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JOB OPENING: Wholesale Administration and Retail Events Specialist
 
Overview: Mata Traders is seeking a Wholesale Administration and Retail Events Specialist to help optimize our sales through administrative support of wholesale functions and lead management of retail events.
 
Job Duties and Responsibilities:

Wholesale Administration
• Monitor and evaluate all website wholesale requests
• Process all incoming wholesale customer leads
• Assist with outreach to customers and leads as needed
• Maintain the customer database
• Liaise with outside sales reps, keeping them updated on product, sales, and marketing information
• Coordinate consignment sales and trunk shows
• Key role in providing special attention to our top customers

Trade Shows
• Represent the brand at trade shows throughout the U.S. as needed
• Submit applications and required documents for show contracts, manage related marketing/advertising opportunities, order booth furniture and fixtures, manage freight shipments
• Maintain annual trade show expense spreadsheet
• Coordinate and book trade show travel and hotels
• Prepare, pack, and ship trade show display, supplies, samples and marketing materials
• Coordinate set-up and take down of trade show

Retail Events
• Oversee the retail shopping experience at Mata’s office
• Coordinate all Retail Sales Events
• Merchandise and restock our booth at the Andersonville Galleria bi-weekly
• Input event sales receipts and monthly Galleria sales receipts
• Organize and merchandise inventory for sale via the Galleria, events, and our retail space in the office
• Apply for and rep at off-site events
• Train, schedule and manage additional event staff as needed

Minimum Qualifications:
• Passion for fair trade and our mission to fashion a better world
• College degree preferred
• 1-2 Years minimum merchandising, wholesale, or retail sales experience required
• Knowledge of CRM is a plus
• Positive attitude and quick learner
• Strong verbal and written communication skills
• Detail oriented with solid organizational skills
• Self-motivated with a strong sense of urgency with regard to customer satisfaction
• Willingness to travel nationally
• Drivers license and willingness to drive the company van
• Ability to meet the physical demands of setting up and running a trade show booth including standing for 8 hours and lifting heavy boxes of product and display

To Apply
Please submit a resume with "Wholesale Administration and Retail Events Specialist" in the subject line to hr@matatraders.com. No phone calls please.

Mata Traders is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Full time position. Normal office hours are 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. Occasional expanded hours and willingness to work a flexible schedule, including some evenings and weekends, will be expected. Mata Traders' office and warehouse is located in the Andersonville/Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago.
 
JOB OPENING: Seasonal Fulfillment Associate
Overview: The Seasonal Fulfillment Associate receives incoming shipments and packs outgoing orders. The Seasonal Fulfillment Associate will report directly to the Inventory Manager. This is a temporary, seasonal position for August 2017 and potentially September 2017 with both part time and full time potential during busier times of the year.

 

Qualifications:
• Passion for fair trade and/or ethical fashion
• Positive attitude and quick learner
• Well-organized with the ability to multi-task and strong attention to detail
• Self-starter with the ability to prioritize projects, work within short time frames and meet deadlines
• Ability to meet the physical demands of the position, including standing, walking, sitting, stooping, bending, kneeling, crouching and lifting. Employee must be prepared to maneuver heavy boxes regularly.
 
Duties:
Wholesale Order Fulfillment
• Pack wholesale orders - inspect for completeness and accuracy (approx. 15-24 hrs/week)
 
Inventory
• Assist with reception of incoming inventory (approx. 8 hrs/week – varies per week with incoming shipment schedule)
• Prepare shelves for incoming inventory /assist with backstocking (up to 2 hour/week)
• Assist with inventory put-backs (approx. 1 hr/week)
 
Misc
• Assist with maintaining order of packing area (approx. 1 hr/week)

To Apply: Please submit a resume (cover letter optional) to hr@matatraders.com with the subject line "Seasonal Fulfillment Associate". No phone calls please.
 
 
 
 
Internships & Volunteer Opportunities
Do you have a passion for fashion and want to get hands-on experience in the growing industry of fair
trade? Get involved with one of our internship or volunteer opportunities!
 
Marketing and Sales Intern
We are seeking dedicated individuals to intern with our marketing and sales team. Internship positions are approximately 3 months in duration, hours are flexible and range from 12-30 hours per week, and we can work around a class or work schedule. This is an unpaid position, located at our offices in Chicago, IL.

Ideal candidates will have experience with Microsoft Word and Excel, good written and communication skills, and some basic knowledge of social media.

Duties
• Assist with digital strategy, including SEO, analytics reporting, and social media
• Create content for facebook, twitter, pinterest, YouTube, our blog, and email marketing
• Sales outreach to wholesale customer leads
• Website management: uploading products and descriptions, testing the site, updating pricing, etc
• CRM database management: entering leads and new customers
• Assist with general office duties and retail and wholesale order fulfillment
• Perform quality control checks on received goods
• Brainstorm and execute PR ideas to build brand recognition, help with our current PR campaigns
• Represent our brand at industry wholesale trade shows
• Assist with merchandising and sales at our off-site retail events and Galleria space
• Help design flyers, brochures, catalog, tags, etc
• Trend research for collections

To Apply
E-mail Laura Mobley at laura@matatraders.com with your resume and tell us why you think you are a good fit. Please indicate what dates you are available for the internship. You are welcome to include relevant graphic design or writing samples. Candidates should allow 7-10 days for a reply.

The Marketing & Sales internships for Summer 2017 are full. We will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2017 term starting June 1, 2017.

Submissions for Fall 2017 will be reviewed starting June 1, 2017. Fall term runs anytime between August 28 - December 31, 2017. Internships typically run 3 months in duration.
 
