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Junior Architect, Logistics

Date: Aug 13, 2019

Location: Memphis, TN, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: TN-16414
Area of Interest: Information Technology
Organization: Distribution Center
Brand/Division: Tennessee
Position Type: Full-time


Information Technology at Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

In IT, we reach beyond the code to lead and communicate. We're there to lend a hand anytime our brand and shared service partners need a technical guru. Whether it's helping an associate with a day-making tech fix, creating an online shopping experience that sails through with ease, taking our business into the next frontier, or finding new ways to run green, each of us is committed to creating a user experience that's as unique and rich as the products offered in our stores and online.

Position Summary

Architects are responsible for working with WSI's Software and Applications Engineers to define technology architecture, including policies, standards and procedures used by Implementation and Support/Operations teams. In this role, you will have the opportunity to work hand in hand with WSI Application Engineers to analyze, design, and develop software solutions in the Logistics space.

Specific Responsibilities

Within Specific Domain:

* Understands relevant business and technology directions
* May translate directions into vision and strategy relevant for WSI business and systems needs
* Provides input into enterprise strategies and roadmaps
* Stays up-to-date with evolving trends
* Long term thinking for specific solutions: 2-3-year horizon
* Participates in developing application system and technology standards, templates and methods
* Effectively applies standards in designs within their domain

* Understands requirements and helps author technical designs for new systems and system changes, including data conversion and interfaces to other systems
* Participates in application reviews to ensure all functional and non-functional requirements are met and standards are followed
* Opportunity to help author small and/or well-defined application customizations

In General:

* Effectively communicates relevant information across IT, using appropriate communication methods
* Analyzes and provides guidance for architectural solutions to development and technology initiatives, and operational problems, focusing on adaptable and sustainable solutions
* Leads and drives the translation of functional requirements to architectural approaches and technical designs
* Find ways to overcome or erase technical debt in new designs
* Takes direction from Sr. Architects
* IT business systems, business processes, or technologies within the Logistics Domain
* Mentors and/or coaches others in their areas of expertise
* Documents standards and methods for use by others
* Maintains Architectural Artifacts in accessible locations
* Leads and participates in multiple teams
* Forms and guides teams within their department
* Recognized for their ability to lead teams within their area in the identification and resolution of problems
* Influences IT associates on business systems or technical solution directions
* Calm under fire

* Working with more senior architects, understands and takes the big picture into account
* Architecture for one or more IT business systems, processes, and technologies within a domain
* Ensuring the success of projects is not adversely affected by architectural decisions in their domain
* Able to identify, analyze and solve problems in their domain for themselves and others
* Able to accurately assess risks and dependencies, and present viable solutions within their domain
* Develops processes applicable to their domain
* Follows accepted architectural methods; provides input in the development of standard architectural methods used within their domain
* Based on their domain knowledge, identifies tactical opportunities for exploiting new and emerging solutions
* Drives decisions within their domain
* Participates in decisions outside of their domain



* Intermediate knowledge of the business systems and technologies within the Logistics domain and other areas closely associated with the Logistics domain.

* Typical systems in the Logistics domain includes Warehouse Management Systems (WMS), Transportation Management Systems (TMS), Yard Management Systems (YMS), etc.
* Technical experience with Manhattan WMS (WMi or WMOS) and TMS systems is highly desirable.

* Bachelor's Degree or equivalent work experience
* Typically requires a minimum of 4 years of work experience with 1-2 years of hands-on development experience

Personal Competencies

Global Business Acumen -- Understand the complexity of business on a global scale. Embrace cultural and individual differences with empathy. Work with the nuances of specific local cultures to make informed decisions.

Strategic and Analytical Capability -- Ability to think globally, strategically, and objectively. Effectively translates data into actionable insights, strategies and financial plans.

Leading Teams -- Attracts, develops and motives the talent needed for current and future business requirements. Articulates an inspiring vision for the future, establishes high performance expectations and sets example through own behavior. Ensures alignment of individual goals with overall business objectives. Coaches team members to success and holds individuals accountable for achieving results.

Drive for Results -- Credibility earned through delivering results. Balances urgent and effective action, commitment to excellence, taking initiative to resolve problems and work quality. Demonstrates high initiative and provides leadership in a project-oriented environment.

Effective Communication -- Communicates clearly and effectively with associates at all levels, board members, external partners and customers. Strong verbal and written presentation skills including the ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple way and to tailor key messages and presentation style to multiple audiences.

Influence and Collaboration -- Builds and sustains collaborative relationships at multiple levels in the company. Able to work through complex disagreements and conflict to achieve resolution. Builds trust by including others and by keeping the cross-functional teams focused on the success of the entire company.

Our Company

Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of high-quality products for the kitchen and home in the United States. Our family of brands are 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. 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.

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: Memphis

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