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Art Director - Williams Sonoma Home

Date: Aug 7, 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WH-15938
Area of Interest: Creative Services
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Williams-Sonoma Home
Position Type: Full-time


About the Role

This role is responsible for understanding and executing the seasonal creative vision on Williams-Sonoma catalog, retail, internet and packaging photography shoots; serve as primary point of contact for members of the Photography teams.

You will be leading a team of producers and stylists to create high-level design concepts, as well as participating in this concepting and execution. You will be working on projects and managing communication with merchants and creative partners to find solutions that solve both creative and business needs.

The time spent in this role will be split evenly between design & management responsibilities. The Art Director should be a leader who can inspire and develop people, and is as excited about helping designers and photo teams build and refine their concepts and design skills as they are about creating their own work.

Your book should include outstandingly stylized shots of lifestyles and food, as well as killer attention to detail, especially in type. Please share examples of your work that you feel relate to the Williams-Sonoma Brand aesthetic, whether professional or personal.

You're excited about this opportunity because you will...

* Work with the design, photo and merchandising teams to concept & execute seasonal campaigns and development of brand aesthetic for the catalog
* Leading a team of producers, merchandise coordinators and stylists, provide art direction on photography shoots
* Hire and oversee photography teams; location scouting
* Attend all merchandise and pre-production meetings and film reviews
* Gain knowledge of software, digital requirements and all aspects of photography, such as lighting and composition
* Work closely with photo team and merchants to obtain all relevant information, technical requirements and timelines for each project
* Independently identify issues and resolutions
* Participate in developing realistic time lines. Work from production schedules and status to manage time and prioritize daily workload. Ensure work is completed on time.

Why you will love working at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

* We're a successful, fast-growing company with an entrepreneurial vibe
* A technologically and data-driven business
* Competitive salaries and comprehensive health benefits
* We're at the forefront of tech and retail, redefining technology for the next generation
* We're passionate about our internal and external clients and live/breathe the client experience
* We get to be creative on a daily basis
* A smart, experienced leadership team that wants to do it right and is open to new ideas
* We believe in autonomy and reward taking initiative
* We have fun!


We're excited about you because you...

* Love to work collaboratively in a group, you have an innate willingness to dig in and contribute with your team
* Are driven and motivated by the possibilities ahead
* Are a true business owner; comfortable with decision making and calculated risk taking for the benefit of your business
* 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

Competencies required:

* 10+ years' experience with photo and art direction

* Strong storytelling/layout and graphics capabilities
* Location & studio photography experience required
* Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects at once in a deadline-driven environment
* Requires use of personal transportation
* Knowledge of food trends
* Food photography experience strongly preferred

About Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of high-quality products for the home. Our family of brands includes 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. In 2017, we acquired Outward, Inc., a 3-D imaging and augmented reality platform for the home furnishings and décor industry. 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.


Once you are here, you can look forward to a wide variety of benefits. Our corporate vision--to enhance our customers' quality of life at home--extends to the lives of our associates. To that end, we offer an extensive benefits package designed to help you grow, personally and professionally, to keep you healthy, to prepare you for the unexpected, 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:

* A generous discount on all Williams Sonoma Inc. brands through multiple shopping channels
* A 401(k) plan and other investment opportunities
* Paid vacations, holidays and other time-off programs
* Health benefits, including health, dental and vision insurance; health and dependent care tax-free spending accounts; medical, family and bereavement leave; same-sex domestic partner benefits; short- and long-term disability programs; life and travel insurance; an employee assistance program
* Tax-free commuter benefits
* A wellness program that supports your physical, financial and emotional health
* In-person and online learning opportunities through WSI University, LearnIt and AcademyX
* Cross-brand and cross-function career opportunities
* Quarterly sample sales
* A business casual work environment
* A bike share program
* Time off to volunteer
* Matching donations to qualifying nonprofit organizations
* Company-sponsored walks and runs
* Healthy, organic options in the cafeteria and an awesome salad bar
* Discounts on nearby gyms and other local businesses

WSI will not now or in the future commence an immigration case or "sponsor" an individual for this position (for example, H-1B or other employment-based immigration

This role is not eligible for relocation assistance.

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.

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: San Francisco
Nearest Secondary Market: Oakland

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