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Licensing Executive

Location: 

London, GB

Opening Date:  1 Jul 2024
Full Time / Part Time:  Full Time
Contract Type:  Permanent

Closing Date of Applications – 19th July 2024

 

Our Story

Manchester City is an English Premier League club whose roots began in East Manchester. From its first incarnation as St Mark’s West Gorton in 1880, the club became Manchester City FC in 1894. Behind each title lies emotion, moments and memories that resonate with millions of supporters around the world. Manchester City fans are known for their commitment and togetherness, as a Club that fights to the end.

 

Our Winning Team

MCFC is built on a vision for sustainability, with an academy structure designed to support long-term first team success, to engagement with the communities in which we reside. Together with our passionate fans and valued network of partners, we are developing Manchester City’s future history.

The Licensing Executive will work within the Retail & Licensing team and will play a key role in assisting the Head of Licensing and Licensing Manager with the responsibilities of day-to-day tasks relating to the management of Manchester City Football Club’s global physical and digital licensing programme, as well as support of the club’s wider retail operations.  

 

This is an opportunity to join a great team in a fast-paced environment, working across a portfolio of diverse global licensees and product categories for a global sports brand. 

 

Merchandise has many touch points within the business and this role will include the experience of working directly with a number of departments across the organisation. 

 

Manchester City have built strong teams both on and off the pitch, and this is an opportunity to be part of a high achieving and rewarding culture, in their Central London office location. 

 

 

This is Your City

As part of our team, you will be entitled to 26 days annual leave plus an additional day off for your birthday, private healthcare and a simply health cash plan, an annual discretionary bonus, plus a range of partnership and lifestyle discounts. 

 

Your Impact

  1. Advising on product development, working with licensees to expand Man City’s official merchandise portfolio and ensuring all products are compliant with the official brand guidelines, reflect the club’s values and appeal to the ever-growing international fanbase.
  2. 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.
  3. Coordinate planning, development and delivery of licensee workshops, to help licensees understand the clubs core brand values, positioning and strategy.
  4. 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. 
  5. 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.
  6. Delivering day to day administration tasks relating to Man City licensee accounts, ensuring timely activation of contractual obligations and approvals of all product concepts, pre-production samples that are to be manufactured / published / developed across the physical and digital licensing programme.
  7. 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.
  8. Attend retail focused Player Appearance / commercial days to help with delivery of marketing assets for key licensed products.



 

What we are looking for

Essential

  • 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. (1 year minimum ideally)-  
  • 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. 

 

City Football Group promotes equal opportunities in employment and we positively welcome applications from all candidates regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

We will screen all applicants and select candidates whose skills and experience seem to meet our needs. We will carefully consider your application during the initial screening and will contact you only if you are selected for an interview. 

Employment is subject to the provision of proof of eligibility to work in the UK.

Due to our safeguarding promise, all UK based CFG roles will be subject to a DBS check upon commencing employment with us. This will be either a basic, standard or enhanced check depending on the job role and responsibilities.

 


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