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About SOKO

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Current Openings

SOKO does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, SOKO employees, or any other company location. SOKO is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

Senior Software Engineer

Full Time - Kenya - IT

OUR TECHNOLOGY

We currently work with a modern stack using, but not limited to Python / Django / DRF / GraphQL / MySQL alongside an Angular-powered front-end. We employ SCRUM and Agile methodologies, and also are enthusiasts of continuous integration and continuous deployment.

THE ROLE

As an ideal candidate, you are someone who has experience working with modern front end technology stack. If you are passionate about front end development, if you enjoy not only sharing a vision but getting your hands dirty to be sure that that vision is made a reality then we’d like to meet you

YOUR DAY TO DAY

As a Senior Software Engineer, you will:

  • Play a leadership role in the backend team, seeking excellence in all engineering disciplines inclusive of data processing, quality assurance, application development, analytics, machine learning, algorithms, and data warehousing.
  • Assist in managing the day-to-day activities of the backend team as well as the development and execution of software development projects against delivery commitments and project plans.
  • Work with the tech team leadership in the management of the teams’ staffing, resourcing and mentoring, and maintaining a best-in-class engineering team.
  • Work closely with Soko team in the design of strategic solutions for high market impact and penetration.
  • Work with the software team in deployment and delivery of solutions using primarily agile development techniques.
  • Take part in applications design, database design, data-flows and detailed technical design.
  • Take a lead in designing, developing, documenting and testing bug free solutions.
  • Conduct unit-test code for robustness, including test cases, usability, and general reliability.
  • Prepare and install solutions by determining and designing system specifications, and programming standards.
  • Improve operations by conducting systems analysis; recommending changes in policies and procedures.
  • Continuously discover, evaluate, and implement new technologies to maximize development efficiency.
  • Coordinate with Product Managers to ensure the backend team works within strict business timelines.

WE'D LOVE IT IF YOU HAVE

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or any other relevant field
  • 3+ years of technical experience in a lead/senior developer position.
  • Great experience in Django/Python development
  • Experience with unit testing
  • Good understanding of popular programming paradigms (e.g. object orientation, functional programming, ...)
  • A great portfolio of apps that you have worked on that display ability to deliver quality output.
  • Deep knowledge of how relational databases work - in particular MySQL Abilities
  • Consumer-oriented, be a team-builder and team player, have an ability to work in a fast paced and highly collaborative position, and be highly organized and have an ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines - A leading role would also be taken in guidance of team members to ensure task completion, customer and team focus, and overall developer capacity building.
  • Ability to solve complex interactions and demonstrate a high level of critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to break down complex customer needs into simple, manageable user stories to be turned into tasks for the development team.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills with a strong aptitude for translating requirements into visual concepts.
  • Self-starter with a track record of delivering quality work under tight deadlines.
  • Extraordinary attention to details and craftsmanship.

HOW TO APPLY

  • Interested candidates should send their applications (CV and cover letter only) to recruitment@shopsoko.com. Please indicate current and expected salary.
  • Deadline for applications is January 31, 2021.
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Marketing & eCommerce Coordinator

Full Time - Bay Area - Merchandising

THE ROLE

The Marketing & eCommerce Coordinator will have an active role in growing the brand awareness and ecommerce business for SOKO via shopsoko.com. As the Marketing & eCommerce Coordinator, you will support our customer acquisition programs, brand awareness initiatives, and the sales goals of shopsoko.com. This position requires a person with proactive problem solving, decision-making skills, and an initiative to work independently in a detail-oriented environment. This is a very hands on position with a great deal of self-reliance required. You will need to be organized and well written, with a positive, can-do attitude. This role is an excellent opportunity in providing exposure to all aspects of marketing and ecommerce in an entry level position on a small team.

YOUR DAY TO DAY

As a Marketing and eCommerce Coordinator, you will:

Marketing:

  • Assist PR, Influencer Marketing and other customer acquisition programs with day to day activities.
  • Support and coordinate with Influencer identification, activation and execution.
  • Manage product samples and no-charge orders.
  • Gather, organize, and share assets for product launches and asset requests on behalf of the marketing team.
  • Assist with execution of strategic plan to grow brand awareness/advocacy & drive exposure for our products.
  • Manage campaign tracking and weekly reporting for our customer acquisition programs.
  • All other duties as assigned.

eCommerce:

  • Assist in managing product assortment on shopsoko.com.
  • Ensure copy details, format, technical specs, and images are accurate.
  • Responsible for new product setup.
  • Review the site regularly to identify any product, merchandising, or inventory needs.
  • Assist with website updates/testing.
  • Responsible for implementing SEO changes as identified by the team.
  • Conduct some analysis and reporting.
  • All other duties as assigned.

