Design Director (Toys and Hardline)
Tokyo, Japan
‎‎21 時間前
  • Licensing Expertise : Possesses a solid understanding of the entertainment industry and Consumer Products businessManage and ensure brand excellence by making any necessary character revisions, infusing storytelling and providing property assets and toolkitsManage process flow and prioritize schedules based on product development calendarManage and lead product approval meetingsManage approval functionalities on product approval system (Mediabox)Lead creative workshops and Key partner meetings with licenseesSupport local retail creative and larger creative team in JapanPrepare and share regional product design updates with Global teamProvides input to Category / business counterparts on licensor selection to ensure excellent product execution and delivery
  • Design Expertise and Innovation : Be the Design expert in assigned categories execution, fabrications / materials, tech designs (Toy design experience is a requirement) Understand licensee design & manufacturing capabilities to guide effective design and developmentDesign product solutions across entire Franchise and property roadmap Prepare all necessary components for design development through packaging and photo shoots.
  • Provide accurate design input and modifications(overlays) based on strong understanding of IP priorities, guidelines & assets through all stages of the product approval processDrive innovation by maintaining strong knowledge of retail landscape in Region;
  • monitor sales performance of key categories & programs

  • Design Strategy : Engages in wider UBD discussions on the company’s vision and strategyKeeps local teams aware of GLOBAL PD intiatives Builds and delivers strategic CP design plans aligned to IP or franchise strategiesPartners with Category to identify white space opportunities for growthUnderstands regional retail pricing structure for product and line architectureIdentifies new trends and innovation across multiple toy categories and propertiesCreate and build new ideas into marketable product lines for existing properties and new initiativesSkilled in managing and building annual a design budget
  • Communication and Collaboration Understands and communicates strategically to team and partnersSupport regional and global product line reviewsExcellent ability to communicate and collaborate with partners Required to communicate weekly with Global SVP of PD Coordinates with cross-functional partners on new projects and design development progressBuild successful working relationships with key partners including (but not limited to) : Licensees & manufacturersCategory, Retail, and FranchiseStudios & filmmakersEnjoys working in team environment and is capable to take the lead within the team
  • Qualifications / Requirements

    Universal Brand Development is seeking a Product Design Director for our JAPAN region with experience in toy design and licensing for the Toys and Hardlines team.

    The role is responsible for product approvals, product development and product strategies for Toys, Party and Publishing categories.

    The candidate needs to be proficient in both Japanese and English and has the experience and expertise of the Japanese culture.

    Universal Brand Development team is looking for candidates that are pro-active, hands on, forward thinkers and have the ability to formulate product design strategies.

    The role requires a leader that has experience building strong relationships with internal cross-functional teams and external partners.

    This position will report directly to Global SVP of product design and work daily alongside the reginal lead in the Japan office.

    The position will be in the NBC Universal CP office in Tokyo.

    Qualifications :

  • Minimum 8-10 years of experience within the TOY and manufacturing industry
  • Proficient in English and Japanese
  • Entertainment industry experience with license-based consumer product approvals
  • Licensing and or Toy Manufacturing Experience
  • Knowledge of product manufacturing and process
  • Ability to design from concept through final samples / production
  • Polished ability to verbally deliver presentations with full command of material, full command of the stage, and ability to steer discussion toward actionable conclusions
  • Ability to work well in a fast-paced, dynamic environment; comfortable with change; able to troubleshoot problems and act decisively
  • Able to advocate for Design recommendations with partners
  • Experience in working with multiple external artist and creative agencies
  • Ability to prioritize work for self and associates
  • High level of accuracy, attention to detail, and organization skills
  • Fully proficient with Photoshop & Illustrator. Ability to use InDesign, Keynote, Power Point Word and Excel
  • Must be able to articulate clearly, and drive toward shared solutions with various internal partners and external licensee teams
  • Knowledge and understanding of product category dynamics and strategies
  • Education Requirements :

  • Bachelors Degree in Industrial Design, Toy Design, Illustration or comparable field of study such as product design
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