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Licensing Manager

Location: Fairfax, VA

Department: Merchandising & Product Development

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Mid Level

WHY THIS IS COOL

Specialty retail merchandising and product development are supposed to be fun. It still is at ThinkGeek. Join one of GME’s most rapidly growing brands. We’re agile, we’re responsive, we’re entrepreneurial — and we’re fun.  It’s time for you to buy in — Join In. Geek Out.

HOW YOU’LL DESCRIBE THIS ROLE 

Working independently, ThinkGeek’s Manager, Licensing is responsible for managing key licensing accounts, as well as working with cross functional teams internally to optimize creative, financial and brand performance of ThinkGeek’s licensed portfolio.  Day-to-day licensing operations for designated accounts will be owned by the Manager, while large strategic and financial decisions will be made with the Director.

HOW YOU WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE

  • Manage licensing accounts as Key Point of Contact,    maintaining strong partner relationships.
  • Work closely with Product Management teams to create and maintain annual product lines and sell in to licencors when required.
  • Assist Director in preparing quarterly licensing forecasts and yearly budgets for licensors, working with internal projections with Wholesale, Product Management, and Finance teams as applicable and report same to licensors on timely basis.
  • Create pitch decks for potential licensing partners with solid, consistent financial, creative and branding content.
  • Assist Director in managing review and execution of contracts across global business units.
  • Present and sell-in new opportunities to existing licensing partners.
  • Liaise with Finance to ensure accurate, on-time reporting of royalties on a quarterly basis.
  • Ability to travel to meetings, conferences, and trade shows when required (<20%).
  • Manage relationships in a manner acceptable to others and to the organization; adhere consistently with all organizational policies related to our respectful workplace.
  • Model team commitment by adhering to the team's expectations and guidelines; fulfilling team responsibilities; and demonstrating personal commitment to the team by being cooperative, collaborative, and flexible.

YOU’LL BE KNOWN FOR THESE

  • Collaboration-Working effectively and cooperatively with others; establishing and maintaining good working relationships.
  • Managing Complexity-Understanding and managing the complexity associated with identifying and cultivating new business relationships, product offerings, and general business developed in a highly matrixed operating environment
  • Innovation and Problem Solving-Generating innovative solutions in work situations; trying different and novel ways to deal with work problems, relationship challenges, and emerging business opportunities
  • Developing Business Relationships-Identifying productive, sustainable, trusting business partnerships to promote customer loyalty and profitable business growth 

YOU’LL HAVE ACCOMPLISHED THESE

  • Bachelor’s degree in Licensing, Merchandising or related field from an accredited program required
  • 7+ years of experience in licensing, marketing or consumer products role required.
  • 5-8 years of intellectual property management experience preferred.
  • Strong preference for candidates with experience working at a major IP holder/ Studio or for a Consumer Products company in a licensing capacity.
  • Knowledge of Product Development a plus.

YOU’LL NEED THESE SKILLS 

  • Strong knowledge of Studio and Licensor operations and how to work with different functions at licensors to ensure best possible deal terms for ThinkGeek and the GME family.
  • Highly proficient presentation skills to craft decks and effectively influence audiences of varying responsibility.
  • Proficient at forecasting for internal and external stakeholders by brand and category.
  • Proficient project planning skills, including the ability to organize, prioritize and control job responsibilities in order to meet deadlines in an environment with overlapping and potentially conflicting priorities.
  • Highly proficient ability to read/comprehend complex displayed and/or printed statistical data/information and reports.
  • Leveraging high levels of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship management, the capacity to manage behavior, navigate social complexities and make personal decisions to achieve positive results.
  • Highly proficient knowledge of Microsoft Office software programs, especially Outlook, Excel and Word.
  • Familiar with collectibles, pop culture, and/or video gaming industries.
  • Ability to remain flexible and adapt to changing priorities with promptness, efficiency and ease.
  • Consistently demonstrates a commitment to ThinkGeek & GME policies and procedures, including but not limited to, attendance, confidentiality, conflict of interest and ethical responsibilities

​ThinkGeek Perks 

Join a close-knit community of curious, passionate, enthusiastic people, obsessed with creating and sharing the most unique and fun product experiences with the world. ThinkGeek offers a competitive benefits package to all full-time employees: 

Comprehensive benefits plans
Generous Paid Time Off Policy
401(k) Plan with Company Match
Dog-friendly Office
ThinkGeek / GameStop Employee Discount

About ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek, founded in 1999, is the number one destination in the galaxy for smart products and unique gifts that appeal to the geek community. We're a lean, multi-channel retailer and product-development company manufacturing over 400 exclusive items annually, spanning most consumer products categories and 40+ licenses. We're innovative marketers with a dedicated and passionate fan-base in the millions, and we're a member of the GameStop family since 2015.

Our mission is to create a world where everyone can embrace their inner geek and connect with one another. We are obsessed with creating and sharing unique and authentic product experiences that stimulate our fans' imaginations and fuel their geek core.

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