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Posted: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 8:21 AM

Requisition Number: WE:7682
Area of Interest: Product Development : Design
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full:time
Design Manager, Furniture : West Elm
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. Weve seen some big changes since our first brick:and:mortar store opened more than half of a century ago. What hasnt 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, were a multi:brand, multi:channel, global enterprise supported by state:of:the:art technology and some of the most talented teams in retailing : and were always looking for new energy and ideas.
Who we are
Born in Brooklyn. At home in the world. west elm has been helping customers express their personal style at home since the launch of our first catalog in 2002. Our home base is nestled down under the Manhattan Bridge in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY, right above our flagship store. We are a dynamic, fast:paced brand with an exciting growth strategy. We value imagination, diversity and giving people the opportunity to explore, grow and shape our future. We look for innovative, smart and hard:working individuals who enjoy creative thinking and ingenuity. Help us carry out our mission of being a source of inspiration to our customers, creating a global community and tirelessly seeking ways to evolve our brand.
Position Summary
Lead the brands product development efforts to design and create innovative, functional and stylish furniture items for all channels. Under the guidance of the Vice President, manage part of the furniture design team and lead the furniture product design process. Support the buying groups design/development needs. Identify key trends, build seasonal concepts, refine design presentations, and ensure all product development deadlines and key calendar dates are met.
Essential Functions
* Lead and manage daily functions of the furniture design team.
* Gather market data on key trends and integrate them into seasonal concepts and strategies.
* Through clear understanding of department business needs, guide the PD team and design process.
* Oversee design and development of all items in the relevant product categories, from initial concept through approval.
o Work with VP to assemble seasonal concepts.
o Create concept boards.
o Manage the design process.
o Review specifications and samples and provide guidance to design associates.
o Manage weekly product development meetings.
o Coordinate presentations.
* Drive calendar to ensure all deadlines and key dates are met.
* Manage and develop 3+ associates.
* Determine workload for staff. Recommend effective processes and procedures to improve workflow and results.
* Travel as needed to factories and buying shows domestically and internationally.
* Reports to design director.
* Are passionate about design, style, and decorating.
* Love to work collaboratively in a group, and have an innate willingness to dig in and contribute with your team.
* Are a true business owner; comfortable with decision making and calculated risk taking for the benefit of your business.
* Are driven and motivated by the possibilities ahead.
* Think innovation is critical in a business environment and support others


• Location: Brooklyn

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