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Associate Product Design Manager

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 889913BR Location Kissimmee, Florida, United States Business Parks, Experiences and Products Date posted Nov. 24, 2021

Job Summary:

The Associate Product Design Manager is responsible for the day-to-day execution of product design and development of 20th Century, ESPN, Disney Princess and Disney animation/live action licensed and vertical products from concept through production. You will collaborate with internal/external partners to ensure the highest quality, consumer focused, trend-right product lines that build brand equity and meet financial targets. Product focus is on a broad range of toy categories --specifically, 3-dimensional items; injection mold, blow mold, rotomold, ceramics, plush and diecast with simple to complex electronic and mechanical features. This role will report to the Sr. Manager – Product Design.

Responsibilities:

  • Concept, design, sketch, prototype (including managing art-to-product, 3D modeling and electronic breadboards where applicable)
  • Provide clear and concise design direction through character draw-overs and creative notes that guide partners to develop accurate on model characters as well as incorporating key character attributes and features
  • Develop and design product mock-ups, compile line sheets for line reviews, layout creative presentations, and retail pitch decks
  • Execute product and licensed packaging approvals through online product approval system and collaborative approval meetings, ensuring high quality standards in character execution, in-depth storytelling, color, material, form and function
  • Develop collaborative relationships with 3rd Party Content Providers to ensure prompt product feedback and approvals for licensing partners.
  • Identify new toy/collectible concepts that can be developed, which attain marketplace needs
  • Understand global trends in toys, games, novelties and consumer electronics that translate into commercially viable product ideas
  • Participate in cross-functional team meetings, kick-off calls and brainstorms, share best practices with team members and broader organizations
  • Ability to shift priorities quickly to meet the needs of a constantly changing business
  • Monitor competitors, product innovation and market dynamics
  • Initiative to continually update current level of expertise
  • Entrepreneurial and innovative thinker who embraces change and taking on new challenges

Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in industrial design, product design or graphic design
  • 4+ years product design/development experience required
  • Experience with 3D development and manufacturing of toys and/or collectibles
  • Strong communication and presentation skills and the ability to provide thoughtful, clear creative art direction of partners and vendors
  • Exhibit interest and knowledge of currently trends and understand features and play pattens in the toy industry
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a dynamic, deadline driven environment that revolves around multiple product development calendars
  • Advanced skills in Adobe and Microsoft applications required
  • Portfolio demonstrating design excellence and superior problem solving

Additional Information:

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 https://jobs.disneycareers.com/benefits.

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About Parks, Experiences and Products:

The 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: 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 Disney Global Product Development and Creative, Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Parks, Experiences and Products.

Disney Global Product Development and Creative, Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. 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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