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Design Director, Decorative Accessories

Date: Oct 5, 2017

Location: Brooklyn, NY, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WE-11595
Area of Interest: Product Development - Design
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time


Design Director, Decorative Accessories - West Elm

Who we are:
Born in Brooklyn. At home in the world. west elm has been helping customers express their personal style at home since the launch of our first catalog in 2002. Our home base is nestled down under the Manhattan Bridge in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, right above our flagship store. We are a dynamic, fast-paced brand with an exciting growth strategy. We value imagination, diversity and giving people the opportunity to explore, grow and shape our future. We look for innovative, smart and hard-working individuals who enjoy creative thinking and ingenuity. Help us carry out our mission of being a source of inspiration to our customers, creating a global community and tirelessly seeking ways to evolve our brand.

The Design Director will manage the Decorative Accessories and Gift categories. Reporting into the Vice President of Design, this role will 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. Lead the team to concept and create new and innovative design. Contribute to the seasonal concepting process; think outside the box and create newness with customer appeal.

Essential Functions:
* Gather market data on key fashion trends considering such elements as fabrication, materials, color schemes and designs looking forward to next season.
* Regularly shop competitors to keep abreast of trends. Travel Europe/Asia to identify emerging themes and new inspirations with Design Directors & VP.
* Drives global conceptual vision for the division. Articulate a fully formed concept.
* Present and sells seasonal concept to merchandising team and executives, identify key business driving ideas and items.
* Identify big business ideas to be developed and ensures Head designer has clear understanding of product line.
* Ensures that all final design details and pre-production samples are approved by Head Designer (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.


* Proven track record of a strong ability to conceptualize design across multiple product categories.
* Minimum 7-8 years product design experience. Minimum 4 year college degree or equivalent experience.
* 5 years management experience. Must have ability to provide feedback, participate in the annual and ongoing performance management process, etc.
* 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. 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, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.

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Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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