WE'D LOVE IT IF YOU HAVE

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, or related area or equivalent work experience
  • Proficiency in Google Apps.
  • Experience with Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and YouTube - preferred
  • Interest in e-commerce, social media, and marketing and knowledge of creators across all social media platforms.
  • Exceptional attention to detail and troubleshooting abilities
  • Strong project management and organizational skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and relationship-building skills
  • Excellent verbal & written communication skills are required
  • The ability to problem-solve, be forward thinking and anticipate needs
  • Ability to work cross-functionally and collaboratively
  • Retail Industry experience will be an added advantage

HOW TO APPLY

  • Interested candidates should apply here.
  • SOKO does currently sponsor employment visas. You must be authorized to work in US to be considered.
  • This position is not eligible for relocation assistance; local Bay Area or Los Angeles applicants only please.

Android Engineer Developer

Full Time - Kenya - IT

THE ROLE

We are looking for an Android engineer responsible for the development and maintenance of our applications. Your primary focus will be development of Android applications and their integration with back-end services. You will be working alongside other engineers and developers working on different layers of the infrastructure. Therefore, a commitment to collaborative problem solving, sophisticated design, and the creation of quality products is essential.

Reporting to the lead Android Software Developer, this role is critical in ensuring SOKO partners and field officers efficiently manage business processes through an automated mobile platform.

YOUR DAY TO DAY

Duties and Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Design and implement key components of the SOKO Android application
  • Work closely with the SOKO team in the design of strategic solutions for high market impact and penetration
  • Collaborate closely with business teams to create innovative user interfaces and features, optimized for mobile platforms
  • Explore, investigate, and prototype leading-edge concepts
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define, design, and ship new features.
  • Willing to innovate, experiment and fail fast to build robust solutions
  • Care about the quality of their code and passionate about providing the best solution to meet the end users’ needs and anticipate their future needs based on an understanding of the market
  • Unit-test code for robustness, including edge cases, usability, and general reliability.
  • Work on bug fixing and improving application performance.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with a willingness to go the extra mile to assist other team members
  • Continue improving the SOKO quality of experience on a large number of devices
  • Stay up-to-date on Android platform and ecosystem developments
  • Help us push the boundaries of what is possible on mobile technology

WE'D LOVE IT IF YOU HAVE

  • Knowledge of Android with at least 2 years of experience developing, shipping, and maintaining mobile applications
  • Knowledge of general software design patterns as well as Android design patterns
  • Deep understanding of Android framework internals
  • You're up-to-date on the latest framework changes, build tools, and libraries
  • Proficient in Java with strong object-oriented design skills
  • Able to work independently and drive results
  • Self-motivated with the ability to prioritize, meet deadlines, and manage own time with changing priorities
  • BS degree in computer science or equivalent work experience

Bonus if you have experience with:

  • Optimizing data usage over mobile networks
  • AB testing

HOW TO APPLY

  • Interested candidates should send their applications (CV and cover letter only) to recruitment@shopsoko.com. Please indicate current and expected salary.
  • Deadline for applications is January 31, 2021
  • Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted


Senior Software Engineer

Full Time - Kenya - IT

OUR TECHNOLOGY

We currently work with a modern stack using, but not limited to Python / Django / DRF / GraphQL / MySQL alongside an Angular-powered front-end. We employ SCRUM and Agile methodologies, and also are enthusiasts of continuous integration and continuous deployment.

