The Walt Disney Company Senior Category Manager, Kids Fashion, Disney Consumer Products in London, United Kingdom

We are looking for an experienced candidate to fill the permanent position of Senior Manager within our Licensing Sales department, based in Hammersmith London.

The successful candidate will develop and execute Regional (EMEA) long term and fiscal year strategies. They will lead the commercial management of a series of our existing key accounts, made up of some of the largest licensees in the industry. Evaluate licensee base and drive a rationalisation plan to ensure effective and focused business management and strategic planning to support growth across categories.

Relationships are key to the success of this role, both internally and externally. You will be required to actively manage and cultivate the engagement, partnership and joint business planning with each account, new and existing, at a senior level in order to negotiate global contracts and ultimately drive and deliver strategic growth in licensing sales on behalf of the global/ EMEA business.

The role requires vision, creativity and commerciality, an expertise in fashion product development with a good eye for digital, social, brick and mortar marketing. Using key trends, commercial and consumer insight to develop and drive succinct strategies cross company and departmentally whilst being agile to capitalise on the moment and identify new opportunities and target partners.

Responsibilities :

  • Set the long-term strategy for the Kids and Infant Apparel business in conjunction with relevant stakeholders

  • Manage the annual operating plan and quarterly forecasting process, developing supplier (Licensee) objectives and strategies to drive growth, working with markets, consumer demo groups, category teams, franchise, marketing, product development & finance

  • Actively manage and cultivate the relationship engagement, partnership and joint business planning with each EMEA account, new and existing, at a senior level.

  • Lead and execute all contract negotiations and appropriately inform all key stakeholders (global, EMEA and local).

  • Work hand in hand with the creative and marketing teams

  • Lead new business development, research projects and market meetings.

  • Collaborate with Disney market teams providing information and regular updates as well as understanding and satisfying local market needs and differences

  • Share global, regional and local best practice

  • Build relationships with the International DCP teams in order to share knowledge and best practices

  • Manage colleagues in the team and ensure their ongoing professional development and by providing formal coaching, mentoring and feedback

  • In conjunction with country/regional requirements/structure, the role will deal with legal issues affecting the region

Basic Qualifications :

  • A background in Fashion buying and product development, merchandising or commercial fashion and home (sales)

  • Degree level education in a related field or equivalent work experience

  • Substantial experience within consumer products management

  • Team leadership and personnel management

Company Overview :

Walt Disney set the standard for character licensing in the entertainment industry when he licensed the image of Mickey Mouse for a children's notebook. Today, Disney Consumer Products is the world's largest licensor of intellectual property, bringing Disney magic to the heart of the home through compelling products and experiences. Working here, you will translate Disney's beloved brand, stories and characters into a broad range of consumer products that feed the imagination, create fashion, encourage healthy eating habits, and add the excitement to celebrations.

Join a company passionate about great products. From fashion, toys and home d├ęcor to books and magazines, furniture and food, Disney-branded products capture hearts and inspire lifelong memories.

Additional Information :

  • Will require some overnight travel in the UK and overseas to visit licensees & attend meetings

Job ID: 525732BR

Location: London,United Kingdom

Job Posting Company: Walt Disney International