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Jewelry CAD Designer, TWS

Employer
Tiffany & Co.
Location
Pelham, New York, United States
Closing date
16 May 2024

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Function
Marketing
Level
Manager
Hours
Full Time

Job Details

Tiffany & Co. is one of the most legendary brands in the world today. With a history that spans back to 1837, Tiffany & Co is a jeweler and specialty retailer whose merchandise offerings include an extensive selection of jewelry, as well as timepieces, sterling silverware, china, crystal, stationery, fragrances, and accessories. Tiffany & Co. operates a High Jewelry Workshop at our Pelham Manufacturing facility. Tiffany offers our employees the resources they need to be successful in an environment that recognizes and rewards creativity, innovation, and dedication. We take great pride in helping each of our employees design an exciting future within our enduring tradition of excellence. At Tiffany & Co., an inspired career is life's best accessory.

The Tiffany Workshop (TWS) CAD Designer will support all aspects related to TWS projects. Primary responsibility will be on supporting the commercialization of Tiffany & Co. TWS projects while maintaining aesthetic and product integrity. The position will focus on ensuring design and manufacturing integrity throughout the design lifecycle for key and strategic projects flowing through the TWS.

Responsibilities:

Prototype & File Creation
  • The TWS CAD Production Designer will interface with TWS Craftspeople as well as Design Creative, Product Development, and Manufacturing on product functionality, and technical design elements including form, style, details and materials.
  • The primary function of the TWS CAD Production Designer is to translate Jewelry Design Concepts into reality/volume respecting deadlines, cost and complexities.
  • Plan, create, develop, and/or maintain 3D Finished Goods Level CAD (3D FG WIP, or 3D Soft Prototype CAD) models for new products, existing products (reverse engineering), line extensions, and custom jewelry.
  • Ensure ALL models created are in keeping with modeling best practices and manufacturing standards (e.g., closed solid objects, minimal object density, model/structure organization, etc.)
  • Create, maintain and organize 2-D, 3-D shared design standards, specifications and templates across all product families. Prepare engineering and design materials in compliance with archiving procedures. Archive appropriately, organize and maintain shared files.
  • Plan, create, and prepare Finished Good Drawings, and associated technical illustrations for new product concepts, existing products (reverse engineering), line extensions, and custom jewelry.
  • In consultation with TWS Jewelers, Stone Setters, and Engineers, provide initial CAD direction on component breakout, construction, and methods of fabrication for the Critical Requirements Document.
  • Provide timely and innovative CAD solutions to complex mechanical problems, at any point in the production life cycle.
  • Create multiple sized 3D FG WIP CAD models and multiple color ways based on Designer artwork and project direction to achieve critical requirements.

Communication
  • Establish and monitor individual timelines and ensure adherence to overall project timelines and accurate completion of projects. Identify and communicate potential barriers to meeting completion timelines as soon as they arise.
  • Responsible for updating workflow tracking documents and reporting on overall project status in various documents and face to face meetings.
  • Communicate effectively to keep team updated on project status, issues, and concerns. Identify potential barriers to meeting completion timelines as soon as they arise.
  • Proactively flag critical issues for consideration that may impact design and/or design aesthetic when creating and transferring 3D FGL-CAD models, and at any point in the production life cycle.
  • Proactively flag critical issues for consideration that may impact manufacturing and/or quality of final product (e.g., meeting of tolerances, reliability between 3D FG WIP CAD and final product) when creating and transferring 3D FG WIP CAD models, and at any point in the production life cycle.

Support for Cross Functional Partners
  • Partner with the Design through final product delivery to meet creative and business needs
  • Interface with Director, Manager, Designers and cross-functional departments on project direction, review of Concept Art / CAD timelines and issues.
  • Attend and actively participate in departmental meetings with management to identify new and/or updated standards and template needs.
  • Proactively communicate risks and opportunities to all relevant TWS counterparts.
  • Support internal and external suppliers as needed by the project team to demonstrate product requirements and techniques.

Collaboration and Leadership
  • Ensure accurate and timely input to Critical Requirement documents.
  • Partner with PD, Design and MFG partners on technical aspects of development.
  • Support TWS project team according to project needs and lead related CAD discussions.
  • Collaborate with TWS Project Team to provide direction during prototyping phases and align support for Design and Product Development teams; including but not limited to annotated images, CAD overlays, technical specifications product comparison analysis/comparative documents.

Rapid Prototyping
  • Interface with other TWS CAD Production Designers to coordinate CAD for 3D printing.
  • Assist in the maintenance of the rapid prototyping lab equipment, communicate and handle service issues if needed.
  • Perform rapid prototype setup using a variety of 3D printing technologies (SLA, Polymer Jetting, etc.), manage post processing of 3D prints.
  • Communicate printing supplies and material needs to Management, organize printing supplies, and material ordering. Facilitate waste removal.

Required Qualifications:
  • Previous experience in a jewelry workshop as a jeweler or a Jewelry CAD Designer
  • Bachelor's degree or diploma in Jewelry Design, Jewelry Arts, Industrial or Fashion Design, or Engineering
  • Significant CAD and model making training and experience (with at least 5 years of hands-on model making)
  • Expert skill set, with high effectiveness and efficiency in Rhino (grasshopper experience is heavily preferred), and/or SolidWorks, T-Splines, Z-Brush, Modo
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite and all Microsoft packages
  • Manufacturing knowledge of jewelry and/or other related industries
  • Significant experience building, repairing, and troubleshooting metalsmithing/materials manufacturing processes while maintaining design integrity
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • Strong team player with a high level of professionalism
  • Ability to adapt and meet urgent timelines under high demand conditions.
  • Must be able to interpret scientific, technical, and aesthetic documents

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Formal goldsmithing and/or metalsmithing training
  • Experience as a bench jeweler
  • Gemological training with GIA or FGA diploma


The hiring range for this position ranges from $74,035.00 - $100,165.00. The rate of pay offered will be dependent upon candidates' relevant skills and experience.

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