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Senior Manager, Product Design - Apparel

Company: Parks, Experiences and Products
Location: Washington
Posted on: May 16, 2022

Job Description:

Lead and manage the successful operation of Adult Apparel with an assigned internal design team and across multiple external vendors by monitoring and maintaining quality of product categories through story, color, materials, form and function of products. Collaborate with internal and external partners to ensure the highest quality, consumer focused, trend-right product lines across all channels of distribution (licensing, flex business models, vertical and wholesale) that build brand equity and meet financial targets. This role will have a focus on development of Mickey and Classic Characters (MCC) and focuses on Apparel for Kids to Adults. This role will report to the Director, Product Design.

Responsibilities :

  • Manage an internal team to Concept, design, sketch, prototype (including managing art-to-product, sample creation, fit sessions) and deliver trend-right consumer centric product lines that feature market-leading innovation and great price/value for each tier of the value pyramid
  • Manage and execute product and licensed packaging approvals through online systems and collaborative approval meetings, ensuring high quality standards in character execution, in-depth storytelling, color, material, form and function while maximizing profitability
  • Manage multiple external vendors to develop product concepts against strategic design vision for the overall product or assortment mix to deliver trend-right consumer centric product lines and execute product and packaging approvals ensuring high quality standards
  • Develop and coach best-in-class design talent through consistent feedback on performance and provide regular development and coaching
  • Collaborate with internal partners (Creative Design, Brand Merchandising, Licensing Commercialization, Sourcing and Tech Design, BERGs, CBM, Legal, Business Affairs, Product Integrity, Integrated Retail, BPM, Public Affairs, D&I teams, Cultural Consultants) and external partners (Studios & Disney Channel Content Providers, Games, Publishing, WDI, Licensees, DTR) to design and approve all products
  • Collaborate with the greater product design and creative teams to drive up-front trends, overall creative direction and identify future areas of growth within the franchise and across product categories, including the preparation of custom design tools and retail pitches to differentiate by category
  • Collaborate with Global Product Design teams
  • Prepare creative/product retail custom design tools and pitches to differentiate by category
  • Monitor competitors, product innovation and market dynamics
  • Onboard new Licensees, DTR, halo partners globally and locally
  • Manage operating budget for category
  • Multi-task and prioritize multiple design projects, running simultaneously with varying levels of complexity
    Basic Qualifications :
    • Bachelor's Degree in related field preferred (e.g. industrial design, toy design, fashion design) or equivalent work experience
    • 6-8+ years of relevant experience
    • Extensive knowledge in hardlines/softlines categories (raw materials, plastic, textiles, print, pattern, graphic composition, manufacturing)
    • Prior experience leading and managing, managing up to senior leaders and across with peers and partners
    • Experience acting as a bridge between execution and strategy; to translate strategy into action
    • Experience taking ownership of business results and being a day-to-day decision maker, including influencing key partners and stakeholders
    • Able to filter through complex issues, find solutions, gain support and implement change
    • Demonstrated high-level product design skills, technical design, sketching, creative application and manipulation of art, final mechanical art, fabric and trim identification)
    • Proven computer software skills (e.g. MS Office, Photoshop, Illustrator, PowerPoint, Excel)
      Required Education :
      • Bachelor's Degree in related field preferred (e.g. industrial design, toy design, fashion design) or equivalent work experience
        Additional Information :
        Benefits and Perks: Disney offers a rewards package to help you live your best life. This includes health and savings benefits, educational opportunities and special extras that only Disney can provide. Learn more about our benefits and perks at https://jobs.disneycareers.com/benefits.This position is located in Orlando, FL
        Keywords: CPGPJobs, #DPEPFLA


Keywords: Parks, Experiences and Products, Washington DC , Senior Manager, Product Design - Apparel, Hospitality & Tourism , Washington, DC

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