Design Technical Specification Lead

| Austin
Position Overview:
The Technical Specification Lead for jewelry is a member of the Design Team. The Technical Specification Lead is an exempt, full-time position reporting to the Design Manager. The Technical Specification Lead’s primary function is to capture design intent for jewelry designs to produce impeccable technical specification documentation according to brand standards. This role combines the need for proven excellence in communicating product design through documentation and efficiency in delivering high quality work in a high volume - fast paced environment.
Responsibilities:
Technical Specification and Documentation
• The primary responsibility of the Technical Specification Lead is to produce impeccable technical specification documentation of product on behalf of Design Team for handoff to cross-functional partners and vendors to yield the highest quality finished products
• Capture direction for materials and color mixes to sample-applying to finished styles to achieve design intent and price point goals for overall collection
• Communicate and follow-up with cross functional teams regarding design intent for product during vendor sampling process
• Adjust, edit and otherwise rework designs as needed in partnership with product development to satisfy manufacturing needs, functionality expectations and monetary goals for styles as requested by Design Management
• Create, maintain and distribute Visual Assortment Sheets showcasing jewelry collections in development to team and cross functional partners
• Participate in relevant meetings with Design team and cross-functional departments
• Manage priorities to achieve highest quality work within specified timeline
• Clearly and proactively communicate project timelines and status to Supervisor and cross functional teams Apply problem solving and collaborative skills to develop solutions to jewelry construction challenges
• Explore non-traditional jewelry assembly, fabrication and other construction techniques to inform ideal and alternate manufacturing of designs
• Ensure all deliverables are of the highest quality
Organizational Duties and Resource Maintenance
• Maintain Photoshop Resource Library and physical materials charts and other jewelry making
Tools/equipment
• Maintain Design Excel Tracker
• Create and input stone and material orders into Excel document as needed
• Maintain and organize 2D and 3D shared files and design standards, tools and equipment based on best practices established by team
Design Team Member
• Champion the Kendra Scott design aesthetic, quality expectation and innovative mindset
• Maintain a high level of communication and collaboration with Supervisor and members
of the design team to ensure continual progress toward timely, accurate
and cohesive assortment completion
• Confer within design team and cross functional teams to develop and assess best practices for
day-to-day operation and organization of all shared design data
• Contribute own and regard others personal aesthetic sensibilities to enrich team perspective
• Must be organized, able to act independently as well as take direction, and able to switch rapidly between different projects in a fast-paced environment
• Maintain a clean, efficient and safe working environment
Our Ideal Candidate Will Have:
• 5+ Years in the jewelry industry at a high-growth company
• Bachelor’s Degree in Jewelry design or Product development field or equivalent job experience
• Graphic Design education or equivalent work experience a plus
• Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Excel
• A proven ability to execute with consistent delivery and reprioritize based on evolving business needs
• Knowledge of costume and fine jewelry construction-stone settings as well as working mechanisms including clasps and hinges with a focus on mass production capabilities
• Good working knowledge of natural stone and various materials properties and limitations as it pertains to product design
• Excellent listening and communication skills
• Advanced problem-solving skills with an eye for technical detail
• Strong verbal and written communication skills.
• Excellent ability to communicate 3D information with a particular focus on production/manufacturing capabilities
• Consistently seeks career development opportunities specific to role
• A growth mindset: desire to learn, grow and embrace new ideas
• The ability to be a team player and contribute to a positive working environment
• A strong ability to build cross functional partnerships and work collaboratively
• A shared appreciation for our 3 core values of Family, Fashion and Philanthropy
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An Insider's view of Kendra Scott

How does your team reward individual success?

As a team, we celebrate every win, no matter how big or small. When an individual team member shines with amazing results, we celebrate! Publicly recognizing accomplishments, ensuring the individual gets a little extra visibility, or even just a simple "Thank You" goes a long way in keeping teams engaged and feeling appreciated!

Alli

District Manager

What projects are you most excited about?

Our goal at Kendra Scott is to keep the shopping experience personal. I am most excited about how we are working to achieve that goal digitally. From personalized content on our website to targeted email campaigns, our focus for 2018 is on making every customer’s experience with Kendra Scott relevant and personal.

Kirsten

Director, Customer Marketing & E-commerce Merchandising

How has your career grown since starting at the company?

In 2.5 years, I’ve been fortunate to experience our brand in 3 different cities. After 2 years in Memphis & Nashville as a Community Relations & Events Manager, I moved to Austin to take on a new role of Talent Acquisition Specialist. I’m thankful for a company that is committed to internal growth and sees development potential in every employee.

Laura

Sr. Recruiter- Stores

How do you empower your team to be more creative?

With a business that’s growing as rapidly as ours, technology is so important in bringing an amazing Kendra Scott experience to our customers. Our IT team acts as a direct pipeline that connects them to our brand. I constantly challenge my team to continue to innovate the way we bring Family, Fashion, and Philanthropy to our customers.

Kendra

Founder and CEO

How does the company support your career growth?

Nine years ago, I took an Assistant Manager position at our West Village store. That position served as a stepping stone that has taken me beyond my wildest dreams. The relationships I have built in my time at Kendra Scott have helped shape me into the thriving young professional I am today.

Leslie

Director of Retail Training

What are Kendra Scott Perks + Benefits

Culture
Volunteer in local community
Partners with Nonprofits
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
Daily stand up
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Dedicated Diversity/Inclusion Staff
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Vision Benefits
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Life Insurance
Wellness Programs
Onsite Gym
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
Performance Bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
Flexible Work Schedule
Remote Work Program
Family Medical Leave
Adoption Assistance
Company sponsored family events
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
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Paid Holidays
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Commuter Benefits
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Our game room includes Ping Pong, Shuffle Board.
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Some Meals Provided
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Relocation Assistance
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Acme Co. offers employees professional development opportunities like Annual individual budget for training, Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
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Continuing Education stipend
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Additional Perks + Benefits

At Kendra Scott we believe in treating our employees like family, and supporting those with families of their own. We proudly support work-life balance through our unique culture and perks. Our robust benefits package includes 100% paid parental leave and matched 401K, while our workspaces are personally designed by Kendra to inspire creativity and collaboration – a home away from home. With a complimentary nail bar, on-site gym, juice bar and kids’ game room, our workspaces put our Family pillar into action. Our work culture promotes healthy living, flexibility to raise a family, and inspiring relationships.

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