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Project Hire - Associate Product Design Manager – Toys

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 10072972 Location Glendale, California, United States Business Consumer Products Games & Publishing Date posted Feb. 01, 2024

Job Summary:

Be Part of the Story at The Walt Disney Company as the Associate Product Design Manager! This role will develop a broad range of Licensed Hardlines product, including Disney Animation, Princess and Frozen Toys and Dolls, while collaborating with the product design leadership team. We build strong peer and team relationships, which are essential to ensure the highest quality, consumer focused, trend right product lines.

This role reports to the Senior Manager of Product Design.

This is a 12 month Project Hire position without any guarantee of permanent placement.

What You Will Do:

  • Work with our Product Design leadership and our Licensee partners to drive development of trend-right, consumer centric product lines that feature best-in-class innovation and excellent price/value for our guest.

  • Complete product and licensed packaging approvals through online systems and collaborative approval meetings, we ensure uncommonly high quality standards in character execution, in-depth storytelling, color, material, form and function, as well as assist with onboarding our new partners.

  • Develop and design product mock-ups in partnership with Licensee partners for development milestone meetings, assist with compiling line sheets for line reviews, layout creative presentations for our key partner meetings.

  • Collaborate with internal partners (Creative Design, Licensing Commercialization, Global Product Design teams, CBM, Legal, Business Affairs, Product Integrity, Integrated Retail, BPM, Public Affairs, DE&I teams and Cultural Consultants) and external partners (Studios & Disney Channel Content Providers, Games, Publishing, Walt Disney Imagineering, Licensees and DTR Partners) to design and approve all products.

  • Closely monitor competitors, product innovation and market dynamics

  • Research market trends by category

  • Multi-task and prioritize multiple design projects within deadlines

Required Qualifications and Skills:

  • 3+ years of related experience

  • Excellent knowledge of the hardlines product development process (raw materials, plastic, textiles, print, pattern, graphic composition and manufacturing).

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Solid negotiating skills

  • Strong product design skills (e.g. 3D product design, technical design, sketching, creative application and manipulation of art, final mechanical art, fabric and trim identification)

  • Excellent computer software skills (Photoshop, Illustrator, Adobe Creative Suite, Keynote & MS Office Suite)


  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent work experience

Benefits and Perks:

Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities, and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at




The hiring range for this position in Glendale, CA is $92,800.00 to $124,400.00 per year. The base pay actually offered will take into account internal equity and also may vary depending on the candidate’s geographic region, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience among other factors. A bonus and/or long-term incentive units may be provided as part of the compensation package, in addition to the full range of medical, financial, and/or other benefits, dependent on the level and position offered.

About Consumer Products Games & Publishing:

The Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment includes Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia, a top-rated cruise line, a popular vacation ownership program, and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

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: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, Disney Parks, and Experiences and Products. 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 Disney Global Product Dev & Creative, which is part of a business we call Consumer Products Games & Publishing.

Disney Global Product Dev & Creative is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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