Director, Furniture Product Development - Bedding & Bath

Restoration Hardware is looking for a Product Designer/Product Development Director to focus on our Bed and Bath assortments.   Manage product development process for the Bed and Bath departments from initial concepts through final sample approval.  Research both assigned product development categories and general market.  Internet, publications, trade shows, manufacturers' catalogs, shop visits, etc.  Interpret results for Restoration Hardware brand. Formulate and propose competitive strategy. Work with PD Director & Merchandising team to develop seasonal design concepts. Pull inspiration images, and sketch new design proposals. Create and send out spec packs for new developments. Initiate samples, track, and receive packages for timely review of incoming product. Create and maintain PD tracker, internal database, and project binders for each season. Manage in-season conference calls with foreign agents/vendors for status updates as needed. Ensure RH standards are communicated and met in developing product. Ensure each project's adherence to RH Master Calendar deadlines. Meet regularly with PD Director regarding issues in assigned area. Schedule and conduct weekly meeting with Merchants and Sourcing/QA partners in assigned product development areas to communicate progress on projects, and review samples. Prepare recaps and written reports when meeting is not possible. Drive for speedy product approval. Maintain clear and complete development archives. Manage, organize and maintain color and finish approval swatch library. Work with PD Director, Merchants, and Web/Catalog Retouching team to create and audit swatch libraries used for color review/approvals.  Review photography with retouchers for approval. Concept, develop and execute merchandise concepts in accordance with RH merchandising vision and brand strategy Research PD categories and general market. Internet, publications, trade shows, manufacturers' catalogs, shop visits, etc. Product Management : Manage product development process in assigned categories from concept through final sample approval Create and maintain PD Status Spreadsheet and Project Binder for each season Ensure each projects adherence to RH Master Calendar deadlines Work with VP, merchant, RH Sourcing, and agent to identify manufacturer for each project. Multiple-source as appropriate. Submit outgoing PD projects to VP, merchant, and DMM for approval Ensure RH standards are communicated and met in developing product Communicate in a consistent and timely manner all progress and issues that arise in development to the PD team and appropriate merchants Monitor approval process to insure quick turnaround. Administration: Meet weekly with VP with regard to issues in assigned area. Submit written report in weeks when meeting is not possible Contract freelance design services with approval of VP. Manage freelance relationships in accordance with RH policy. Confirm billed hours and submit invoices to Director Maintain clear and complete development archives Schedule and conduct weekly meeting with merchants in assigned PD areas to communicate progress on projects Plan, track, and reconcile budget categories as assigned by Director. Maintain accurate records of expenditures and submit in a timely manner Enforce in-house copyright protection and report legal concerns to VP Product Development: Work with VP to develop initial seasonal concepts PD Preseason Brainstorm Meeting: present tear sheets, preliminary ideas PD/Design Concept Focus Meeting: Establish key ideas Prepare and present product ideas to larger RH group at Seasonal Strategy Meetings Work with VP and merchants to create PD Needs List for season based upon agreed-upon key concepts.   REQUIREMENTS 3-8 years in product design/development work or interior design work Great taste, knowledge of furniture styles, knowledge of the home furnishings marketplace and landscape Experience specifically in furniture and lighting desired High end/luxury experiencedesired Articulate and persuasive communication skills, both written and verbal. An ability to hit the ground running - a confident, entrepreneurial self-starter Manage and prioritize projects, and to delegate tasks appropriately Innovative problem-solving skills - dissect and determine root causes of problems, and implement solutions A track record of taking on big challenges and delivering despite obstacles and limited resources Strong project management skills Strong client relation skills Strong business and communication skills Ability to organize product ideas and develop into collections Strong presentation skills both visually and verbally
Salary Range: NA
Minimum Qualification
Less than 5 years

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