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Creative Director

NBCUniversal, LLC, Universal City, California

Create the extraordinary.

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 Design Director of Product Development is a role required to drive a diverse creative team through a creative vision anchored in contemporary consumer while aiding and owning category business growth goals. Provide creative leadership by demonstrating broad bandwidth by managing all Fashion & Living responsibilities across portfolio that include Universal Studios, Illumination Ent., Dreamworks Animation, TV and E-com. Lastly, provide a professional Creative Environment that inspires smart innovative design solutions at every level.
Responsibilities include:

Responsibilities:
  • Create, develop, socialize, and deploy an informed creative vision across a 12-18 month development calendar internal and externally
  • Deliver creative roadmaps across a diverse portfolio of I.P. that includes Girls, Boys, Juniors and Young Mens initiatives in mixed mediums and platforms
  • Manage the Apparel, Accessories and Footwear Design team on all creative aspects of product trend-forward design, and timely development
  • Create a best practice in Licensee/Manufacture top to top partner relations
  • Work with Retail buying teams and licensee in the strategic and commercially viable creation of Universal product offerings
  • Drive and deliver annual people performance results by setting team and individual roles and objectives, while creating a quarterly cadence of 1-1 conversations
  • Mentor and create proper staff career paths at all levels
  • Demonstrate the ability to understand and communicate annual creative budget management against core priority initiatives
  • Track and manage a budget specific to creation of product development assets
  • Partner and own quarterly to annual category business sales results with Category Leadership
  • Drive informed Creative solutions while leveraging Global and Local emerging trends and consumer data
  • Provide clear and concise direction on trends, graphics, character model draw-overs and creative comments that guide licensee partners through Product Development process
  • Possess a well-versed knowledge of fashion, including manufacturing and printing processes, assortment planning, graphic and pattern development, branding and trim development
  • Lead product concept pitch development in support of retail meetings and creative rollouts
  • Develop open and transparent working relationships across all divisions and studio groups
  • Lead and partner with cross-functional teams such as Retail, Category and Franchise to ensure Creative Solutions are deployed, executed, and communicated with excellence
  • Demonstrates the ability to understand Licensee partner development milestones and schedule to ensure ship dates are aided and assisted in delivering against
  • Demonstrates a “flexible mindset” that enables strong and decisive management within a fluid and fast paced environment


Qualifications/Requirements:
• Bachelor Degree, preferable in fashion design, product design or related field
• At least 15 years of Design Related experience at a Fashion Company or Studio Licensor
• 5 - 10 years of Creative Team Management of team sizes from 5-20
• 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
• Global Design Industry experience a plus
• 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 be willing to submit to a background investigation.
• Must have unrestricted work authorization to work in the United States.
• Must submit an attestation disclosing your COVID-19 vaccination status and, if partially or fully vaccinated, submitting your vaccination record no later than 7 days following commencement of employment.
• Must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at the commencement of employment or adhere to enhanced protocols if Company determines your job position requires accessing an NBCUniversal worksite.
• Must be willing to adhere to all Company COVID-19 workplace safety policies and protocols.

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
• Out of the box thinker

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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