CPG Design & Approvals Manager

Licensing San Francisco, California


Job Summary

We’re looking for a Consumer Products and Goods Design & Approvals Manager!

The CPG Design & Approvals Manager is responsible for providing general design and creative support to both the CPG Licensing & Promotions team, routing product approvals from licensee to licensor for specific assigned title brands, managing asset selection and line development for the Shonen Jump online store, and managing asset/style guide creation (either internally or through an agency). Since this position manages the submission, review, and approvals of key product and marketing materials, the Manager should be highly process and schedule oriented. The ideal candidate will have a background or prior experience in consumer products design and/or fashion/apparel - Japanese fluency would be a huge plus!

What You’ll Do:

  • Provide creative and design support to the Consumer Products Approvals and Licensing teams (such as creating brand decks, building retail pitches, mocking up product designs, creating marketing material)
  • Manage asset selection, style guide/asset development and product development across all lines of business working in partnership with licensors, agencies and sales teams
  • Manage licensing design and concept approvals process for assigned titles and supports licensor and licensee relationships
  • Lead regular communication between licensor and licensee on brand specifications and style guidelines
  • Work closely with various internal teams to support marketing and design to promote VIZ’s properties.
  • Assist with developing/updating brand presentation materials as needed to inform licensors of key initiatives and secure approvals
  • Manage online style guide and FTP folders to provide most updated assets to partners
  • Administrative duties including shipping/mailing, digital/physical filing and logging of products, contact management
  • Represent VIZ at various events and meetings, including travel to licensing and sales trade shows

The Ideal Candidate Has:

  • 3-5 years of relevant consumer products, licensing, design, or product marketing experience
  • Proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign) 
  • Product Design or Fashion Design background, especially streetwear
  • Knowledge of anime, manga, and related merchandise and some exposure to entertainment media (comic, anime, video) 
  • Exceptional communication and professional skills with culturally diverse clients, providers, and staff 
  • A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university, or equivalent experience, with a record that demonstrates suitable preparation for this position

Additional Preferred Skills:

  • Drawing, illustration, and/or fine art skills
  • Fluency in Japanese language, writing, and communications

Work Environment & Schedule

The CPG Design and Approvals Manager position is open to candidates local to the San Francisco Bay Area. You'll need to work onsite at our downtown San Francisco office 1-2 times per week to work with physical products. Additionally, some travel is required for this position for attendance at trade shows and conventions.

Almost 90% of the time spent on this job involves the use of a computer. You’ll primarily work in an office environment and must be able to use standard office software, equipment, and communication tools. 

This is a Regular Full-Time position with flexibility in working hours outside of our core hours of 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. The CPG Design and Approvals Manager may need to work late or on weekends or be on call for occasional urgent issues.

Who We Are

VIZ Media has been bringing the finest in manga, anime, and global entertainment to English-speaking fans across the world for 35 years. From classic series like Dragon Ball, Sailor Moon, and Naruto to current hits like Demon Slayer, One-Punch Man, and My Hero Academia, we continue to offer the best in action, romance, fantasy, and adventure stories for fans of all ages.

We offer our employees a variety of benefits and perks including: 

  • Hybrid Work Model - you’ll work some days in the office and some remotely with a stipend to help cover your commuting costs
  • Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance, Disability and Life Insurance, and FSA Plans
  • 8 Weeks of Parental Leave
  • 401(k) with company match
  • Generous time off policies including volunteer days and birthday holidays
  • Free gym membership + wellness stipend
  • Work from Home stipend