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Sr. Manager, Category Management, Home & Seasonal

NBCUniversal, LLC, Universal City, California

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Level: Manager (Supervisor)


Universal Brand Development Overview:
Universal Brand Development globally drives expansion of the company's intellectual properties, franchises, characters and stories through innovative physical and digital products, content, and consumer experiences. Along with franchise brand management, Universal Brand Development's core businesses include Consumer Products and Games and Digital Platforms based on the company's extensive portfolio of intellectual properties created by Universal Pictures, Illumination and DreamWorks Animation. Universal Brand Development is part of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation. www.universalbranddevelopment.com.

Universal Brand Development is committed to leading transformation by attracting and retaining a diverse workforce of the highest caliber. We are committed to celebrating diversity, fostering inclusive, equitable environments by honoring the experiences, perspective, and uniqueness of each individual.

Summary:
The ideal candidate should have a minimum of 8 years’ experience with Category/Brand Management, knowledge of the licensing and retail landscape in the Home Furnishings business. The candidate will have established relationships with manufacturers and / or retailers in this space, a successful track record developing and executing category strategies and tactics, an entrepreneurial spirit, and the breadth of skills required to help execute key initiatives & overall growth of the Home and Seasonal business.

Responsibilities include:
  • Directly responsible for managing the home and seasonal business.
  • Negotiate and manage contracts by analyzing and vetting licensee business plans identifying opportunities, and filling gaps by product category and related sub-categories, age, segment, market, channel, and franchise.
  • In line with the regional strategy, develop, set, and execute strategies for the relevant category in conjunction with relevant stakeholders, including plans for new business for each sub-category and franchise
  • Collaborate on retail initiatives and marketing for current film releases and library properties for targeted categories.
  • Manage the annual budget planning and quarterly forecasting process, developing licensee objectives and initiatives to drive growth, working with finance
  • Actively manage and cultivate the relationship engagement, partnership, and joint business planning as appropriate with each licensee, new and existing
  • Partner with Product Development team to drive quality and champion innovation in product development.
  • Maintain current knowledge of industry trends, competitors, business opportunities, threats, and dynamics for key licensees, and buying cycles of retailers.
  • Support brand marketing initiatives including the development and execution of category plans


Qualifications/Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree + 6 - 8 years of directly related experience or + 8 years of related experience in home décor and licensed home furnishing
• Strong understanding of brand and property positioning, retail business development function, retail distribution and the retail environment
• Strong relationship building and negotiation skills
• Strong communication & presentation skills
• Strong analytical skills and strategic thinking
• Fluent in Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Office as well as Keynote
• Flexible/ability to adjust to changing business environment
• Innovative, entrepreneurial, and creative thinker
• Team player

Eligibility Requirements:
• Interested candidates must submit a resume/CV online to be considered.
• Must be willing to submit to a background investigation.
• Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.

Desired Characteristics:
• Passionate about content and products
• Strong relationship building skills, flexible and adaptable; able to collaborate, influence and persuade at all levels of an organization, both internal and external
• Analytical thinker with proven experience analyzing data and developing and executing strategies
• Relationships in the licensed/home industry

NBCUniversal owns and operates over 20 different businesses across 30 countries including a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a premium ad-supported streaming service.

Here you can be your authentic self. As a company uniquely positioned to educate, entertain and empower through our platforms, Comcast NBCUniversal stands for including everyone. We strive to foster a diverse and inclusive culture where our employees feel supported, embraced and heard. We believe that our workforce should represent the communities we live in, so that together, we can continue to create and deliver content that reflects the current and ever-changing face of the world. Click here to learn more about Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment and how we are making an impact.

NBCUniversal’s policy is to provide equal employment opportunities to all applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity or expression, age, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, membership in the uniformed services, genetic information, or any other basis protected by applicable law. NBCUniversal will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with relevant legal requirements, including the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative For Hiring Ordinance, where applicable.

NBCUniversal is an equal opportunity employer and will provide reasonable accommodations as required by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws.

About NBCUniversal, LLC

NBCUniversal owns and operates over 20 different businesses across 30 countries including a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks and a premium ad-supported streaming service.

Here you can be your authentic self. As a company uniquely positioned to educate, entertain and empower through our platforms, Comcast NBCUniversal stands for including everyone. We strive to foster a diverse and inclusive culture where our employees feel supported, embraced and heard. We believe that our workforce should represent the communities we live in, so that together, we can continue to create and deliver content that reflects the current and ever-changing face of the world. Learn more about Comcast NBCUniversal’s commitment and how we are making an impact.

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