Ross Stores, Inc. Specialist, Fixture Design in Dublin, California

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 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 having an understanding of the Ross and dd's brands and their current fixture programs, brand rules and fixture standards.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:

  • Coordinates sample fixtures and first articles of production in the test lab and/or off-site warehouse. This includes but is not limited to; receiving, unpacking, assembling, inventorying, inspecting all prototype & sample fixtures, purging fixtures, maintaining standards and organization in the test lab and/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 and/or off-site warehouse as well as following up with business partners when standards are not maintained.
  • 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.
  • Manage outside vendors through attending weekly conference calls, coordinating vendor fixture set ups, providing direction and feedback on deliverables.
  • Implements a rigorous quality control process of all incoming prototypes by comparing fixtures with manufacturing drawings and requesting replacements prior to scheduled reviews.
  • Sets up internal fixture reviews in the test lab and/or off-site warehouse, when reviews are scheduled at stores or Corporate Headquarters, transfers fixtures utilizing a rented truck with a lift gate and the use of a pallet jack.
  • Supports the partnership with Store Project Planning & Execution fixture reviews in a store or warehouse set up to evaluate first articles of production or store POC and confirms fixture qualities of fit, function, and finish from prototype to production remain.
  • Manages non-installer or 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.
  • Responsible for issuing purchase orders for tests or prototypes, reconciling invoices and updating the expenditure logs.
  • Develops relationships with Store Field Leaders in order to maintain open communication and constructive feedback through e-mail, conference calls and store visits.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Drive for Results
  • Organization
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Managing and Measuring Work
  • Planning
  • Written & Verbal Communication
  • Vendor Relations

QUALIFICATIONS AND SPECIAL SKILLS REQUIRED:

  • Associate's Degree or higher in retail or design related-field preferred.
  • 1-3 or more years’ experience in fixture and/or furniture assembly, design or testing preferred.
  • 2 years of project management experience required.
  • Store, corporate and/or design experience preferred.
  • Strong organizational and communication skills.
  • 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:

Consistent timeliness and regular attendance.

Job frequently requires reading, hearing, talking, standing, sitting, attending in-person meetings, working with paper/files, walking, bending, assembling, driving, working with hands, setting and lifting up to 40 pounds as well as driving/air travel.

Vision requirements: Ability to see information in print and/or electronically and capable of distinguishing hues of color (e.g., varying shades of white)

Able to move, assemble & disassemble store fixtures, operate manual and powered tools such as a crowbar, hammer, screw drivers, power drill and other necessary tools.

Occasional air travel with advance notice and exposure to demands/pressures from persons other than immediate Supervisor.

Routine deadlines; usually sufficient lead time; variance in work volume seasonal and predictable; priorities can be anticipated; some interruptions are present.

30% of work is performed in a large annex/warehouse space within a store and the 70% 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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