UNIVERSAL STANDARD

We believe in FASHION FREEDOM for all of US. As we are.

When Universal Standard was just an idea, we spoke about the change we wanted to be – not just the brand we wanted to build. We wanted to create access in a way that has never been done before - with style, quality, and fit as our unwavering guideposts. We wanted to erase arbitrary lines of the past in favor of a future in which all women, regardless of size, could shop from the same rack. We wanted to manifest FASHION FREEDOM in a way that saw all of US, as we are, right now.

We are committed to pushing boundaries, leading with innovation, questioning established norms, saying “yes” and then making “yes” happen, being radically authentic, and banding together to build the future. We don’t think outside the box. We believe there is no box.

If you’re serious about changing the world, but don’t take yourself too seriously... If you have multiple hats, and aren’t scared to wear more than one… If you think fitting a square peg into a round hole sounds like fun… If you think good can always be great...

Join US.

Product Development


Senior Designer

New York, NY

Universal Standard is seeking a Senior Designer to assist in design development for all existing categories. This role will work directly with the Chief Creative Officer and Head of Product Development to interpret brand aesthetic and work from conception of ideas through completion of the line.

What You’ll Do:

  • Illustrator Sketching: from initial sketch through production, development of all designs in Illustrator
  • Research and identify relevant key takeaways from the market for inspiration and product opportunities
  • Create overall seasonal concepts and big ideas with the Chief Creative Officer
  • Attend all fittings in partnership with the Creative Director and technical design team
  • Identify key color trends and develop seasonal color palettes
  • Partner with sourcing team to develop into fabrics
  • Partner with sourcing team to ensure product is cost viable
  • Help develop product, washes, and trims for all RTW: wovens/knits/outerwear/denim
  • Have a full working knowledge of raw materials, washes and finishes specific to the casual apparel product; partner with sourcing in achieving desired outcome
  • Give concise feedback to technical design on how to adjust garments and ensure production fits are to our specifications
  • Work closely with the Head of Product Development to define seasonal framework and ensure that creative ideas and business goals are aligned
  • Build strong cross-functional relationships with sourcing, technical design teams, and marketing to bring product from concept to reality
  • Stay on top of T&A calendar in order to meet important milestone meeting deadlines
  • Create and execute on the vision of the Creative Officer, while maintaining the brand identity and overall business strategy
  • Partner with the Creative Director to deliver design ideas to the product development team

Who You Are:

  • BA degree from accredited art/fashion school
  • 7 +years of experience in apparel design (across multiple categories)
  • Strong color expertise
  • Able to implement process where there is little
  • Ability to set creative tone and get people on board
  • Ability to interface with Department heads outside of Design i.e., Production/Marketing to drive results
  • Ability to develop a line from concept to completion without supervision
  • Ability to identify key trends and determine how they relate to the brand/consumer
  • Proficiency in Mac based Illustrator, Photoshop & MS office
  • Strong organizational and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to multi task and prioritize
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Thorough knowledge of silhouettes, fabrication, construction techniques, and trim.
  • Ability to be flexible and adaptable in a fast-paced environment

Contact: careers@universalstandard.net


Inventory Planner

New York, NY

Universal Standard is looking for a proactive, data-obsessed, and enthusiastic individual to join our team as an Inventory Planner. The Inventory Planner will work closely with our Head of Product Development and play a key role in advancing the planning and allocation of sales and inventory for e-commerce and showrooms. This is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial and analytical individual who can help develop and execute our inventory planning process. This person will create and manage sales and inventory financial plans at a category, style, and SKU level. The planner will analyze, identify, and communicate sales and inventory opportunities. They will also provide quantitative analysis to support business growth and direct future inventory decisions. The focus will be on maximizing profitability while aligning with total company goals.

