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Senior Designer, Functional Accessories - West Elm

Date: May 31, 2019

Location: Brooklyn, NY, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WE-15896
Area of Interest: Product Development - Design
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time


Senior Designer, Functional Accessories

Who we are:
Born in Brooklyn in 2002, West Elm is a global design company dedicated to transforming people's lives and spaces through creativity, style, and purpose. We create unique, modern and affordable home decor and curate a global selection of local, ethically-sourced and Fair-Trade Certified products, available online and in our 100+ stores worldwide.

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.

Lead product development efforts within the Functional Accessories department, including garden, mirrors, entry, shelving, bath hardware, and fireplace, creating innovative, functional and stylish items for all channels. Support the buying group's design and development needs. Identify key trends, build seasonal concepts, lead design presentations and ensure all product development deadlines and key calendar dates are met.


* Lead and manage daily functions of the Functional Accessories team.
* Through clear understanding of department design and business objectives, guide the PD team and design process from initial concept through approval. This means:

* Manage process and decision making during daily functions.
* Provide design direction and inspiration.
* Review designers' drawings, full scale prints and comment forms for accuracy and completeness.
* Lead design presentations.
* Assist in the seasonal concepting process for relevant categories.

* Gather market data on key trends and competitor initiatives through comp shopping, trade show attendance, etc., and integrate into seasonal concepts and strategies.
* Work with VP of Accessories and other design leadership to assemble department concept boards.
* Assist in presentation of concepts to internal and cross functional partners.
* Drive workflow to the calendar to ensure all deadlines and key dates are met.
* Assist staff members in managing their workload as required. Step in to assist in day to day work (drawing, specification, presentation) when needed.
* Recommend effective processes and procedures to improve workflow and results.
* Travel as needed to factories and buying shows domestically and internationally.
* Reports to VP of Decorative Accessories.



* 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.


* 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.


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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