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Director, Graphics and Art - Williams-Sonoma Brand

Date: Dec 7, 2018

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: WS-14347
Area of Interest: Creative Services
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Williams-Sonoma
Position Type: Full-time

JOB DESCRIPTION

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.

Position Summary

The Director, Graphics & Art provides the leadership necessary to deliver all print media, the majority of which is the Williams-Sonoma brand catalogues, ensuring all are fully aligned with the brand's aesthetic, strategic and financial goals. This spectrum of support includes providing art direction on all catalogues and magalogs, managing editorial timelines and deadlines for production. In partnership with Brand Creative leadership, this role specifically achieves business results by ensuring our ability to attract and engage customers supporting our mission of being the leader in cooking and entertaining in the world, by delivering great product, world-class service, and engaging content, built around a community. This position manages a team of designers and reports to a VP, Brand Creative.

Specific Responsibilities

* Set creative direction for all print materials for the Williams-Sonoma brand, including each seasonal catalog, all specialized magalogs, and special projects as required. Creative output must be compelling and engage the customer in wanting to learn and experiment with food and cooking tools.
* Raises the bar on catalog aesthetic by working closely with cross-functional teams and influencing the overall editorial look and feel, improving the value of the catalog to the customer.
* Provide day-to-day management across the business and operational functions of catalog design and production to ensure that projects and brand efforts are functioning at highest levels and delivered at the highest standards that time, direction and budget allow.
* Influence vision, direction and goals for the Design team, aligning them behind the clearly set creative direction while driving the motivation and passion to deliver on outstanding results; and grooming his / her directs reports for career path growth, and ensuring that the department is supported to allow for the finest creative solutions that time and budget allow.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

* 10+ years experience in Graphic Design
* Proven track record of producing outstanding, industry leading creative
* Excellent business acumen, with a sensitivity and appreciation of the creative process and product
* Ability to interface with interdepartmental heads as a respected colleague
* Ability to lead and inspire teams across operational spectrum

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.

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.

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.

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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