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Licensing Associate

Company: Fisher-Price
Location: East Aurora
Posted on: June 25, 2022

Job Description:

CREATIVITY IS OUR SUPERPOWER. It's our heritage and it's also our future. Because we don't just make toys. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. Mattel is at its best when every member of our team feels respected, included, and heard-when everyone can show up as themselves and do their best work every day. We value and share an infinite range of ideas and voices that evolve and broaden our perspectives with a reach that extends into all our brands, partners, and suppliers.The Opportunity: Mattel is currently seeking a Licensing Associate in support of our Infant, Toddler & Preschool businesses. The Licensing Associate is responsible for handling all aspects of the product approvals process. The Licensing Associate must ensure that Mattel standards are met for each licensed project while maintaining excellent relationships and meeting the contractual obligations of each partner. What Your Impact Will Be:

  • Manage licensing approvals through all development stages, from conception to production, and beyond into marketing for assigned groups.
  • Act as corporate liaison between all appropriate departments and Licensors to assure the success of licensed products in all assigned business segments.
  • Clearly communicate licensor requirements to the team to ensure requirements are met.
  • Identify when needs of licensor and/or Mattel are at risk and work with management to resolve them promptly, so it does not affect the regular development cycle.
  • Ensure compliance of all Approvals and Samples per contractual obligations.
  • Interface with Mattel team regularly to ensure full understanding of item submitted to the licensor.
  • Attend weekly team meetings and communicate the status of licensed product approvals.
  • Partner with licensing acquisitions department to ensure licenses are secured before product is submitted for approval.
  • Ensure that follow-up submissions happen in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that the legal department receives artwork for review as required.
  • Document and track each approval step required by the licensor.
  • Facilitate requests and requirements for photographs, style guides, reference material, or technical information.
  • Communicate contractual samples requirements to manufacturing plants, follow up on sample ship dates, and regularly update the tracking log.
  • Stay abreast of past and current trends for assigned brands.
  • Act as back-up for peers as needed.
  • Recognize potential bottlenecks and proactively address them.
  • Pre-approve legal text, including proper usage of trademarks, registration marks, copyright marks. Pre-approve all written copy and photographs and pattern trade dress.What We're Looking For:
    • 3+ years of licensing or product development experience in a brand management or licensing environment
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
    • Excellent interpersonal communication skills
    • Detail oriented and highly organized
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Ability to take initiative, ownership and accountability for own work
    • Ability to prioritize tasks
    • Ability to handle a high volume of work while maintaining accuracy
    • Some knowledge of product development
    • Exemplary attendance & job performance
    • Proficient in Microsoft Suite, Adobe Creative Cloud (primarily Adobe Acrobat)Additional InformationWhat It's Like to Work Here:We are a purpose driven company aiming to empower the next generation to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential. We live up to our purpose employing the following behaviors:
      • We collaborate: Being a part of Mattel means being part of one team with shared values and common goals. Every person counts and working closely together always brings better results. Partnership is our process and our collective capabilities is our superpower.
      • We innovate: At Mattel we always aim to find new and better ways to create innovative products and experiences. No matter where you work in the organization, you can always make a difference and have real impact. We welcome new ideas and value new initiatives that challenge conventional thinking.
      • We execute: We are a performance driven company. We strive for excellence and are focused on pursuing best in class outcomes. We believe in accountability and ownership and know that our people are at their best when they are empowered to create and deliver results.Who We Are:Mattel is a leading global toy company and owner of one of the strongest catalogs of children's and family entertainment franchises in the world. We create innovative products and experiences that inspire, entertain and develop children through play. We engage consumers through our portfolio of iconic brands, including Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, American Girl, Thomas & Friends, UNO and MEGA, as well as other popular intellectual properties that we own or license in partnership with global entertainment companies. Our offerings include film and television content, gaming, music and live events. We operate in 35 locations and our products are available in more than 150 countries in collaboration with the world's leading retail and ecommerce companies. Since its founding in 1945, Mattel is proud to be a trusted partner in empowering children to explore the wonder of childhood and reach their full potential.Visit us at https://jobs.mattel.com/ and www.instagram.com/MattelCareers.Mattel is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer where we want you to bring your authentic self to work every day. We welcome all job seekers including minorities, females, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and those of all sexual orientations and gender identities.

Keywords: Fisher-Price, Buffalo , Licensing Associate, Other , East Aurora, New York

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