Houzzer Profile: Jason Siders, Assistant Buyer
Jason is a member of the Houzz Marketplace team helping brands sell their products on the Houzz Shop. He is based in our Orange County office and is a recent newlywed! Jason and his wife enjoy spending time with friends, getting the most out of their Disneyland membership and cheering on the Anaheim Ducks during hockey season.
What do you do at Houzz?
I work closely with brands that sell products on the Houzz Shop and manage every aspect of the vendor’s relationship with Houzz, from the initial setup, to adding new products, to managing their account. It’s my job to make sure each brand is set up for success on our platform and taking advantage of every opportunity our marketplace offers, such as our Trade Program.
What brought you to Houzz?
I first heard about Houzz from a roommate of mine who worked on the product team, but it turns out that I have a lot of connections here – my wife’s college roommate is also on the product team and my sister-in-law works with me as a buyer. I guess that’s part of why Houzz feels like a family to me.
I was initially drawn to the company by the sleek look of the app and the website, but I’ve always had an interest in home design. When I was ten years old, my parents let me move into my own bedroom after years of sharing one with my younger brother. I spent countless hours drawing up plans, moving furniture around, decorating and re-decorating until I felt my father’s old study was truly my own. To this day, Houzz feeds my creative side and provides me with fresh ideas.
What do you like most about your job?
As an assistant buyer, I have the opportunity to build relationships with vendors who sell on the site and get to know them on a personal level. It’s rewarding to help vendors establish themselves on Houzz, watch their products become more popular amongst our community and know that I’ve made a difference to their businesses and their lives.
I also love new challenges and working on the Marketplace team brings something new every day. I am constantly learning about different computer programs, problem-solving strategies and the online retail industry as a whole.
What’s your favorite product from the Houzz Shop?
My last round of purchases included everything I needed for my new apartment, including a beautiful bed from Pulaski. My wife and I have very different design tastes, and it was important for us to find something that both of us liked.
There are a lot of great products to choose from on Houzz, but one of the more fun items I’ve seen are Requip’d’s BBQ tool sets, which are made from NHL game-used hockey sticks and other professional/college leagues. It’s a cool, unique concept that I love as a hockey fan.
What’s something that has surprised you about working at Houzz?
Houzz really cares about its culture, which is evident just by spending time in the office. There is a great sense of community where everyone seems to know each other by name. The laid-back atmosphere makes coming to work fun, and helps me to focus on performing to the best of my abilities.
What project are you most proud of while working at Houzz?
Before working as an assistant buyer, I spent time in vendor support, which was more of a project-oriented role. During this time, I identified an opportunity to update a few of our vendor guidelines, which ultimately led to a company-wide review to best address our vendors’ needs. As the Houzz Shop continues to grow, it’s important that our guidelines reflect changing practices in order to provide our customers with the best experience possible.
How has your role evolved from when you first started?
When I first started at Houzz, I worked in customer service, followed by vendor support, and now I am an assistant buyer. While very different roles, they’re all similar in that you need to think on your feet and problem-solve in real time in order to be effective. No matter what you do, it is important to build rapport with your clients in order to provide solutions to their questions and help them succeed.
What is your favorite decor style?
My tastes reflect a modern and contemporary style, but my wife prefers a more rustic look. Choosing items for our wedding registry was arguably the greatest test of our relationship so far! We’ve learned over time to compromise and as a result, our apartment takes on a more transitional feel. Maybe one day I’ll have my own man-cave with space for my guitars, a big screen TV, and (most importantly) dark, espresso-colored furniture.
How have you used Houzz at home?
I love finding new and unique products on the Houzz Shop and have spent countless hours getting lost in all of the great stories on the site. Articles on color theory, storage, and apartment living have helped my wife and I to make the most out of our home.