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Job Description

Requisition Number: WE-10368
Area of Interest: Quality Assurance - Sourcing
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: West Elm
Position Type: Full-time


Finishing Design Coordinator - 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 "Finish Team" coordinates all assortment "Finish Design Needs" for all new product developments, across multiple categories. Brand, Hospitality and Contract. We coordinate/collaborate directly with Design, Merchants and Sourcing to gain new product speed to market while ensuring finish quality and consistency throughout our sample design process with a seamless flow directly into all current and future production requirements. This is a strategic standard alignment process in all countries and at all vendors, throughout our current Global matrix . This process continues to expand and evolve as our focused strategies and requirements change and our company grows.

The Finish Design Coordinator's role will directly impact the entire (PD) process by becoming an integral part of the Finish Design Team! More specifically, by assisting to better streamline its function and assist the teams to respond more efficiently and timely to all aspects of the product Finish Design coordination requirements. This job position will have a direct line of report to the Finish Design Manager, our VP of Sourcing and a dotted line of report to the the Senior Finish Design Coordinator and our VP of Design. In order to maintain this area of continued growth and expansion, the need for this additional resource is extremely critical to keep us on task, effective, efficient and aligned with the business strategy moving forward.

Essential Functions:
* Identify new finishes and trends through competitive analysis, trade shows, and design blogs and magazines.
* Assist with the set up seasonal design concept presentations. (pre-sketch, sketch, assortment, and investment reviews)
* Work closely with the Finish Design Engineer and furniture design team to create the seasonal finish assortment following concept and needs list presentations.
* Manage finish panel receipt, review, and approval for all furniture categories.
* Manage finish information at SKU level in FlexPLM. Update weekly.
* Respond to all PLM inquiries.
* Send panels to vendors.
* Review panels with Finish Engineer and Designers and provide comments to vendors.
* File panels and maintain finish panel library.
* Manage panel refreshes.
* Manage finish panel log.
* Attend all pertinent PD meetings.
* Update design owners on pertinent finish information daily.


* Are passionate about furniture and interiors.
* Have exceptional organizational and communication skills.
* Love to work collaboratively in a group, and have an innate willingness to dig in and contribute with your team.
* Are driven and motivated by the possibilities ahead.
* Pride yourself on the quality of work and are a stickler for the details.

* Bachelor's Degree
* Excellent communication skills and ability to partner with Cross Functionals
* Ability to think outside the box
* Have experience working communicating with all levels.
* Microsoft Programs
* Illustrator and Photo Shop a Plus!

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


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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