INVENTORY MANAGER

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Full-time Inventory Manager
Based in: San Francisco, CA

Background

Batch is a shoppable staging company focused on turning residences on the market for sale into immersive retail destinations. We were founded in 2017 to create new ways for consumers to browse and buy in a hyper-local, distributed model. Our company’s mission is to enable and empower homebuyers to purchase well-curated assortments of products from the locations they may eventually live in. We serve prospective homebuyers who visit and tour these locations for sale as well as the end purchasers. We see each location as a unique opportunity to tell a new merchandising story and connect with the makers of the coolest up and coming products. As a retailer at heart, we’re advancing a new opportunity for brands to get in front of a coveted demographic of people who have recently moved, a $170B annual market. 

Relying on our historical roots as a retail showroom with over 200 brand partnerships, we create rich and relevant connections between end purchases of new and novel products with the innovative companies that make and market these products. 

Batch derives its income from the service it provides as a home staging business to developers, agents, and home sellers. The company also monetizes through the retail sale of the products featured in its spaces. 

Responsibilities

The Inventory Manager reports to the Director of Staging Operations (initially to the CEO until the Director has been hired). The Inventory Manager oversees each owned and consigned item in the Company’s warehouse and live installs. 

Working closely with the Project Manager assigned to each install, the Inventory Manager works to ready all items for deployment, handling assembly, organization, and troubleshooting as necessary. The Inventory Manager works to ensure all items returning to warehouse are in mint condition, helping to account for loss or damage incurred in transit or at a client site. 

Collaborating with the Design team, the Inventory Manager will also support the development of a taxonomy for tagging and classifying new items arriving to the warehouse so they can be efficiently pulled into new installs. The role will include leading the deployment of an asset tracking system and researching tools for cloud-based asset management. 

The position will involve a high degree of time in the warehouse, stepping in to support installs at job sites as a runner when scheduling permits or dictates. 

Key areas of ownership may include:

  • Researching and recommending an asset tracking system and then overseeing the RFP and deployment

  • Oversee all San Francisco-based warehouse operations, including space planning, organization, access, and loss prevention

  • Support assortment building for each install by coordinating with the Project Manager to ensure pieces are available and ready for retrieval and return 

  • Build rapport with key moving and delivery teams to ensure smooth in/out processes 

  • Assess for and report loss or damage when items are returned to inventory, securing necessary cleaning, repair or restoration when appropriate

  • Consult regularly with Partnerships team to obtain updates about expected incoming product

  • Work with the Design team to ensure existing and arriving product is being classified in the Company’s asset tracking system according to the correct parameters (ie: budget level, size, aesthetic)

  • Ensure that an adequate supply of packing materials are available and that outgoing items are securely wrapped to go out

  • Provide regular reports to Director of Staging Operations about warehouse issues and needs

Qualifications

The Inventory Manager should possess 5+ years full-time work experience in an Operations capacity. The ideal candidate will have:

  • Fluency in the vocabulary of home design and decor

  • A current driver's license (with a clean driving record) and an ability to move items from warehouse to install site on an occasional basis

  • A strong sense of how to maximize space and keep a large quantity of product organized and accessible for easy deployment

  • A positive attitude for a wide range of tasks 

  • A resourcefulness for helping to troubleshoot any inventory issues, even if the item has left the warehouse and is in the field

  • A team orientation

  • Ability to occasionally lift 40-50 pounds