What You’ll Do:

  • Participate in the planning process with the Head of Product Development by providing historical data and analysis to verify sales and inventory plans are consistent with online and showroom sales potential.
  • Project unit sales and stock plans for e-commerce and showrooms based on historical data and sales goals.
  • Monitor online and showroom sales performance by category against plan to identify trends and impact future inventory allocation, make in-season recommendations to react to current inventory trends by chasing, pushing back, or cancelling orders.
  • Recommend replenishment quantities by SKU based on sales performance.
  • Forecast core sales performance and inventory receipt requirements. Monitor core sales and inventory levels and make reorder recommendation to maintain instocks.
  • Develop seasonal and core inventory plans with the Head of Product Development by quantifying the number of styles and colors needed based on historical performance that allow us to meet future sales goals.
  • Create assortments for new showrooms, monitor receipt flow for online and showroom to ensure planned inventory levels are met, plan replenishment strategies for showrooms.
  • Analyze size selling and work with Head of Product Development to determine sizing for future buys.
  • Plan inventory needs inclusive of wholesale strategy.
  • Partner with wholesale accounts to meet wholesale inventory deliverables.
  • Prepare recommendations and alternatives for key financial meetings/decisions in order to maximize sales and margin and optimize inventory productivity.
  • Perform trade-off analysis on impact of new items vs. core replenishment and provide financial planning recommendations.
  • Qualifications

    • Bachelor’s degree
    • 4+ years retail experience in merchandise planning, allocation, financial planning, or business analytics
    • Strong analytical, financial modeling, and critical thinking skills
    • Strong organizational skills, time management, including ability to prioritize
    • Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • Ability to manage multiple project with tight timelines
    • Ability to build strong cross-functional relationships and influence as necessary
    • Comfortable in fast-paced environment where you can identify opportunities and implement change as needed
    • Ability to quickly synthesize data and make recommendations
    • Not afraid to dig in, create process, and drive change

    Contact: careers@universalstandard.net


    Freelance Senior Technical Designer – Intimate Apparel

    New York, NY

    Universal Standard is seeking a Freelance Senior Technical Designer to join our ever-growing team. This individual will be responsible for developing the technical components for a brand new line of underwear in sizes 00-40 from market research, sketch creation, trim packages, fabric selection, tech pack creation, grade creation, fit approval to final pre-production approval. This role will own the development of this new category for Universal Standard. This position will report to the Director of Technical Design/Design.

    What You’ll Do:

    • Own product categories independently.
    • Manage product lifecycle from creation to final production.
    • Implement strategies and procedures to ensure consistency of fit, construction, quality and costs.
    • Monitor calendar to meet key milestones and deadlines through the development and production process.
    • Manage the consistency, accuracy, and completeness of the tech packs.
    • Review tech/spec packs for each style.
    • Oversee the preparation of samples and documentation during fit sessions.
    • Lead fit sessions and schedule follow-up for corrections.
    • Oversee the team’s technical correspondence to both Overseas & Domestic suppliers.
    • Who You Are:

      • Bachelor’s degree in fashion design or related.
      • 7- 10 years of experience in technical design with expertise in underwear.
      • Strong knowledge of underwear fitting, stretch garments, and specs.
      • Strong project management skills.
      • Experience in plus size.
      • Ability to work independently and work to meet multiple deadlines.
      • Strong PLM, Illustrator, Photoshop, and Excel skills.
      • Contact: careers@universalstandard.net


        DC Garment Quality Control Technician

        New York, NY

        As the DC Garment Quality Control Technician, you will be a key liaison between HQ and DC to ensure the quality of our incoming products. You will partner cross-functionally with our Sourcing and Technical Design teams to evaluate the specifications and overall quality of the garments. This roll will assist the Inventory Manager to control the quality of all incoming products. Our ideal candidate is detail-oriented, priority driven and organized.

