Manager, Product Development & Creative Services (Merchandising)

| Greater LA Area

We are UMG, the Universal Music Group. We are the world's leading music company. In everything we do, we are committed to artistry, innovation and entrepreneurship. We own and operate a broad array of businesses engaged in recorded music, music publishing, merchandising, and audio-visual content in more than 60 countries. We identify and develop recording artists and songwriters, and we produce, distribute and promote the most critically acclaimed and commercially successful music to delight and entertain fans around the world.
Epic Rights is a leading music industry retail branding, merchandising and concert artist services company representing many top artists. Epic Rights provides a broad scope of services, including retail branding and licensing, official artist's website and social media management, official concert artists online shops, VIP ticketing, official fan communities and trademark registration consultation. Epic Rights is a division of Bravado International Group Merchandising Services, Inc. and is headquartered in Los Angeles, California.
Job Requirements:
Responsibilities:
• Oversight of the day-to-day product development and approval process
• Work with Artist management to develop and gain approval for product and marketing materials
• Help licensees achieve the best possible standards for artists product
• Help inspire licensees to set the benchmark in creative design and product development using the most up to date assets
• Ensure that licensees actively exploit the artists assets provided in the brand guides
• Review product for compliance with Copyright and Trademark laws
• Conduct creative induction for all new licensees
• Communicate with licensee's product development and creative teams on a regular basis
• Ensure approvals correspondence, brand guides and imagery are logically stored and accessible on the server
• Proactively seek to improve process wherever possible
• In partnership with the EVP, develop and execute compelling and on trend brand guides for our artists including the creation of brand guidelines for each brand/artist
• Communicate to the team where there may be additional requirements to meet licensee demands and capitalize on new opportunities
• Understand the trends, competitive landscape and the retail market place and update team members where necessary
• Work closely with the licensing teams to ensure needs, challenges and potential opportunities are aligned and met
• Ensure that you understand what designs work well commercially and what do not and take steps to integrate these learnings into future development
• Management and oversight of contractual samples
• Review trade marketing, advertisements, print materials or other collateral submitted by licensees
• Create and design brand presentations for clients, retailers, brand partnerships, and collaboration opportunities
• Facilitate all social media requests/needs for licensees through artist social channels
Skills/Abilities:
• Excellent communication skills
• Highly organized and detail oriented
• Experience across hardline and Softline categories
• Ability to identify and solve design/concept problems
• Good working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Microsoft Office Suite including Power Point
• Graphic design experience desirable
• General knowledge of manufacturing process by product category
• Ability to work as part of a team
Experience:
• 3-5 years' experience, ideally in product development, creative and merchandising areas of the entertainment licensing business
Education
• Bachelor's Degree preferred (but not required)
Universal Music Group is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Disclaimer
This job description only provides an overview of job responsibilities that are subject to change

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