Careers at Curious Universe

We are an equal opportunities employer with a flexible approach. Hiring the right team is of paramount importance to us so we work with all employees to ensure they can ‘Work Where they Work Best’. Our hybrid working solution allows us to cater to the different needs of our workforce whilst still providing outstanding service to our customers. Both yours and the business’s needs will be discussed at interview to reach a mutually beneficial working schedule.

We are always keen to hear from people wishing to work with us so please review our current job vacancies below. If there is nothing suitable feel free to drop us your CV and why you’d like to work with us to jobs@curiousuniverse.co.uk.

Product Manager

Department: Publishing

Entry/Mid/Senior level: Mid level

Location: Bath Office

Purpose of the Role

This exciting new role will support the Publishing Director and assist on overseeing the whole development life cycle of an exciting variety of products from conceptualisation to prototype. Offering great diversity and experience, the position will work over the four Curious Universe worlds: Book, Toy, Art & Craft and Stationery. The Product Manager will play a key role in understanding and supporting the needs of our customers and sales team, assisting in strategy, planning, executing and supervising projects to meet business objectives and to ensure project delivery within budget and on time. Working closely with Sales and the heads of Creative, the Project Manager will have a clear understanding of creating and leading process in order to support company growth and drive innovation and efficiencies.

Main responsibilities

  • To support the Publishing Director in specified areas of the creative development process, including strategic research and planning, creating technical briefs for new projects and driving standards on sales material.
  • To support the creative team through developing clear process and strong communication to enable them to turn ideas into exceptional products.
  • Work with the Publishing director in monitoring and planning product timing and product title count.
  • Working with the Publishing Director on briefing and organising material and information for key customer and internal presentations.
  • Meeting with management and Sales to identify project requirements, delivery timelines and costs
  • Developing detailed project plans to guide the creative teams and revising based on changing needs and requirements
  • Compiling and submitting project status reports to management and other stakeholders as required
  • Working with the Creative Director and Publishing Director to establish strategies for product pricing and positioning 
  • Supporting the Publishing Director on managing the budgets of multi-disciplinary teams involved with product development
  • Assist the Publishing Director on key operational requirements
  • Assisting with product launches and marketing campaigns 
  • Conducting competitor research to learn more about customers’ needs
  • Establish and maintain awareness of the retail market, media, marketing and product, with a focus on toys, craft and games. Also engage with relevant sales and marketing reports.
  • Employee relations issues dealt with in accordance with policies and procedures and in consultation with HR where appropriate.
  • Work as part of the Curious Universe community to create a positive, tolerant and harmonious work environment.
  • Deal with all staff in a helpful, courteous and respectful manner.
  • Actively participate in the giving and receiving of constructive feedback to ensure understanding and open team relationships.

Skills & Experience

  • At least 5 years relevant experience in a similar role within a related industry (Books, Toys, Gift or Stationery)
  • Excellent Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint skills
  • Highly organised and proactive individual
  • Proven success working with all levels of management
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Experience of managing schedules and workflow
  • Able to build successful working relationships with internal teams and external suppliers
  • Initiative, honesty and integrity
  • Positive can-do attitude within a fast-changing environment
  • A team player

To apply for this role, please send a CV and cover letter to jobs@curiousuniverse.co.uk

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