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About Peruvian Connection

Since 1976, Peruvian Connection has made ethnographic textiles the point of reference for its artisan-made, luxury fiber collections. In addition to the label’s signature knitwear, it offers a range of romantic dresses, superbly tailored outerwear and unique handcrafted accessories, all exclusively designed by and for Peruvian Connection.

Mission

By leveraging the potential of multi-channel marketing, we seek to promote and perpetuate Andean and other artisan textile traditions through our original, luxury fiber collections.

  • We will maintain a position of leadership within the niche of Peruvian luxury fibers of alpaca and pima cotton with our unique, original designs.
  • We will stay competitive in the global marketplace by remaining true to our artisan textile design base, while embracing innovation and fashion trend.
  • We will provide our customers with products of superior design, construction, fit and quality within the context of the highest level of customer and employee service.

Benefits

We offer competitive pay and an excellent benefit package including health, dental, short and long-term disability, life insurance, employee assistance program, vacation, a generous 401k and profit sharing program, and fabulous product discounts. Peruvian Connection works with employees to balance schedules between work and home. We value diversity and collaboration.

Who We Are

International Offices

USA: Located in Tonganoxie, Kansas, our worldwide headquarters are still located on the family farm, with the corporate offices housed in a remodeled barn more than 100 years old. "The Farm" is near the Kansas City metro, a vibrant city with beautiful residential areas, wonderful shopping and dining, and a diverse group of major employers. Kiplinger Magazine has rated Kansas City as one of the 50 Smart Places to Live.

In Tonganoxie, we employ individuals in our design, inventory management, service and call center, warehouse and order fulfillment, creative, finance, ecommerce and administrative areas, and provide support for customers throughout the world. Our New York City design office employs a staff dedicated to creating our unique collection of woven merchandise.

UK: The European operation began in 1995, serving just the UK, and moving to the larger premises at Goring-on-Thames in 1999 as the business grew to accommodate the company entering the German market. The Goring operation employs dozens of people and consists of a call centre with English and German-speaking staff as well as a warehouse and order fulfillment operation which serves our primary European markets.

Peru: Our office in Lima, Peru works closely with our vendors in the development of our textiles and the production of our unique merchandise, as well as the assurance of its quality.

Stores

Visit our beautiful Store locations for more information about each retail store. We are periodically recruiting for store manager, assistant manager and retail store associate positions.

Application Process

To apply for a position at any of our locations, including stores, send your resume, CV and/or a completed application to hr@peruvianconnection.com and tell us how your interests and abilities fit with the Peruvian Connection mission. We are always interested in talented individuals whose passion for their craft is an integral part of who they are, who have a deep respect for collaboration with others, and who believe in the concept of quality, artisan-made products and processes.

Applicants with Disabilities

If you have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to applying for employment at Peruvian Connection, please contact Human Resources by phone at 1.913.845.6011 or by email at hr@peruvianconnection.com.

Open Positions:

Design Development Paid Internship, Part-Time - Tonganoxie, KS

What We Do:

Since 1976, Peruvian Connection has been dedicated to the preservation and perpetuation of luxurious textile designs from all over the world. Every garment in our collection is completely original and most are crafted exclusively for Peruvian Connection. Our studio of talented designers creates everything from scratch—from the seasonal color palettes and custom dyes to the drawings and patterns. These intricate knit and woven designs are brought beautifully to life by highly skilled Andean artisans—craftswomen whose textile tradition goes back millennia. The gorgeous knit and woven pieces are made from luxury fibers native to the Andes—silky soft alpaca and Peruvian pima cotton. Although the core design inspiration springs from Peru, our varied collections celebrate ethnographic textiles from cultures all over the world.

About the Job:

Gain hands-on experience with collection development, apparel design, workflow and materials. Seeking a candidate willing to work diligently, with enthusiasm and appreciation for this unique opportunity. 16 hours per week / flexible scheduling.

Candidate Qualifications:

  • Degree in Apparel, Knitwear, Textile Design, Technical Design, Merchandising or currently enrolled in a degree level Apparel program.
  • Photoshop skills required.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be organized, efficient, hardworking, self-starter with positive attitude.
  • Available to work 1-2 days/week at the Tonganoxie, Kansas location.

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Provide project support to design development team.
  • Organize color palette, yarn swatches, fabric headers.
  • Organize samples.
  • Prep for meetings, fittings, photo shoots.
  • Assist at development meetings and fittings.
  • Assist with data entry of product information.
  • Wide variety of additional product development duties.

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION:

Interested applicants can forward their resume to: Jaminda Bass Holmes at jaminda.bassholmes@peruvianconnection.com. If you have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to applying for employment at Peruvian Connection, please contact Human Resources by phone at 1.913.845.6011 or by email at hr@peruvianconnection.com.

Retail Sales Associate, Part-Time - New York, NY

About the Job:

Do you enjoy helping others style their look? Are you often on the lookout for that unique, perfect scarf or sweater that a friend needs to complete an outfit? If so, this job might be for you! We are looking for full-time and part-time associates who will be passionate about our line of quality products and are interested in working within a collaborative environment. Peruvian Connection offers competitive pay, great benefits and a very generous discount on merchandise.

Responsibilities:

The right person for Peruvian Connection will be willing to develop in-depth product knowledge so they can provide it to our customers. They will understand how to identify customer needs, match our products with those needs, finalize the sale and begin a lasting relationship with the customer. They will also be responsible for assisting with merchandise arrival and arrangement, and overall tidiness of the store environment.

