Location
London
Department
Studio
Advertising Salary
Competitive, dependent on experience

About The Role

Blue Zoo Animation is looking for a Product Development Manager to join our Licensing Team. You’ll be responsible for ensuring the approval processes are implemented and strictly adhered to and creative execution on all product ranges are best in class. Liaising with the executive team, licensees, agents and designers on cross-territory brands, the role requires strong experience, creativity, attention to detail and drive. A great opportunity to join a newly formed and growing in-house licensing team and be involved in implementation of systems and processes and grow with the team and the company.

Day to Day:

  • Develop a seasoned development team to work hand in hand with licensees managing creative output, ensuring product innovation, brand consistency and compelling execution within a commercial context.

  • Responsible for managing the end-to-end, approvals process, and delivering innovative brand-appropriate products to market.

  • Oversee the team who will manage approval processes of all licensees across all international territories.

  • 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 the creative output of partners including the appropriate sign off.

  • Onboard and run sessions with new/existing Licensees providing updates on processes.

  • Drive Licensee brand engagement by conducting style guide refreshers and offering your brand expertise.

  • Own the management of the physical samples as well as cataloguing and inventory of all samples for future needs of tradeshow, sales meetings and other PR opportunities.

  • Drive trend and retail research, share and apply - to maintain an up-to-date knowledge of competitive landscape, product, price and retail trends for the market.

  • Lead product presentations to key licensees, retailers and internal leadership several times per year.

  • Deliver weekly updates to the Licensing Team including reports noting Licensee developments, status and asset updates.

  • Manage and review quarterly Licensee reports highlighting designs in selection and those that have been selected.

  • Proactively manage Licensees range development ensuring to identify gaps in article development and/or standard of execution.

  • Identify style guide gaps and Licensee needs in line with the wider Creative Services team.


About You

Must Have:
  • Advanced knowledge of Mac OSX, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator and Microsoft Office.

  • Ability to work across numerous product categories.

  • A good understanding of consumer product categories and their production limitations

  • Previous experience in design, merchandising or licensing industry.

  • Ability to build strong and effective working relationships with various stakeholders across functions/countries.

  • Confident communicating and presenting to internal and external stakeholders.

  • Ability to communicate a clear change in design/direction whilst managing all stakeholders.

  • Wider knowledge of licensing and product/design trends and a natural interest in consumer products.

  • A proactive, solution driven mindset to deliver against deadlines.

  • The ability to juggle multiple projects, with excellent attention to detail and able to remain calm under pressure.

  • Independent, proactive, and organised self-starter.

  • Comfortable working remotely/hybrid and leading a remote/hybrid team.

  • Some travel required.



Bonus Points:

  • Experience in education/educational/edutainment brands an advantage.

  • Demonstrable understanding of pre-school audiences and pre-school product ranges.


About Us

Blue Zoo is a leading animation studio in the UK, with a world-class reputation as the go-to place for creating bold, fun and characterful animation. Established in London in 2000, the studio has grown to become the largest dedicated CG animation studio in the UK, picking up a shelf full of BAFTAs, an Annie and an Emmy along the way!

We couldn’t be prouder that Blue Zoo is the first major animation studio in the world to receive B Corp certification. We’ve been independently certified by B Lab, a non-profit organisation who award the B Corp certification. The certification verifies companies who are working to improve the lives of employees as well as industries as a whole. The certification process involves over 170 rigorous metrics to improve the lives of our staff, customers, suppliers, and the local community, ensuring we are not just saying we are ethical with empty gestures, but independently evidencing it.

We are going through an exciting period of growth and are building a studio that is full of amazingly talented, happy artists, making work they are proud of, which in turn makes a small contribution to a happier world. Blue Zoo believes that a healthy balance in our lives - whatever our situation - is key to supporting the wellbeing of our staff. We offer flexible working to support this.

We look for people who have expertise, enthusiasm and are motivated to make things better. You’ll work alongside a talented and diverse group of people who respect each other's differences and seek to understand and embrace fresh perspectives. 

What we’ve got for you:

  • Winner of Best Places to Work in TV 2019, 2020 and 2022
  • Inclusive self-funded shorts programme
  • Many fun social events throughout the year - even though some of them have to be remote for the foreseeable!
  • Bi-monthly staff feedback and engagement programme
  • Friday "beer o'clock" and talks programme!
  • Comprehensive benefits package, including loads of discounts and offers
  • Online wellbeing programme
  • Profit share (for staff who have been with us for 2+ years)

Blue Zoo is committed to creating and nurturing an inclusive studio that promotes and values diversity and invites everyone to ‘bring their whole selves’ to work. We believe that companies that truly embrace and value diversity, and create an environment where everyone from any background can do their best work, are better companies. 

To be engaged our people have to feel included and valued. We work hard to build and nurture a culture where inclusiveness is embedded in the way we work, not just an initiative. We strive to engender a studio community that feels a deep sense of pride and commitment that transcends any role, department or level and works together to produce excellent and engaging work.