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Furniture Engineer - Pottery Barn & Williams Sonoma Home

Date: Nov 29, 2018

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: SS-14263
Area of Interest: Quality Assurance - Sourcing
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Shared Services
Position Type: Full-time


Position Objective:

Develop and execute a technical design process and documentation that insures Williams-Sonoma Home Furniture items incorporate "best practices" in design, construction and manufacturing; thereby guaranteeing furniture reliability and customer loyalty.

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

* Accountable for the accomplishment of technical design specifications using Solidworks (3D modeling), procedures, practices etc. for all new furniture products within the overall business targets of cost, schedule, performance and aesthetics.
* Follow WSI product development process routines/model to consistently carry out these required tasks across all furniture items. This review process will:

* Insure all furniture designs have complete technical specification including CADs that are sent to vendors and/or agents.
* Insure all furniture designs can be manufactured in a cost efficient process.
* Insure that the construction of any furniture design will meet the minimum requirements as stated under WSI testing protocols.
* Insure that technical specification given to our furniture vendors contain detailed technical guidance in all key production areas; such as, raw material selection, acceptable workmanship, joinery, finishing and hardware solution.
* Insure that all furniture quality reviews through the product development cycle are well documented.
* Insure that assembly instructions have proper content in regards to wording and graphics for high risk products.
* Develop a close working relationship with furniture product developers, buyers/merchants, sourcing managers, testing managers, packaging engineers, overseas offices and manufacturers.
* Develop consistent methods of communication to keep each of these groups informed as to the furniture product requirements.
* Position requires international and domestic travel 1-2 times a year.

Additional Responsibilities:

* Call out opportunities for improving design, manufacturing efficiency and cost.
* Troubleshoot design and/or manufacturing problems as they arise.
* Execute product enhancements on existing products by re-engineering core items.


We're excited about you because...

* BA/BS or associate degree or equivalent experience.
* Minimum 5-7 years of product development experience.
* Minimum of 5 years using CAD software. Experience with Solidworks is an asset.
* Minimum 4 years in furniture technical development and/or engineering. Emphasis on wood furniture products.
* Experience and knowledge of furniture finishes is an asset.
* Experience and understanding of ASTM and BIFMA standards is an asset.
* Minimum 4 years in furniture manufacturing. Overseas manufacturing experience is a plus.
* Solid understanding of residential furniture technical design, construction and finishing.
* Understanding of furniture packaging is a plus.

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!

About Williams-Sonoma, Inc.

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.

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).


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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