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Director, Product Development - Decorative Accessories - Pottery Barn Kids

Date: May 19, 2017

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: PK-10534
Area of Interest: Product Development - Design
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Pottery Barn Kids
Position Type: Full-time


Oversee multiple departments to produce new products that reflect market trends and match customer needs. Direct teams and ensure that they interpret the mood into product. Explore new business ideas. Manage and develop 5+ associates.


* Gather market data on key fashion trends considering such elements as fabrication, materials, color schemes and designs to create concept boards each season.
* Regularly shop competitors to keep abreast of trends. Travel Europe/Asia to identify emerging themes and new inspirations with Design Directors & VP; travel to visit factories for overseas development.
* Drives global conceptual vision for the division.
* Present and sells seasonal concept to merchandising team and executives.
* Identify big business ideas to be developed and ensures Head Design Manager & Designers have clear understanding of product line.
* Ensures that all final design details and pre-production samples are approved (with Sourcing and Production Management). Resolve escalated issues.
* Provide input to seasonal concepts for floor plans development and catalog design/pagination.
* Develop staffing and succession plans. Interview candidates and approve division's final candidates.
* Determine workload for staff; recommend effective processes and procedures to improve workflow and results.
* Provide direction and clarify objectives. Evaluate and appraise performance.
* Mentor, educate and develop creative staff.
* Lead and facilitate divisional meetings on director level across functions and distribution channels.
* Participate in key company strategic initiatives and steering committees.
* Present seasonal product information (inspirations and facts) to field.
* Present boards to merchants.



* Minimum 8 - 10 years product/decorative accessories design experience. Minimum 4 year college degree or equivalent experience.
* 5 years management experience.
* Aesthetic Visionary, People Development & Management, Presentation Skills, Business Orientation.

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.


Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

Nearest Major Market: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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