Based in Soho, the cultural heart of London's West End with a vast array of classic record shop and leading film companies, media offices and great restaurants. Regent's Park is close enough for a lunchtime run, as are the delights of Piccadilly Circus and the shopping mecca of Oxford Street. It is conveniently walking distance from a number of London tube stations and mainline train stations.
As part of the International Consumer Products team, the Category Manager will be responsible for growing the CP business in line with Global strategies and guidelines while leveraging a good knowledge of the local markets' individual needs and opportunities.
In a company that serves and engages millions of players across EMEA, you will contribute to building the most advanced data-driven and player-centric marketing practices, and to reinventing communication with players by extending their epic entertainment experience with us beyond our games.
Priorities can often change in a fast-paced environment like ours, so this role includes, but is not limited to, the following responsibilities:
Tactic: Build a yearly international Tactic adapting the Global strategy to our International consumer needs. Identify and quantify the largest opportunities (by brand, category and country). Prioritize key markets within the region for accelerated growth while nurturing developing markets.
Licensees: Manage a portfolio of licensees to grow the CP business. Critically evaluate the licensee base to ensure we have the right number of partners and best in category overall. Accountable for day-to-day management of key licensees including business reviews. Monitor sales and needs. Quickly develop expertise in each of the relevant licensed sub-categories and act as the resource for these sub-categories. This includes developing a thorough understanding of the product line, the market, competitors, and all capabilities of the licensee.
Finance: AOP collaboration including targets and action plan (by brand, country). Quarterly forecast follow-up, contacting licensees and retailers to understand sales trend
Agents: ensure the Agents are executing against our Strategies to fill market gaps. Communicate frequently with Agents sharing our updated plans, decks, news and best practice
HQ: work closely with HQ to ensure that our Execution is aligned with Global guidelines (creative, approval, Roi, legal, financial etc.)
Retail: Follow trend of the retail market (physical, digital, channels…) and maintain knowledge of key seasonality / buying cycles of retailers. Work in close partnership with CP Retail Team to design our strategical plan. Solid understanding of key fashion retailers (fast fashion, ecommerce, sport and value channels) in Europe.
• A minimum of 7 year of relevant experience & Educated to degree level or equivalent required, MBA preferred.
• Fluency in English, French & preferably Spanish.
• Significant experience in Licensing role. Plus, FMCG or retail preferred. Good understanding of brand and property positioning.
• Relationship builder including excellent communication & presentation skills, including top Powerpoint skills.
• Flexible/ability to adjust to changing business environment.
• Good sales and negotiation skills. Action oriented and creative thinker.
• Self-motivated professional with ability to work independently.
• Team Player and comfortable with matrix organization.
• Knowledge and fandom of Blizzard franchises and/or esports.
• People management capacity to handle small team.
Key success for year 1
First level of management. Receives assignments in the form of objectives and determines how to use resources to meet schedules and goals. Recommends changes to policies and establishes procedures. Sets and aligns personal or group goals with established business objectives. Typically reports to a Director or above but may report to a Senior Manager. May manage predetermined budget amount for area of responsibility, but does not generally have budgeting input.
Understanding of well defined goals. Sets priorities to reach those goals. Develops and administers schedules and performance requirements to ensure project goals/milestones are met. Develops and implements plans for tactical execution. Works on issues of diverse scope where analysis requires an understanding of current business trends. Receives managerial review with well-defined processes. Erroneous decisions or failure to achieve results will add to costs and may impact the short-term goals of the department.
Our mission, to connect and engage the world through epic entertainment has never been more important. Through communities rooted in our video game franchises we enable hundreds of millions of people to experience joy, thrill and achievement. We enable social connections through the lens of fun, and we foster purpose and a sense of accomplishment through healthy competition. Like sport, but with greater accessibility, our players can find purpose and meaning through competitive gaming. Video games, unlike any other social or entertainment media, have the ability to break down the barriers that can inhibit tolerance and understanding. Celebrating differences is at the core of our culture and ensures we can create games for players of diverse backgrounds in the 190 countries our games are played.
As a member of the Fortune 500 and as a component company of the S&P 500, we have an extraordinary track record of delivering superior shareholder returns for over 30 years.
Our enduring franchises are some of the world's most popular, including Call of Duty®, Crash Bandicoot™, World of Warcraft®, Overwatch®, Hearthstone®, Diablo®, StarCraft®, Candy Crush™, Bubble Witch™, Pet Rescue™ and Farm Heroes™. Our sustained success has enabled the company to support corporate social responsibility initiatives that are directly tied to our franchises. As an example, our Call of Duty Endowment has helped find employment for over 80,000 veterans.
Learn more information about Activision Blizzard and how we connect and engage the world through epic entertainment on the company's website, www.activisionblizzard.com.
Activision is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by applicable law and will not be discriminated against on the basis
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