Careers at MGA Entertainment

Senior Brand Manager LT

Requisition ID: 9200404645147_1
Location: Los Angeles, CA, US
Date posted: Aug 08, 2022

MGA Entertainment has been disrupting the toy business for over 40 years, and under current leadership, Little Tikes Brand Marketing has helped to drive multi year-on-year growth, where competitors continue to see heavy declines. Brands include multi-platinum record-breaking worldwide phenomena L.O.L. Surprise! and 50-year brand, Little Tikes. Be part of the team that is making history every day!  

MGA Entertainment Mission & Values: Our Mission is to entertain children around the world and become part of their childhood and future generations. Our Values serve as a compass for our actions and describe how we behave in the world. For us, Creative Innovation is our way. We are passionate about everything we do. We are about Solutions and “can do” is our belief system. When we say it, we do it – we are always Accountable. We recognize the Unlimited Potential of employees and power of Teamwork. Collaboration is crucial. 

Benefits include new construction modern home office headquarters, with prioritization on health, wellness, and eco-friendly values: on-site gym, free yoga and Pilates, smoke-free campus, green vehicle charging stations, bamboo Zen garden and more! Employee toy discount and free bagel Friday too! 

Opportunity: The Senior Brand Manager, Little Tikes role is to drive brand performance, grow brand equity and market share by activating consumer insights, industry trends and innovative entrepreneurship to think differently. The leader is a strong manager with proven ability to coach and mentor, train and develop within a fast-paced environment. The right candidate will drive the Little Tikes portfolio to build brands that surprise and delight consumers, create engaging brand experiences and support the Vice President in setting the brand’s long term strategic direction and portfolio management. This individual will own development and execution of projects that focus on existing brands and drive change across new platforms. The role leads internal support centers of excellence (i.e., Product Development, Packaging, Sales, International) for brand management and agency partners (i.e., Entertainment, Marketing Services, Retail Marketing, Licensing) to deliver against our revenue goals and marketing activation to drive consumer demand.

Position Requirements

Education/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s degree required in Business, Marketing or related; MBA preferred
  • 8 – 10+ years of brand management, retail buying or marketing agency experience
  • 5+ years team leadership and management, multiple direct reports
  • 360◦ campaigns experience required (including TV, digital, social, PR, retail)
  • New product innovations and launch experience required. Brand Lifecycle experience required
  • Retail industry knowledge and retail math required. Mass experience strongly encouraged
  • Kids and/or Family marketing, Toy experience or quick turn fashion experience required
  • Diversified experience and proven success across big and small companies, start-up entrepreneurial required

Skills/Knowledge/Ability:

  • Motivated by challenges and possesses a robust sense of curiosity. Can-do attitude. Ability to work independently (self-motivated) and complete projects within required timeframes
  • Must manage multiple priorities with entrepreneurial, fast-paced action
  • Able to manage up, make tough, informed decisions quickly to keep projects on track using good judgement and accountability
  • Strong analytical skills a must. Experience with diagnosing and resolving complex problems. Ability to pull insights from multiple sources and synthesize into a compelling story.  
  • Builds strong relationships and support cross-functional teams to align to the same goal. Focuses on productivity and efficiency. Avoids gossip and doesn’t engage in office politics. Values being part of the solution and encourages it in others
  • Strong presentation skills, confidence and maturity. Proven ability to effectively represent brand internally and externally. Strong executive presence. Some interaction with high level executives
  • Build strong teams and prioritize people investment to promote from within
  • Ability to direct a business from all aspects: marketing, brand building, financial, and sales

Must manage reasonable commuting distance to MGA Chatsworth HQ to support onsite business needs.

