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Culinary Expert
Williams-Sonoma Inc. | Charlottesville, Virginia
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Job Description

Requisition Number: WS-10800
Area of Interest: Retail
Organization: Retail
Brand/Division: Williams-Sonoma
Position Type: Casual



Build sales and establish customer relationships by instructing cooking/technique classes, demonstrations and in-store events as part of Williams-Sonoma's Culinary Program. Coach and advise store how to deliver in-store culinary programs and activities that achieve sales and profitability goals. Train associates how to introduce, demonstrate and sell new products.


Focuses on the Customer

* Provide informative culinary instruction and product knowledge to create exceptional customer experiences.
* Share product benefits and testimonials as part of each culinary activity and customer interaction on the sales floor to engage customers and drive sales.
* Support store team with marketing and promotion of culinary programs.

Develops Self and Others

* Provide ongoing training, in partnership with management team and vendors, to enhance associates' product knowledge
* Maintain awareness of food trends and influences and initiate ideas for recipes, demonstrations, and samples.

Creates Teams & Partnerships

* Develop relationships with local culinary schools. Source and assist management team to hire and train seasonal associates to support culinary activities.

Builds Operational Excellence

* Plan, prepare and execute monthly culinary activity calendar, working within budget and meeting brand standards.
* Coach store how to execute culinary activities to brand standard, achieve cost efficiencies and maximize sales.
* Ensure store adherences to Health and Safety codes and train other stores how to meet compliance standards.


Qualifications & Requirements

* Formal training or degree in Culinary Arts preferred or equivalent job experience.
* 2 + years management experience preferred.
* Knowledge of Williams-Sonoma products.
* Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook.
* Ability to be mobile on the sales floor for extended periods of time.
* Availability to work flexible schedule, including evenings, weekends and holidays.
* Ability to lift and mobilize medium to large items, up to 50 lb., while utilizing appropriate equipment and safety techniques.

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.

About Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a specialty retailer of products for the home. The retail segment of the Company’s business sells its products through five retail store concepts: Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Home. The direct-to-customer segment of the Company’s business sells similar products through its seven direct-mail catalogs and through six e-commerce Websites. The Company’s Williams-Sonoma stores offer a selection of culinary and serving equipment, including cookware, cookbooks, cutlery, informal dinnerware, glassware, table linens, specialty foods and cooking ingredients. The Company has two segments: retail and direct-to-customer. The catalogs reach customers in the United States, while the five retail concepts, as of February 1, 2009, operated 627 stores in 44 states. (Source: 10-K)

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