THE ROLE

As an ideal candidate, you are someone who has experience working with modern front end technology stack. If you are passionate about front end development, if you enjoy not only sharing a vision but getting your hands dirty to be sure that that vision is made a reality then we’d like to meet you

YOUR DAY TO DAY

As a Senior Software Engineer, you will:

  • Play a leadership role in the backend team, seeking excellence in all engineering disciplines inclusive of data processing, quality assurance, application development, analytics, machine learning, algorithms, and data warehousing.
  • Assist in managing the day-to-day activities of the backend team as well as the development and execution of software development projects against delivery commitments and project plans.
  • Work with the tech team leadership in the management of the teams’ staffing, resourcing and mentoring, and maintaining a best-in-class engineering team.
  • Work closely with Soko team in the design of strategic solutions for high market impact and penetration.
  • Work with the software team in deployment and delivery of solutions using primarily agile development techniques.
  • Take part in applications design, database design, data-flows and detailed technical design.
  • Take a lead in designing, developing, documenting and testing bug free solutions.
  • Conduct unit-test code for robustness, including test cases, usability, and general reliability.
  • Prepare and install solutions by determining and designing system specifications, and programming standards.
  • Improve operations by conducting systems analysis; recommending changes in policies and procedures.
  • Continuously discover, evaluate, and implement new technologies to maximize development efficiency.
  • Coordinate with Product Managers to ensure the backend team works within strict business timelines.

WE'D LOVE IT IF YOU HAVE

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science or any other relevant field
  • 3+ years of technical experience in a lead/senior developer position.
  • Great experience in Django/Python development
  • Experience with unit testing
  • Good understanding of popular programming paradigms (e.g. object orientation, functional programming, ...)
  • A great portfolio of apps that you have worked on that display ability to deliver quality output.
  • Deep knowledge of how relational databases work - in particular MySQL Abilities
  • Consumer-oriented, be a team-builder and team player, have an ability to work in a fast paced and highly collaborative position, and be highly organized and have an ability to multitask and meet tight deadlines - A leading role would also be taken in guidance of team members to ensure task completion, customer and team focus, and overall developer capacity building.
  • Ability to solve complex interactions and demonstrate a high level of critical thinking skills.
  • Ability to break down complex customer needs into simple, manageable user stories to be turned into tasks for the development team.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills with a strong aptitude for translating requirements into visual concepts.
  • Self-starter with a track record of delivering quality work under tight deadlines.
  • Extraordinary attention to details and craftsmanship.

HOW TO APPLY

Interested candidates should send their applications (CV and cover letter only) to recruitment@shopsoko.com. Please indicate current and expected salary Deadline for applications is January 31, 2021. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.


Senior Merchandising Manager

Full Time - San Francisco - Marketing/Merchandising

THE ROLE

Responsible for monitoring market trends to determine product designs, product levels and pricing. Works closely with the design team to ensure product designs give the Company a competitive edge while maintaining a unique aesthetic.

YOUR DAY TO DAY

Duties and Responsibilities will include the following:

  • Plan and develop merchandising strategies that balance customer’s expectations and company objectives
  • Analyze sales figures, customer reactions and market trends to anticipate product needs and plan product ranges/ stock
  • Remain up to date with industry best practices and incorporate them into company strategy
  • Work with the senior designer to conceptualize and develop new collections unique to the SOKO aesthetic including developing, planning and implementing the merchandising/ brand strategy, handling the naming system for all products as well as develop designs for collaborations with MaaS clients
  • Analyze jewelry concepts and designs to determine whether they meet the SOKO aesthetic and customer needs
  • Determine quantities of SKUs to be developed for seasonal line sheets based on market research and ensure right design and availability of merchandise for the different sales channels. Track bill of materials and SKU creation.
  • Work with the design team to determine costs for new designs and advise wholesaler and eCommerce on MSRP
  • Responsible for product training and walk through for new products
  • Oversee the merchandising team and provide the link between eCommerce, Wholesale, Design and Supply Chain
  • Manage the design workflow to ensure timelines are met and new designs get into the supply chain on time and within budget
  • Monitor stock movement and advise on markdowns, promotions, price changes, clear outs, off price channel, discontinue, etc
  • Assort and assign units to different verticals in the sales chain and, working with the wholesale and eCommerce teams, develop new projects, campaigns and business ideas
  • Facilitate new product needs by working closely with the Production and Finance teams

WE'D LOVE IT IF YOU HAVE

The ideal candidate has a strong background in merchandising and product development, preferably in jewelry, with at least 8 years' experience, holds a Bachelors degree in business or marketing or a related field and can demonstrate the following:

  • Strong attention to detail with the ability to switch seamlessly between big-picture thinking and attention to the smallest details
  • Proven experience in merchandising
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Commercial acumen and the ability to “decode” customers
  • Strong listening, presentation and decision making skills
  • Flexibility to work odd hours to collaborate with global teams. Able to work from home and in-office
  • Good working knowledge of MS Office and G-suite with strong spreadsheet skills
  • A background in inventory planning would be an added advantage

The position would require future travel to Kenya

HOW TO APPLY

  • Interested candidates should apply here.
  • SOKO does currently sponsor employment visas. You must be authorized to work in US to be considered.


