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Procurement Manager Friday, April 12, 2019

%%Procurement Manager%% %%JobID%% %%Full-Time%% %%Torrance, CA%%%%careers@wpspublish.com%%

About WPS

WPS offers the excitement, opportunity, energy, agility, and collaborative spirit of a startup within a stable, family-owned company that’s been thriving for 70 years. We publish educational and psychological assessments that allow helping professionals to accurately screen, diagnose, and treat people in need. A great opportunity to grow your procurement skills and feel good about what you do at work!

This is a full-time position in L.A.’s breezy South Bay, and local candidates are preferred. WPS offers a competitive salary (DOE) and benefits including paid time off, medical, dental, 401(k), and retirement plan. We work hard and take care of business, while mindful of the value of work–life balance. On-site car wash, weekly meditation, exercise boot camp, a lunch lottery, mentorship program, and quarterly cultural outings are a few of the reasons why working here is awesome!

We encourage optimism, collaboration, and growth, as well as “building relationships that last.” We’re looking to build such a relationship with the right individual. 

About the position…

The Procurement Manager is responsible for ensuring that WPS secures the best price and quality for its products and services by taking a sound and strategic approach to sourcing, negotiating and buying goods to meet our operational requirements.  The Procurement Manager will work to build vendor relationships, maintain and/or increase margins and eliminate unnecessary costs.  

Essential Functions

·      Contribute to the creation and implementation of procurement best practices and processes to further improve departmental efficiencies

·      Collaborate with key members of the Accounting, Research and Development, Sales, and Art departments to gain an understanding and clarity of product specifications and target purchase price

·      Manage vendor relationships including obtaining pricelists, updating contracts, and resolving issues regarding shipments and invoicing

·      Manage corrective action plan on failed product QC

·      Identify best suppliers through multiple means, initiate business partnerships and manage ongoing vendor relationships to ensure vendors are maintaining quality of goods, timely deliveries and meeting expectations

·      Negotiate best terms with vendors including product quality, price, mode of delivery and timeline 

·      Keep informed about new products, processes and technology; recommending those that could be advantageous to the company

·      Determine which products should be ordered direct from manufacturer through risk and cost analysis  

·      Strategize ways to minimize procurement expenses

·      Provide management reports and key performance data and monitor cost savings

·      Contribute to new business initiatives, projects and communicate the impact on Purchasing activities

·      Review demand planning reports to determine products nearing reorder points

·      Manage vendor and product information in ERP, ensuring new and existing information is accurate and updated as needed

·      Determine and manage product stock levels

·      Partner with the Research and Development department to understand product life cycle trends

·      Evaluate and improve work processes within the Procurement department to improve communication and create efficiencies

·      Develop and maintain collaborative and cooperative working relationships with all stakeholders

 

Core Competencies 

Accountability, collaboration, communication, customer focus, and innovation

Required Education and Experience

·      Bachelor’s Degree in Supply Chain Management, Business Administration or Accounting

  • 3+ years’ experience in procurement or purchasing 
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • Ability to analyze problems and develop solutions
  • Projects a positive attitude even during stressful situations
  • Aptitude for analyzing and interpreting data 
  • Effective negotiating skills with the ability to negotiate across all levels
  • Organized with attention to detail and accuracy
  • Strong interpersonal skills – able to work collaboratively across departments
  • Self-starter capable of staying motivated while working independently
  • Supervisory experience – hiring, training, evaluating, directing, motivating
  • Strong computer skills, proficient in the use of Microsoft Office programs including Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint & Visio

 

Our Story

Western Psychological Services (WPS) was established in 1948 in a little pink house in Brentwood, not far from the local VA hospital. Dr. Morse Manson, the company founder, developed a psychological test that would help returning World War II vets adjust to civilian life. This was the first of many psychological and educational assessments that WPS would publish over subsequent decades. Today these assessments are used by helping professionals throughout the world to evaluate, diagnose, and treat people in need—especially children and teens who have developmental, social, or behavioral challenges. WPS is known world-wide for our industry-leading autism assessments.