A Great Applicant also:

  • Has at least one year of luxury retail experience.
  • Communicates clearly and effectively with customers and colleagues. Adjusts communication to fit the audience and the message.
  • Takes personal responsibility for their schedule, actions, and decisions. Shares credit for successes and mistakes when appropriate and in a collaborative manner.
  • Understands the importance of being punctual and present. Uses time wisely, completing tasks throughout the shift while still delivering excellent customer service.
  • Is eager to learn about products, fibers, processes and technology. Listens, asks questions and retains knowledge. Is competent with basic math and accurate with details, such as reconciling invoices to merchandise.

Must be available to work weekends and holidays.
We value diversity and inclusion.

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION:

Interested applicants can apply by sending their resumé to retail@peruvianconnection.com or complete our application for employment, save it to your computer, and attach it to an email to retail@peruvianconnection.com. Please note, Firefox browser users will receive a prompt at the top of the page to download the file in order to complete the form. If you have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to applying for employment at Peruvian Connection, please contact Human Resources by phone at 1.913.845.6011 or by email at hr@peruvianconnection.com.

Assistant Store Manager - Washington, DC

About the Job:

Assist the store manager in ensuring the success of the store by driving sales, managing expenses, leading and developing people, coordinating merchandise and marketing efforts, and leveraging technology to accomplish goals.

Duties:

Merchandise and Visual Standards
  • Understand the daily, weekly and month sales goals for store. Share goals with all staff members in store manager's absence. Help track progress against goals using a visual method so that all staff are aware.
  • Share responsibility for meeting or exceeding sales plans.
  • Assist with the tracking monthly expenses as requested. Ensure that expense budget is not overspent by carefully monitoring supply and other controllable purchases.
  • Actively coach employees regarding customer interactions and how to turn those conversations into sales.
  • Understand weekly plans for stock receipt and movement.
  • Ensure that appropriate visual standards are met.
  • Ensure that catalogs are readily available to customers, and offer transfers and shipments to home whenever needed.
People
  • Assist the store manager to hire, develop and manage a team of individuals who want to be a part of PC's focus on luxury fibers, Artisan quality, and superior design, and are capable of translating that message to the customer.
  • When an opportunity to hire arises, focus team energies on finding talented individuals who can tell our story, are eager to learn, and have a keen eye and ear for the customer's true needs.
  • Treat employees with respect and trust, seeking their input in solutions.
Technology
  • Learn to use PC's systems and equipment. Be curious. Ask for support if you need it.
  • Suggest changes to improve the use of technology whenever possible via your divisional manager.
Market
  • Stay in touch with local neighborhood as delegated by store manager, attending chamber or street events.
  • Set goals for meeting store leadership in an appropriate radius around the store as determined with store manager. Discuss local business trends and build relationships.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Associate's degree preferred.
  • Two ore more years related management experience.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong customer service understanding.
  • Ability to be present, which includes showing up each day, on time, and ready to work; tuning in to other's needs; and displaying a demeanor of professional presence.
  • Nimble learner.
  • Storyteller

We value diversity and inclusion.

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION:

Interested applicants can apply by sending their resumé to retail@peruvianconnection.com or complete our application for employment, save it to your computer, and attach it to an email to retail@peruvianconnection.com. Please note, Firefox browser users will receive a prompt at the top of the page to download the file in order to complete the form. If you have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to applying for employment at Peruvian Connection, please contact Human Resources by phone at 1.913.845.6011 or by email at hr@peruvianconnection.com.

Assistant Store Manager - New York, NY

About the Job:

Assist the store manager in ensuring the success of the store by driving sales, managing expenses, leading and developing people, coordinating merchandise and marketing efforts, and leveraging technology to accomplish goals.

Duties:

Merchandise and Visual Standards
  • Understand the daily, weekly and month sales goals for store. Share goals with all staff members in store manager's absence. Help track progress against goals using a visual method so that all staff are aware.
  • Share responsibility for meeting or exceeding sales plans.
  • Assist with the tracking monthly expenses as requested. Ensure that expense budget is not overspent by carefully monitoring supply and other controllable purchases.
  • Actively coach employees regarding customer interactions and how to turn those conversations into sales.
  • Understand weekly plans for stock receipt and movement.
  • Ensure that appropriate visual standards are met.
  • Ensure that catalogs are readily available to customers, and offer transfers and shipments to home whenever needed.
People
  • Assist the store manager to hire, develop and manage a team of individuals who want to be a part of PC's focus on luxury fibers, Artisan quality, and superior design, and are capable of translating that message to the customer.
  • When an opportunity to hire arises, focus team energies on finding talented individuals who can tell our story, are eager to learn, and have a keen eye and ear for the customer's true needs.
  • Treat employees with respect and trust, seeking their input in solutions.
Technology
  • Learn to use PC's systems and equipment. Be curious. Ask for support if you need it.
  • Suggest changes to improve the use of technology whenever possible via your divisional manager.
Market
  • Stay in touch with local neighborhood as delegated by store manager, attending chamber or street events.
  • Set goals for meeting store leadership in an appropriate radius around the store as determined with store manager. Discuss local business trends and build relationships.

Qualifications and Competencies:

  • Associate's degree preferred.
  • Two ore more years related management experience.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Strong customer service understanding.
  • Ability to be present, which includes showing up each day, on time, and ready to work; tuning in to other's needs; and displaying a demeanor of professional presence.
  • Nimble learner.
  • Storyteller

We value diversity and inclusion.

APPLY FOR THIS POSITION:

Interested applicants can apply by sending their resumé to retail@peruvianconnection.com or complete our application for employment, save it to your computer, and attach it to an email to retail@peruvianconnection.com. Please note, Firefox browser users will receive a prompt at the top of the page to download the file in order to complete the form. If you have a disability under the Americans with Disabilities Act or a similar law and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to applying for employment at Peruvian Connection, please contact Human Resources by phone at 1.913.845.6011 or by email at hr@peruvianconnection.com.

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