        What You’ll Do:

        • Review and evaluate garment specifications, trims, details, packaging of all incoming products on a style level
        • Have an understanding of upcoming launch and shipment schedules to evaluate products in a timely manner
        • Develop and maintain documentation while assuring concerns are quickly escalated to Sourcing team
        • Issue packing lists and vendor chargebacks to Sourcing team
        • Work closely with DC Returns team to assist and monitor the quality of returned products
        • Reports to the Inventory Manager

        Who You Are:

        • Associate or Bachelor's Degree in Apparel Merchandising, Apparel Design, or Textiles preferred
        • Strong written and verbal communication skills
        • Ability to multitask and prioritize with a sense of urgency
        • Highly self-motivated with strong organizational skills
        • Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office
        • 1-2 years of experience working in quality control within the fashion industry is preferred

        Contact: careers@universalstandard.net

        Retail


        Director of Retail & Curation

        Multiple Locations: Seattle; Chicago; Minneapolis; Austin; Houston; Portland; Boston; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Berkeley/Oakland; San Jose; Philadelphia; Washington, DC; Dallas; Atlanta; Miami; St. Louis; Columbus; Denver

        We’re working on a completely new retail concept, and looking for a whip-smart self-starter to join US. The Director of Retail & Curation will be a foundational member of a dynamic team, charged with producing the space and cultivating a strong community presence in their location. This person will be tasked with ideating and executing a consistent schedule of brand events to support growth and awareness of the space, increase community engagement, and drive sales. This person will also be heading up all operational activities for the space, working closely with the Lead Stylist to ensure that every customer that walks through our doors has the best experience possible (better than they even expected). The Director of Retail & Curation will be viewed as the location lead and responsible for the overall success of the space. Our ideal teammate is friendly, social, community-minded, creative, enthusiastic, solutions-oriented, and not afraid of the unknown - in fact, they embrace it and make it awesome.

        What You’ll Do:

        • Create dynamic, diverse and unique in-person experiences that enhance Universal Standard’s sense of community in the local market.
        • Identify and execute ongoing strategies to engage with the local community. Also field and assess incoming events recommendations from community and clients.
        • Manage all aspects of local event curation, programming, scheduling, space planning, event coordination, and logistics.
        • Proactively engage current and potential clients to participate in Universal Standard curated events and experiences.
        • Create programming-specific copy and marketing materials based off of Universal Standard brand guidelines (ex. email, web portal, social, signage, etc.)
        • Deliver an exceptional client experience to all visitors, fostering an environment that reflects Universal Standard’s brand mission, goals and values.
        • Oversee ordering of all inventory and supplies.
        • Establish clear systems and processes for communicating with corporate teams, and work closely with Finance and Operations team member regarding budgets.

        The Skills You’ll Need:

        • Proven event management and community building expertise with emphasis on client service.
        • Interest in apparel / fashion industry.
        • Strong project management skills.
        • The ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and events simultaneously in a fast-paced environment with limited resources.
        • Excellent communication skills collaborating across functions.
        • Extremely detail oriented.
        • Wide network of contacts in the local area and knowledge of key local events / happenings.
        • Exceptional problem solving skills.
        • 5+ years experience in a fast-paced environment

        Contact: careers@universalstandard.net


        Lead Stylist

        Multiple Locations: Chicago; Minneapolis; Austin; Houston; Portland; Boston; Los Angeles; San Francisco; Berkeley/Oakland; San Jose; Philadelphia; Washington, DC; Dallas; Atlanta; Miami; St. Louis; Columbus; Denver

        We’re working on a completely new retail concept, and looking for a whip-smart self-starter to join US. The Lead Stylist will be a foundational member of a dynamic team, charged with ensuring that every customer that walks through our doors has the best experience possible (better than they even expected). This is a role ideal for a stylist that loves creating wardrobe solutions, is obsessed with fit and always looking for inspiration. They will be facilitating personalized one-on-one styling appointments and establishing lasting connections with clients with the goal of achieving ambitious monthly targets. Our ideal teammate is friendly, social, community-minded, creative, enthusiastic, solutions-oriented, and not afraid of the unknown - in fact, they embrace it and make it awesome.