That’s the first part of the story: WPS is a stable, successful, family-owned company, 80+ employees strong, engaged in work that you can feel good about doing. This is a place where you can build a career—Many of our employees stick around for 10, 20, or even 30+ years.

Our Latest Chapter

The second part of our story starts with Jeff Manson, grandson of the founder (and now president of WPS), who’s making a big investment in the company’s future. He’s nurturing a transformative company culture that encourages innovation, creativity, transparency, and collaboration. And, as part of his commitment to a more open work environment, he moved the company a new home in Torrance, with plenty of elbow room, state-of-the-art equipment, and lots of amenities. The idea is that employees who are happy, empowered, acknowledged, and listened to will better serve the customer and the bottom line. It seems to be working—WPS continues to do well year after year!

www.wpspublish.com

WPS is an equal-opportunity employer.


Fulfillment Clerk Wednesday, March 13, 2019 %%Fulfillment Clerk%% %%JobID%% %%Full-Time%% %%Torrance, CA%%%%careers@wpspublish.com%%

About WPS

WPS offers the excitement, opportunity, energy, agility, and collaborative spirit of a startup within a stable, family-owned company that's been around (and thriving) for over 68 years. We publish educational and psychological assessments that allow helping professionals to accurately screen, diagnose, and treat people in need. A great opportunity to grow your fulfillment skills and feel good about what you do at work!

This is a full-time position in L.A.'s breezy South Bay, and local candidates are preferred. WPS offers a competitive salary (DOE) and benefits including paid time off, medical, dental, 401(k), and retirement plan. We work hard and take care of business, while mindful of the value of work-life balance. On-site car wash, weekly meditation, exercise boot camp, a lunch lottery, mentorship program and quarterly cultural outings are a few of the reasons why working here is awesome!
We encourage optimism, collaboration, and growth, as well as "building relationships that last." We are looking to build such a relationship with the right individual.

About the Job

As a Warehouse Clerk, you will use your skills, energy, and positive attitude to deliver exceptional service to our customers. You will be responsible for providing customer service for our internal and external customers, assisting with orders, account questions, billing, order entry, shipment tracking and order cancellations.

The ideal candidate will have experience with Shipping, Receiving, Assembly, Inventory Controls and Purchase Orders.

Job functions:

• Pack and seal product into a variety of different sized shipping boxes
• Move materials and items from receiving to assigned areas
• Mark materials appropriately with identifying information
• Ensure that the Fulfillment department is accessible and safe for employees and visitors
• Sweep, dust, and organize warehouse and work area
• Use sit-down and stand-up forklifts
• Use computer system to record quantities of materials or items received or distributed
• Assist with shipping and receiving, unloading trucks, checking in merchandise, and matching purchase orders to sales orders
• Prepare parcels for mailing
• Able to lift 60 lb. boxes

Skills needed:

• Excellent interpersonal and communication abilities
• Highly organized, demonstrating attention to details.
• Aptitude for mathematics
• Ability to prioritize and manage time
• Ability to work quickly with thoroughness and efficiency

Education and Experience:

• 3 - 5 years of Shipping or Receiving experience, preferred.
• High School diploma or equivalent, required.

Work environment:

This is a warehouse position with some outdoor exposure during the workday. The Warehouse Clerk uses office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, and filing cabinets, and warehouse equipment such as hand trucks, box cutters, tape dispensers, scissor lifts, and forklifts.

Physical demands:

The employee in this role is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; to use arms and hands to reach; and to speak or hear. The employee is frequently required to stand, walk, stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must regularly lift and/or move objects weighing between 10 and 75 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and ability to adjust focus.

Position type and expected hours of work:

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Other duties:

This job description does not contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee in this role. Activities, duties, or responsibilities may change at any time with or without notice.

