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Job listing closed on 30 Mar 2024
18 Mar 2024

Senior Licensing Manager

🇬🇧 London, UK
Full Time
5+ years exp.

The Role

We are looking for a Senior Licensing Manager to lead the licensing team in setting and delivering successful strategic plans for revenue growth and global brand development and extension.

Who we are

We are one of the most famous clubs in world football, with a rich heritage and history of success – read more about our history, here.

Beyond that, we are passionate about our local community and, behind the scenes, we have a wide variety of opportunities and career paths for all. We have a very defined purpose: to act for a winning team, culture and community. We achieve this by ensuring we are courageous in the pursuit of progress, we champion our community and each other, and that we do the right thing (even when no one is looking).

Your day-to-day

  • Financial management - direct responsibility for delivering the licensing P&L
  • Licensing strategy - develop strategic plans for licensing both domestically and internationally for physical and digital products and the implementation and steering of those plans
  • Relationship management - build long term relationships with licensees, maximising the ROI for licensees and building value for our club. Negotiate contract renewals and extensions of existing license agreements
  • Business development - lead the business development function for licensing, identifying new business opportunities and negotiate agreements through to execution
  • International licensing - manage existing international licensing operations and assist in the development of international retail strategy
  • Product management - overall responsibility for licensee product approvals, including products and categories represented and the direction for future products
  • Brand management – oversee licensing style guide, manage 3rd party brand protection agency
  • Match & event responsibilities – responsible for Licensing agreements and relationships at key pre-season games, including the summer tour
  • Team management line management, coaching and development of a team of 2

What we are looking for

  • Retail and licensing experience – significant knowledge of brand licensing and experience at a senior level. Sports licensing experience would be desirable
  • Broad skillset - knowledge of associated disciplines including marketing, buying and merchandising
  • Strong negotiator - significant negotiation skills required
  • Passion for licensing/retail/sponsorship - demonstrated through industry courses, qualifications and/or accreditations
  • Strong leadership skills - interpersonal, motivational and leadership skills with the ability to generate a team environment that focuses on results
  • Relationship builder - the ability to build effective relationships with colleagues, licensees and partners at all levels, up to and including owner / director level
  • Excellent communicator - excellent communication skills and experienced in effective leadership
  • Flexibility and adaptability - a dedicated, motivational, and flexible can-do approach. Willing to travel nationally and internationally regularly

Why choose us

At Arsenal, we want everyone to feel a sense of trust and belonging, so we are proud of both our club values and also what we offer to our employees. As one of our Gunners, you will receive:

  • An exciting reward and recognition scheme
  • Generous holiday allowance which increases with your length of service
  • Great internal learning and development programmes
  • A flexible hybrid working model
  • Priority access to apply for match tickets
  • A competitive health and wellbeing benefits package
  • A leading Employee Assistance Programme
  • Great discounts with some of our Partners

Arsenal for Everyone

Arsenal for Everyone is our commitment to promoting and embracing equality, diversity and inclusion, so that everyone connected to the club feels like they belong to the same Arsenal family. We believe that diversity of background, skills and experience drives our success on and off the pitch. 

Disability Confident Leader

We are a Disability Confident Leader. We actively welcome applications from people with disabilities and long-term health conditions. If you need disability-related adjustments to the recruitment process, please indicate this in your application.

If you are likely to meet the definition of being a ‘disabled person’ according to the Equality Act 2010, we will offer you an interview if you meet the minimum criteria for a role. Please choose the option of a guaranteed interview on your application form. The information you share with us about your health or disability will not be used in recruitment decisions.

Application Closing Date: Please note, applications for this role will close on 29th March 2024