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Art Director - Williams Sonoma Home

Date: Jun 10, 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 projects and managing communication with merchant 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 Digital 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...

* 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

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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