The Grommet Company Overview
The Grommet’s headquarters are located in Somerville, Massachusetts outside of Davis Square. As part of making its new headquarters a home, The Grommet brought in multiple galleries of the products it has launched, workstations made of shipping pallets (like those used to ship the kinds of products we sell), antiques, and tools and technologies from various eras of manufacturing.
With a dynamic and lively work environment, The Grommet offers a culture of collaboration, mentorship, and learning, with exposure to the startup industry in Boston and an opportunity to learn through frequent information and expertise sharing, event-attendance, and presentations by our team members.
Jobs at The Grommet
Co-Founder & CEO
Jules spent her childhood days reading every single biography her Detroit elementary school offered, filling her head with gigantic ideas about how each and every person can impact the world. This inspires Jules as she leads the Grommet. She's building a Citizen Commerce-powered platform to help people support the kind of products that align with their interests and values. Jules' confidence in attacking seemingly impossible challenges was formed at a young age. Her first trip to Europe was not a mere visit...she moved herself to Paris right out of college. Similarly, she relocated her family of five to Ireland for the first half of this decade. Why? Why not?
The Grommet is Jules' third startup. Jules started her professional life as an industrial designer working for computer enterprises. She soon realized the majority of our economy is shaped by consumer products companies, so she followed the action over to consumer brands as an executive at Keds and Hasbro. Jules is told she is the first industrial designer to get a Harvard MBA, where she is now an Entrepreneur in Residence. Jules was named one of Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013 and in June 2014, she was invited to launch Grommet Wholesale at the first-ever White House Maker Faire.
- University of Michigan, BFA Industrial Design, Graphic Design
- Harvard Business School, MBA
- Design Continuum, Vice President of Sales
- Stride Rite, Vice President of Strategic Planning
- Ziggs.com, President and COO
- Avid hiker, theatergoer, and rescuer of greyhounds
Co-Founder & Chief Discovery Officer
Someday a business book will be written on why trust is the most important asset one can build in a company. And when that book is written, Joanne will be a central case study subject. In her every action, Joanne is working to deserve the trust of the Grommet community. She is personally driven by the idea of creating a business with deep purpose - one that is stitching together transparency and community to serve up meaningful, adventurous stories around products. Joanne continually raises the bar of what it means to be a great Grommet and to have a company holistically reflect the values it represents. Which translates for our makers to: "I have your back."
Joanne has extensive experience creating and launching consumer products and spent over 20 years at Stride Rite Corporation where, as Vice President of Product Development her career culminated in a company turnaround, achieving a record $385mm business in a single year and 11 straight quarters of improving sales and profitability. Joanne loves building things in a team setting and thrives in fast paced, creative environments.
Given Joanne's flawless inner compass and courage, it's no surprise that her great grandmother was the first woman in Massachusetts to hold a motorcycle license. Joanne is breaking new ground too, in reinventing how products are launched. And she does it with caring and trust, running on all cylinders. In June 2014, Joanne was invited to the first-ever White House Maker Faire to launch The Grommet Wholesale Platform, connecting Makers with Main Street Retailers.
- Grew up in Lynn, MA and is the first woman in her family to attend college
- Simmons College, BA Retail Merchandising and Business
- Vice President of Product Development – Keds Corporation
- Mother to 3 wonderful boys and Sydney the dog
- Loves 'Camp' - a place on the lake in Maine
- Favorite saying: "I push big rocks up steep hills and I love it."
Vice President, Operations
VP of Discovery
VP of Engineering
Director of Finance & BI
The Grommet’s mission is to level the playing field to help the best products win—and help innovative small businesses to succeed.
Make a Difference
We’re pioneers, so we welcome the risk and ambiguity that comes with discovering new territory. Our sense of ownership translates into earnestness both internally and externally. Sure, we value wins, but we also value valiant recoveries.
Make It Excellent
We expect excellence from others and one-up ourselves constantly, leaving spaces, conversations, and roles better than when we entered them. We strive for quality because people trust us, our vetting process, and our storytelling.
We foster a creativity-breeding environment where everyone has a comfy seat at the table. We look for people who can add to our culture rather than simply “fit in.” Having a variety of experiences and perspectives helps us arrive at unexpected and effective solutions.
Make for Others
We’re idealists (but we’re not naive). We tackle challenges with a positive outlook. Our mission of helping the little guy fuels and colors interactions with teammates, Makers, and customers every single day. We remember the small when we do the big.
Culture & Workspace
With a dynamic, creative, and high-energy work environment, The Grommet offers a culture of collaboration, mentorship, and learning along with financial transparency from company leadership.
Because of our mission, you’ll work side by side with people passionate about helping small businesses and entrepreneurs succeed in bringing their consumer products to market.
As a fast-paced and growing tech company, team members have many opportunities to improve their skills, knowledge, and experience within our highly-collaborative team.
Our office is a quick walk to the Davis Square MBTA station as well as a variety of eateries in Davis Square, Teele Square, and along Massachusetts Avenue.
Benefits & Perks
Yearly bonus incentive plan
Medical and dental coverage through Blue Cross/Blue Shield
401(k) savings plan
Twenty days of PTO
Education Reimbursement Program
Maternity and paternity leave
Free coffee, tea, and snacks
Casual dress code
Rewards and recognition for team members
Monthly events including Lunch and Learns, social gatherings, and
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If you hate the idea of a dynamic workplace, a vibrant company culture, and fun, you'll hate The Grommet, but I digress. I wanted to work at The Grommet because it seemed like an opportunity where I would enjoy the work I did and meet people I would thoroughly enjoy working with. I was right. It's been a personal and professional jackpot.
I really care about The Grommet’s mission to put an end to faceless business and highlight the people behind the products. I love what I do. Every day I get to be creative and work with things I like the most: colors, layouts, typography, and beautiful imagery taken by our in-house photography team.