Partnerships Specialist / Assistant

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In 2017, Paperlike's founder and CEO, Jan Sapper, developed and launched a screen protector for the iPad that became an instant hit with digital artists and notetakers.

Since then, we've come a long way.

Today, we sell professional accessories for iPad users worldwide via our Shopify store, Amazon, and in retail stores worldwide. We’ve built a global team (24 amazing people from all over the world) and a well-respected brand in our community.

About this Role

As a Partnerships Specialist/Assistant at Paperlike, you will play a pivotal role in fostering and managing partnerships with YouTube creators. We're seeking a candidate who possesses a deep understanding of the Apple ecosystem, proficiency with iPad and Paperlike products, and a keen awareness of the YouTube creator space.

This role is adaptable and tailored to the experience level of the candidate. Whether you're an YouTube enthusiast or a seasoned partnerships specialist, this position offers a opportunity for growth and ownership. As an assistant, it's an opportunity to use your knowledge of the YouTube tech space to explore partnership management. Specialists bring their prior outreach experience to the table, driving strategies to expand YouTube sponsorships while enjoying ample opportunities to lead projects and innovate within our collaborative team environment.

What will you do as Partnerships Specialist/Assistant?

Your primary responsibilities will involve maintaining our CRM, facilitating email correspondence and integration onboarding, creating sponsorship reports, and conducting research to identify prospective YouTube channels for sponsorships. The ideal candidate is:

CRM Maintenance:

Detail-oriented and organized, capable of diligently updating and managing our CRM system to ensure the accuracy and integrity of partnership data.

Email Correspondence and Onboarding:

A proactive communicator with excellent written and verbal skills, adept at facilitating email correspondence with partners and assisting in the seamless onboarding of new integrations.

Sponsorship Reporting:

Analytically minded and proficient in generating insightful reports, able to distill complex data into clear and actionable insights to drive informed decision-making.

Research and Prospecting:

Curious and resourceful, possessing strong research skills to identify and evaluate prospective YouTube channels for sponsorship opportunities, considering audience demographics and content alignment with our brand. Ideally comes with an interest and familiarity with the Apple/tech YouTuber space already.

This position comes down to creating meaningful relations with interesting people, and you'll need strong attention to detail so that all the moving pieces don’t get lost in the jumble.

Sound interesting? Find out if this role is for you.

This role is for you if:

  • You are an avid iPad user. Bonus points if you’re already familiar with Paperlike and our products.
  • You can navigate the Apple ecosystem and are familiar with Apple products and services. You’re plugged into tech rumors and how Apple products (specifically iPads) fit into use cases.
  • You have a background or strong knowledge of the YouTube creator space, including emerging trends and popular channels. You know a good creator when you see one, even before you see the numbers.
  • You have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, with the ability to articulate ideas clearly and concisely.
  • You love working within and building systems to make repetitive tasks more efficient. You have a strong attention to detail and ability to juggle many email threads and tasks in a day.
  • You have an analytical mindset with the ability to interpret data and generate actionable insights.
  • You thrive in an environment that gives you a lot of freedom to develop and achieve your goals. We work with little oversight and lots of ownership.
  • You get things done. You know when to step back and fine-tune, and you know when to move forward.
  • You 100% identify with our core values (see below).

Who will you work with (mostly)?

You will be very independent in your work, but these are the people you probably work with the most:

  • Kayla, our Head of Brand Awareness, who manages partnerships, social media, and marketing campaigns.
  • Lukas is our Head of Product Management who used to manage YouTube sponsorships. He’ll offer strategy and insight as we restructure our sponsorship model.
  • Giselle is our Social Media Associate, who manages all things social and ambassadors (who overlap with sponsorships).

Money, Time & Position Type

  • This role can be filled anywhere in the world, but we'd need you to be available for occasional video calls with the team sometime between 12:00 and 17:00 CET.
  • This will start as part-time position (starting between 10-15 hours per week) with the potential to grow. It’s a perfect entry level position (assistant) or next step working in great team (specialist). Plus you’re absolutely flexible in when and where you work.
  • Pay is highly competitive and commensurate with experience.
  • Either freelance (international) or employed (Germany). See more in the FAQ.

