Date Posted

May 12, 2017


Victoria and Albert Museum

Job Location

United Kingdom

Type of Employment


About the Company

The V&A is the world’s greatest museum of art, design and performance, with more than 2 million objects representing more than 5,000 years of creativity. Founded in the wake of the 1851 Great Exhibition, the V&A is dedicated to educating and inspiring people through collections drawn from the entire spectrum of the fine, applied, industrial and performing arts. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the best available resources for the study of many subjects, including architecture, Asian art, textiles, furniture, fashion, photography, sculpture, ceramics, metalwork and graphic design. The V&A is home to the National Art Library, the Department of Theatre & Performance (formerly The Theatre Museum in Covent Garden) and the Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green. It was the UK’s first national museum to develop a designated Research Department, which is now home to the premiere postgraduate programme in the history of design and material culture, as well as the nascent V&A Research Institute (VARI).

Job Description

The V&A operates an award winning global brand licensing programme, the profits of which are covenanted to the V&A. Licensees are given privileged access to the V&A’s extensive archives and highly regarded brand endorsement. The programme’s ongoing success and recent high profile licensed collaborations have demonstrated that there are greater opportunities for development, both in the UK and overseas. In order to achieve the ambitious growth plan a new Senior Manager Brand Licensing role is being created.

The main responsibility will be to manage a recently expanded team of four and ensure the business objectives are met. The team manage licensee relationships in multiple categories across multiple territories. This currently includes Europe, USA, Australia, Japan, Korea and China. The key focus will be on expansion overseas, overseeing contract renewals, range extensions, converting new leads, ensuring licensees develop and promote ranges in line with the V&A’s design and brand guidelines and co-ordinate marketing and press activities and attend relevant trade events. This new role will lead a small and highly productive team. The right candidate will need plenty of ambition, creativity and energy.

Interviews to be held on 26 May 2017

Job Requirements

Essential requirements
• Exceptional analytical and project management skills
• Clear and concise written, verbal, and presentation skills
• Ability to build and maintain relationships with internal and external cross-functional teams
• Highly adaptable with experience meeting diverse customer needs
• Have a focus on delivery and be results driven
• Demonstrate creative flair, with ability to identify trends
• Show ambition for the business and with a positive, can-do attitude
• A team player
• Capacity for regular travel including to international locations
• Must have a strong sustained and proven background in licensing of consumer products, or brands for retail sales and client relationship management
• Experience of managing suppliers and business partners and a track record of developing new and existing business categories within the licensing arena
• Extensive experience in contract negotiation
• Experience of ensuring compliance with all appropriate policies, procedures, contracts and relevant legislation
• Ideas based approach to new business that can add profitability to the bottom line and utilise the V&A collections creatively to drive new product development and licensing functions to achieve commercial growth
• Ability to support multiple development projects simultaneously
• Experience of driving on-going marketing activity to bolster sales

Desirable requirements
• Astute commercial acumen
• Product development experience in a variety of product categories
• Excellent communication and presentation skills, both written and face to face
• Strong, imaginative and creative drive
• The ability and knowledge to bring a portfolio of industry contacts to the table to help build the V&A’s position and reputation in the market place
• A good working knowledge of the IP available in the V&A’s collections



How to Apply

To apply and for a full job description, please visit the V&A recruitment webpage: