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We launch undiscovered products and help them succeed; we call them Grommets. Grommets aren't just things. Grommets are products with a purpose invented by people with stories. Buy Differently.

What It's Like Here

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We work really hard and we expect a lot from our employees—we won’t deny that. But we have fun, too. The people here are creative and driven. And each individual brings a one-of-a-kind perspective and vision to the table.

As part of our open, collaborative team, you’ll work on projects big and small. You’ll be dedicated to our mission and the Makers we help. And you’ll have to be up for honesty and challenge, since we open up our financials and performance stats to every employee, offering insight and information about how we’re doing and what roadblocks we need to navigate.

About the products we promote—our team tests them and that means you. So your opinion and insights matter. We’ll probably ask you to be in some of our product videos, too.

Join us and start a career with a high potential for growth, learning, innovation, and definitely many lighthearted moments.

Ready to join our team?

Current Openings

Senior Software Engineer Somerville, MA Apply
The Grommet is seeking a Senior Software Engineer who has a passion for the best design and coding practices. You will work closely with our design and product teams to enhance our websites and build new modules to improve our customer experience. We are a fast-paced team striving to...

The Grommet is seeking a Senior Software Engineer who has a passion for the best design and coding practices. You will work closely with our design and product teams to enhance our websites and build new modules to improve our customer experience. We are a fast-paced team striving to produce the highest quality code, while exploring new aspects of technology and keeping up with new trends in our field.

Key Activities:

  • - Above all, write clean, well organized code
  • - Contribute in all phases of the development lifecycle
  • - Optimize back-end for speed and scalability
  • - Work with common third-party APIs (Google, Facebook, etc.)
  • - Apply problem solving techniques to design database changes
  • - Collaborate and communicate effectively with colleagues

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • - 5+ years of professional PHP web development required
  • - Demonstrable knowledge of web technologies, including HTML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, JavaScript, JQuery, and Prototype
  • - Proficient understanding of SVN and Git
  • - Deep expertise with Web Services (REST, SOAP, etc)
  • - Strong grasp of security principles and e-commerce applications
  • - Magento experience a definite plus
  • - BS in Computer Science, Engineering or a related subject

Perks:

  • Competitive Salary and Benefits
  • - Culture of mentorship and learning – exposure to the start-up industry in Boston and an opportunity to learn through frequent information and expertise - sharing, event-attendance, and presentations by our team members
  • - Incredible space about a 5 minute walk from Davis Square
  • - Yearly Bonus Incentive plan based on performance

To Apply:

Your cover letter is your chance to stand out and help us get to know you! To apply, visit www.thegrommet.com/careers, and click ‘Apply’ next to this position. Please note that resumes submitted without cover letters will not be reviewed.

In your cover letter, please address the following:

  1. How did you hear about The Grommet?
  2. Why you are good fit for this position?
  3. What your ideal career path is over the next few years?
  4. Why you are suited to work in a start up?
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System Administrator Somerville, MA Apply
The Grommet is seeking an experienced Systems Administrator to join our Technology team. This role will manage the overall health and continuity of our connected infrastructure environments and strive to ensure maximum uptime and availability, both on our website, as well as our internal...

The Grommet is seeking an experienced Systems Administrator to join our Technology team. This role will manage the overall health and continuity of our connected infrastructure environments and strive to ensure maximum uptime and availability, both on our website, as well as our internal network. The Systems Administrator must be willing to work in a fast-paced environment and work with a sense of urgency when the need arises. He/she must have a proven track record of handling a wide range of technical support issues from end-user computer setup to complete server rebuilds.

Key Activities:

  • - Administer servers, desktop computers, printers, routers, switches, firewalls, VOIP phones, security updates and patches
  • - Develop and maintain installation and configuration procedures and necessary documentation
  • - Contribute to and maintain system standards
  • - Research and recommend innovative, and where possible, automated approaches for system administration tasks. Identify approaches that leverage our resources and provide economies of scale
  • - Perform daily backup operations, ensuring all required file systems and system data are successfully backed up to the appropriate media, recovery tapes or disks are created, and media is recycled and sent off site as necessary
  • - Perform ongoing performance tuning, hardware upgrades, and resource optimization as required
  • - Configure CPU, memory, and disk partitions as required

Desired Skills & Experience:

  • - 3+ years of system administration experience
  • - BS in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related subject
  • - Demonstrated knowledge in routing, switching, security, and connectivity
  • - SonicWall, Apple, Linux, Windows, LAMP server experience
  • - Proficient verbal and written communication skills

Perks:

  • - Competitive Salary and Benefits
  • - Culture of mentorship and learning – exposure to the start-up industry in Boston and an opportunity to learn through frequent information and expertise sharing, event-attendance, and presentations by our team members
  • - Incredible space about a 5 minute walk from Davis Square
  • - Yearly Bonus Incentive plan based on performance

To Apply:

Your cover letter is your chance to stand out and help us get to know you! To apply, visit www.thegrommet.com/careers, and click ‘Apply’ next to this position. Please note that resumes submitted without cover letters will not be reviewed.

In your cover letter, please address the following:

  1. How did you hear about The Grommet?
  2. Why you are good fit for this position?
  3. What your ideal career path is over the next few years?
  4. Why you are suited to work in a start up?
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UI Designer Somerville, MA Apply
The Grommet Product and Design team is seeking a UI Designer with previous UX design experience to work in our Davis Square office. We are looking for someone who has created digital experiences from concept to launch with responsive websites, has great eye for visual design, and has had exposure...

The Grommet Product and Design team is seeking a UI Designer with previous UX design experience to work in our Davis Square office. We are looking for someone who has created digital experiences from concept to launch with responsive websites, has great eye for visual design, and has had exposure to wireframing, user experience design, and development. You will work closely with the web designer, product manager and development team to develop high level and/or detailed storyboards, mockups, user flows, and prototypes. You will also create intuitive, engaging, and brand-consistent design solutions for a broad range of collateral, including emails, marketing campaigns, print materials, presentations, and merchandising displays.

The ideal candidate will take a user-centered approach to design and possess a deep understanding of information architectures, interaction, and usability best practices. He or she will be able to empathize with a variety of different types of users in order to meet the wide-ranging needs of The Grommet’s three customer groups. Strong attention to detail and a sense of pride and ownership over the quality of the final work product is a must.

 Core Responsibilities:

  • Work collaboratively with the Product, Marketing, and Development teams to design and lead user research and testing. Must be able to present and support work within the team and to The Grommet executive team.
  • Articulate and design concept interactions across multiple platforms: web, phone, tablet, email.
  • Interactively document user experience through wireframes, flowcharts, screenshots, design specifications, and demos.
  • Manage multiple simultaneous projects from concept through execution in an extremely fast-paced environment. The right candidate will be intrinsically motivated with demonstrated business judgment in the form of prioritization and workload management. Multitasking will be vital to timely project milestones and delivery.

 Experience, Education, and Skill Requirements:

  • An online portfolio that displays an elevated sense of layout, form, and color as well as strong typography and web design skills
  • Minimum of 2-4 years of professional web design experience
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • BFA/MFA or equivalent industry experience
  • Must have expertise with the Adobe Creative Suite
  • Nice to haves: the ability to modify and construct solid HTML and CSS, experience with e-commerce and retail centric design, and experience with responsive design.

 Perks:

  • Competitive Salary and Benefits
  • Stock options plus a yearly bonus incentive plan based on performance
  • Culture of mentorship and learning – exposure to the start-up industry in Boston and an opportunity to learn through frequent information and expertise sharing, event-attendance, and presentations by our team members
  • Incredible space about a 5 minute walk from Davis Square

To Apply:

To apply, visit www.thegrommet.com/careers, and click ‘Apply’ next to this position. Please note that resumes submitted without cover letters will not be reviewed. 

In your cover letter, please address the following:

  1. 1) How did you hear about The Grommet?
  2. 2) Why you are good fit for this position?
  3. 3) What your ideal career path is over the next few years?
  4. 4) Why you are suited to work in a start up?

 

About The Grommet:

The Grommet is a product launch platform. This means we find unique, undiscovered products and help them succeed. Our goal is to level the playing field so the best companies can win. Until The Grommet came along in 2008, that was simply not always the case. We have attracted a powerful community of Makers, Retailers and Consumers whose enthusiasm for suggesting, sharing, and buying Grommets ensures the survival and growth of the ground-breaking companies behind them. We are rooted in the philosophy of Citizen Commerce™ whereby regular people form the consumer experience by suggesting products that reflect their values and interests. 

