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Product Design and Development Manager

Apply NowApply Later Job ID 985556BR Location London, United Kingdom Business Disney Licensing Date posted Jun. 06, 2022

Job Summary:

Job Summary:
A great opportunity became available to join the existing team as a Product Design & Development Manager who will lead the design, development and approval process of all products within health & beauty categories for the EMEA region. This role will focus on managing existing accounts in the categories Food/Health/Beauty & Pets.


Responsibilities
  • Develop and manage the creative output from licensees ensuring product innovation, brand consistency and compelling execution within a commercial context
  • Identify new product opportunities, produce first-class conceptual designs and pitch to prospective/existing partners
  • Establish and maintain relationships with retailers, internal stakeholders/partners and global and international creative teams
  • Manage and develop team, ensuring consistent and appropriate creative direction and feedback is given on all product submissions
  • Manage and execute where required, the approval process from initiation to production in a timely manner
  • Ensure licensees are provided appropriate creative assets for product development, developing new assets as required against the specific needs of the category and inputting into style guide needs
  • Manage creative relationships with internal and external partners, providing inspiration and ensuring the product is brand-appropriate and adheres to Disney guidelines
  • Offer creative input and trend direction to inspire licensees/retailers and help drive quality product
  • Run ideation sessions with licensees/retailers to drive product innovation
  • Lead all design projects (e.g. product toolkits, product pitches, inspiration boards) within the category, utilising internal and external resources as required
  • Ensure all new and existing licensees/retailers are trained and kept up to date on the Disney brand, property portfolio, creative assets and approval systems
  • Maintain an advanced level of market knowledge for products that fall within your sub-category
  • Determine market trends, using them to drive creative strategy, identify new areas of business and establish design requirements
  • Maintain expert knowledge of health & beauty trends, with a finger on the pulse of new innovations within the category.


Experience & Professional Qualifications required
  • Experience in designing & developing FMCG products that resonate with consumers both globally and locally across the world
  • Experience working with large-scale, global retailers and partners to bring product designs to market for a variety of different consumer targets
  • Packaging experience desirable
  • Experience within a consumer products commercialisation environment
  • Proven experience in building effective relationships, leading and managing change and collaboration across departments

Skills required
  • An ability to communicate a clear design brief and ensure deliverables meet all criteria
  • Have advanced knowledge of trends within the industry of relevant category and the broader world of design with working knowledge of common manufacturing techniques and their application in production
  • Understanding of licensing and experience working with multiple global & regional partners
  • Demonstrated ability to lead product development in the creation of consumer-led items through the development cycle
  • Demonstrated ability to capitalize on market trends and consumer zeitgeist to maximize value creation throughout the trend cycle
  • Demonstrated ability to create, leverage and scale innovation in consumer products
  • An ability to deliver against set deadlines and budgets
  • Strong presentation skills with the ability to effectively present design ideas to internal/external stakeholders at all levels
  • knowledge of Mac OSX, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Office
  • Fluent English is essential; other European languages, beneficial
  • Strong influencing skills with the ability to achieve buy-in at all levels
  • Resilient and nimble in an ever-changing landscape
  • Forward-thinking with the ability to take industry trends and translate them into something that drives growth for TWDC
The Perks
  • 25 days annual leave
  • Private medical insurance & dental care
  • Free Park Entry: You will have the opportunity to enter any of our parks with your family and friends for free
  • Disney Discounts: you are entitled to discounts on designated Disney products, resort F&B and ticketing
  • Hybrid working is available
  • Excellent parental and guardian leave
  • Employee Resource Groups – WOMEN @ Disney, Disney DIVERSITY, Disney PRIDE, our new disability & neurodiversity focused group - ENABLED, and our Mental Health & Wellbeing Group, TRUST.


The Walt Disney Company is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to be a diverse workforce that is representative of our audiences, and where all can thrive and belong. We are committed to building a team that includes and respects a variety of voices, identities, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.

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 The Walt Disney Company Ltd., which is part of a business we call Disney Licensing.

The Walt Disney Company Ltd. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, colour, religion or belief, sex, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, disability or pregnancy or maternity. 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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