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Global Visual Merchandiser - West Elm

Date: May 7, 2017

Location: Brooklyn, NY, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: SS-9956
Area of Interest: Visual Merchandising
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Shared Services
Position Type: Full-time


This role focuses on the visual interpretation and direction with cross-functional partners and teammates to deliver an exceptional customer experience in our global businesses and partners. The role supports the execution of visual strategies across the brand by creating visual tools and resources that allow home office + stores to plan and execute flawlessly to drive sales. This role will work closely with the Director of Visual Merchandising on calendars, logistics, process + communications to global and corporate partners.

Strategic Alignment:

* Partner's with merchants, planners, allocations & visual teams to create cohesive and elevated visual merchandising strategy for global stores.
* Acts as a business partner to merchant, allocation and country teams during and after seasonal floor sets. Identifies merchandising updates based on business results and assortment strategies.
* Partners with Director of Visual Merchandising on elevated and advanced in-store displays and windows
* Creates distinct and differentiated visual merchandising strategies in our franchise, company owned and wholesale businesses.
* Market + cultural relevant merchandising + training strategies to drive sales and introduce + expand brand globally
* Assists in the mapping and planning of product placement and merchandising of retail presentations and visual floor sets.
* Assesses and impacts each shop structure and allocation of space to maximize business focus on selected store locations.
* Develop + manage visual merchandising standards + training topics -- quarterly updates, tools + training for global partners to ensure brand integrity globally.
* Identify + develop training opportunities to build visual merchandising skills and train + develop country brand managers from corporate office as well as traveling to markets to execute workshops.
* Manage the global calendar to ensure all VM guidelines get published and communicated + published on time.
* Assist with the development of the corporate visual merchandising presentation for all categories, starting with the conceptual through the execution phases (and post floor set execution, in season updates and on-going sell through strategies)

Team Development:

* Participate in seasonal presentation workshops, meetings and conference calls with corporate + global teams.
* Contribute to visual team training and seasonal feedback to support development of teams
* Solicits feedback from field visual teams to provide insight for merchant, planning and allocation teams
* Facilitates the sharing of inspiration and idea generation
* Partners with all functions of visual merchandising department to support a cohesive visual strategy
* Provides thoughtful and educational feedback to field visual teams
* Strong verbal + written communication skills
* Partner with Director of Visual Merchandising + Store Design to ensure new store build outs are flexible in design + functional for markets and cost efficient for corporate as well as global partners

Operational Excellence:

* Support visual team budget and be fiscally responsible
* Ensures the merchandising processes are collaborative, supported and well-planned


* Ability to balance creativity with business acumen
* Influencing, problem analysis and decision making skills + ability to inspire
* Acts in service to our field global organizations + as a brand ambassador reflective of the company values + aesthetic
* Has a strong understanding of trend and style that is reflective of the brand
* Strong verbal + written communication skills
* Strong proficiency of In-Design, Photoshop + Photography
* Knowledge in visual merchandising techniques, standards + practices -- how this translates to the global field teams
* Strong understanding of merchandising and its direct impact on sales
* Ability to provide significant feedback, ideas and hindsight on current and future floor-sets, windows, marketing tools and seasonal strategies thru filed partnership and assessment process and seasonal hindsight recaps.
* Proven creativity with strong aesthetic sensibility and excellent visual merchandising skills
* Strong understanding of product position strategies, promotions, inventory across multi-channel store designs
* Competition and industry aware with a strong knowledge of the country markets
* Ability to act as a resource, trainer and communicator of information to manage and elevate visual consistency
* International travel required
* Ability to lift and mobilize medium to large items, up to 75 lbs., while utilizing appropriate equipment and safety techniques.

Ability to be mobile on the sales floor for extended periods of time.


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: Brooklyn
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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