        What You’ll Do:

        • Source, coordinate and manage showroom appointments.
        • Run an organized, personalized and inviting showroom.
        • Assess and execute potential improvements to optimize the customer experience, product and sales strategies.
        • Provide a welcoming, personalized and unique experience to guests in the showroom, fielding any fit and style questions.
        • Create a personal styling experience that focuses on individual attention and engagement.
        • Facilitate customer correspondence and appointment setting via CRM.
        • Foster ongoing relationships through proactive outreach, networking and appointment generation.
        • Ability to work weekends as client availability dictates.

        The Skills You’ll Need:

        • 3+ years experience in retail, wardrobe or freelance styling.
        • Impeccable personal style and well versed in current trends.
        • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to create strong relationships.
        • Extremely organized self starter.

        Contact: careers@universalstandard.net


        Virtual Stylist

        Location: New York, NY

        Universal Standard is seeking an amazing sales professional to serve as our Virtual Showroom Stylist. Universal Standard’s virtual showroom is an innovative concept that allows consumers to get the US styling experience from anywhere. Individuals on a personal computer or mobile device from anywhere in the world can conduct a video chat with our virtual stylist in order to see our entire collection, get styling tips, place orders and more. This individual excels being in front of a video camera, has amazing communication skills, and has a strong track record in surpassing sales targets and creating sales strategies. You will be expected to reach and surpass ambitious monthly sales targets through customer interaction and service at our by appointment only virtual showroom.

        This is a role for a best in class fashion sales person that is always willing to go the extra mile and is capable of thinking outside the box in creating effective sales strategies. You will also curate a compelling customer experience through brand education, one-on-one styling virtual appointments, and establish lasting connections with customers. You will work as part of a creative team that really knows how to pull in the same direction.

        What You’ll Do:

        • Source, coordinate and manage all virtual showroom appointments.
        • Lead all customer correspondence, appointment setting and customer follow-up in connection with virtual showroom appointments.
        • Lead the one-on-one virtual showroom appointment by providing individualized styling and fit advice, modeling the product, fielding questions and transacting sales with the goal of providing a great customer experience.
        • Help with merchandising and inventory management of the virtual showroom.
        • Be the eyes and ears – report back on improvements towards optimizing sales and the customer experience.
        • Assist in Bothell-based projects as needed to support the Customer Service, Social Media and Operations’ teams.
        • Create a personal styling experience that provides individual attention and engagement.
        • Communicate trends, support brand messaging, and inspire the customer. Serve as an inspiration and set` a strong example for elevated service and styling.
        • Is prepared to go to any necessary lengths to make the customer experience wonderful.

        The Skills You’ll Need:

        • 2+ years experience in a fast-paced apparel environment.
        • Extremely tech savvy.
        • Excels in front of a camera and enjoys being live on video.
        • Has Impeccable style.
        • Strong work ethic, intellectual curiosity, and commitment to continuous improvement.
        • Autonomous, self-managed and resourceful.
        • Eagerness to learn and ability to juggle multiple tasks while quickly adapting to new situations.
        • Understand how the showroom impacts business and the customer experience.
        • Strong written and verbal communication skills, as well as strong assessment and decision-making skills when it comes to customer service.

        Contact: careers@universalstandard.net

        People


        Talent Acquisition Recruiter

        New York, NY

        Universal Standard is hiring an experienced Talent Acquisition Recruiter to help us build a world class organization. This role will play an integral part in shaping our organization by recruiting amazing talent. The Talent Acquisition Recruiter will work closely with the business to identify talent needs and execute recruiting strategies to meet those needs. You are a dynamic self-starter who is passionate about recruiting top talent in both proven and innovative ways.

