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Product Development Associate, Soft Toys, 12 Month Contract

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 615004BR Location London, England, United Kingdom; Hammersmith, England, United Kingdom Business Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products Date posted Dec. 11, 2018

Job Summary:

A great opportunity to join Disney's Creative team in Hammersmith, west London - working on the Product Development of soft toys across our EMEA markets.

The role is responsible for supporting the Product Development team in initiating, developing and managing the plush soft toys business across Europe. Working through the Hong Kong Trading Company, liaising with Vendors (Manufacturers) and maintaining and developing the European Distributor relationships.

Design & Development

  • Assists in the managing of the design projects.

  • Aiding the team in defining the line of products to be launched at European level.

  • Designing products and packaging in coordination with the creative teams.

  • Cost engineering to modify product to meet target costs.

  • Managing design and pre-production samples approval.


Project Management/ Logistics

  • Aiding in the negotiation of prices, deliveries and quantities via our Hong Kong Office.

  • Aiding in the management of the relationship with Hong Kong and China Trading companies and vendors.

  • Coordinating the sales and marketing samples that are required by the distributors.

  • Sending all samples to relevant vendors and customers.

  • Coordinating specific requests via our Hong Kong Office (packaging, samples, special development +).

  • Interfaces with vendors on ‘specials / promotions’.

  • Team administration of line planning and distribution documentation

  • To be the team “go to” for OPA. our approvals software - ensuring all plush and packaging elements are raised and closed accordingly.

The post-holder will also be involved in:

  • Liaising and co-ordinating with the other product development teams in the other toy and apparel categories

  • Assisting in the organisation of the bi-annual distributor meetings.

Basic Qualifications:

  • A degree in Design, Creative or Business related field preferred
  • Negotiating skills
  • Experience of liaising with 3rd party international vendors/ suppliers would be an advantage.
  • Range planning – an ability to define a range based on market assessment.
  • Creative and innovation skills.
  • Possess the design ability to aid in simple product concepts and packaging.
  • An understanding of brand values is an advantage.
  • Understands the dynamics and challenges (and thrives) in a matrix – structured organisation.
  • 2nd EMEA language an advantage but not essential

Additional Information:

This position is offered as a 12 month fixed term contract.
The existing right to work in the UK is essential for all of our London based positions.

About Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products:

The Parks, Experiences and Consumer 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 The Walt Disney Company Ltd., which is part of a business segment we call Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products.

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