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Position: Product Development & Design Associate
Company: Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media
Location: Glendale CA US

Seeking a Product Development & Design Associate with experience in toy or hard goods product development, tracking product development schedules and approvals, facilitating product review meetings, taking excellent notes and distributing them. The associate will review and track product development to ensure that all development stages match the design specification, are approved, and quality standards upheld. This staff member will work with business affairs on all legal asset clearances for product development. The candidate should have excellent organizational skills, communication skills, and interpersonal skills. The candidate must have a solid understanding of hardlines manufacturing practices, cost practices, and product development.

Bachelor’s Degree preferred in Art 3-5 years related experience – product development, product design Self-starter, motivated, and proactive. Takes Initiative and can work independently Able to handle multiple tasks and assignments in a fast-paced environment Able to prioritize projects Flexible Good computer skills –Mac proficient. PowerPoint, Excel, Word, Adobe Creative Suite including Photoshop and Illustrator Solid written and verbal communication skills Friendly, people oriented team player Ability to coordinate others as well as be a team player Willingness to learn & collaborate Must exhibit exceptional organization, ingenuity, and resourcefulness. Provide broad product development and project management support for the Toys (Hardlines) Product Development team. Support branding objectives through ensuring product reflect Disney quality and aesthetics. Ensure aesthetic and details are accurate and true to the character/film. Coordinate and track development approvals and schedules with designers and sourcing team. Work with designers on necessary cost reductions and functional or manufacturing changes through product development. Handle product approval feedback, adding detailed comments, for all vendor sample reviews at all pre-production milestones, including but not limited to: sculpt model, functional model, paint model, pre-production model, through final production. Attend product development weekly meetings: provide updates, capture comments, distribute notes, and escalate and resolve issues as necessary Monitor and track product samples, pre-pro samples, and production submissions from sourcing team and vendors. Organize product submissions for creative reviews & line reviews. Organize, request, and deliver products for weekly team reviews. Track and ensure compliance with business affairs reviews. Maintain and organize all notes, approvals, and communication with third party content providers. Coordinate with Managers and Directors on new projects and scheduled deadlines. Limited domestic travel for onsite product approval with studios, and vendors Creative eye for three-dimensional sculpt, character likeness, color and artwork. Moderate to Light sketching to communicate comments on submissions. 532846

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