        What You'll Do:

        • Own full life cycle recruitment for all corporate, technical, retail and warehouse roles.
        • Manage a high volume of open roles at varying levels across different functions, while maintaining exceptional attention to detail and customer service to both internal clients and external candidates.
        • Partner with hiring managers to assess needs and create clearly-defined job descriptions and strategic hiring plans.
        • Develop a strong understanding of the business and functional areas to build familiarity with the technical requirements of open roles.
        • Directly source and assess qualified candidates through direct sourcing, social networking, job postings, referrals, and active networking.
        • Develop and execute a best in class candidate experience as the interview process progresses.
        • Optimize all processes and tools to increase efficiency and improve the recruiting experience for both candidates and hiring managers.
        • Assist with the implementation of Applicant Tracking System.
        • Offer out of the box solutions to talent strategies.
        • Partner with the broader organization to ensure that recruitment processes positively impact employee engagement and promote a diverse, inclusive, innovative and authentic culture.

        Who You Are:

        • 3-5 years of work experience as a recruiter, preferably at a startup or with a high growth team.
        • Pre-existing external network is a plus.
        • Proven success demonstrating exceptional judgment and discretion.
        • Highly self-motivated.
        • Strong organizational skills.
        • Exceptional client-service orientation and relationship-building skills.
        • Enjoy working in a fast-paced and ever-changing environment.

        Contact: careers@universalstandard.net

        Marketing


        Social Media Manager

        New York, NY

        We are currently looking for a talented Social Media Manager to work within our Marketing & Creative team, based in New York. This key marketing support role will work closely with the brand marketing, e-commerce and creative teams, and report to the Head of Brand Marketing & Creative. The candidate must have internship or full-time experience working in social media + social content. Ideal candidates should be detail-oriented, self starters, strategic thinkers, organized, curious and love fashion the idea of a more inclusive future.

        What You’ll Do:

        • Manage the Universal Standard social channels, relevant content, schedules and daily publishing across all platforms
        • Develop evolving social strategies per platform - with a dual focus on brand building and conversion
        • Provide support with compelling on brand copy
        • Help to evolve and translate our brand voice, aesthetic and POV across social media
        • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to ensure all product, brand marketing, partner, and content initiatives / campaigns are optimized for and factored into the all social media strategies
        • Conceive, develop, manage and execute social media campaigns in tandem with supporting overarching brand campaigns and product launches
        • Collaborate on the production of social-first content including photo shoots and story research, while working to adapt and optimize any brand content for social channels
        • Manage engagement across social platforms and liaise with Customer Experience in analyzing comments, insights, customer feedback and outreach
        • Work with our digital marketing partners to gain and provide insights for paid ads, share learnings and analytics - taking all key learnings to better inform organic social strategies and tactics
        • Conduct campaign reporting / recaps; insights to include all key metrics, successes, opportunities and key learnings for internal teams
        • Leverage insights from strategic partnerships, brand campaign performance, customer services, real time best practices per platform
        • Help to manage influencers and influencer marketing in tandem with internal and external teams to optimize all campaigns, initiatives and general content / storytelling
        • Manage affiliate platforms and relationships
        • Coordinate internal and partner social requests

        Who You Are:

        • 3+ years of relevant experience
        • Deep interest and understanding of emerging trends and great performing tactics in content and social across all platforms
        • Have a nuanced understanding of the fashion industry and come with previously developed relationships with influencers and content creators
        • Possess a deep understanding of the changing social media landscape and how that intersects with PR, influencers, brand marketing, revenue and culture at large
        • Keep on top of emerging platforms
        • Independent, resourceful and a fast learner with the ability to multitask in a fast-paced environment
        • Capable, trustworthy and a self-starter with a positive attitude, high energy, and a solutions-oriented mentality
        • Be organized with rigorous attention to detail
        • Have exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
        • Ability to work well in a team environment and develop strong partners internally and externally across many levels of the organization
        • Ability to think creatively and help contribute to company strategies
        • Generate creative ideas and solutions to everyday problems and challenges

        Contact: careers@universalstandard.net


        Digital Marketing Director

        New York, NY

        We are looking for an experienced Digital Marketing Director to join our Marketing team. This role will be responsible for developing and implementing Universal Standard’s customer acquisition strategies. This position presents an opportunity to work on both strategic, long-term plans as well as manage the tactical, day-to-day elements of our digital marketing program. The Digital Marketing Director will ideate, develop and optimize various media channels to provide a seamless experience that converts paid traffic with maximum efficiency.