Our Story

Western Psychological Services (WPS) was established in 1948 in a little pink house in Brentwood, not far from the local VA hospital. Dr. Morse Manson, the company founder, developed a psychological test that would help returning World War II vets adjust to civilian life. This was the first of many psychological and educational assessments that WPS would publish over subsequent decades. Today these assessments are used by helping professionals throughout the world to evaluate, diagnose, and treat people in need—especially children and teens who have developmental, social, or behavioral challenges. WPS is known world-wide for our industry-leading autism assessments.

That’s the first part of the story: WPS is a stable, successful, family-owned company, 80+ employees strong, engaged in work that you can feel good about doing. This is a place where you can build a career—Many of our employees stick around for 10, 20, or even 30+ years.

Our Latest Chapter

The second part of our story starts with Jeff Manson, grandson of the founder (and now president of WPS), who’s making a big investment in the company’s future. He’s nurturing a transformative company culture that encourages innovation, creativity, transparency, and collaboration. And, as part of his commitment to a more open work environment, he moved the company to a new home in Torrance, with plenty of elbow room, state-of-the-art equipment, and lots of amenities. The idea is that employees who are happy, empowered, acknowledged, and listened to will better serve the customer and the bottom line. It seems to be working—WPS continues to do well year after year!

www.wpspublish.com
WPS is an equal-opportunity employer.


Project Director Wednesday, March 13, 2019

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Western Psychological Services (WPS) is a leading publisher of assessment materials in the areas of school psychology, clinical psychology, occupational therapy and speech and language pathology. WPS offers the excitement, opportunity, energy, agility, and collaborative spirit of a startup within a stable, family-owned company that’s been around (and thriving) for over 70 years. Our products allow helping professionals to accurately screen, diagnose, and treat people in need. We are looking to expand our existing team of research psychologists to develop our assessment products and think innovatively about current and future products.

This position is for a Project Director in the Research and Development Department. The Project Director uses skills in the following areas, which are essential in the development of our educational and psychological tests for the commercial market:

• Project leadership
• Research design
• Test construction
• Data analysis
• Assessment and measurement
• Product development
• Technical writing
• User experience
• Technology integration
• Author relations

Applicants must have a doctoral degree, and postdoctoral experience is desirable. The area of degree specialization is open, but strong research and scientific writing skills, familiarity with clinical issues regarding children and families, and a demonstrated interest in quantitative methodology are a must. Experience in applied settings is strongly preferred. Candidates should also demonstrate strong critical thinking skills, and possess the ability communicate to large audiences and renowned experts in the field.

This is a full-time position in L.A.’s breezy South Bay, and local candidates are preferred. WPS offers a competitive salary (DOE) and benefits including paid time off, medical, dental, 401(k), and retirement plan. We work hard and take care of business, while mindful of the value of work–life balance. On-site car wash, weekly meditation, exercise boot camp, a lunch lottery, mentorship program, and quarterly cultural outings are a few of the reasons why working here is awesome!

Our Story

Western Psychological Services (WPS) was established in 1948 in a little pink house in Brentwood, not far from the local VA hospital. Dr. Morse Manson, the company founder, developed a psychological test that would help returning World War II vets adjust to civilian life. This was the first of many psychological and educational assessments that WPS would publish over subsequent decades. Today these assessments are used by helping professionals throughout the world to evaluate, diagnose, and treat people in need—especially children and teens who have developmental, social, or behavioral challenges. WPS is known world-wide for our industry-leading autism assessments.

That’s the first part of the story: WPS is a stable, successful, family-owned company, 80+ employees strong, engaged in work that you can feel good about doing. This is a place where you can build a career—Many of our employees stick around for 10, 20, or even 30+ years.

