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Category Manager Apparel Fashion

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 531810BR Location Brussels, Brussels Capital, Belgium Business Walt Disney International Brand Disney Licensing Date posted Mar. 08, 2018

Job Summary:

In this highly visible role, the Category Manager will be responsible for optimizing the distribution and the development of our licensed Fashion products in the area “Apparel” for the France-Benelux market. Thereby you will negotiate with Managers and Executives of our Licensees within the industry and retail, support them in all aspects of franchise management and product display as well as ensure product availability. In collaboration with the creative and product development team you will create new lines of goods and products and as a trend scout will sense the most up to date market developments. The candidate must be action oriented, open to change, thrive in a fast paced environment, enjoy solving moderate to complex problems and seek challenges.


  • Identify, develop and prioritize the local objectives and strategies for Disney fashion to grow business and deliver budget
  • Develop new Fast Fashion business opportunities
  • Ensure delivery of the fiscal year budget and have a clear responsibility for the P&L
  • Develop strong relationships with Licensees and Key Retailers to maximize opportunities
  • Identify and develop the strategy for franchises in the category
  • Implement regional product guidelines and prioritize Top categories
  • Lead the creative identity with the Product Development team for France - Benelux
  • Build and foster internal relationships with peers and senior team
  • Be a valuable member of a key account team and contribute to the key account plan.
  • Line manager of one direct report

Preferred Qualifications:

After successfully finalizing your studies – ideally in Business Administration – or equivalent education, you have gained at least 5 years of working experience in Sales, Marketing or Buying within the Benelux Fashion industry or retail. You are well grounded with profound market and product knowledge within the Fashion segment. Being a Sales and/or Marketing Professional you convince with excellent negotiation and sales skills as well as target oriented behavior, communicative strength and distinct entrepreneurial thinking. We take a routine handling of common PC applications and solid verbal and written French, Dutch and English skills as given.

Additional Information:

You will become part of the France-Benelux Disney Consumer Products team, where you will work with colleagues managing Food/Health/Beauty and Toys/Stationery for the Benelux and of a wider Retail team. You will also become part of the European Fashion & Home team, where you will work with Fashion counterparts managing Fashion in other European countries. The role reports full line to the Category lead Apparel France-Benelux and dotted-line to the Regional Fashion Category Directors.

The role will be based in Brussels and frequent travel within the France-Benelux region.

About Disney Licensing:

Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media (DCPI) is the business segment of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS) that brings our Company’s stories and characters to life through innovative and engaging physical products and digital experiences across more than 100 categories, from toys and t-shirts, to apps, books and console games. DCPI comprises four main lines of business: Global Licensing, Disney Retail, Publishing and Digital Media, and Games, Apps, and Labs. The segment is home to world-class teams of app and game developers, licensing and retail experts, a leading retail business (Disney Store), artists and storytellers, and technologists who inspire imaginations and bring the magic of Disney into the daily lives of families and fans around the world.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Studios (Belgium) B.V.B.A., which is part of a business segment we call Disney Licensing.

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