        What You’ll Do:

        • Build, plan and implement traffic acquisition strategy using a portfolio of paid channels and free channels to acquire customers and grow leads. Channels include Facebook, Pinterest, Google Ads/paid search, affiliates, sponsored content, among others.
        • Manage all online engagement and exposure strategies based on SEO best practices.
        • Make strategic recommendations regarding where to reallocate investments across channels, and tactics to optimize channel performance.
        • Work closely with our Creative team to highlight learnings that help increase brand awareness and acquire new customers.
        • Partner with our Data Science and Technology teams to refine attribution methodology for our portfolio of offline channels.
        • Constantly evaluate campaign performance and regularly optimize components such as ad format, imagery and audiences.
        • Assess new growth opportunities as they arise, evaluating them for fit against strategic goals and performance criteria.
        • Help define internal best practices for existing channels and support innovative and disruptive brand initiatives.
        • Track, measure and analyze user engagement and conversions against KPIs and metrics; present regular reporting to the broader Marketing team to show how paid acquisition campaigns are progressing.
        • Collaborate and build relationships across cross-functional teams, such as technology, data, marketing and front-end.
        • Own and manage relationships with 3rd party vendors and agencies.

        Who you are:

        • 5+ years of experience with SEO, email marketing, digital marketing and Social Media for a direct to consumer company.
        • Strong proficiency with analytics tools (e.g. Google Analytics, Heap, etc.). Plus, other reporting tools.
        • Expert proficiency in Microsoft Excel.
        • Proven success with developing and implementing strategies, and executing with long-term success.

        Contact: careers@universalstandard.net


        Marketing Intern

        New York, NY

        Universal Standard is seeking an enthusiastic and driven intern to join US for the 2019 winter/spring season. In this position, you’ll partner with the marketing team to assist with photo shoot production, man the fashion closet and help track assets after shoots. We’re a small team that works hard but has lots of fun!

        Duties and Responsibilities:

        • Helping to run and manage model castings
        • Assisting photo shoot producer with shoot coordination
        • Documenting shoot looks and providing overall support on set
        • Maintaining organization of the fashion closet
        • Marketing field and photography research
        • Departmental responsibilities such as assisting with monthly budgets, calendars, and image archiving

        Qualifications / Skills:

        • Strong collaboration skills – able to communicate ideas effectively
        • Attention to detail and highly organized
        • Ability to work independently and to execute multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines
        • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite and of photography equipment is a plus
        • Must be available 2-3 days a week and have prior fashion, marketing or photography internship experience

        Contact: careers@universalstandard.net

        Customer Experience


        Customer Experience Associate

        Location: Bothell, WA

        If you are someone who would be willing to trek 10 miles in the knee-high snow and pay $100 to overnight a $15 tank top to a waiting customer, you’re the right person for this job. . .

        Universal Standard is seeking the most customer-centric person that ever existed, a reliable and extremely fast-working individual with excellent communication and problem solving skills to join a fast-paced, growing, e-commerce retail company.

        Role Requirements:

        • 1+ years of retail based e-commerce industry customer service experience preferred
        • Managing a queue and influx of customer inquiries, including responding to customers and resolving questions/comments/concerns that arise through multiple points of contact (email, message, chat, text and phone)
        • Strong prioritization and organizational skills, ability to manage appropriate follow up with Team members to ensure customer requests are met
        • Communicating various manual order updates to customers on a daily basis.
        • Maintaining records of customer responses and feedback to provide to Management
        • Exemplary oral and written communication skills and ability to compose appropriate customer responses quickly.
        • Experience with CX and Shipping platforms preferred (Kustomer, Zendesk, Shipstation)
        • High Proficiency in Google Suite (Docs, Sheets), Gmail, and Web Navigation

        Contact: careers@universalstandard.net


        Universal Standard provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.