Aja Labs

Who we are:

Aja Labs is a fast-paced, emerging venture-backed materials innovation company creating the next generation of safe-for-people and safe-for-the-planet fibers. art of this journey is finding entrepreneurial, mission-driven, talented, and inherently curious individuals who recognize the importance of bringing to the world a sustainable, healthier, and innovative way out of the dependence on problematic and controversial materials, processes, and practices in use.

Our why and what we’re doing:

Many materials currently used in beauty and apparel involve molecules, elements, and processes that cause significant problems for people and the planet we depend on. There has been a prolonged misunderstanding of what is considered inconsequential and what we should accept when it comes to what is placed near our bodies and into the environment. Aja Labs is bringing forth a new reality with fibers that serve as functional, clean, and safe replacements to what is on the market today.


Who You Are:

The right person for this role is highly organized and detail-oriented, and incredibly proactive to changes in demand for finished products as well as needs for R&D purposes. You’ve been around the block in the materials sourcing space and know who produces what. You know how to find the tools and components that are needed to transform our technology from raw inputs to finished product. Those who have read this should drop a note to us in the executive summary section of our application with the greatest accomplishment in supply chain they've done. Ambiguity doesn’t stop you from taking steps forward. An entrepreneurial mindset is a must-have to see success in this role. Equally important to have is a collaborative spirit. A huge bonus for having an appreciation for the interconnectedness between life, wellness, and the environment.

The Role:

We’re seeking a highly analytical and organized supply chain leader to drive supply chain efforts. This role offers the unique opportunity to build and influence Aja Labs’ Supply Chain from the ground up. You’ll be directly involved with product innovation, development, and manufacturing. Reporting directly to our founders, this role is critical in reimagining today’s consumer experience as you will get to make a direct impact on how Aja Labs performs and achieves company-defining goals for growth, sustainability, and profitability.

What You’ll Do

Support Scaling and New Process Rollout:

  • Work with key team members to build Aja Labs’ product roadmap and its operations footprint
  • Plan and execute cross-functional projects across product development, research & development, sourcing, and future facility planning

Lead Product Manufacturing and Movement: Sourcing to Shipping

  • Manage relationships with manufacturing partners to ensure consistent production volume and quality; support user testing programs to help identify opportunities for improvement
  • Direct data-driven, technology-enabled improvement efforts to help efficiently scale novel formulations, technologies, and processes, make smarter business decisions and improve customer and profitability metrics
  • Manage the team responsible for daily oversight of order fulfillment, returns management, costing accuracy, inventory management, accuracy of inventory receipts, and integration management

Sourcing Materials and Relationships

  • Work with R&D team to optimize product materials, packaging, and production to maximize product margins and production capacity
  • Own and establish relationships with future 3PL partners, packaging vendors, and shipping partners overseeing warehousing and inbound/outbound transportation

Requirements:

  • 7+ years in operations and supply chain management, preferably within a textile manufacturing organization
  • Bachelor's degree or higher in supply chain management, logistics, or engineering
  • In-depth knowledge and experience with management of eCommerce fulfillment processes
  • Proven track record of operational delivery in supply chain across manufacturing, distribution, planning, logistics, inventory management, warehousing, and eCommerce fulfillment
  • Confident in holding employees, teammates, and external vendors to high standards
  • Strong communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to think creatively, generate ideas, build consensus, and execute efficiently in a fast-paced, dynamic startup environment
  • Must have an appreciation for the interconnectedness between life, wellness, and the environment.

We Offer:

  • Medical, Dental, Vision insurance
  • Hybrid work environment located in Raleigh-Durham, NC
  • Complex challenges that will push you out of your comfort zone and into something new and exciting
  • The opportunity to be part of a values-driven, hardworking, and diverse group of people who care about driving forward conscious consumption out of respect for the interconnectedness between life and our environment.