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Category Coordinator Co-Op (Spring Semester Internship) in Vancouver, WA at Hawthorne Gardening Co.

Date Posted: 1/27/2019

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Job Description

At the Hawthorne Gardening Company (HGC) we want our people to empower more people to garden no matter where and how they choose to grow. We accomplish this by encouraging people to live happier, healthier lives through gardening. If you also feel this way then you’d fit in great with us!

We’re looking for a Category Coordinator Intern in Vancouver, WA.

Our internship program is designed to cultivate the professional growth of students through a dynamic work environment. You will work on meaningful projects and have opportunities to learn from
industry leaders. We are committed to your development but will also rely on you to bring new knowledge, new ideas and innovation into our organization!

In this role, you will:

  • Research and development of new products
  • Producing product qualification and testing
  • Ensuring alignment with the proper vendors.
  • Responsible for ensuring all appropriate shipping documentation for new and existing products is in place, for example (Vendor sales agreements, transportation requirements, etc.)
  • Open line and frequent communication with all Vendors regarding the following: Pricing-support efforts regarding product cost management and cost take-out (pricing and margin maintenance), inventory management
  • (with purchasing support), Freight terms and payment discounts, Sales agreement or contract, Product qualification, private label and exclusivity of products, Look for price take out while maintaining quality
  • Inventory management (with purchasing support)
  • Sales activity/growth and awareness to the SKU level
  • Assist in capturing sales of key accounts
  • Assist in insuring that company is not pre-paying vendors prior to having a reasonable time to inspect the product. Pre-approved down payments are acceptable
  • Responsible for 1st article inspections and quarantine of new products until they pass testing and inspection
  • Responsible for working with Marketing to initiate new product roll outs this will include the following:
  • Product packaging
  • Instruction Manuals-English, Spanish, Chinese, etc. for Global distribution
  • Web site visibility and special labeling for - Prop 65
  • Ad campaigns to include; placement of new product announcements in various trade magazines, supporting social media efforts, website content, supply bullet points and info to support product claims and Trade show prep
  • Maintain Sourcing project list with timeline and present updates at bi-weekly sourcing meeting
  • Work with Technical Support team to provide the following: Coordinate existing and new products needing service parts
  • Develop and perform quality and compliance testing to meet or exceed specifications
  • Mentor and support RMA (Return Material Authorization) Team
  • Provide training on new products Work with RMA to look for service or product quality trends
  • Be involved in Warranty process of products
  • Interact and coordinate with the ETL Engineer on ETL compliance


The perfect person will:

  • Be enrolled in an accredited college, university or trade school.
  • Possess strong analytical and leadership skills.
  • Demonstrate strong written and verbal communication.
  • Prioritize collaboration and problem solving.
  • Manage multiple tasks and is detailed-oriented.
  • Have prior internship experience (preferred but not required).


Not interested in this role? Check out our other career opportunities and learn more about what it’s like to work at Hawthorne Gardening Company by accessing our Talent Network: HGC Talent Network

The Hawthorne Gardening Company is a start-up company focused on hydroponic gardening. Dedicated to creating high quality products founded in social and environmental responsibility. Backed by the largest lawn and garden company in the U.S. (Scotts Miracle-Gro, NYSE: SMG) we bring new ideas, values, and culture to our endeavors without the constraints of a large corporation. We are an energetic, progressive-minded, sustainability-focused group of highly-motivated individuals, eager to share our love of gardening with the world.

The brands and products within our portfolio include: Sunlight Supply, General Hydroponics, General Organics, Vermicrop, Botanicare, AeroGarden, CanFilters and Gavita Lighting.

Hawthorne Gardening Company is an EEO Employer, dedicated to a culturally diverse, drug free workplace.

EEO/AA Employer/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Notification to Agencies:

Please note that the Hawthorne Gardening Company does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Master Service Agreement, and specific approval to submit resumes to an approved requisition, the Hawthorne Gardening Company will not consider or approve payment regarding recruiter fees or referral compensations.