In the summer of 2014 we launched a new Wholesale Platform at the White House Maker Faire to connect these independent Makers with Main Street Retailers, supporting both and ensuring their success. Our end goal is that within five years 10% of all products flowing through U.S. retail will be originating from independent small-scale Makers, creating vibrant jobs and innovative products in every corner of our country.

Our team is composed of creative and driven individuals with unique vision who are building a disruptive product launch platform with no direct competitors. We have blue chip investors, including Rakuten, and are in high-growth mode.

We're seeking high-energy players who are eager to contribute to the growth of our company and to share in its success. These are high-potential positions on the Grommet's team with exposure and the opportunity to reach into all areas of this exciting company. Our team is growing, and these hires will have the opportunity to make a deep and immediate impact on our business.

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Vice President of Product Management Somerville, MA Apply
Mission for the Role: You will lead Product Management at The Grommet. You will report to the CEO. You are the right person for this role if you: Have prior executive experience on a high growth team Have prior startup experience—whether founding your own or helping to lead at a young...

Mission for the Role:

You will lead Product Management at The Grommet. You will report to the CEO. You are the right person for this role if you:

  • Have prior executive experience on a high growth team
  • Have prior startup experience—whether founding your own or helping to lead at a young investor-backed company
  • Embrace both the ambiguity and opportunity of an original business model and mission
  • Have the confidence and preference to interact directly with customers to efficiently uncover problems and opportunities
  • Can quickly derive field-based insights and respond with concrete business cases and product leadership
  • Manage dev/design/media projects through to completion, evaluation, and improvement in a high growth, resource-conscious environment where you need to influence--but do not control--the teams doing the work you are leading
  • Like to start things
  • Need independence to run your area of a company

Objectives for the Role:

  • Responsible for the full breadth of our product development activities:
  • Online e-commerce functionality and delivery of our product launch platform/Citizen Commerce mission for our branded websites: consumer and wholesale
  • Eventual expansion to international sites
  • Mobile app
  • Backend operational functionality; you have to care about what happens behind the scenes as much as the stuff on the surface
  • Partners with E-Commerce, Operations, Media, Business Development, Finance, Discovery and Marketing teams to define business needs, use cases, and goals for new investments. Creates measurable business value utilizing the design, media, and development resources.
  • Maintains and evolves product roadmap, including everything from immediate next steps to intermediate milestones that drive towards the product vision.
  • Creates a discipline of ongoing, direct contact with customers to inform our product development.
  • Creates deployable user stories and UX guidance that describe the product in simple terms for the development team to manage.
  • Uses external data, benchmark and best practices to introduce improvements.
  • Ensure a healthy level of consistency for the team in terms of direction and prioritization by ensuring the backlog is groomed and prioritized according to the KPI and strategy driven vision and roadmap.
  • Develop, monitor and communicate KPIs to stakeholders.
  • Develops hypotheses to improve KPI's. Conducts customer research to validate hypotheses
  • Performs cost and benefit analysis of proposed projects.
  • Build a product management team from a combination of external and internal candidates. We see these roles as growth opportunities for internal people who show specific promise.
  • Set annual goals along with company and team strategy and business expectations.
  • Responsible for team developments (training, career goals, coaching, feedback, career path).

Competencies:

  • Demonstrated skill in UX/UI best practices
  • Strong field research experience and best practices
  • Strong knowledge of agile development practices, methodologies, and tools.
  • Direct hands on experience with writing user stories, grooming product backlogs and coordinating/prioritizing conflicting requirements in a fast paced, ever changing environment
  • Experience in e-commerce mandatory; experience with Magento a plus
  • Experience in directly providing customer support a plus
  • Outstanding technical and non-technical communication skills
  • Ability to thoroughly understand complex business and technical issues and influence decision making at all levels of the organization without formal reporting structure authority
  • Like to have fun at work and embrace the fast-pace, fluid demands, interdependencies and respect created in a high-performance team

To Apply:

To apply, visit www.thegrommet.com/careers, and click ‘Apply’ next to this position. Please note that resumes submitted without cover letters will not be reviewed.

