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Licensing Product Development Specialist

Company: Sega of America, Inc.
Location: Burbank
Posted on: January 22, 2023

Job Description:

Must be able to commute to Burbank, CA on a hybrid work model in January 2023 (Tues/Wed office days, subject to change).

SEGA. . . What do you think of when you hear that word? Do you think of the console with the iconic, harmonized voice fire ups or do you think of the countless gaming hits from Sonic the Hedgehog, Golden Axe, or the Persona series? . . .

When we think of SEGA, we think of its evolution as a pioneer in the video game market to one of the most prominent video game developers and publishers ever! Globally, SEGA has over 5,000 employees passionately working to bring the best gaming entertainment to players around the planet. We have one of, if not the richest, portfolio of original IPs something we are very proud of and excited about as the market continues to change.

New streaming technologies and shifts in the retail landscape are well poised for what will be the most disruptive and innovative time in our industry. Our IP strategy positions us well for this, and we are enthusiastic about the future!

There's never been a more exciting time in the company's history to join SEGA!

This is an exciting opportunity for someone wanting to be a part of some of the most exciting consumer products programs in Entertainment, working on SEGA's iconic brands, including Sonic the Hedgehog!

SEGA of America Licensing is searching for a Product Development Specialist to the rapid growth of SEGA's Consumer Products business. This candidate will be primarily responsible for product development in Publishing and will aid in Hardlines and Small Accessories. The role will also support various categories for the upcoming Sonic the Hedgehog 3 movie, as well as other SEGA IP. The ideal individual will have product development experience in Consumer Products, preferably in publishing and would have a desire to learn more about and grow within the licensing business. This person would be adept at multi-tasking and comfortable with shifting dates and priorities. Should be an organized and flexible problem solver who takes ownership and responsibility of tasks and can act independently or as part of a team as required by the circumstance. Must possess the ability to work well with all levels of internal teams including Marketing, Mobile, Animation, Management, international teammates and outside business partners. Should also be able to manage a wide variety of activities and confidential matters with discretion.

Duties and Responsibilities

* Execute day-to-day tasks with licensees and internal teams related to product development of assigned partners and categories. Will also handle ad hoc projects as delegated by supervisor
* Ensure timely approval of products by working closely with internal and external partners to manage product development processes from concept to production for assigned licensees
* Liaise with Licensing business managers to ensure product assortment is aligned with granted rights and category strategy for assigned licensees.
* Utilize, update, and maintain applicable tools in Dependable Solutions including resolving unknown SKU issues.
* Initiate and track status of sample requests.
* Review of prototypes to meet Product Development timeline milestones with a focus on product execution, consistency of details and brand guidelines.
* Work with licensing translator and communicate with the approval contacts in US and Japan.
* Conduct product development kick-off calls with assigned new licensees.
* Manage and distribute product samples to internal teams and manage internal product requests
* Work with internal partners in Creative, Marketing/Brand, Production and our International licensing teams to help execute cross functional synergy and collaboration.
* Manage digital copies of publishing products and assets for record on internal servers.
* Maintain and organize content library with new assets and distribute to external partners

Qualifications & Requirements

* Have a passion for Gaming and Entertainment
* Bachelor's Degree or Equivalent
* 3+ years of experience in product development approval and brand assurance
* Basic comprehension of product development cycle from concept to production
* Excellent relationship builder with collaborative team player mentality
* Clear written and oral communication skills
* Team player and collaborator
* Resourceful, takes initiative and self-starter
* Meticulous attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
* Ability to operate autonomously & efficiently in a fast-paced, deadline-driven environment
* Limited travel required (annual trade shows, etc)

Preferred Skills:

* Familiar with online asset management systems
* Applicable experience in entertainment licensing specifically
* General understanding of character licensing
* Experience in publishing product development a plus

Keywords: Sega of America, Inc., Burbank , Licensing Product Development Specialist, Other , Burbank, California

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