Product Development Manager - Entertainment Products & Merchandise

Work with Global Entertainment Brands, Develop & Deliver On-Trend Product from concept to on shelf, Approx. $80-90k + super.


Established in 1992, Impact Merch. employs 25 staff, with our office and warehouse based in Thornleigh, Sydney. We are one of Australias largest wholesalers and distributors of Licensed Merchandise, specialising in stationery and home categories.

Impact Merch. works with global power brands such as Disney, Marvel, Star Wars, Warner Bros., & Universal to design, manufacture and distribute compelling licensed product.

Our product is sold into leading retailers across Australia and New Zealand including Woolworths, Kmart, Big W, Target, JB Hi-Fi and EB Games.

Our mantra is to develop the right product for the right brand delivered to the right store on time.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a highly motivated, focused and driven individual with sound licenced product experience preferably within the Toy, Gift or Licensed Goods industry.

Impact is an equal opportunity employer: we believe in employing the right person for the right role, someone who is prepared to be an integral part of our growth strategy and consider this role a long-term commitment. Remuneration and final salary package will depend on relevant experience.


Reporting to the Managing Directors, working closely with the National Sales Manager and supervising our in house Graphic Designer, your responsibility is to manage all aspects of product development. Identifying commercial opportunities, managing the design process, ensuring our products & suppliers are compliant with local law & licence requirements and delivering the marketing requirements.

Working with the sales team, you will be required to effectively build and maintain a clear product plan to meet rollout deliverables. You will need to communicate effectively all production & delivery details to the Sales, Warehouse and Admin teams so that they can plan for the arrival of new product.

Working with the directors you will be involved in the licensing process, specifically assessing potential new licence contracts for compliance issues, approvals processes and any complexities which may impact on the development of products for the brand.

You will also liaise directly with 2 of our key customers to deliver their regular Wall Art programmes.


Key responsibilities;

Managing our in house designer and any external design work

Building and managing relationships with factories and suppliers in Australia and overseas

Work with the sales team to understand specific customer needs, seasonal demand, licence releases, current and emerging trends

Monitor brand & category results across our existing range to inform product development proposals

Maintaining a clear product plan to ensure rollout schedules meet key licencing and seasonal time lines

Ensure that all production costs meet margin targets and continue to do so

Some interstate and overseas travel will be required to attend trade shows, meetings and licensor presentations


Required experience;

Experience in product development or product management

Solid understanding of the licensing, toy and gift industry

Thorough knowledge of the design process

Delivering professional presentations and marketing materials

Experience with design software such as Photoshop, Illustrator or Indesign would be beneficial but not essential

Experience in buying, planning and liaising with factories overseas would also be advantageous


Essential Skills;

Effective communication skills, both written and oral

They capacity to work as an integral part of a team as well as autonomously 

The aptitude to prioritise your workload and that of our Designer

The ability to work with tight deadlines whilst handling several projects at once

Excellent organisational, time management and problem solving skills

The ability to interpret requirements and create clear design briefs

Proficiency in MS Office applications including excel.

Excellent attention to detail


Before applying: You must have the right to live and work in Australia.

Please note: Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Thank you.

20/04/2021 $0 North West & Hills District 1 Marketing & Communications
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