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Product Development Director, Apparel, Accessories and Footwear

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 525729BR Location Hammersmith, England, United Kingdom Business Walt Disney International Brand Disney Licensing Date posted 02/23/2018
We are seeking an experienced candidate to fill the permanent position of Product Development Director, Apparel, Accessories and Footwear, based in Hammersmith London.

This is a key role in Disney Consumer Products European Creative team. The successful candidate will be responsible for driving the regional creative, design and product development activities for Apparel, Accessories and Footwear.


  • Develop and deliver a regional creative strategy for AAF to drive compelling product design, manage franchise priorities and facilitate achievement of annual financial targets
  • Lead the AAF creative team in the annual product development process, ensuring the team are proactive in their approach to licensee’s product design, driving innovative creative solutions which appeal to a constantly evolving market and consumer
  • Maintain a broad industry and category perspective to develop new business opportunities and to extend existing business
  • Establish and build relationships with licensees, retailers, lines of business and The Walt Disney Company partners
  • Motivate, coach and develop the AAF product development team
  • Work closely in conjunction with US and International Softlines Product Development leadership, to maximise global creative synergies
  • As a key role within the Disney Consumer Products Creative leadership team work closely with peer group to ensure consistency of approach

Basic Qualifications

  • Relevant design degree (Fashion / Graphic Design preferred)
  • Previous management of the full product development lifecycle essential
  • Significant managerial experience of a creative/product development team essential, preferably within an AAF manufacturing business
  • Proven leadership ability within a global organization
  • European AAF hands on design experience, and a thorough understanding of the needs across the region essential
  • Thinks strategically, providing direction for product, trends and business opportunities
  • Builds relationships at all levels within the business and with external partners, including licensees, agencies and retailers
  • Exhibits an exceptional degree of ingenuity, creativity and resourcefulness
  • Strong product expertise in manufacturing essential
  • Extensive commercial knowledge of the business and toy/consumer electronics markets
  • Strong creative eye for design
  • Understand and relate to the end consumer
  • Understand the diverse European market and develop product accordingly
  • Ability to inspire a team and lead them towards a common goal

Company Overview

Walt Disney set the standard for character licensing in the entertainment industry when he licensed the image of Mickey Mouse for a children's notebook. Today, Disney Consumer Products is the world's largest licensor of intellectual property, bringing Disney magic to the heart of the home through compelling products and experiences. Working here, you will translate Disney's beloved brand, stories and characters into a broad range of consumer products that feed the imagination, create fashion, encourage healthy eating habits, and add the excitement to celebrations.

Join a company passionate about great products. From fashion, toys and home décor to books and magazines, furniture and food, Disney-branded products capture hearts and inspire lifelong memories.

Additional Information

  • Some travel (Global/European) required
  • Only successful candidates will be contacted
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