Sports Merchandising & Licensing Executive

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Exciting sports retail licensing and merchandising opportunity to work for a huge football club. Your new company A huge football club. Your new role The Licensing Executive will work within the Retail & Licensing team and will play a key role in assisting the Senior Licensing Manager with the responsibilities of day-to-day tasks relating to the management of the football club’s global physical and digital licensing programme, as well as support of the club’s wider retail operations. This position would be suitable for a recent graduate interested in starting a career within sports marketing, or a candidate with some experience in the licensing or sports marketing industries. Some travel will be required from time to time. Advising on product development, working with licensees to expand official merchandise portfolio and ensure all products are compliant with the official brand guidelines, reflect the club’s values and appeal to the ever-growing international fanbase. Update and maintain the online licensee management platform, inputting contract details regularly and reviewing and approving sales reports, to enable tracking of granted rights, advance payments and royalty invoicing. Coordinate planning, development and delivery of licensee workshops, to help licensees understand the clubs core brand values, positioning and strategy. Undertake market analysis, researching trends within the fashion, football / sport and wider licensing landscape to identify new merchandise categories, to help expand the clubs licensing portfolio. Liaise regularly with internal Digital, Marketing and Fan Membership teams to identify fan engagement opportunities and promote licensed products, with the objective of driving sales via official club retail channels. Delivering day to day administration tasks relating to licensee accounts, ensuring timely activation of contractual obligations and approvals of all products that are manufactured / published / developed across the physical and digital licensing programme. Maintain the team Licensing folder on SharePoint, ensuring all current paperwork is added to the library to enable easy reference for renewals and licensee negotiations. Attend retail focused Player Appearance / commercial days to help with delivery of marketing assets for key licensed products. What you’ll need to succeed Interest in Sports Merchandise, marketing and branding. Ability to prioritise tasks and handle multiple on-going projects. Highly organised with a keen eye for detail. Excellent IT skills and knowledge of Microsoft Office. Enthusiastic, self-motivated with the ability to show initiative. Desire to learn and develop within a small and growing team. Friendly and personable individual Desirable: Knowledge of the sports merchandise landscape. Experience within a brand licensing environment. Understanding of licensing agreement structure. Basic understanding of intellectual property Desire to learn negotiating skills. Commercial interest in sales process / driving revenues. Football / sports fan. What you’ll get in return Hybrid working A competitive salary To work for an established international football club The ability to travel A role which offers progression Your foot in the door to the sports industry What you need to do now If you’re interested in this role, click ‘apply now’ to forward an up-to-date copy of your CV, or call us now. If this job isn’t quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career. Hays Specialist Recruitment Limited acts as an employment agency for permanent recruitment and employment business for the supply of temporary workers. By applying for this job you accept the T&C’s, Privacy Policy and Disclaimers which can be found at hays.co.uk

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