About Paperlike

Why Paperlike?

  1. Leave your mark on the company. With only 24 people, you’ll greatly impact Paperlike’s future. Partnerships with great creators have made us big and are still one of our cornerstones.
  2. Join an incredible team. You’ll get to work closely with highly skilled individuals, many of whom are experts in their field of focus. We’ll provide what you need to put your skills into action and then get out of your way. Great talent and strict focus allow us to work in a calm environment.
  3. Work remotely with a flexible schedule. Paperlike is a 100% remote company with employees and contractors all over the globe. You'll have the freedom to travel, work, and explore your passions whenever and wherever you like.
  4. We're profitable and investment-free. Paperlike has been profitable since the beginning (2017), and we've never taken any equity investment. All our ventures are funded through product sales. That means no external pressure to reach unrealistic numbers. No need to endlessly grow. We focus on the products we're good at and that we enjoy.

Company Mission

At Paperlike, we provide top-quality iPad accessories designed specifically for creators and doers. Whether we create them ourselves or source them from trusted partners, you can trust that when you shop with us, you get the best accessories to help you do your best work.

Our Products

We started Paperlike as a screen protector brand that accidentally (then deliberately) created a new category in iPad accessories.

Today, our screen protector, the Paperlike, is still our flagship product and what we’re most known for. In its third iteration, the Paperlike helps creatives, students, teachers, and productivity geeks to achieve a better experience while writing and drawing on their iPads.

The surface technology, called Nanodots, gives the user more precision, better stroke resistance, and increased endurance when writing or drawing while maintaining minimal light refraction to keep the display as clear as possible.

By now, we extended our product line to other accessories that assist prosumers and professionals using the iPad for work and play. By the end of the year, we want to be the one-stop shop for all professional accessories you need for your iPad.

The Company

Jan founded Paperlike in 2017 as a side business to solve his own need for a better iPad and Apple Pencil experience. Since he loves crowdfunding, he launched a Kickstarter for Paperlike and was blown away by the response. He soon left his job and made Paperlike a full-time endeavor.

Jan grew the business quickly with minimal outside help, using a laser focus and tons of automation, before bringing in additional help to continue scaling.

Now, in 2024, we're a team of about 24 people. However, at our core, we still operate the same. We relentlessly focus on the things that matter and automate whatever we can to free our time and minds.

Our team is 100% remote and is spread worldwide — from New York to Serbia, from Germany to China.

Our Core Values

🐣 Small Giant

Paperlike is a small giant. We strive to be the best in our niche but are comfortable not reaching for the stars. We look for healthy growth with as few people as possible. We're thrifty, not cheap. We leverage technology to achieve our goals wherever possible.

👑 Ownership

We take ownership of the role we have and think like an entrepreneur. That means taking responsibility, self-organizing, and operating with a "get shit done" attitude. We are brave and take risks.

We own issues and handle them.

👩‍⚖️ Honorable & Human

We are honest, vulnerable, and proud of a safe work environment where everyone can be themselves. We care about mental health. We run a strict no-asshole policy. We're honourable. Our word and handshake count, and we put our action where our mouth is.

We treat customers and partners as people, not numbers.

💎 Growth Mindset

We strive to be content, but we’re never satisfied.

We want to be the best in class. Continuous learning and being on top of trends are ingrained in our DNA. Bringing learning into action is key. We use our creativity to solve complex situations and don't rely on standards.


  • What does the hiring process look like?
  • After submitting your application, qualified candidates will be invited to an initial interview. If we decide to proceed with you, we will follow up with a final interview with Jan, Felix, and Sebastian.

  • Why is this a freelance position outside of Germany?
  • We're a German company, and it's much easier to work across borders with the best candidates using a freelance structure. The majority of our team works on a freelance basis. We're still one team, and it doesn't feel like internal vs. external. If you NEED an employee contract, please let us know, and we'll try to find a way.

Any other questions? Write kayla@paperlike.com.


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