Director, Product Design - Apparel

Posted: 12/19/2018

Location: Universal City, California
Function: Sales & Business Development
Specialty: Business Development, Sales
Level: Manager (Supervisor)
Duration: Full Time
Salary Description: competitive


The Brand Development Group is seeking a Director, Product Design to lead apparel, accessories and footwear for Universal Brand Development Consumer Products division. This position will report to the Vice President Design, Fashion & Home, and will contribute to the overall entertainment licensing objectives that drive worldwide brand awareness and deliver revenue to the studio.

Consumer Product’s goal is to extend Universal’s film and franchises into products that engage and delight consumers. The Director, Product Design is a key position that leads the development of quality product across a portfolio of properties from across Universal, Illumination and Dreamworks Animation Studios.

Job Duties:
  • Manage the Apparel, Accessories and Footwear Design team on all creative aspects of product design and development process from concept through the final product approval; Ensure quality product, trend-forward design and timely development
  • Possess cross-functional team leadership by collaborating with Category, Retail, Franchise/Franchise Creative and Filmmakers
  • Work with licensee development teams in the strategic and commercially viable creation of Universal product offerings
  • Track and manage a budget specific to creation of product development assets
  • Provide clear and concise direction on trends, graphics, character model draw-overs and creative comments that guide licensee partners through PD process
  • Possess a well-versed knowledge of fashion; including manufacturing and printing processes, assortment planning, graphic and pattern development, branding and trim development
  • Seasonally, develop global trends across assigned consumer products category that translate into viable product ideas that best represent animated and live action franchises
  • Lead product concept pitch development in support of retail meetings and creative rollouts
  • Provide input on team performance in annual reviews


  • Basic Qualifications:

  • Bachelors Degree, preferably in fashion design, product design or related field
  • 10+ years fashion design and development experience required with 6-8 years minimum managerial experience
  • Experience with manufacturing of both soft and hard goods for fashion, accessories and footwear product categories; experience in branding and packaging for consumer goods
  • Demonstrated leadership skills; highly organized, proactive self-starter
  • Participate in travel – domestic and international
  • Mac proficient with advanced skills in Adobe Suite, Keynote and Microsoft applications

    Eligibility Requirements:

  • Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online to be considered
  • Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States
  • Must be willing to work in Universal City, CA

    Desired Characteristics:

  • Ability to deliver clear, concise creative direction; possess broad understanding of trend and commercial design
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal
  • Ability to prioritize and multi-task in a dynamic, deadline driven environment that revolves around multiple product development calendars

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