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Strategy/Operations Manager



Houston, TX, USA
Posted on Monday, July 1, 2024
Sway is a fast-growing, LA-based technology and logistics startup that enables consumers to return online purchases without leaving their home. Our mission is to make online shopping more enjoyable by providing a return experience that’s as seamless as the purchase. We combine technology and logistics to provide a white-glove service for consumers -- no more printing, boxes and tape! If you want to join an innovative team that is tackling an area of e-commerce that has been left out to dry, this is the place for you.

The Role:

Sway is seeking an Operations Manager to support Sway operations in the Houston market. The OM will play a pivotal role and you’ll work closely with our Head of Operations and Ops Team as we scale the business in Houston. You'll be responsible for creating processes that provide customers with an amazing experience from the moment they schedule a pickup, to the moment they receive their refund. This will include managing a diverse team of independent contract drivers, W2 drivers, and liaising with the HQ operations team to share learnings and constantly innovating on our current model. Your day-to-day efforts will support aggressive growth and expansion at a rapidly growing, early-stage startup.


What You’ll Do:

  • Hire and manage a fleet of drivers based on projected demand
  • Perform analysis on daily operations and create process improvements based on the findings
  • Deliver excellent customer service; use a customer-first mindset when answering questions from customers with regards to their returns
  • Foster a culture of continuous improvement by implementing process enhancements and promoting innovation
  • Work closely with the Head of Operations & Ops Team on a daily basis to relay feedback and identify opportunities for process improvements
  • Develop and implement strategies to drive business development and increase profitability
  • Monitor and analyze key performance indicators (KPIs) to identify areas for improvement and implement necessary changes
  • Provide leadership in strategic planning initiatives to drive long-term growth
  • Manage the budget and financial aspects of operations, including profit loss analysis and cost control measures


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university or 4+ years work experience in related field
  • 2-4 years of experience (logistics, investment banking, consulting or high-growth startup experience is a plus!)
  • Experience, managing and directing the work independent contractors
  • Experience in managing complex projects/programs through to completion
  • Ability to work in-person at the warehouse facility full-time
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities with a focus on process improvement
  • Strategic thinker with the ability to develop and execute business strategies

Preferred Qualifications

  • Humble, can-do attitude with an obsession for solving problems
  • Strong understanding of e-commerce, the online returns process, and logistics
  • Strong verbal communication and customer service skills
  • Strong Excel / PowerPoint skills (or Google Suite equivalent)
  • Prior experience managing independent contractors


You'll be excited to join the team because we have:

  • The opportunity to join the ground floor of a fast-paced startup!
  • 100% health, vision, and dental benefits coverage for employees, and 50% coverage for eligible dependents
  • Unlimited PTO
  • Employee stock options
  • A fun and engaging work environment

The Sway Way:

Bring on the Storm

Every Package Matters

Trust your Numbers

Seek Responsibility

Low Ego, High Ambition

Comp - Salary - $90-110K

If you are a results-driven individual with a passion for driving operational excellence, we would love to hear from you!