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Associate Project Manager, Food - Williams Sonoma

Date: Jun 11, 2019

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WS-15962
Area of Interest: Merchandising
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Williams-Sonoma
Position Type: Full-time


Based in San Francisco, this position on behalf of Williams-Sonoma is responsible for project managing the development of new or expanded assortments or categories for the Food department. These responsibilities will include the development of key project milestones and driving the coordination of activities between external WS resources and its internal departments to meet project performance and delivery requirements. Additionally the position will build supplier/vendor relationships with the focus to improve the development process, anticipate problems and eliminate late delivery of products through regular project stakeholder meetings.

Position Summary
This position reports to the Director, DMM for Williams-Sonoma. The position requires the incumbent to have the following key competencies (skills, attributes, experience):

* Organizational and project specific project management skills
* Strong negotiation and problem solving skills
* People relationship skills; ability to motivate suppliers/vendors and their teams, and ability to provide direction to the W-S team
* Excellent organizational, leadership, communication, and analytical skills
* Demonstrate commitment to high professional ethical standards

Specific Responsibilities

* Management the timing and delivery of the projects within the Top Stores programs
* Liaise with external design/engineer/manufacturers/vendors and internal W-S departments
* Identify issues influencing cost that arise and impact project budgets
* Support the development of W-S relationship with current supply/vendor base
* Analyze market (domestic) and provide observations of market to Buyer for market analyses
* Identify and recommend new products or business opportunities
* Perform market analysis, competitive shop and analyze sales trends to keep abreast of current trends. Identify emerging trends and develop business strategies outlining strengths, weaknesses, new opportunities and threats
* Collaborate with Inventory Management to provide Sourcing and Production Management with purchase quantities, delivery dates, flow and exit strategies for initial cost and production negotiations for new programs
* As needed, provide Inventory Management with final assortment plans (line lists), product details, target retails, estimated IMU, importance to overall assortment (big bets), flow to DC and floor plan location for developing purchase projections and buy plans
* As needed, visit stores and contact field management to gather information on customer feedback and product issues


* Previous experience in a retail buying office, or a related experience.
* Displays forward thinking, problem solving, and a sense of urgency.
* Sedentary work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

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.


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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