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Home & Gifting Product Development Manager, Maternity Cover

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 711410BR Location London, England, United Kingdom; Hammersmith, England, United Kingdom Business Disney Licensing Date posted Oct. 17, 2019

Job Summary:

To lead the design, development, and approval process of all products within relevant category for the EMEA region.

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 all licensee product submissions are routed through Disney’s Online Product Approval system (OPA) as per global product integrity guidelines
  • 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 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 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
  • Develop and maintain an expert knowledge of Disney’s characters, films, properties, heritage and creative assets in order to assist in their usage on consumer products

Basic Qualifications:

Responsibility
  • Degree level education in a related field or equivalent work experience
  • Proven commercial design experience related to relevant category, essential, with the ability to brief and manage external/internal designers and/or agencies
  • Packaging experience, desirable
  • Previous experience managing and developing the performance of a creative team, essential
  • Experience within a consumer products commercialisation environment
  • Proven experience of building effective relationships, leading and managing change and collaboration across departments
Training and Professional Development
  • Operate with integrity, champion change and be a good ambassador for CPC and the wider Walt Disney Company
  • Operate as part of an effective team, demonstrating an awareness of others, offering support, sharing knowledge and best practises and contributing to the overall achievement of departmental commitments
  • Take ownership of your professional development through regular career conversations with your line manager and utilising available resources such as D Learn, instructor led courses and on the job learning
  • Proactively suggest ways to improve departmental performance and processes
  • Build links with other functions with The Walt Disney Company to develop broader knowledge of the business
  • Manage the training and development of all direct reports ensuring commitments are set, regularly reviewed and feedback given using the D Achieve philosophy, where applicable
  • Contribute to maintaining and enhancing the standard of training and development being given and encouraging participation so that everyone has the tools and resources to do their role effectively and efficiently

Preferred Qualifications:

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
  • An ability to communicate design ideas using freehand drawing, computer techniques and/or third party design resources
  • 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
  • Advanced knowledge of Mac OSX, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Office
  • Fluent English, 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
  • Cultural sensitivity and an understanding of local markets across EMEA
Accountability
  • ​Accountable to Vice President, Creative and Product Development, GMPD, EMEA
  • Accountable for the development of products within relevant category across the EMEA region, ensuring timely development of compelling products
  • Accountable for cultivating and maintaining productive relationships and collaborating across departments internally and externally
  • Accountable for contributing to the success of the team
  • Accountable for the effective management of team

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 segment 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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