 In your cover letter, please address the following:

  1. How did you hear about The Grommet?
  2. Why you are good fit for this position?
  3. What your ideal career path is over the next few years?
  4. Why you are suited to work in a start up?

 

About The Grommet:

The Grommet is a product launch platform. This means we find unique, undiscovered products and help them succeed. Our goal is to level the playing field so the best companies can win. Until The Grommet came along in 2008, that was simply not always the case. We have attracted a powerful community of Makers, Retailers and Consumers whose enthusiasm for suggesting, sharing, and buying Grommets ensures the survival and growth of the ground-breaking companies behind them. We are rooted in the philosophy of Citizen Commerce™ whereby regular people form the consumer experience by suggesting products that reflect their values and interests.

In 2014 we launched a new Wholesale Platform at the White House Maker Faire to connect these independent Makers with Main Street Retailers, supporting both and ensuring their success. Our end goal is that within five years 10% of all products flowing through U.S. retail will be originating from independent small-scale Makers, creating vibrant jobs and innovative products in every corner of our country.

Our team is composed of creative and driven individuals with unique vision who are building a disruptive product launch platform with no direct competitors. We have blue chip investors, including Rakuten, and are in high-growth mode. 

We're seeking high-energy players who are eager to contribute to the growth of our company and to share in its success. These are high-potential positions on the Grommet's team with exposure and the opportunity to reach into all areas of this exciting company. Our team is growing, and these hires will have the opportunity to make a deep and immediate impact on our business.

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Wholesale Merchandising Consultant Somerville, MA Apply
The Grommet Wholesale is seeking a full-time Merchandising Consultant, responsible for growing and supporting our customer base by establishing and maintaining strong relationships with our retailers.  You’ll join a “start-up within a start-up,” becoming the sixth member of...

The Grommet Wholesale is seeking a full-time Merchandising Consultant, responsible for growing and supporting our customer base by establishing and maintaining strong relationships with our retailers. 

You’ll join a “start-up within a start-up,” becoming the sixth member of our team as we crisscross the country meeting small brick and mortar retailers. As a small team, we all wear several different hats – and you will too. This role is best suited for someone who loves every day being completely different, looks forward to leaving their mark on a fast growing team, thinks creatively and is comfortable introducing new approaches to challenges, and is willing to roll up their sleeves (literally) to get the job done. You should be comfortable living on the edge of uncertainty, thinking both inside and outside the box, owning the responsibilities, and ultimately enjoy helping to build a team and a business unit from the ground up. 

Key Activities:

  • Serve as a main point of contact for Grommet Wholesale Retailers.
  • Must be both proactive and reactive in retailer communication.
  • Troubleshoot and resolve any order issues by working directly with Grommet Makers to ensure Retailer satisfaction.
  • You will become well-versed in the catalog to make product recommendations, assist with Retailer education, and seamlessly up-sell and cross-sell.
  • Work with Grommet Makers to coordinate participation in Grommet Wholesale Trade Shows.

Desired Skills and Experience:

  • Bachelors degree in a business related field.
  • High attention to detail and strong organizational and planning skills.
  • Exceptional time and project management skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Must be comfortable communicating and presenting in person, via phone, or over email.
  • Self-motivated and independent.
  • Comfort with regular travel and working weekends when necessary. Depending on the time of year, travel may account for 10-15% of the role and may include lifting and assembling pieces of a trade show booth.
  • Prior experience using Salesforce, exhibiting at trade shows, and/or working in retail is a plus.

Perks:

  • Competitive Salary and Benefits
  • Stock options plus a yearly bonus incentive plan based on performance
  • Culture of mentorship and learning – exposure to the start-up industry in Boston and an opportunity to learn through frequent information and expertise sharing, event-attendance, and presentations by our team members
  • Incredible space about a 5 minute walk from Davis Square

To Apply:

To apply, visit www.thegrommet.com/careers, and click ‘Apply’ next to this position. Please note that resumes submitted without cover letters will not be reviewed.

In your cover letter, please address the following:

  1. 1) How did you hear about The Grommet?
  2. 2) Why you are good fit for this position?
  3. 3) What your ideal career path is over the next few years?
  4. 4) Why you are suited to work in a start up?
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