Inventory Planner

Full Time - Bay Area - Merchandising

THE ROLE

The Omni Channel Inventory Planner will assist in developing effective inventory strategies for SOKO Wholesale and E-commerce channels. As the Inventory Planner, you will be responsible for creating and managing reporting and analytics as well as sales and inventory financial plans for an Omni Channel business. Planning Analysts are responsible for reporting, analyzing, identifying, and communicating sales opportunities and providing risk-mitigating recommendations. Focus on developing business strategies and seasonal plans to maximize sales and maximize profits aligning with company OKR’s/ goals.

YOUR DAY TO DAY

As a Senior Software Engineer, you will:

  • Responsible for forecasting inventory needs of wholesale and e-commerce
  • Works in tandem with Merchandise Manager, Supply Chain, Wholesale and E-Commerce/Marketing teams to communicate the needs of the business
  • Works with Wholesale, E-commerce, and Marketing to provide necessary sale/inventory reporting and promotions
  • Assists the Finance Department with Audits, Inventory Control & Reconciliations
  • Summarize and report on opportunities and risks associated with the product plan as it relates to trend and financial metrics through reporting and executive summaries
  • Collaborate with Wholesale and E-commerce teams to develop pre-season top-down/bottom-up level plans for sales, inventory, markdowns, and margin to identify “missed sales” and growth drivers
  • Maintain in-season plans and provide the team with analysis of the business and suggested action plan.
  • Collaborate with Finance to report and manage channel economics
  • Conduct in-season business analysis and forecast centered on risk and/or opportunity of a product plan as it relates to trend and financial metrics, including but not limited to initial mark-up, average unit retail, and product seasonality
  • Prepare sales, margin, and inventory forecasts with monthly OTB forecast meetings with CEO and Director of Finance. Provide sales trend opportunity for future quarters, validate stock-to-sales relationships, maximize receipt flow to improve turn, and suggest pricing strategies to drive profitability.
  • Forecasts for future inventory based on historical buys, reoccurring buys, and current inventory levels
  • Coordinates inventory flow-through to US and Kenyan distribution locations
  • Serves as the liaison Wholesale, Ecommerce, Marketing, Design, and Supply chain to ensure customer demands are being met
  • Track existing product categories sales and help make strategic decisions on the future state of the total assortment
  • Additional duties as required

WE'D LOVE IT IF YOU HAVE

  • Bachelor’s degree in relevant field preferred
  • 3-5 years of merchandise planning experience
  • Strong analytical and quantitative skills; proficient with MS Excel and merchandise planning systems.
  • Strong communication skills including the ability to work in an international team environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple workstreams/projects with tight timelines.
  • Meets deadlines, prioritizes appropriately, copes well with change, and works well under pressure.
  • Proven ability to build strong cross-functional partnerships and influence others.
  • Solid organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills

HOW TO APPLY

  • Interested candidates should apply here.
  • SOKO does currently sponsor employment visas. You must be authorized to work in US to be considered.
  • This position is not eligible for relocation assistance; local Bay Area applicants only.

Name Your Internship

Internship - SF, LA, NYC - USA

THE ROLE

Love jewelry and fashion? Interested in joining the SOKO team but don't see the perfect fit? We want to hear from you! Tell us why an internship at SOKO is right for you.

YOUR DAY TO DAY

Write up your dream job title (Photo Stylist? Sales & Support Ninja? Ecommerce Innovator?), and let us know how you'd want to spend your time with us.

WE'D LOVE IT IF YOU HAVE

  • Professional, friendly, and courteous manner
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Google Suite experience preferred
  • Commitment to SOKO’s mission and vision; passionate about ethical and sustainable fashion
  • What skills and/or experience can you bring to our team?

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, send your resume, cover letter, and answers to the questions above to soko-inc@jobs.workablemail.com.

SOKO does not accept agency resumes. Please do not forward resumes to our jobs alias, SOKO employees, or any other company location. SOKO is not responsible for any fees related to unsolicited resumes.

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