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Design Manager

Shenzhen, China (Mainland)

As a Manager, Design, you will be responsible for the design of licensed publishing and design process from artwork creative to finished product with focus on assigned categories.

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Job ID 724032BR Location Shenzhen, Guangdong, China (Mainland) Business Disney Licensing Date posted 11/28/2019

Job Summary:

  • Disney China Product Development team is seeking a passionate, experienced and bold design manager with great ideas, an active hands-on approach to design and hungry to innovate in the product development. Grab this unique opportunity to work with the world’s best stories, most loved characters and leading entertainment brands. “Be part of the story”


Key Responsibilities

  • To lead product development in South region with various licensees across multiple product categories mainly focusing on Consumer Electrics, Home, Toy, Stationery & Food/Health.
  • To work closely with licensees, category managers and Creative Directors in developing new product lines
  • To involve in the approval process for in-house approvals of licensees so as to ensure Disney’s standards are upheld.
  • To give design advise/suggestions internally to category managers and externally to existing and potential licensees on quality concepts and designs for their products, so as to increase the revenue for the Company.
  • To initiate and perform product line reviews, and new licensees’ induction meetings on a regular basis.
  • To provide support in marketing program / tie-in promotions, artworks & special project assigned.
  • To provide brand and creative training to existing and new licensees
  • To supervise and direct Local Content characters/design usage in products, print materials, advertising and promotional and retail projects.
  • To build and add into existing library and manage the distribution of art resources, i.e. style guides, art portfolios and brand manuals received from head office
  • To update and revise the manual for category managers and licensees on Disney characters’ usage, brand knowledge and product approval procedures
  • To recruit and train freelance character artists, designers well versed in Disney standards for referral to licensees or any for special projects.
  • To perform any and all other duties, as may from time to time be assigned from management team

Working Relationships

  • Internal – Category Managers / Directors, Creative Team, cross LOB projects with other regional creative teams within APAC , Central creative team in Shanghai office.
  • External – Potential / existing Licensees and other business partners
Outsourced creative house / design companies
Freelance character artists, designers and sculptors
Key local retail accounts
Leading consumer product manufacturers

Basic Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree in Product design, Industrial Design, Graphic Design or a Related Field.


  • 10+ years working experience with relevant design area as a product designer; preferably with international company or international design agency.
  • Bi-lingual: fluent spoken and written English and Mandarin
  • Creative, out-of-the-box visionary capable of bringing forth innovative ideas and concepts that deliver strong results.
  • Willing to travel, locations include head office in Shanghai, licensees’ offices within the north region
  • Exceptional eye for detail, sensitivity to the consumer experience and passion for the Disney brand.
  • Strong presentation skill to present ideas and concepts, mood boards
  • Equipped with strong project management, analytic skills and proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Excellent co-ordination and strong oral and written communication skills
  • Product/market/trend research skills
  • Exceptional computer graphic design skills on PC, Mac, and any related tools, e.g. Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, After effect, or any other design software.
  • Excellent Keynote or PowerPoint skill

  • Must possess high level of enthusiasm and be a strong team player
  • A portfolio showcasing strong ability in graphic and industrial design skills
  • Business integrity + professional attitude
  • Design sense + high taste level
  • Committed to excellence
  • Attention to details
  • A creative flair and be able to work in a highly innovative and dynamic environment
  • International experience is plus and ability to adapt to different cultures with open mind is required

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 (China) Limited, which is part of a business segment we call Disney Licensing.


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    Complimentary Disney theme park admission

    Explore Shanghai Disneyland and select Disney Parks around the world with a limited theme park admission pass

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