New jobs in ToyNews

The new issue of ToyNews features a number of recruitment opportunities.
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Senior Brand Manager - Toys
£Excellent + benefits
Based in Hammersmith with International Travel

The power of imagination brings to life what children across the planet dream about. Heroes and villains. Friendship and excitement. Fun and adventure. One brand has done more to foster this than any other. Disney is home to some of the best-loved franchises; Cars, High School Musical, Power Rangers, Disney Princess, Toy Story and Hannah Montana as well as time honoured favourites like Winnie the Pooh.

So when you're responsible for overseeing the licensing of toys and electronics to support some of the biggest film releases in the world, not to mention brands that have been heart-won favourites for generations - you know you're really part of something special. As Senior Brand Manager, you'll bring together all the strands to make it happen - the film studio, manufacturers, retailers - driving the agenda forward.

Disney is a business that is driven by talent and we give all our team enough scope, support and freedom to express their ability and passion. The result is an environment like no other, where individuals who think strategically, love the market and understand our customers totally, get the best in rewards and opportunities.

If you're a talented manager with market, retail or licence experience (ideally gained in the toy industry) this is the biggest role in the business, (if not beyond). Tell us about yourself - please send your CV and covering letter to:

Rukshana Jabbar at

or at Walt Disney Company, 3 Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith, London W6 9PE

or call 0208 222 2195


Quality Assurance Engineer
£Competitive + car + pension + bonus
Milton Keynes

Home Retail Group is the UK's leading home and general merchandise retailer, with sales of over £5.8bn in the last financial year. We sell products under two distinctive and complementary retail brands - Argos and Homebase. We are the UK's leading retailer of toys, jewellery, small domestic appliances, furniture, housewares and sports and leisure equipment. We are also the UK's second largest retailer of consumer electronics and large domestic appliances.

You'll implement all necessary measures to ensure the products we sell are safe, legal and fit for their intended purpose. Monitoring the quality of performance of existing products, you'll propose and pursue remedial actions with suppliers. You'll conduct formal appraisals of new products under consideration, overseeing follow-up activity. You will be travelling overseas and in the UK to carry out supplier appraisals and support the trading team, you'll introduce new ideas to improve returns levels, including bespoke tactics/strategies for specific suppliers, ranges and sections and the deployment of Reasons for Returns information.

You'll be an accomplished auditor of suppliers' quality, manufacturing and safety systems, preferably qualified to Lead Assessor status. With a sound technical background in the toys or nursery industry, you'll have in-depth knowledge of quality disciplines and procedures, plus the commercial sense to apply QM practices in a retail environment. A persuasive communicator in person and in writing, you'll have good analytical abilities and judgement, along with the PC skills to develop reports. You must also be comfortable travelling extensively and should hold a full driving licence.

This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a successful retailing group. We offer an attractive remuneration package including all the benefits of working for a large commercial organisation.

To apply please visit and search reference number ARG6087-25.

Closing date March 17th 2008.


Experienced Sales Manager

Rubie's is the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of dress-up costumes and accessories for all ages. Established in the USA over 55 years ago, Rubie's companies now operate across the world and are proud to work with major licensing partners such as Lucasfilm, Warner Bros, Disney and Dreamworks.

An experience Sales Manager is required to be responsible for the company's sales in EMEA territories where Rubie's currently has no established infrastructure, specifically, Scandinavia, Eastern Europe, the Balkans, the Middle East and South Africa.

The position is based in the UK, reporting to the UK managing director and the ideal candidate will have a proven track record of successful sales in the relevant territories, preferably with recognised toy or gift industry brands. A competitive package is available for the right person.

CV's should be sent in the first instance to:

Sally Houseman
Rubie's Masquerade Co UK
Rubie's House
3-4 Moses Winter Way
OX10 9FE

Or email


HY-PRO, based in Bedfordshire, is the leading supplier of outdoor toys and sports equipment. Its diverse product range is a mix of high profile branded product (Manchester United, Chelsea, Bratz, Little Tikes, Dora the Explorer, Shrek 3, Thomas and Spiderman) and also includes its successful own brand, Street Gliders.

It is continuing to expand its product offering and is investing heavily in more licences. It's an exciting time to be joining Hy-Pro. Vacancies include:

National Accounts Manager
Up to 50K + benefits

The successful candidate will be responsible for managing major grocery accounts including Asda, Tesco and Marks and Spencer. Existing relationships with these customers would be preferred, as would experience in toys/sports industries. Previous experience as a NAM is essential.

Category Manager
Up to 40K + benefits

This is a varied role where you will be involved in product concepts, sourcing new products and working closely with the marketing team to ensure products successfully go to market. Experience of dealing with Far East manufacturers is key for this role.

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