Our Latest Chapter

The second part of our story starts with Jeff Manson, grandson of the founder (and now president of WPS), who’s making a big investment in the company’s future. He’s nurturing a transformative company culture that encourages innovation, creativity, transparency, and collaboration. And, as part of his commitment to a more open work environment, he moved the company a new home in Torrance, with plenty of elbow room, state-of-the-art equipment, and lots of amenities. The idea is that employees who are happy, empowered, acknowledged, and listened to will better serve the customer and the bottom line. It seems to be working—WPS continues to do well year after year!

www.wpspublish.com
WPS is an equal-opportunity employer



Editorial Supervisor Thursday, February 07, 2019

%%Editorial Supervisor%% %%JobID%%  %%Full-Time%% %%Torrance, CA%% %%careers@wpspublish.com%%

About WPS

WPS offers the excitement, opportunity, energy, agility, and collaborative spirit of a startup within a stable, family-owned company that’s been thriving for 70 years. We publish educational and psychological assessments that allow helping professionals to accurately screen, diagnose, and treat people in need. A great opportunity to grow your editing skills and feel good about what you do at work!

This is a full-time position in L.A.’s breezy South Bay, and local candidates are preferred. WPS offers a competitive salary (DOE) and benefits including paid time off, medical, dental, 401(k), and retirement plan. We work hard and take care of business, while mindful of the value of work–life balance. On-site car wash, weekly meditation, exercise boot camp, a lunch lottery, mentorship program, and quarterly cultural outings are a few of the reasons why working here is awesome!

We encourage optimism, collaboration, and growth, as well as “building relationships that last.” We’re looking to build such a relationship with the right individual.

About the position…

The Editorial Supervisor supervises WPS’s team of editors and proofreaders, collaborates with the editorial team to maintain and evolve WPS editorial standards, and contributes to the team as a senior-level editor.

Essential Functions:

• Offer editorial guidance and feedback to other editors.
• Work with Production Manager and WPS editorial staff to maintain the integrity of the WPS editorial standards across all products and collateral. Maintain internal editorial style guide and work to evolve and refine editorial standards over time.
• Directly supervise day-to-day work of WPS editorial team, consisting of three editors and one full-time proofreader; collaborate with and support Production Manager in performing managerial duties such as giving performance reviews and setting performance goals.
• Copyedit and proofread large, complex assessment projects published both in print form and online. Work closely with the project director, R&D support staff, Production Manager, and graphic designers to ensure content completeness, accuracy, and quality while meeting publishing deadlines. Offer design and formatting guidance that adds value to new and revised assessments.
• Set proper durations for project tasks and keep within those durations to finish projects on time. Give accurate and timely updates to Production Manager. Update Production Manager about any delays, either with individual work or in the team’s workflow, and ask for help with prioritizing and delegation if needed.

Competencies:

• Excellent project and workflow management skills, including estimating task durations, prioritizing work, assigning resources, coordinating approvals to meet multiple competing deadlines.
• Great collaborator and team player.
Experience centered around writing, editing, design, production, proofreading, and quality control of printed materials and, to a lesser extent, electronic content.
• Heavy experience with long documents with multiple heading levels and many tables, figures, and citations and references.
• Significant experience working in a production environment involving hard deadlines.
• Ability to maintain consistently high performance on complex publishing projects with multiple concurrent deliverables.
• Extensive experience with Chicago style, experience with APA style.
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
• Strong proofreading skills; use common proofreader’s marks correctly and efficiently.
• Neat, legible, confident handwriting.
• Extensive experience editing both on hard copy and electronically.
• Extensive experience with Microsoft Word track changes and Adobe Acrobat PDF markup.
• Proficiency with Macintosh, competency with Windows.
• Extensive experience with Microsoft Office (highly proficient with Word, can get around in Excel, PowerPoint); familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite/Cloud.
• Knowledge of table formatting basics.
• Familiarity with technical art norms and practices.
• Ability to create simple technical illustrations, take and crop screenshots.
• Familiarity with advertising copywriting/marcom norms and practices.
• Familiarity with commercial printing and prepress norms and practices.
• Familiarity with principles of design, typography, page layout, text formatting.
• Experience or interest in psychology or psychological/educational testing.
• Some acquaintance with statistics, or interest in learning.
• Spanish language proficiency a plus.

