Specialist, Fixture Design

GENERAL PURPOSE:

This position is responsible for supporting all aspects of Fixture Design from an organizational and detail perspective, including all initiatives related to fixtures and material projects for Ross and dd's stores. Responsibilities also include vendor and project management, running the operations in a test lab & / or off-site warehouse, partnering with vendors and assisting in qualifying new vendors and fixtures by ensuring all samples / first run articles are checked through a rigorous quality control process and set up for review. This role also supports Store Planning, Merchandising, Strategic Sourcing and other business partner operations when necessary. A key component of this role is understanding the Ross and dd's brands and their current fixture programs, brand rules and fixture standards.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
  • Exercises a degree of vendor and project management expertise to drive development and support of all aspects in Fixture Design.
  • Responsible for holding vendors accountable through written and verbal communication by participating in and leading weekly vendor conference calls, vendor Skype drawing reviews, prototype set-up & reviews, providing direction & feedback through recaps to ensure deliverables and timelines are met.
  • Accountable for comparing manufacturing drawings and fixture samples to preserve a high level of fixture quality utilizing an iPad Pro.
  • Drives for results by associating closely with fixture vendors to understand general manufacturing methods such as differentiating materials, finishes and provide functionality know-how on new and existing designs. Proficient in basic knowledge of fixtures and designing.
  • Responsible for issuing purchase orders for tests / prototypes, reconciling invoices and updating the expenditure logs.
  • Applies problem solving and critical thinking to understand root cause of failed/issue with prototype and provides solutions.
  • Coordinates sample fixtures and first articles of production in the test lab, off-site warehouse, Corporate Headquarter conference rooms and in stores. This includes but is not limited to; receiving, unpacking, assembling, inventorying, inspecting all prototype & sample fixtures, purging fixtures and organization in the test lab & / or off-site warehouse as well as setting up fixtures for Direct Import and design reviews.
  • Exercises organizational and floor layout expertise to maintain the standards and safety in the test lab &/or off-site warehouse as well as following up with business partners when standards are not maintained. Transfers fixtures utilizing a rented truck with a lift gate and the use of a pallet jack.
  • Responsible for the inventory management of the fixture data base in the lab by utilizing an Asset Tracking system to create labels and photos of each fixture.
  • Implements a rigorous quality control process of all incoming prototypes by comparing fixtures with manufacturing drawings and requesting replacements prior to scheduled reviews.
  • Supports the partnership with Store Project Planning & Execution fixture reviews in a store / warehouse set up to evaluate first articles of production / store POC and confirms fixture qualities of fit, function, and finish from prototype to production remain.
  • Manages non-installer / non-merchandise related store fixture design tests, this includes timelines, communication, coordination of product, follow up with stores and vendors, hindsight communication and coordination of product removal after tests are complete.
  • Expectancy of continual self-development in fixture design functions. This includes learning other various software platforms, the use of tools to assist with the design of fixtures.
  • Manages and uploads Fixture Design’s request processes and cash wrap planograms on the Intranet.
  • Supports the MerchLogix program by uploading, maintaining drawings and taking pictures of prototype fixtures.
  • Provides educational test lab tours to new team members, field leadership and other business partners
  • Participates in Proof of Concept, competitive shopping field visits, vendor facility visits and Field Leadership Meeting.
  • Develops relationships with Store Field Leaders to maintain open communication and constructive feedback through e-mail, conference calls and store visits.
COMPETENCIES:
  • Drives for Results
  • Organization
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Managing and Measuring Work
  • Planning
  • Written & Verbal Communication
  • Vendor Relations
QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED:
  • Associate degree or higher in retail, business or design related-field preferred.
  • 1-3 or more years’ experience in retail, fixture and/or furniture assembly / design / testing preferred.
  • 2 years of project management experience required.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • Store level, corporate and / or design experience preferred.
  • Ability to read and understand manufacturer fixture drawings.
  • Proficient in MS Outlook, MS Word, MS PowerPoint and MS Excel.
  • Basic understanding of Adobe Acrobat Pro and Microsoft Project.
  • Detail-oriented with strong organizational and communication skills (written and verbal).
  • Proficiency to work autonomously and deliver accurate data on-time.
  • High degree of reliability, including accountability for daily, weekly, and long-term projects.
  • Possess a class C license with an excellent driving record.
  • Ability to drive a Box Truck, operate a lift gate and pallet jack.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/ADA:
  • Job requires ability to work in an office environment, primarily on a computer.
  • Requires sitting, standing, walking, hearing, talking on the telephone, attending in-person meetings, typing, and working with paper/files, etc.
  • Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically, including distinguishing color.
  • Requires the ability to lift 35 lbs., move store fixtures, able to assemble & disassemble store fixtures, aptitude to operate both manual and powered tools such as a crowbar, hammer, screw drivers, power drill, calipers, protractor, radius tool and other necessary tools and engineering instruments.
  • Limited travel required.
  • 20% of work is performed in a large annex/warehouse space within a store and the 80% is performed in an indoor facility, office environment, primarily on a computer.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:

None

DISCLAIMER

Ross is an equal employment opportunity employer. We consider individuals for employment or promotion according to their skills, abilities and experience. We believe that it is an essential part of the Company’s overall commitment to attract, hire and develop a strong, talented and diverse workforce. Ross is committed to complying with all applicable laws prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religious creed, age, national origin, ancestry, physical, mental or developmental disability, sex (which includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and medical conditions related to pregnancy, childbirth or breastfeeding), veteran status, military status, marital or registered domestic partnership status, medical condition (including cancer or genetic characteristics), genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, as well as any other category protected by federal, state or local laws.
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