Perpay | Director of Merchandising - Technical.ly

Director of Merchandising

Perpay |  1217 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107 | Other

Job Description
Perks + Benefits
Company Culture
Technical.ly Coverage

Nearly half of U.S. households struggle to handle an unexpected expense of $400 or more. When it comes to managing household expenses, things like a broken appliance or a growing family can be financially burdensome. Ranked 5th on Inc. Magazine’s annual list of fastest-growing private companies in the United States, our team is on a mission to make life’s purchases more accessible and affordable.

Located in the heart of vibrant Philadelphia, we’re building a FinTech-enabled e-commerce marketplace that combines quality brands with sensible financing to improve the lives of our neighbors and communities.


Position Overview
Our Merchandising Lead should be a hardworking, critical thinker with a passion for building and growing our offering of brands and products. You should possess the capacity to work in a dynamic environment, always inviting and thriving on change as our catalog continues to expand. We’re actively searching for a shown leader with a clear desire to deliver e-commerce solutions at scale, while directing a team of equally driven merchandising specialists. You should understand and inform our decision-making as it relates to the full e-commerce drop-ship cycle, including but not limited to: sourcing, negotiation, integration, merchandising, marketing, analytics, and post-purchase issue resolution.
Basic Qualifications
  • You have strong experience buying across a multiple-category marketplace
  • Your ability to negotiate access and pricing with large, household brands is evident
  • You possess extensive analytics experience, as you will be tasked with understanding and optimizing a marketplace consisting of thousands of SKUs
  • You excel in both long range planning & strategy development
  • You demonstrate a profound awareness of assortment optimization
  • You show skill in retail pricing optimization and promotional price strategy
  • You understand the intricacies of e-commerce strategy
  • You understand and effectively utilize web analytics
  • Familiarity with Financial Planning a strong plus
  • We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status

Benefits
  • Opportunity to work with one of the fastest growing financial startups in the area
  • Competitive salary + equity
  • Health/dental/vision insurance + 401K
  • Gym + public transportation subsidy
  • Relocation assistance
  • Centrally located in downtown Philadelphia
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Health & Wellness Benefits
  • Dental
  • Health Insurance
  • Vision
  • Wellness Programs
Parental Benefits
  • Family Medical Leave
  • Flexible Work Schedule
Perks & Discounts
  • Casual Dress
  • Company Outings
  • Lunch
  • Snacks
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
  • 401K
  • Company Equity
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
  • Generous PTO
  • Paid Holidays
  • Paid Sick Days

What’s unique about the Perpay brand?

Perpay’s mission is to help people better manage their financial situations. They do this by providing a financially healthy option for consumers to access products or engage in experiences that otherwise wouldn’t be available to them.

Perpay is solving broad issues of financial access and inclusion that affect a large number of people through the pathways of microlending, consumer finance, and e-commerce. Their focus is purely on their customers.

What is the team dynamic within the office?

At Perpay, they try to foster collaboration whenever possible, and do that by keeping their organizational structure flat and cross-disciplinary. Anyone can have a conversation or introduce an idea at any time, there are no silos.

Perpay also works to foster an entrepreneurial spirit at the individual level. At the end of the day, they’re a product-focused company, and like to say that everyone on team is a product owner. They’re building a tool that makes an impact on so many people, and believe the best way to do that is to get input from every one of their team members — from the ones who talk to their customers to the ones writing the code. Everyone’s perspective is important.

What qualities does Perpay look for in technical candidates?

While most of their systems and microservices are written in Python, they truly prefer talented polyglots that have an insatiable will to learn and create. At Perpay, they’re not afraid of trying new things and are more concerned with finding great problem solvers that will find the right tools for the job.

They’re most interested in a candidate’s mentality and experience — especially if it is one of delivering solutions that are well designed, reliable, and highly scalable. They work in a fast-paced startup environment where efficiency and iterative approaches are critical. This makes it extremely important to find candidates who communicate well and understand the theory, design patterns and implementation details that go into delivering a solution.

How about candidates overall?

They’re looking for people who are naturally curious, self-directed and interested in self-improvement. Everyone on the team is eager to learn, excited about what their working on and is doing their own research about the industry, like reading up on consumer credit and the greater microlending environment.

One thing they value about their team is diversity of experience. Perpay has built a team with all kinds of different backgrounds: finance, engineering, operations, non-profit... even chemistry.

Additionally, because of the work they do, candidates need to have a sense of empathy. A team member can be an amazing problem solver, but in order to be a good fit they need to keep a human element to everything they do. Data can certainly help find an answer, but empathy will often lead to deeper insights.

What is special about the office space itself:

The Perpay team found an empty warehouse space and completely designed it from scratch themselves. They sourced the materials, designed the layout, picked the desks, etc.

The aesthetic was inspired in part by the Navy Yard: brick walls, lots of metal, glass, lush plants, colorful rugs and cool lamps. It’s a really unique space: comfortable work areas, full of light, with unexpected textures and accents.

It really speaks to way Perpay approaches things as a company in general: they’d never designed an office before but that didn’t stop them from taking it on with enthusiasm.

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