 

 
 
Design and Production Intern
We are seeking creative individuals to intern with our design and production team. Internship positions are approximately 3 months in duration, hours are flexible and range from 12-30 hours per week, and we can work around a class or work schedule. Interns are welcome to work from home to do their independent design projects, although you must be able to come to our office in Chicago and work on various projects 1-2 times a week. This is an unpaid position and interns are required to have their own laptops with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop software.

Ideal candidates will be fashion design majors or have experience in the fashion industry. Applicants should be able to merge their design sensibilities with the Mata aesthetic. We value creativity but also love efficiency and thoroughness. This internship is a great portfolio builder, as there’s a good chance you will end up seeing some of your designs get produced in our collections.

Basic pattern making and alteration skills are a plus, as well as working knowledge of Photoshop and Illustrator. There are also opportunities to design jewelry – no experience is necessary but photoshop and illustrator are helpful.

Duties
• Trend search and forecast
• Help to develop the collection's color story; this will include researching Pantone and other color trend forecasts
• Sketch new garment cuts and jewelry pieces
• Make garment flats
• Create spec sheets and measurement charts
• Design appliqué and embroidery work
• Put fabric color variations into flats
• Visually organize representations of the collections in development and track changes
• Occasionally assist with general office duties, including order fulfillment
• Perform quality control checks on received goods
• Spot check measurements on inventoried garments
• Represent our brand at industry wholesale trade shows
• Assist with merchandising and sales at our off-site retail events and Galleria space

To Apply
E-mail Maureen Dunn at maureen@matatraders.com with your resume and tell us why you think you are a good fit. Please indicate what dates you are available for the internship and include photos of your design work. Candidates should allow 7-10 days for a reply.

The Design & Production internships for Summer 2017 are full. We will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2017 term starting June 1, 2017.

Submissions for Fall 2017 will be reviewed starting June 1, 2017. Fall term runs anytime between August 28 - December 31, 2017. Internships typically run 3 months in duration.
 
 

 
 
Textile and Fiber Arts Intern
Interested in fiber arts/textiles? We have a passion for color and bold, funky prints. Help us create our original block print, screen print, and woven designs. In addition, you can contribute to the appliqué and embroidery design process. There are also opportunities to design jewelry – no experience is necessary but photoshop and illustrator are helpful.

Internship positions are approximately 3 months in duration, hours are flexible and range from 12-30 hours per week, and we can work around a class or work schedule. Interns are welcome to work from home to do their independent design projects, although you must be able to come to the office and work on various projects 1-2 times a week. This is an unpaid position, located at our offices in Chicago, IL.

Ideal candidates will be textile or fiber arts majors or have some experience in the textiles industry. A working knowledge of photoshop and illustrator are a plus. We value creativity but also love efficiency and thoroughness. This internship is a great portfolio builder, as there’s a good chance you will end up seeing some of your designs get put into our collections.

Duties
• Trend search and forecast
• Help develop the collection's color story; this will include researching Pantone and other color trend forecasts
• Design and sketch block and screen prints suitable to our fabrics and aesthetic
• Put ideas into photoshop and illustrator and collaborate with our in-house textile designer to create tessellations
• Make color combo variations
• Put fabric color variations into garment flats
• Create fabric spec requests
• Design appliqué and embroidery work
• Trend search, sketch, and digitize jewelry ideas, and put into spec
• Occasionally assist with general office duties, including order fulfillment
• Perform quality control checks and spot check fabrics on received goods
• Represent our brand at industry wholesale trade shows
• Assist with merchandising and sales at our retail off-site events and Galleria space

To Apply
E-mail Maureen Dunn at maureen@matatraders.com with your resume and tell us why you think you are a good fit. Please indicate what dates you are available for the internship and include photos of your design work. Candidates should allow 7-10 days for a reply.

The Textile & Fiber Arts internships for Summer 2017 are full. We will begin accepting applications for the Fall 2017 term starting June 1, 2017.

Submissions for Fall 2017 will be reviewed starting June 1, 2017. Fall term runs anytime between August 28 - December 31, 2017. Internships typically run 3 months in duration.
 
 

 
 
Post-Production Video Intern
We are seeking Video Production Interns to join our marketing team. This is a hands-on opportunity to contribute to a growing business with a social mission. We have a ton of footage from our visits to our producer groups in India and Nepal, and we need help putting it together to tell our story. The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, fastidious, and creative. The candidate must be proficient with editing software. Internship positions are approximately three months in duration. Hours are flexible and we can work around a class or work schedule. Interns are welcome to work from home to do their independent editing work or can work from our office. This is an unpaid position, located at our offices in Chicago, IL.

To Apply
E-mail Jonit Bookheim at jonit@matatraders.com with your resume and tell us why you think you are a good fit. Please indicate what dates you are available for the internship and include links to any A/V work. Candidates should allow 10-14 days for a reply.

We are currently accepting applications for our Post-Production Video internships for Summer and Fall 2017.

Submissions for Fall 2017 will be reviewed starting June 1, 2017. Fall term runs anytime between August 28 - December 31, 2017. Internships typically run 3 months in duration.
 
 

 
 
Will work for clothes??
We are seeking quality control and festival sale volunteers on a limited, short-term basis during our busiest times of the year. If you are someone local who wants to help out and learn how our company works in exchange for free Mata product, this is the gig for you. We pay in product credit to be a temporary member of our QC team or assist at an off-site event.

Please contact Michelle Thomas at michelle@matatraders.com to find out further information.
 

 

 

 

 

 

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