Automation Engineer


We work 4 normal length days per week - Fridays are off!

Only considering candidates eligible to work in Atlanta or Dallas, USA ⚠️

About ThredUp

ThredUp is transforming resale with technology and a mission to inspire the world to think secondhand first. By making it easy to buy and sell secondhand, ThredUp has become one of the world's largest online resale platforms for apparel, shoes and accessories. Sellers love ThredUp because we make it easy to clean out their closets and unlock value for themselves or for the charity of their choice while doing good for the planet. Buyers love shopping value, premium and luxury brands all in one place, at up to 90% off estimated retail price. Our proprietary operating platform is the foundation for our managed marketplace and consists of distributed processing infrastructure, proprietary software and systems and data science expertise. With ThredUp’s Resale-as-a-Service, some of the world's leading brands and retailers are leveraging our platform to deliver customizable, scalable resale experiences to their customers. ThredUp has processed over 172 million unique secondhand items from 55,000 brands across 100 categories. By extending the life cycle of clothing, ThredUp is changing the way consumers shop and ushering in a more sustainable future for the fashion industry.

Recognized on TIME Most Influential Companies of 2023,  Digiday's WorkLife 50 2023, TIME's Best Inventions of 2022, and Lattice's People Success Awards 2022.

How You Will Make An Impact

At ThredUp, we are at the forefront of processing unique secondhand clothing at unparalleled volumes and are seeking an experienced Automation Design Engineerto support the continuous improvement of our processes. In this role, you will be responsible for designing, developing, modifying, and integrating electronic and mechanical semi-automated and material handling systems to maximize efficiency.

This position offers the opportunity to visit our distribution network, where you will collaborate with Software, Mechanical, and Industrial Engineers to enhance existing automation systems and create new ones. A unique and innovative mindset is essential to develop solutions for a variety of material handling challenges.

The role requires occasional travel to our facilities located in Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Texas, and Oakland, as well as potential visits to suppliers and industry related trade shows. The position is based on-site in either Atlanta, GA, or Dallas, TX.

In This Role You’ll Get To:

  • Develop and implement automation strategies to optimize operational processes.
  • Identify areas where automation can enhance efficiency, reduce costs, and improve overall productivity and ergonomics.
  • Evaluate and select appropriate automation technologies and systems for integration.
  • Lead automation projects from conception to implementation, ensuring timely delivery and adherence to budget constraints.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define project scope, objectives, and deliverables.
  • Plan and oversee the seamless integration of automation systems into existing operational processes.
  • Collaborate with cross functional teams to ensure compatibility with existing software and systems.
  • Conduct cost-benefit analyses to justify automation investments and demonstrate the return on investment.
  • Monitor and report on key performance indicators related to automation projects and processes to preemptively address bottlenecks.
  • Identify and mitigate potential risks associated with automation implementation, projects and internal roll outs.
  • Develop contingency plans to address unexpected challenges and disruptions.
  • Collaborate with various departments, including engineering, production, and maintenance, to foster effective communication and teamwork.
  • Manage automation vendors and contractors to select suitable equipment and technologies.
  • Negotiate contracts, manage relationships, and ensure timely delivery of goods and services.

What We’re Looking For:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in Industrial, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering or a related field.
  • Practical experience in Engineering roles including automation.
  • Project Management Professional (PMP) certification or other relevant project management certifications.
  • Proficiency in AutoCAD (CAD) in 2D applications.
  • Familiarity with automation technologies and systems.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills for effective internal and external collaboration and reporting.
  • Experience leading and collaborating with cross-functional teams.
  • Experience working independently with minimal supervision.
  • Proven track record of taking initiative and resolving issues proactively without constant oversight.
  • Comfortable making decisions autonomously and exercising good judgment in ambiguous situations.
  • Demonstrated accountability for tasks and projects, taking full ownership of outcomes.
  • Experience communicating effectively and proactively reaching out for clarification or guidance when needed, while also being able to solve problems independently.
  • Experience in identifying and mitigating risks associated with industrial engineering projects.
  • Experience thinking innovatively and proposing creative solutions to engineering challenges.
  • Flexibility and adaptability to changes in project scope or requirements.
  • Proficient in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides
  • Experience working quickly with minimal supervision
  • Available for up to 25% travel to other ThredUP distribution centers
  • If you don’t like spending your days in a cubicle, this is the perfect position for you. As part of the Automation Team you will be expected to work in dynamic environments, bend down, reach overhead, lift/carry up to 30lbs and push/pull up to 150lbs.

What We Offer

  • 4-day work week, with Fridays off
  • Hybrid work environment: 3 days in the office and 1 day remote each week
  • Competitive salary (we leverage market data)
  • Many ThredUp employees also have the opportunity to own shares of ThredUp stock and are eligible for discretionary restricted stock unit awards
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Flexible PTO (take the time you need) + 13 company holidays
  • Paid Sabbatical after 3 years of full time employment
  • Generous paid parental leave for new mothers and fathers
  • Medical, dental, vision, 401k, life and disability insurance offered
  • We live by our Core Values of Transparency, SpeakingUP, Thinking Big, Infinite Learning, Influencing Outcomes & Seeking the Truth

We believe diversity, inclusion and belonging is key for our team

At ThredUp, our mission has been built on extending the lives of millions of unique clothing items. Much like our inventory, we are proud to have fostered a workplace that is one-of-a-kind. As a company focused on diversity, inclusion and belonging, we are committed to ensuring our employees are comfortable bringing their authentic selves to work every day. A unique perspective is critical to solving complex problems and inspiring a new generation to think secondhand first. Be you.

If you are a candidate with a disability and have a reasonable accommodation request for the job application process, please email [email protected] the specific details of your disability related accommodation request. This email address is reserved for candidates with disabilities only. General application inquiries will not receive a response.

Inspiring a new generation of consumers to think secondhand first

Working Week

We work 4 normal length days per week - Fridays are off!

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Our Vacation Policy

We offer a flexible PTO policy (take the time off you need) plus 13 paid holidays. If you take 3 weeks off per year this would equal

  • 25 days
  • 52 Fridays
  • 77 days off per year

Remote Working Policy

We work 3 days per week in the office and 1 day remote each week

  • 881

Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401k contribution
  • Transparent Salaries
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous paid parental leave
  • Dentalcare
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Equipment allowance
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Professional Development Budget
  • Paid Sabbatical after 3 years

Our Team

We're a team of 940 across 18 departments:

  • engineering
  • operations
  • support
  • information technology
  • data science
  • marketing
  • human resources
  • accounting
  • business development
  • finance
  • +8 more teams

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • AutoCAD
  • Project Management
  • Automation Technologies
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Analytical Skills
  • Problem-Solving Skills
  • Collaboration
  • Communication Skills
  • Google Drive
  • Risk Mitigation
  • Innovative Thinking
  • Flexibility

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