Your tasks will include product development, category management, purchases and evolving our house brands Särmä TST and Terävä. These brands represent the highest quality and functional design for demanding users.
Key areas of work:
- Product development and upkeep for Särmä TST and Terävä brands
- Category planning and pricing
- Sales and marketing of Särmä TST and Terävä brands (in co-operation with other teams)
- Purchases and supplier management and co-operation
- Technical know-how and experience with textile business
- A passion for military/LE and outdoor gear and an understanding of the requirements of gear in a modern battlefield
- Material knowledge regarding requirements of military/LE and outdoor gear
- Experience with communication to suppliers and manufacturers
- Commercial know-how and vision
- Negotiation skills
- Control of big pictures
- Language skill: English
We offer a steady job with 40 hours / week. Varusteleka is a good company to work for: benefits include incredible staff prices and more insurance and medical coverage than required - which is already quite a bit by Finnish standards. Employees have access to our well-equipped gym and sauna and have a Bike-To-Work option.
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Varusteleka is a military and outdoors specialist shop. We serve our customers at our brick-and-mortar shop in Helsinki and globally through our website. We sell clothes, equipment and boots among other things, both factory new and military surplus. Our selection has a heavy emphasis on house brands Särmä, Särmä TST, Terävä and Jämä. All our operations are in the same location, where you will be stationed as well.
If you have a positive attitude and you're a straight-up person and lifelong learner, send an application along with a CV and desired pay via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you use attachments, please choose a format we can open, such as PDF.
The deadline is NOV 23rd 2018 at 12:00 (+3 UTC), or when a suitable person has been found. We will start interviews immediately, so be quick! The work will start as soon as possible.
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Slow Stone shoulder bag, wool blanket material, surplus19.99 EUR RELEASED TODAY. So these bags were sold to us as Italian army surplus. Well, we have no idea what's going on, but the only whiff pointing to army stuff on them is the blanket material - the manufacturer's tag says "Slow Stone". Cheap and pretty cute!
Fenix E16 Flashlight48.99 EUR At the risk of stepping into a cliché trap, "it's not the size that counts". This little flashlight is immensely powerful, up to 700 lm bright! Still, it's the size of a keychain and clips to your pocket or on your baseball cap.
Swiss mountain jacket, olive drab, surplus29.99 EUR Our latest military vintage fashion hit is this old Swiss mountain troopers' windbreaker coat. Clean and literally straightforward in appearance, the jacket is superbly well made in Switzerland during the Cold War years.
Sioen Tacticum Plate Carrier M13 zip panel39.99 EUR A PALS covered zip panel for the Verseidag M13 Plate Carrier. Attaches onto the carrier using the side zippers and velcro.
Belgian L.702 gas mask canister, surplus14.99 EUR Belgian made, Swedish imported gas mask canisters from Finnish population shelters. This model was used in limited numbers by Finnish soldiers during the Second World War. All are wartime manufacture to the best of our knowledge. One-off lot!
Finnish M32 gas mask canister, surplus17.99 EUR Gas mask canisters from Finnish population shelters. This model dates from 1932, so it's not quite recent production. Complete with an adjustable carrying strap and a buttonhole leather flap. A nice tin can for storing all kinds of stuff you don't put into your mouth if you're not into collecting. One-off lot!
CPE Pro Diamond vest, NIJ IIIA479.99 EUR Made in Finland. Protect your torso against accidental and violent threats with this C.P.E. vest made for demanding professional use!
Thermos FBB 750 ml w/ threaded cap, matte black36.99 EUR This very simple yet very special Thermos model is available only from Varusteleka! Extremely reliable threaded cap matte black finish. The threaded cap is a thing of beauty: a bit slower to use than it's mechanical "snap button" counterpart but easier to clean and virtually indestructible.
Belgian scrim scarf, olive drab, surplus6.99 EUR Scrim scarves are a timeless classic both in military and civilian use. They offer breathable protection around the neck, can be tossed over your head for concealment, worn as a bandana, or tied as a swag bag.
BW wool scarf, surplus3.99 EUR The standard German army wool scarf, these haven't changed a lot in the last century. As the saying goes: "If it is not fixed it is broken."
NVA reservist handkerchief, surplus2.99 EUR All members of the East German NVA received a large commemorative handkerchief upon honourable discharge.
BW triangular scarf, olive drab, surplus3.99 EUR A triangular scarf made of thin cotton fabric. Used, but in good condition.
French wool/leather gloves, surplus14.99 EUR The US Army developed a Very Nice leather & wool glove during the Second World War. Long after the Americans ditched them, the French army was still satisfied with their copy - according to the tags, some of these are made in the 80's! A very nice pair of military-gentlemanly fashion.
US P38 can opener0.99 EUR The legendary p38 can opener is a must for hanging from your dog tag chain. The blade folds to prevent any torsos being unintentionally opened.
Belgian wool gloves, surplus4.99 EUR Simple dark green wool gloves. Probably meant to be used as liner gloves, but what stops you from using these as they are? Belgian army surplus, and in totally unissued condition, these were not used to put indigenous peoples down.