Required Education and Experience:

• Minimum BA/BS in English, social sciences, or related.
• Minimum 15 years’ combined experience as copy editor, line editor, production editor, technical editor, technical writer, advertising/marcom copywriter, journalist, proofreader, graphic designer, book designer, production artist, or related, in psychological or educational publishing, book publishing, journal publishing, technical publications, advertising, marketing communications, commercial printing, journalism, or related.
• One to three years’ supervisory experience in an editorial environment.

Our Story


Western Psychological Services (WPS) was established in 1948 in a little pink house in Brentwood, not far from the local VA hospital. Dr. Morse Manson, the company founder, developed a psychological test that would help returning World War II vets adjust to civilian life. This was the first of many psychological and educational assessments that WPS would publish over subsequent decades. Today these assessments are used by helping professionals throughout the world to evaluate, diagnose, and treat people in need—especially children and teens who have developmental, social, or behavioral challenges. WPS is known world-wide for our industry-leading autism assessments.

That’s the first part of the story: WPS is a stable, successful, family-owned company, 80+ employees strong, engaged in work that you can feel good about doing. This is a place where you can build a career—Many of our employees stick around for 10, 20, or even 30+ years.
Our Latest Chapter

The second part of our story starts with Jeff Manson, grandson of the founder (and now president of WPS), who’s making a big investment in the company’s future. He’s nurturing a transformative company culture that encourages innovation, creativity, transparency, and collaboration. And, as part of his commitment to a more open work environment, he moved the company a new home in Torrance, with plenty of elbow room, state-of-the-art equipment, and lots of amenities. The idea is that employees who are happy, empowered, acknowledged, and listened to will better serve the customer and the bottom line. It seems to be working—WPS continues to do well year after year!

www.wpspublish.com

WPS is an equal-opportunity employer.

Assessment Consultant Thursday, January 03, 2019

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Are you an experienced Occupational Therapist looking for a new challenge and a chance to work for a growing organization with an inspiring mission? Would you like to work for a company that makes a positive impact in the world, empowering children, families, and helping professionals in the fields of school psychology, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy and related professions?

After 70 years WPS is still a family run business with a culture that reflects our family values. Our 3rdgeneration family company is expanding through its growing reputation for great service, excellent products, and thriving sales team. We are one of the preferred providers of psychological assessment tools in the world. We are growing staff, tackling bigger projects, and have 10 years of R&D lined up for future product releases!

As an Assessment Consultant you’ll work in conjunction with Product Development, Marketing and Customer Services to promote assessments and intervention resources to a range of clinical and educational establishments across the US. 

Your role is to service key accounts through training on key products, building and maintaining positive relationships, maximizing revenue and pursuing qualified leads in order to deliver area revenue targets. In conjunction with the Senior Assessment Consultant, you will set and deliver Territory Sales Plans and will identify and pursue business development opportunities. 

You will establish and develop relationships with key influencers within key markets for WPS.

 

WHAT’S REQUIRED:

·      Relevant professional qualification (minimum Masters level), preferably in Occupational Therapy

·      Ideally experience with administering and interpreting psychometric assessments

·      Previous knowledge of clinical or school market desired.

·      An understanding of the needs of our customer base (School Psychologists, Speech and Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists and Clinical Psychologists) is advantageous

·      At least basic computer skills including familiarity with Word, Excel and Outlook.

PERSON WE ARE LOOKING FOR:

Customer Centric

·     Constantly looks for new and better ways to get the most out of their time with the customer

·     Plans and works to maintain deep rapport with the customer

Data Literacy

·     Understands relevant data sets, systems and software and uses them appropriately


Data Collection Specialist Wednesday, August 01, 2018

%%Data Collection Specialist%% %%JobID%%  %%Full-Time%% %%Torrance, CA%% %%mailto:careers@wpspublish.com%%

About WPS

WPS offers the excitement, opportunity, energy, agility, and collaborative spirit of a startup within a stable, family-owned company that’s been thriving for 70 years. We publish educational and psychological assessments that allow helping professionals to accurately screen, diagnose, and treat people in need.  A great opportunity to grow your assessment skills and feel good about what you do at work!

