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Head of Product Development & Sourcing

UK Toy Manufacturer

Our client is a privately owned toy manufacturer headquartered in the Northwest of England. The company has leading character licenses and develops bespoke ranges in categories including toys, games, arts & crafts, stationery, bags, pocket money and novelty items. The company sells internationally and under new management there will be expansion into new categories, increased development of own intellectual property and further international penetration. To help implement the exciting and ambitious growth plan a Head of Product Development and Sourcing is being recruited.

The Head of Product Development and Sourcing will manage the product development process, control the product development critical path and product P&L and guide and support the product, creative and development departments. The role will also be responsible for identifying, appointing and managing vendor factories in the Far East.

Suitable candidates will have a minimum of 5 years experience within product development and sourcing in toy or related categories, extensive knowledge of team management skills, experience in critical path management, excellent communication skills at all levels and solid experience managing vendor factories in the Far East. Strategic and commercial organization skills are essential and a passionate and dynamic attitude to a growing business is expected.

The position reports to the COO and will have a team comprising product managers, creative managers and product support team members reporting to it. The office is in Northwest England and the Head of Product Development and Sourcing would be expected to spend most of the time there. Remuneration will be determined by the market, to ensure a highly competent person is recruited.

For more information on these and other positions for which we are recruiting please contact Margit Pendl at the executive search division of Gameplan Europe Ltd margit@gameplaneurope.com or 01442 870100.

To apply for this job email your details to margit@gameplaneurope.com.

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