BW neck tie, surplus2.99 EUR The problem with civilian neck ties is that they just fall apart in real rough use. Military neck ties are made to withstand combat. And if you plan on going to a fight without a tie, maybe you're not a real gentleman!
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Dutch Lowe Alpine Sting rucksack, DPM, surplus99.99 EUR A fully modern, well designed rucksack named after a famous singer for an unbeatable price - Lowe Alpine Sting that has visited the Dutch army. 50 + 20 = 70 litres carrying capacity and adjustable back. Modern stuff through and through.
British CS95 Windproof Smock, Desert DPM, surplus34.99 EUR One of the best field jackets ever made, the British Windproof Smock is famous for its versatility and thoroughly great design. A perfect jacket for round-the-year use. These are "old" Combat Soldier 95 D-DPM smocks from the times British army kit was actually made in the UK.
Swedish cotton blanket, 210 x 150 cm, surplus24.99 EUR A thick cotton blanket with holes in it. No, not from use, but from the factory - air is the best insulation and when used with good sheets, this is actually quite warm. Old Swedish army surplus, very very high quality item for cheap.
Finnish M65 wool jacket, surplus19.99 EUR Made in Finland. A Finnish classic, a short hemmed heavy duty wool tunic with two chest pockets and nothing extra. Not too many of these left in the world anymore - get yours now!
Czechoslovakian M85 fur hat, surplus6.99 - 9.99 EUR The Czechoslovakian version of their Soviet masters' Ushanka fur hats. A basic gray-brown furry thing with foldable earflaps.
Berghaus Atlas rucksack, surplus129.99 - 149.99 EUR Alright, everybody knows Berghaus, this here is one of their latest military rucksacks, the Cyclops II Atlas. If you're looking for an anatomic, military grade rucksack then this is your #1 choice! Berghaus knows their stuff, Atlas combines decades of military experience into a single, superb package.
Shit falls to the ground and you get wet and cold. Would be nice to have some snow, right? Cheer up! At least you don't have to stress about X-mas just yet, or at least we hope so.
Särmä clothes and accessories are great for all seasons. Pick some colours or boost your SAD with an all-black kit. We don't judge.
These Savotta backpacks are too sturdy for this anonymous person we interviewed! That's why we're adding Savotta into our Circular Economy Program. That means we're gonna start accepting used Savotta products back for resale - kinda like army surplus.
So far, circular economy returns are only available for Finnish customers, but all used articles can be ordered globally. If a product has our Approval for Circular Economy, it's so sturdy that we will take used ones back for resale.
Because in Varusteleka's Circular Economy Program it's the user who gets recycled!
We just hit 30k followers on Instagram, and if you haven't caught on yet, we often do a little something special when we hit a 10k mark. So now we're setting up a little contest over on the 'Gram. This time it's ninja-themed, so take an appropriate picture, tag it with #varusteleka and #americanninja, and hope that your ninja photo is in the top five. And do all this on Instagram. Because it's an Instagram contest.
We will select the five (5) best pictures, at least in our opinion, and the winners and their avecs get to go to a private screening of the American Ninja movie with us! The director of the movie, Sam Firstenberg, will be there as well. The screening is held on the 20th of November. Winners will get more specific details after winning.
This is technically for everyone, even our followers abroad. However, if you win and you aren't in Helsinki then you'll be responsible for hauling your arse over here!
The contest ends on the 16th of November at 12:00 PM UTC +2. The winners will be selected and contacted during the same day.
Mil-Tec M-1961 Butt Pack, repro9.95 EUR
Haix Boot Combat High Liability Female, brown, B-stock139.95 EUR A one-off batch of 2nd grade Haix boots, these have only very slight cosmetic flaws. Sturdy basic model for rough use, with GTX membrane. Normally these would cost maybe sixty bucks more. Women's model!
Haix Boot Cold Wet Weather Female, brown, B-stock139.95 EUR A one-off batch of 2nd grade Haix boots, these have only very slight cosmetic flaws. Sturdy, tough wet and cold weather boot with GTX membrane. Normally these would cost maybe sixty bucks more. Women's model!
Särmä TST Camouflage cloak49.95 - 79.99 EUR
MFH SAAV M83 combat vest29.95 EUR
Särmä M16 Wool Jacket159.99 EUR
Princeton Tec League flashlight39.95 EUR
Princeton Tec AMP 3.5 flashlight22.95 EUR
Varusteleka's brands 12 month warrantyOn top of our regular 100 day returns policy all our Särmä, Särmä TST, Terävä and Jämä products have a 12 month warranty against defects in materials and workmanship. The 12 month period stars on the day the customer receives the product.
Särmä TST backpack use as daypack lidsSärmä TST day/combat packs are designed to enable attachment onto the Särmä TST RP80 recon pack for use as daypack lids. In this tutorial we present two ways to manufacture the necessary adapter straps, using a Särmä TST DP10 Roll-Top daypack as example. The same basic idea and adapters will also function with numerous other daypacks and rucksacks, feel free to experiment!
Layered clothingThis article is written from a Finnish viewpoint based on the Nordic climate. And since we are utterly commercial the clothing presented is based on Varusteleka's sortiment.