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Vacancy : Product Development Manager – Electronics & Technology
Company Location : London
We are looking for a experienced, creative Product Development Manager to lead the design, development and approval process of all products within our Consumer Electronics & Technology categories for the EMEA region.
The successful candidate will have extensive previous Creative, Design and Product Development experience in the Consumer Electronics & Technology category.
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 :
Proven commercial design experience 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
Have advanced knowledge of trends 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
Strong presentation skills with the ability to effectively present design ideas to Disney or external stakeholders at all levels
Advanced knowledge of Mac OSX, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Office
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