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Mgr, Product Development - Prep, Williams-Sonoma

Date: Sep 12, 2017

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WS-11177
Area of Interest: Product Development - Design
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Williams-Sonoma
Position Type: Full-time

JOB DESCRIPTION

Design and development of WIlliams-Sonoma Food Prep product categories including: Cookware, Cooks Tools, Bakeware and Cutlery.

Specific Responsibilities

* Support the design/development needs across multiple categories to produce new products that reflect the WS Brand and customer's needs, while innovating best in class meaningful design.

* Manage projects from concept and product benchmarking, through to prototyping, design engineering specification to part approval and final production.
* Work with designers and engineers of our vendors and manufacturers through all aspects of the development and product implementation process, keeping a new traditional aesthetic in mind.
* Present concept to merchandising team and executives.
* Identify ideas to be developed
* Maintain and track freelance designers
* Develop staffing and succession plans. Interview candidates and approve division's final candidates.
* Mentor, educate, and develop staff
* Apply best practice processes for NPD projects through specification documents including 'design specification', 'quotation BOM's', 'issues tracking', 'part approval' and 'product review and improvement' documents
* Specify, implement and approve key production deliverables such as, prototypes, tooling modifications, testing, and production to meet project-timing milestones.
* Ensure that all the final design details and pre-production samples are approved
* Review and approve product specifications, final designs and final design samples
* Ensure products have been designed to required regulatory and WS requirements
* Research applicable new trends and technologies and present product ideas
* Liaise with external design/engineer/manufacturers/vendors and internal WS departments
* Participate in key company strategic initiatives and steering committees.
* Present seasonal product information (inspirations and facts) to field.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

* Bachelor's degree (or experience in related field).
* Minimum 7-8 years product design experience
* 5 years people management experience
* Strong project management experience
* Proficiency in MAC and PC, Adobe Creative Suite, 3D CAD Software ("Solidwork" & "Keyshot" ideal)
* Strong organizational skills
* Ability to prioritize and schedule work in a deadline driven environment.
* Strong communication skills
* Advanced knowledge in the area of new product development processes from concept to production (ideally in the Kitchen electrics, bakeware, tools or kitchenware fields)
* Strong conceptual design
* Model making, Rapid prototyping exposure or hands on experience
* Strong hand sketching abilities
* Exposure to prototype, quality, benchmarking, life testing and regulatory product testing
* Organizational and product development project management skills
* People relationship skills; ability to motivate suppliers/vendors and their teams, and ability to provide recommendations to the William Sonoma team

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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.

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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