Careers at MGA Entertainment

National Account Manager, Walmart

Requisition ID: 9200403018733_1
Location: Bentonville, AR, US
Date posted: Aug 01, 2022

Company Summary: MGA Entertainment, a consumer entertainment Products Company headquartered in Chatsworth, California, manufactures innovative lines of proprietary products for the toy and consumer electronics market.  The company also licenses its IP in such areas as apparel, home décor, stationery and sporting goods. The MGA family includes award-winning brands such as LOL Surprise, Little Tikes®, Project MC2, and Zapf Creation®. For more information please visit www.mgae.com.

Mission: Maximize sales, profitability and promotional activity within corporate margin expectations.

Key Area and Results

Time Utilization

1.

Account Management & Development

30%

2.

Collaborative Forecasting/Planning

30%

3.

Analysis (POS, Competition, Adjacent Opportunities)

30%

4.

Communication

10%

TOTAL TIME UTILIZATION

100%

Position Requirements

Education/Experience:

  • 7+ years or more of sales management/sales experience within the toy industry.
  • Superior relationships with retailer management, buyers, marketing managers, replenishment & planning personnel.
  • A proven track record of building sales and profitability in a competitive business environment.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration or Marketing is required. (Master’s Degree preferred).

Skills/Knowledge/Ability:

  • Possess elevated financial acumen – Margin/Forecast Planning/ Budget Management.
  • Excellent strategic and disciplined planning skills.
  • Well-developed sales, people, communication, administration, sales policy, planning and leadership skills.
  • Ability to think on your feet and contingency plan.
  • Formal knowledge customers’ communicative/administrative/planning tools i.e.: VDP & EDQ/ Retail Link.
  • Ability to travel. 
  • Knowledge of LC (FOB) and Domestic shipping procedures.
  • Solid computer skills (Microsoft office – Excel, Word, PPT).

  

Key Result Areas and Activities

Account Management & Development

Create rapport with the retailer’s entire buying team, including all executives, buyers, planners, and replenishment team.  

Work with buying teams to understand their needs, performance metrics, time tables, etc.

Respond or acknowledge all customer requests in timely manner.

Be the expert on the products, categories, and competition in and outside your areas of responsibilities.

Manage day to day service issues between MGA marketing, product, customer marketing, and retailer buying teams.

Collaborative Forecasting/Planning

Establish and present timelines for line reviews, item conformation time lines, "set" and other relevant dates.

A bottom-up (item level) forecasts must be built in adherence to Global Forecast time line.  

Collaborative base-line and promotional forecast must be executed with all buyers. 

Seasonal Business Plans for each buyer (per category/brand) will be created. Elements of this plan will consist of the following:  SAP Plan, confirmed promotional activities (ads, end caps, shelf space, other feature space, catalog, POP Signage etc.). 

Review Business Plans (SAP/Promotional Plan/Forecasts) with each buyer on a monthly basis.  Adjust and communicate all adjustments to SVP Sales/Marketing/and MGA Supply Chain.

Analysis (POS, Competition, Opportunities)

Must analyze POS data on a weekly basis.  Look for trends, planned promotional lifts and outcomes, competitive challenges, etc.  – and incorporate details with each buyer in the same Monthly Business Plan meeting.

Be in front of “Early Reads” – anticipating challenges to first of season POS.  

Communication/Meetings

Provide weekly updates by Buyer – State of business/New initiatives, placement/promotional updates etc.  – Recipients: SVP Sales.

Follow through recaps of buyer meetings (in season and placement feedback/conformation).

Must shop top four toy retailer stores every two weeks.  

Will participate in all National Sales and Show meetings/events.

Post Line Show Meeting:  Provide detailed responses to product offerings to SVP Sales/Marketing/President.

    

 Other duties as assigned