petite women and helping them discover new products. We’re a team of curators and problem solvers who are passionate about finding style, quality, and fit. Our mission is to remove the “ugh” from the shopping equation and support petite women in expressing their stories, stylishly and confidently.

Short Story
Team Size:25
Location:San Francisco
Samuel Hoffstaetter
Samuel Hoffstaetter
Isabella Sun
Isabella Sun