Sr. Manager, Accessories & Footwear


Universal Consumer Products is the business segment of NBCUniversal that extends the NBCU properties to merchandise ranging from apparel, toys, home d cor, books, food and beverages, stationery, and electronics.
Role Summary
The Senior Manager is responsible for the fast moving Fashion Accessories & Footwear categories, setting strategies, seeking co-brands, identifying white space opportunities as well as managing key licensee relationships in support of NBCUniversal s brand, across our Film, TV and other IP. The ideal candidate should have knowledge of Category/Brand management, licensing and retail landscape, strong analytical and financial skills. The candidate should have a proven successful track record, an entrepreneurial spirit and skills required to execute key strategies and overall growth of our brands.
This position regularly liaises with licensing partners, NBCUniversal s retail, franchise, and product development teams to grow the overall business. The ideal candidate should have minimum of 6 years experience with Category/Brand Management.
Category Management and Licensee Management

  • Identify opportunities and fill gaps by product category and related sub-categories, age, segment, market, channel and franchise
  • Lead contract negotiations with licensees and maintain contracts
  • Accountable for day-to-day management of category licensees including overseeing business reviews
  • Partner with the Design and Product Management team to drive quality and champion innovation in product development
  • Be able to present business in executive and licensee meetings with confidence
  • Partner closely with Design and Product Management to ensure timely product approvals in line with industry needs
  • Maintain current knowledge of industry trends, competitors, business opportunities, threats and dynamics for key licensees
Finance and Business Planning
  • Manage annual budget planning and quarterly revenue forecasting for assigned categories
  • Analyze and present account business performance (licensee & retailer)
  • Negotiate and manage contracts by analyzing and vetting licensee business plans
Brand and Content Management
  • Support brand marketing initiatives including the development and execution of category plans
  • Integrate licensees within wider brand and marketing plans
Retail Development
  • Liaise with Retail Development team to complement account promotional and marketing plans and ensure key licensee participation
  • Maintain knowledge of key seasonalities and buying cycles of retailers
  • Provide input and execute strategy set for Accessories & Footwear categories, as they align with the larger franchise strategy
  • Partner with Product Design in developing line and segmentation strategies for key licensees, maintaining a three- year roadmap, driving innovation and quality
  • Manage a portfolio of licensees to grow the Consumer Products business


Basic Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree + 6 yrs. of directly related experience or MBA + 4 yrs. Experience in Fashion & Home
  • Strong understanding of brand and property positioning, retail business development function, retail distribution and the retail environment
  • Strong financial skills
  • Solid leadership and interpersonal skills
  • Strategic thinker
  • Multi-task oriented
  • Flexible/ability to adjust to changing business environment
  • Relationship builder
  • Excellent communication & presentation skills
  • Ability to set quality standards and hold product to them
  • Team Player
    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 covered by Solutions, NBCU s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program
  • Desired Characteristics

    Desired Characteristics

  • Comprehensive knowledge of Accessories & Footwear production timelines and creative capabilities/limitations
  • Fluent in Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Office as well as Keynote
  • Strong relationship building skills, flexible and adaptable; able to collaborate, influence and persuade at all levels of an organization, both internal and external
  • Experience in managing/mentoring team members
  • Analytical thinker with proven experience analyzing data and developing and executing strategies
  • Solid financial and presentation skills

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