We are looking for a Softlines Category Manager to cover a maternity leave position in our busy Penguin Ventures team.
You’ll be responsible for identifying new licensing opportunities for key softlines categories including apparel, home furnishings, accessories and nursery for all of our properties within the UK, including such iconic Children’s brands as Peter Rabbit, The Snowman, Flower Fairies and Spot, to name a few.
In line with the strategic brand plan, you’ll identify potential licensees and partners and present our properties with a view to closing and contracting deals as well as working with partners to develop their product ranges and providing on-going brand support in conjunction with our brand, creative and PR teams.
While your sales category focus will be the UK market, you’ll also be expected to think globally, identifying opportunities for multi-territory deals and liaising with our network of international agents to secure support in their markets.
In addition you’ll be responsible for managing and growing our network of agents across the EMEA markets providing support, updates and identifying new agency partners to represent our brands. You will also be expected to attend relevant trade shows as appropriate to your categories as well as licensing industry events representing Penguin Ventures.
To be successful in this position you’ll need to be highly commercial, target driven, as well as entrepreneurial and flexible in your thinking. You’ll have excellent presentation skills and have a good eye for detail in respect of contracts and deal making. Knowledge of the UK licensing industry, as well as knowledge of UK retail trends is required as well as experience of dealing with and managing agents in the EMEA markets.