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Williams-Sonoma Inc. | San Francisco, California
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Job Description

Requisition Number: WS-8657
Area of Interest: Product Development - Design
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Williams-Sonoma
Position Type: Full-time


Position Summary

Design and development of WS Food Prep product categories including: Cookware, Cooks Tools, Bakeware and Cutlery.

Specific Responsibilities


Support the design/development needs across multiple categories to produce new products that reflect the WS Brand and customer's needs, while innovating best in class meaningful design.

Manage projects from concept and product benchmarking, through to prototyping, design engineering specification to part approval and final production.
* Work with designers and engineers of our vendors and manufacturers through all aspects of the development and product implementation process, keeping a new traditional aesthetic in mind.
* Apply best practice processes for NPD projects through specification documents including 'design specification', 'quotation BOM's', 'issues tracking', 'part approval' and 'product review and improvement' documents
* Specify, implement and approve key production deliverables such as, prototypes, tooling modifications, testing, and production to meet project-timing milestones.
* Ensure that all the final design details and pre-production samples are approved
* Review and approve product specifications, final designs and final design samples
* Ensure products have been designed to required regulatory and WS requirements
* Research applicable new trends and technologies and present product ideas
* Liaise with external design/engineer/manufacturers/vendors and internal WS departments



* Bachelor's degree (or experience in related field).
* Proficiency in MAC and PC, Adobe Creative Suite, 3D CAD Software ("Solidwork" & "Keyshot" ideal).
* Strong organizational skills.
* Ability to prioritize and schedule work in a deadline driven environment.
* Strong communication skills.
* Advanced knowledge in the area of new product development processes from concept to production (ideally in the Kitchen electrics, bakeware, tools or kitchenware fields)
* Strong conceptual design
* Model making, Rapid prototyping exposure or hands on experience
* Strong hand sketching abilities
* Exposure to prototype, quality, benchmarking, life testing and regulatory product testing
* Organizational and product development project management skills
* People relationship skills; ability to motivate suppliers/vendors and their teams, and ability to provide recommendations to the William Sonoma team


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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