Customer Happiness Agent
Remote job description
Nathan James is looking for a Customer Happiness Agent to join our team and embrace our mission of providing world-class service by helping us curate experiences that our customers find rare and refreshing.
People-first company, design-first home.
We are a design-first, home furnishing company focusing on the habits of urban dwellers and first-time home buyers. We pride ourselves on the best in class customer happiness, providing the highest possible quality products that are affordable for the majority and assembly that isn’t dreadful.
As a people-first company, we understood from day one the importance of being fully distributed. We are consistently working to eliminate unnecessary friction at work, most importantly preserving the human experience. We don’t believe that people should have to change who they are nor waver their values in order to have a career.
About the role
As a Customer Happiness Agent, your day-to-day centers around what matters most to Nathan James as a company: people. More specifically for this role, our customers. You’ll directly impact our customers and their experience with our company in a variety of ways. You’ll support customers as they embark on exciting milestone journeys in their lives, such as furnishing their new apartment or their first home. You’ll fuel improvements to our products by collecting and recording valuable insights from your interactions into a database that the rest of the company uses to keep a pulse on what’s going well and what needs attention. And as a member of our Customer Happiness Team, you’ll have the opportunity to help shape the frameworks and guidelines we use to deliver best-in-class service.
You’ll communicate using phone, live chat, SMS, and email with customers who purchase Nathan James products directly from our website or through retail partners like Amazon and Wayfair. You’ll help them by answering product questions, assisting them with assembling their furniture, and resolving any issues they may run into after purchasing our products. In addition to supporting our end customers directly, you’ll also work with retail partners to solve customer issues and answer questions. As an advocate and the voice for our customers, you’ll take raw customer feedback and distill it into meaningful, actionable insights.
During training, we expect you to be proactive in your process and learn quickly. Once up to speed, our Customer Happiness Agents write a minimum of 20 emails per day, answer a minimum of 10-15 phone calls per day, and handle a few live chats sprinkled in between as well (though we expect this channel to grow over time.) We’ll provide all the support and guidance needed to help set you up for success. We are mindful not to impose strict policies or redundant procedures that create friction for our customers. Instead, we make it as easy as possible for you to give our customers an effortless and extraordinary experience. We even surprise customers who contact us with issues with a box of premium chocolate after seeing their problem through to resolution.
We understand, now more than ever, that time is finite. That’s why with everything we work toward, we try to solve for happiness. Happiness means a lot of different things to different people, so we put in the work that goes into building an inclusive and supportive place for you to do the best work of your career. Our values and our benefits are designed to support a healthy relationship with your work. Our operating values provide the framework we use in building a happy and resilient organization.
We also understand working for Nathan James isn’t the main function of your life, and we don’t expect that! We’ve found that a team member who will be happy and fulfilled as a remote team member at Nathan James is someone who values their personal life and identity outside of work.
That’s why we don’t create mandatory team hangouts or events. We focus on how to improve collaboration, not forcing engagement.
We collaborate best when we listen and learn from each other. We become stronger when we advocate new perspectives and viewpoints. This gives us all the chance to amplify our voices to achieve our goals. We focus on what we’re solving for, so we don’t create barriers or expectations that distract us from our mission. We also don’t set unreasonable working hours, deadlines, or goals. We create with calm, “slow is smooth and smooth is fast”.
When you join the Nathan James team, you can expect a thorough, but mindful onboarding process with ramp-up time to learn. You can expect to give and provide direct feedback. You can expect minimal meetings. You can expect to work with smart and good people. You can expect to be counted on. Most importantly, you can expect to do the best work of your career here.
We’re looking for a natural communicator who finds pleasure in using those skills to help others. You’re fluent in English and pride yourself on your ability to communicate clearly and straightforwardly, in both verbal and written forms.
You know that part of excellent communication is adept listening. You’re someone who tends to listen more than you speak, and you listen with the intent to understand, not reply. You have a knack for getting to the root of a customer’s request or issue; you ask meaningful questions to understand the motivations driving a customer’s actions.
You are passionate about the impact customer service has on a company and get excited about how you can contribute to larger company goals through your day-to-day interactions with customers. You love helping people and being an internal advocate for the customer. You use empathy and self-awareness to help you intuitively and proactively solve potential customer troubles. You’re a critical thinker and a problem solver, going out of your way to help people. You take pride in your resourcefulness and ability to find solutions even when there is no clear path.
You’re proficient in multitasking and have experience navigating multiple software applications and technologies simultaneously. You have experience walking customers through troubleshooting steps and can turn customer pain points into insightful and actionable feedback. You’re someone who thrives working autonomously and doesn’t need much (if any) oversight to get things done. You welcome an environment where you can do great work independently. You have integrity and a strong belief in values-based decisions, always striving to do the right thing for customers.
This role isn’t a springboard into another area at Nathan James. You want to be a part of our support team for a while, and you’re excited to contribute to making Nathan James the best-in-class customer happiness brand while continuing to sharpen your skills in a customer-facing position.
For this role, we’re looking for:
- A minimum of two years of experience in similar customer-facing roles
- A minimum of one year of experience communicating with customers through phone and email channels
- You are proactive in your process and learn quickly, leveraging both software and documentation. You innately work on self-improvement.
- You may have a degree or you might not, that’s not what we’re looking for. We care about what you can do and how you do it.
For this role, there is a shift requirement of Tuesday to Saturday; 10 am EST – 6 pm EST (UTC -5:00). Our salaries are competitive for similar roles based in the country you will be working from.
This is a remote role since we are a remote company. With the freedom and flexibility of a remote role comes the luxury to work in whichever manner helps you perform your best! You’re free to work anywhere that you have a quiet place and a reliable connection to answer customer phone calls. However, this ideal is best coupled with an individual who has a keen ability to self-regulate and self-manage.
Our team works from home offices, co-working spaces, and coffee shops. You’ll find us in places that foster effective writing, self-discipline, and comfort with open communication.
If everything you’ve read so far is exciting you on a weird level, then you are the type of person who will thrive at Nathan James!
Benefits & Perks
Our benefits aim to support a life well-lived, both at and away from work.
With these benefits, we want and expect you to take vacations, spend time with your family, be conscious of your wellness, invest in broadening your education, and strengthen your personal happiness.
How to Apply
Please submit an application that speaks directly to this position. There are no right answers or cookie-cutter expectations. A cover letter is not required, but those that clearly demonstrate how Nathan James would be a great fit for you and how you would be a great fit for us, will be given full attention and are highly appreciated.
We expect to take two weeks to review all applications. You’ll hear from us about advancement to a work sample review. You’ll get a chance to see the types of challenges you would be solving in this role. Then on to an interview. Our interviews are all remote by video chat (no software needed), with your future colleagues, on your schedule.
We aim to make an offer and have this person start by October.
We appreciate your consideration in having Nathan James be part of your career.
Our open conversation starts with this post. We look forward to hearing from you.
Company name: Nathan James
Remote job title: Customer Happiness Agent
Job tags: communication, multitasking