This is a full-time position in L.A.’s breezy South Bay, and local candidates are preferred. WPS offers a competitive salary (DOE) and benefits including paid time off, 15 paid holidays, medical, dental, 401(k), and retirement plan. We work hard and take care of business, while mindful of the value of work–life balance. On-site car wash, weekly meditation, exercise boot camp, a lunch lottery, mentorship program, and quarterly cultural outings are a few of the reasons why working here is awesome!

We encourage optimism, collaboration, and growth, as well as “building relationships that last.” We’re looking to build such a relationship with the right individual. 

About the position…

Our ideal Data Collection Specialist enjoys administering assessments to a wide range of populations and has extensive assessment experience administering performance tests and ratings scales. The Data Collection Specialist has excellent interpersonal skills and embodies strong drive and determination to seek out relationships with schools, organizations, and clinics in order to obtain the cases we need for our data collection projects. Receiving a “No” should not deter you from reaching out to more settings. For this position, you must have the confidence of a clear go-getter, the flexibility to handle multiple projects, and the desire to learn and help develop new assessments. 

Please submit cover letter and resume for consideration. 

Responsibilities Include:

·       Pilot all assessment materials prior to start of data collection studies to provide feedback

·       Administer performance tests in house and out in the field for all studies and facilitate completion of rating scales.

·       Recruit local participants for studies, particularly from hard-to-reach populations (e.g., low SES, low incidence clinical populations (e.g., visually impaired)).

·       Work with Research Manager to build and maintain relationships with local schools and organizations; provide feedback to continuously improve data collection processes for on-site and off-site data collectors

·       Work with Project Director’s by suggesting improvements for ease of use

·       Review and consolidate information from competitors’ test manuals regarding data collection processes, equivalency studies, validation studies, etc.; keep up to date on new versions and updates from competitors and upcoming test development projects

·       Manage (and update as needed) HIPAA compliance for test development and data collection projects

·     Travel at least 50% within California

Qualifications:

·       Master’s level assessment professional (e.g., School Psychology, Clinical Psychology)

·       Minimum two years administering assessments full time post Master’s (preferably in a school setting)

·       Broad assessment experience administering a variety of performance tests (e.g., IQ, achievement, language) required, experience administering observational (e.g., ADOS-2) or structured interview (e.g., ADI-R) assessments highly desirable

·       Has relationships with area schools, organizations, and/or clinics

·       Is comfortable going into new situations and new settings

·       Enjoys building new relationships, problem solving, and overcoming obstacles

·       Spanish Bilingual strongly preferred

Our Story

Western Psychological Services (WPS) was established in 1948 in a little pink house in Brentwood, not far from the local VA hospital. Dr. Morse Manson, the company founder, developed a psychological test that would help returning World War II vets adjust to civilian life. This was the first of many psychological and educational assessments that WPS would publish over subsequent decades. Today these assessments are used by helping professionals throughout the world to evaluate, diagnose, and treat people in need—especially children and teens who have developmental, social, or behavioral challenges. WPS is known world-wide for our industry-leading autism assessments.

That’s the first part of the story: WPS is a stable, successful, family-owned company, 80+ employees strong, engaged in work that you can feel good about doing. This is a place where you can build a career—Many of our employees stick around for 10, 20, or even 30+ years.

Our Latest Chapter

The second part of our story starts with Jeff Manson, grandson of the founder (and now president of WPS), who’s making a big investment in the company’s future. He’s nurturing a transformative company culture that encourages innovation, creativity, transparency, and collaboration. And, as part of his commitment to a more open work environment, he moved the company a new home in Torrance, with plenty of elbow room, state-of-the-art equipment, and lots of amenities. The idea is that employees who are happy, empowered, acknowledged, and listened to will better serve the customer and the bottom line. It seems to be working—WPS continues to do well year after year!

www.wpspublish.com

WPS is an equal-opportunity employer.

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