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Designer - Contract and Hotels - West Elm

Date: Jan 7, 2019

Location: Brooklyn, NY, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WE-14879
Area of Interest: Product Development - Design
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time


Designer - West Elm Contract and Hotels (Product Development)

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.

We are looking for a strong designer to work across categories for both hotel and contract product. Our team consists of interior designers and product developers. Our Hotel projects involve working with the interior designers to design and develop unique guestroom product for all hotels in the pipeline. Our role on the Contract side is to support the Business Development team from a design perspective and involves anything from designing and developing our own unique contract product assortment to modifying existing product for various clients, and everything in between. The Designer should have experience working with a variety of materials and understand how to execute strong, unique designs, from a concept-level to technical-level. The Designer will work on a small, but growing team and will report to the Director of Design.

Essential Functions:
- Work across product categories, including upholstery, case goods and lighting. Execute design process for a given project.
- Research and maintain an understanding of seasonal trends, themes, concepts, color, fabric and styling and/or product form function and manufacturing processes.

- Maintain consistent brand "P.O.V" (Point of View) and "P.O.D" (Point of Difference) .
- Use Strong Sketching and problem solving skills to assist in the creation of designs that support given price points and overall creative direction.
- Ensure product design package is complete, accurate and handed off to Williams-Sonoma Agents and Vendors on time. Track and maintain products throughout the development life cycle until products are approved.
- Work collaboratively to create presentations of concept and sketches for designs at each phase of the process.
- Communicate effectively both internally and with international partners to ensure product execution according to design intent.
- Use strong organizational skills to maintain finish and design library.

- Maintain excellent time-management skills to deliver on deadlines.
- Function well in a team setting.


- 4-6 years product design experience
- 4-year college degree with a BA in a related design field required
- Excellent communication skills

- Strong ability to be pro-active and entrepreneurial with short-term and long-term projects

- Strong organizational and time-management skills
- Strong ability to produce technical drawings
- Fluency with InDesign, Photoshop, AutoCAD, Rhino, Keyshot. Familiarity with Sketchup and Solidworks a plus

- Knowledge of contract furniture, finishes, materials and specifications


We offer an extensive benefits package designed to help you grow, personally and professionally, to care for your family and to build a secure future. Depending on your position and your location, here's a look at what you might be eligible for:

* Competitive benefits, including medical, dental and vision insurance; tax-free spending accounts; same-sex domestic partner benefits; commuter benefits; and more
* A 401(k) plan and other investment opportunities
* Paid vacations, holidays and other time-off programs
* A generous discount on all Williams Sonoma Inc. brands through multiple shopping channels
* Cross-brand and cross-function career opportunities
* Discounts on nearby gyms and other local businesses

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

This role is not eligible for relocation assistance.

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.

Nearest Major Market: Brooklyn
Nearest Secondary Market: New York City

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