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Technical Design Manager -- West Elm
Williams-Sonoma Inc. | Brooklyn, New York
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Job Description

Requisition Number: WE-11271
Area of Interest: Quality Assurance - Sourcing
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time

JOB DESCRIPTION

Technical Design Manager -- West Elm

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.

The Technical Design Manager, Furniture will oversee the development in the furniture category. This person will own deliverables of each category and is responsible for keeping the team and cross-functional partners on track to meet necessary deadlines. The ideal candidate is a team oriented leader with the ability to build strong relationships both within and outside of the technical design team, particularly in design and sourcing/production. As a manager of others, this role will also be responsible for career development of a direct report, and will partner with the Technical Design Director to ensure all team members are developing in key areas. As our categories and business interests grow, this role will need to operate independently in the best interest of the brand while keeping all stakeholders updated, including members of the senior leadership team.

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Essential Functions:
* Review, enter, and distribute specs.
* Development comments and tracking.
* Coordinate with Design to issue sample comments through final approval.
* Collaborate cross functionally to ensure the team remains on the brand calendar.
* Attend pre-sketch and sketch review to build an understanding of development inspiration, concept, and final product for Spec Out/Development.
* Attend sourcing allocation walk through for the season collaborate with Sourcing and Design on product placement.
* Track Spec Deadline progress in PLM to ensure the calendar spec deadline will be met. Requires experience dealing with Cross Functional Partners to ensure Workflow is met.
* Partner with Technical Design Assistants to Generate Specs in PLM by:
-Reviewing Design detail page to confirm information provided is accurate.
-Generate and Pass Off Specs Created by Design to WSI and Vendors for development samples.
-Requesting Samples in PLM
* Manage Team as they follow development progress coordinating with Vendors and WSI Offices to execute the first samples.
* Update the design and sourcing team of first sample submission progress 2 weeks after Spec Out.
* Escalate outstanding approvals to Sourcing as these items may be late for the season.

Qualifications:
* 5+ years of Product Development
* Bachelor's Degree
* 1+ year of management experience with a proven track record of developing direct reports
* Excellent communication skills and ability to lead Cross Functional Meetings.
* Ability to think outside the box to lead an exceptional team
* Have experience working communicating with all levels.
* PLM or Web PDM Experience a must
* Microsoft Programs
* Illustrator and Photo Shop a Plus!

This position is not eligible for visa sponsorship.
Williams-Sonoma Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

*LI-AC

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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