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Company NBC Universal

Job Title Hardlines Product Developer - Consumer Products EMEA

Jobid 23768-374360

Location: London, GBR

Description **Job Number** 34778BR

**Job Title** Hardlines Product Developer - Consumer Products EMEA

**Business Segment** Filmed Entertainment Group

**Sub-Business** International Consumer Products

**Posting Category** Motion Pictures

**About Us** NBCUniversal’s international operations outside the US and Canada include film and television distribution, home entertainment distribution, channels, film and television production, theme parks and news operations. The company is led by Kevin MacLellan, Chairman. MacLellan is responsible for oversight of all NBCUniversal International’s businesses, as well as identifying and executing international growth opportunities for both NBCUniversal and Comcast Corporation. With more than 2,200 employees across 34 countries, NBCUniversal’s international portfolio consists of international channels delivering quality content to 176 territories across EMEA, Latin America and Asia; television production labels in both UK and Australia; a library of 4,000 feature films and 75,000 TV episodes for international television distribution; direct film distribution operations in 11 countries; direct home entertainment distribution operations in 7 countries with licensee relationships covering approximately 55 additional territories; CNBC International, which broadcasts across EMEA and APAC; Parks & Resorts operated through license agreements in Singapore and Japan; and an international NBC News team based in London.

**Career Level** Experienced

**Country** United Kingdom

**State/Province** - -

**City** London


The purpose of Product Developer (Hardlines) role is to carry out the product development and brand assurance for all Universal’s consumer brands within hardlines product categories such as toys, games, sporting goods and consumables. The product developer will report into the Hardlines Product Development Manager and be responsible for working directly with our licensees on a one-to-one basis to help oversee and influence the development of our licensees’ consumer product ranges across Europe, Middle East & Africa. They will be the key interface between our brands and our partners, art-directing licensees to take designs from initial idea/concept through to final production. They will work closely with our third-party rights owners and film-makers at every stage of development to ensure brand values and talent/character likeness are upheld in every product application, with all legal requirements being adhered to. As a part of the wider Creative & Product Team in EMEA, they will also play a key role in helping to gather, report and influence upcoming consumer product trends for development.



• Manage the day-to-day submissions of Product Development of Hardlines categories – from concept through to final production - across Universal Film and TV titles (live action and animated properties).

• Manage the submissions between licensees and multiple third-parties via our online product approval system, managing timelines and expectations to meet product range development schedules.

• Work closely with licensees on a daily basis to develop line plans and oversee approvals for product design, packaging and supporting retail point of sale.

• Provide clear and concise art direction to licensees: from 3D sculpts to graphic application and typography, providing draw-overs and creative notes that guide our partners, following our character models and brand guidelines.

• Work with and influence licensees to deliver compelling product, innovation and the highest quality across all product ranges.

• Work with the design team and the Product Development Manager to highlight new product trends and opportunities, develop briefs for new artwork and product design explorations.

• Constantly communicate with licensees to understand and support product initiatives and consumer preferences.


• Product development experience within the licensing and manufacturing.

• Knowledge of product manufacturing processes, particularly in 3D, with good eye for detail.

• Entertainment industry experience with license-based consumer product approvals.

• Strong communication skills - ability to work with and influence third parties, both internal and external.

• Able to suggest and visually present commercially viable product ideas and features that elevate consumer products to a new level.

• Understand seasonal and current Hardlines trends, for product and packaging, within EMEA and translate into commercially viable product ideas.

• Illustrator / Photoshop skills are essential.


• Keen interest in hardlines product categories: toys, games, sporting goods, consumables and packaging solutions.

• Well versed in dealing with senior leadership, outside 3rd parties, talent and international contacts.

• Ability to work with confidential and sensitive information in a discreet manner.

• Excellent communication skills and the ability to deliver clear product direction to many stakeholders.

• Proven record of working cross functionally with colleagues.

• Ability to identify key priorities within a heavy workload and execute on them.

We are an equal opportunity employer, offering a great work environment, challenging career opportunities, professional training and competitive compensation. Clickto view the NBCUniversal Candidate Privacy Statement.

The NBC Owned Television Stations create and distribute engaging content that connects with a valuable audience in 10 major markets across the country. Our content platforms include: NBC Stations broadcast and COZI TV, station websites, digital out-of home, and mobile.  Through our local news operations, our lifestyle production arm LX.TV, and our local sales marketing and production teams, NBC creates content that connects communities with the people, events, and issues they care about most.

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