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Lead Photo Studio Set Builder

Company: Williams-Sonoma, Inc.
Location: Richmond
Posted on: September 14, 2023

Job Description:

We hope you're interested in building a home with us. Even if you don't feel that you meet every requirement listed in this job description, we still encourage you to apply.

About the Photo Studio Set Building Team
The photo studio set shop fabricates sets and environments for all WSI brands in the photo studio. We're a talented team of woodworkers, scenic artists, and custom fabricators.

Overview of the Lead Photo Studio Set Builder role
Lead builders are responsible for coordinating weekly/daily tasks with the team and overall schedule. Managing the warehouse of set elements and daily operations. Leads have the opportunity to work with creative directors and set shop managers to source and design components of the sets to bring the creative team's vision into reality.


  • Primary responsibilities are to supervise the construction of sets in a safe and efficient manner
  • Supervise full-time staff, scenic painters, and temp/overhire builders
  • Thrive in design with close attention to detail and enthusiasm for research to supply the creative team with exactly what they are looking for on set
  • Coordinate builds with the manager, co-lead, crew, and creative teams
  • Proactive in investigating challenges and collaboratively troubleshooting solutions
  • Efficient with triaging priorities and tasks
  • Extensive knowledge of set building process:
  • materials, hardware, supplies
  • carpentry, rigging, painting, tile work, and metalwork
  • Technical knowledge - electrics, pneumatics, tool maintenance
  • Coordinate workflow throughout the set shop, paint shop, storage warehouse, and studio spaces in a fast-paced environment
  • Create and/or interpret scenic design drawings and create plans for how to fulfill designers' concepts within the creative team's budget
  • Manage efficient workflow by prioritizing set assembly and utilizing available resources across teams.
  • Maintaining organization, materials safety data sheets, and upkeep
  • Training new team members and teaching them techniques and skills


    • We look for proactive, out-of-the-box thinkers. Driven and passionate about authentic scenery, attention to detail, and customer service.
    • Extensive knowledge of set building process:
    • materials, hardware, supplies
    • carpentry, rigging, painting, tile work, and metalwork
    • Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing priorities in a fast-paced environment
    • A minimum of three years professional lead or supervisor experience
    • Knowledge in architecture/design/art/fabrication training is a plus
    • Ability to read and interpret building diagrams and plans
    • General proficiency in the safe operation and maintenance of a production paint shop
    • Possess a sense of urgency focused on details, accuracy, and efficiency
    • Excellent communication skills coupled with strong interpersonal skills
    • Ability to move and/or lift up to 50 lbs; heavier structures with team assist
    • Excellent communications skills regarding reading, written and verbal language (English) to effectively work with team members and cross-functioning teams

      We believe in People First
      We firmly believe that working in a culture focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion spurs innovation, creates healthy and high-performing teams, and delivers superior customer experiences. Our DEI initiatives prompt associate participation and engagement, aligning with our core vision to reflect the communities where we do business and put people first.

      Benefits Just for You
      Depending on your position and your location, here are a few highlights of what you might be eligible for:

      • A generous discount on all Williams-Sonoma, Inc. brands
      • A 401(k) plan and other investment opportunities
      • Paid vacations, holidays, and time off to volunteer
      • Health benefits, dental and vision insurance, including same-sex domestic partner benefits
      • Tax-free commuter benefits
      • A wellness program that supports your physical, financial and emotional health

        Your Journey in Continued Learning

        • In-person and online learning opportunities through WSI University
        • Cross-brand and cross-function career opportunities
        • Resources for self-development
        • Advisor (Mentor) program
        • Career development workshops and learning programs
        • Speaker series

          WSI will not now or in the future commence an immigration case or "sponsor" an individual for this position (for example, H-1B or other employment-based immigration
          This role is not eligible for relocation assistance.
          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, or other applicable state or local laws and ordinances.
          The expected starting pay range for this position is $90,000 - $110,000. Applicable pay ranges may differ across markets. Actual pay will be determined based on experience and other job-related factors permitted by law. In addition to competitive pay, compensation may include a variety of other components like benefits, paid time off, merit, and bonus opportunities.


Keywords: Williams-Sonoma, Inc., Richmond , Lead Photo Studio Set Builder, Accounting, Auditing , Richmond, California

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