Product Designer/Buyer - Outdoor Furniture
British Columbia, Vancouver, CA
20d ago


Hey, we’re Article. We’re a digital-first furniture brand that’s engineering remarkably better furniture experiences. We don’t have brick and mortar stores, so we’re able to deliver better value on beautiful, modern furniture.

Because of this, we’re growing like crazy and we need a few more hands on deck.

We are looking for a Product Designer / Buyer with international experience to develop outdoor furniture. This would include sourcing new vendors and products, communication with manufacturers, ensuring the quality of new and existing products and contributing to the product ordering process.

You will significantly impact the Article business by developing fashionable outdoor products that captivate Article’s customers and ensuring the success of all products within the outdoor category.

What does a day in the life of a Product Designer / Buyer at Article look like? You will be responsible for :

  • Developing new products to suit Article’s vision. Creating both original designs and revising existing vendor products to meet Article’s requirements
  • Communicating design concepts and specifications to manufacturers
  • Sourcing international manufacturers and products on visits to tradeshows and factories
  • Day-to-day correspondence with vendors such as requesting quotes, arranging samples of new products and monitoring the progress of new development
  • Reviewing samples and making recommendations on selections
  • Coordinating multiple product development streams to align with a seasonal launch date
  • Working with the Product Analysis team to evaluate pricing, and ordering strategy
  • Working with the Quality Assurance team to ensure Article’s product standards are met
  • Maintaining accurate, up-to-date information in project management software and working towards specified launch goals
  • Observing product trends and new offerings through research and attending tradeshows
  • Being the subject matter expert on the outdoor furniture category
  • Requirements

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience in a furniture sourcing position. Experience with outdoor furniture is preferred.
  • Post-secondary degree in Industrial Design, architecture or furniture construction is preferred
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite, Excel and Fusion 360 or other rendering program. A familiarity with project management software is an asset.
  • Knowledge of manufacturing processes
  • Ability to understand Article’s aesthetic and recognize products that fit our brand. A deep interest in modern furniture, décor and interior design
  • Ability to travel overseas regularly
  • Experience traveling to foreign countries and communicating with people for whom English is not their first language
  • Strong communication skills in English
  • Ability to coordinate many different moving parts to meet deadlines
  • An ability to organize, plan and think strategically
  • An ability to work independently and within a team
  • A professional and positive attitude and a passion to continuously improve
  • A portfolio of previous work
  • Benefits

    We want Article to be an amazing place to work, and we take care of our team. We strive to help our customers spend less and live more, and we want to do the same for our staff.

    In addition to a competitive salary, we provide :

  • You’ll get all the tools you need to get your job done well.
  • We believe in the power of a great office. The Article space is housed in a converted warehouse with in-house photo studios, an airy open layout, complimentary snacks, and a killer sushi joint just up the street.
  • Access to a benefits package with all the bells and whistles.
  • All employees can enjoy discounts on our products plus free upgraded delivery so you can style your home how you like it.
  • We don’t just crunch the clock and leave; we also have regular extra-curricular activities. We’re open to suggestions for fun new activities so bring a few ideas along.
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