Buyer - Homewares at Koala

Furniture, Product Management, Full-time, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia sydney product full-time
Posted 2 months ago

Koala’s mission is to become the smartest way to buy high-quality furniture online. Combining customer-centric products, a world-class technology and fulfilment platform, and incredible customer service, we are changing the way people buy and enjoy furniture.

Why we have this role @ Koala

Koala, is one of Australia’s fastest growing eCommerce companies and we are looking for a world class Buyer/Product Developer to help take us to the next level. You’ll lead the development of the Homewares category by bringing Koala’s designs to life by working with the world’s best manufacturers to source the world’s greatest products. The Product Developer will build on what has become one of Australia’s most talked about brands by taking risks and turning heads with products that continually make Koala famous. We are looking for a proven performer with an ability to adapt to a wide variety of challenges, and to maintain a commercial mindset to drive the business forward. Are you ready to take on the career opportunity of a lifetime?


What key responsibilities does this role have @ Koala?

  • Lead the Homewares category with sourcing creative products that always surprise and delight
  • Manage the products from concept to launch, ensuring all products always remain on track, to brief and on time
  • Lead the communication with suppliers and internal stakeholders
  • Influence senior stakeholders for sign-off on new products to go into production
  • Take ownership of the timeline management and coordination of key dates across teams
  • Lead the supplier negotiations on trading agreements and cost of goods
  • Ownership over all aspects of product samples from specification sheet, product concept to golden sample and supplier communication, payments, and shipping
  • Work alongside the QC team with regards managing supplier due diligence and quality control

Ideal background…

  • Degree qualified in product management, business or relevant qualification
  • 5+ years in product development, manufacturing or production of Homewares, with direct supplier contacts
  • Ability to understand the big picture and prioritise competing considerations
  • High-level attention to detail
  • Passionate towards learning about sourcing products that people love to use
  • The drive and energy to operate in a fast paced and dynamic environment
  • Awesome at Excel and Adobe Creative Suite with strong analytical and numerical skills


Treehouse Perks…

Koala is only as good as it's employees are happy - and they're a happy mob down here at the Treehouse. Benefits like casual-Friday every day, a fully stocked Koala Kitchen with an emphasis on healthy, local and organic produce, VB fridge that's constantly stocked, our ever-changing selection of Grifter Brewing Co beers, Mecca Coffee Co. beans and the famous Koala Kombucha on tap with new flavours every week. And there's more than just tasty treats - the Koala Treehouse is as dog-friendly as they get, and with flexible working options, plenty of social sports and activities as well as free Koala products for all employees and a strong focus on internal growth - the Koala Kommunity is a great place to hang out (and work too)!

Koalities we look for...

At Koala, we do things a little differently - which means we expect a lot from our employees! We want you to challenge expectations, always look to make a difference and give us something different than the norm. We want people that bring great energy, that have a long-game focus and are always curious to find new angles and approaches to the way we work. We're a team of entrepreneurs that have a relentless focus on 'what's next' but while always reviewing 'what's been done' and learning, growing and adjusting. We're bloody confident, but NEVER arrogant and we adapt to change like Steve Smith under a short ball. Honesty drives everything we do, as well as a total focus on the customer - so if you feel like this could be you... well what the bloody hell are you waiting for? Drop us a line, and let's see what you've got! ;)