Authority:

  • This role reports to a VP
  • This role will be supported by direct report(s), ABM or Brand Manager


Key Result Areas and Activities:

Brand Management

  1. Owns a portfolio of multiple brands, high volume, brand pipeline with new launches, growth, sustain / innovate and sunset lifecycle at different stages across the portfolio with team member(s) support
  2. Drive and execute the seasonal brand planning process; i.e., slot planning, white space opportunity analysis, product wave planning, price point analysis, NPD competitive data analysis with team member(s) support
  3. Ensure integrity of brand positioning, age target, key attributes and ensure product, packaging, marketing communication, licensing and retail deliver on insights-based alignment and flawless execution and 360 integration.
  4. Craft presentations with compelling storytelling; present to internal and external stakeholders on behalf of the brand as the authority, including consistent ability to perform with upper management and executives
  5. Own with direct report(s) International Marketing inquiries, and on-brand execution. Ensure ABM follow-through and clear escalation to Management when critical

Consumer & Retail Marketing Activation 

  1. Drive 360-marketing strategic and tactical triggers to drive consumer demand: TV advertising (creative development or advertising, media flighting, GRP/TRP, sponsorships), digital advertising and entertainment, YouTube, Instagram and other social channels with leadership oversight. Support upfront planning and budgeting process with Director oversight 
  2. Own relationship with Entertainment and content creation team for short and long form content with Director support
  3. Own brand management execution and strategy for PR event with PR team, external agencies, and support functions. Manage up to Director and VP as needed
  4. Strategically support Sales and Retail Marketing for key account activations and how they align to 360-consumer brand plans
  5. Come with creative ideas to drive newness and innovative ways to efficiently market and encourage knowledge share and curiosity in cross-functional and direct reports 

Category Management 

  1. Lead category analysis and be an expert in preschool and boys toy categories; including but not limited to: Ride-Ons, Active Play, Roleplay, Plush, Infant/Preschool, Activities & DIY, Innovation, Trend, Novelty, Collectibles, Action Play, Games, Tech and more
  2. Manage down and up insights to leadership and team bench strength depth of knowledge on category dominance in retail, e-commerce and creative advertising activations of key competitors

Budget, Retail Sales & Financial Analysis

  1. Maintain complete awareness of brand financials including inventory, forecasts etc. and understand implications to marketing investment, ROI and key activations. Manage up details to support influence in executive level decision making for production and ship calls
  2. Proven ability to analyze POS point of sales data with understanding of regional, store level data when necessary to determine trends and key performance indicators and business drivers. Ability to synthesize data to exec summary elevator pitch to management
  3. Build financial quotas by item as part of new season development, along with insightful data points research, historical, and competitive to justify financial growth targets for Sales, Supply & Demand Planning 
  4. Demonstrate decision-making abilities around investment alternatives that mitigate risk and maximize return. Identify issues and propose potential solutions. Work with leadership on total Little Tikes portfolio management and brand contributions for larger business impact

 

Cross-Functional Team Leadership

  1. Help identify how to overcome barriers for the team
  2. Be the go-to problem solver on all things brand related for cross-functional partners: Sales, Retail Marketing, Supply & Demand, Marketing Services, Entertainment, etc.  
  3. Lead cross-functional teams on assigned business or project development initiatives.
  4. Educate teams (Entertainment, Creative, Digital, Social etc.) on brand information and background that allow them to help create and execute programs that will drive consumer demand.
  5. Be a leader and a team player, solution oriented with forward momentum and a sense of urgency to pull cross-functional players together to deliver on time and on budget. 
  6. Understand and support the strategic function of Licensing and Franchise building pillars across teams and activations 

Marketing Team Leadership 

  1. Proven success and investment in managing, coaching and mentoring direct reports 
  2. Build teams through training and development; invest in bench strength and ability to promote from within 
  3. Operate with best in class examples for Little Tikes Marketing, building repeatable processes and continuous improvement 
  4. Support Director/VP team leadership, stepping up and managing up
  5. Showcase executive presence and strategic leadership ability to represent the team at the highest level, including direct interaction with CMO and Founder/CEO
  6. Other duties as assigned per business needs 

International Marketing Planning & Coordination

  1. Manage the marketing kick-off calls across all International Sales and Marketing teams and US Brand Marketing.
  2. Work with the international leads so they can adjust their plans, budgets and activities based on the feedback discussed then reviewed with the VP