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Design Manager, Furniture - West Elm

Date: Sep 13, 2017

Location: Brooklyn, NY, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WE-7682
Area of Interest: Product Development - Design
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time

JOB DESCRIPTION

Design Manager, Furniture - West Elm

Our Company

Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of high-quality products for the kitchen and home in the United States. Our family of brands are Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham. These brands are among the best known and most respected in the industry. We offer beautifully-designed, stylish and functional products for every area of the home, including the kitchen, living room, bedroom, home office, closet, laundry room and even outdoor spaces. We've seen some big changes since our first brick-and-mortar store opened more than half of a century ago. What hasn't changed is our passion for high-quality products, functional design, outstanding customer service, and enhancing the lives of our customers and the communities where we operate. Today, we're a multi-brand, multi-channel, global enterprise supported by state-of-the-art technology and some of the most talented teams in retailing - and we're always looking for new energy and ideas.

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.

Position Summary

Lead the brand's product development efforts to design and create innovative, functional and stylish furniture items for all channels. Under the guidance of the Vice President, manage part of the furniture design team and lead the furniture product design process. Support the buying group's design/development needs. Identify key trends, build seasonal concepts, refine design presentations, and ensure all product development deadlines and key calendar dates are met.

Essential Functions

* Lead and manage daily functions of the furniture design team.

* Gather market data on key trends and integrate them into seasonal concepts and strategies.

* Through clear understanding of department business needs, guide the PD team and design process.

* Oversee design and development of all items in the relevant product categories, from initial concept through approval.

o Work with VP to assemble seasonal concepts.

o Create concept boards.

o Manage the design process.

o Review specifications and samples and provide guidance to design associates.

o Manage weekly product development meetings.

o Coordinate presentations.

* Drive calendar to ensure all deadlines and key dates are met.

* Manage and develop 3+ associates.

* Determine workload for staff. Recommend effective processes and procedures to improve workflow and results.

* Travel as needed to factories and buying shows domestically and internationally.

* Reports to design director.

You..

* Are passionate about design, style, and decorating.

* Love to work collaboratively in a group, and have an innate willingness to dig in and contribute with your team.

* Are a true business owner; comfortable with decision making and calculated risk taking for the benefit of your business.

* Are driven and motivated by the possibilities ahead.

* Think innovation is critical in a business environment and support others in creative thinking.

* Pride yourself on the quality of work and are a stickler for the details.

* Naturally challenge yourself and others to grow

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Qualifications

* Minimum 8 years professional experience required, 3 years of which were in a managerial role.

* Degree in design or equivalent experience.

* Experience with drafting and ability to quickly review and comment on drawings.

* Knowledge of 3D modeling, and rendering a plus.

* Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, and Outlook are essential.

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

*LI-CM

Personal Competencies

Global Business Acumen -- Understand the complexity of business on a global scale. Embrace cultural and individual differences with empathy. Work with the nuances of specific local cultures to make informed decisions.

Strategic and Analytical Capability -- Ability to think globally, strategically, and objectively. Effectively translates data into actionable insights, strategies and financial plans.

Leading Teams -- Attracts, develops and motives the talent needed for current and future business requirements. Articulates an inspiring vision for the future, establishes high performance expectations and sets example through own behavior. Ensures alignment of individual goals with overall business objectives. Coaches team members to success and holds individuals accountable for achieving results.

Drive for Results -- Credibility earned through delivering results. Balances urgent and effective action, commitment to excellence, taking initiative to resolve problems and work quality. Demonstrates high initiative and provides leadership in a project-oriented environment.

Effective Communication -- Communicates clearly and effectively with associates at all levels, board members, external partners and customers. Strong verbal and written presentation skills including the ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple way and to tailor key messages and presentation style to multiple audiences.

Influence and Collaboration -- Builds and sustains collaborative relationships at multiple levels in the company. Able to work through complex disagreements and conflict to achieve resolution. Builds trust by including others and by keeping the cross-functional teams focused on the success of the entire company.

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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