Head of Licensing
Who We Are
Spread Group is a renowned global provider of customized apparel and lifestyle products, distinguished by our commitment to made-to-order technology. Our core business model revolves around producing precisely what our customers desire, precisely when they desire it. As pioneers in this space, we combine sustainability with on-demand personalization, enabling individuals and businesses to express their unique identities through bespoke creations. Join us to be part of a global leader in the exciting world of personalized apparel and lifestyle products. Spread Group is revolutionizing the way we connect sustainability with cutting-edge customization, offering our customers and partners an unparalleled experience in the fashion industry.
What Will Your Role Be
Our global flagship consumer brand Spreadshirt is planning to strongly expand its business with iconic consumer licenses. For that growth mission, we are seeking a highly motivated and result-driven Head of Licensing (f/m/d) who can make a significant impact and propel our business to the next level. Reporting directly to the Commercial Director, you will be responsible for the profitability and growth of our licensing business, managing Spread Group’s entire licensing portfolio and licensing partner acquisition throughout Europe and North America. This includes unique partnerships with Netflix, Warner, Peanuts, Mattel and Viacom. You will lead and develop a licensing team with 8 directs.
What You´ll Do
- Act as business owner of the entire licensing business and manage its P&L.
- Develop and execute a comprehensive licensing strategy aligned with business objectives and market trends.
- Identify and evaluate potential licensing opportunities across various industries and verticals.
- Source and secure high-profile licenses to expand our product offerings and enhance brand visibility.
- Cultivate and manage relationships with licensors, negotiating favorable terms and agreements.
- Ensure the efficiency and effectiveness of our internal processes and coordination with external partners (design creation, approval, launch, marketing, royalty reporting etc.).
- Collaborate cross-functionally with internal teams such as legal, marketing, 3rd party marketplace team, graphic designer team, and product development to align strategies and achieve business objectives.
- Monitor key performance indicators (KPIs) and regularly report on the financial performance of the licensing business to the Commercial Director and executive team.
- Lead and mentor a team of 8 directs, providing guidance, support, and fostering a culture of innovation and high-performance.
What You´ll Bring
- 10+ years of work experience in brand- /license management, thereof at least 3 years in an international B2C/retail environment, preferably in varying roles across agencies, licensors and licensees
- E-Commerce experience is a great plus
- University degree in business, marketing, or a related field. MBA or equivalent preferred
- Proven experience in acquisition / pro-active sales activities with a strong network in the international licensing eco-system
- Entrepreneurial and commercially driven mindset, constantly seeking opportunities for innovation and improvement.
- Strong intuition for license-specific consumer trends and a feel for relevant design content
- Strategic thinker with a growth mindset, constantly seeking opportunities for innovation and improvement
- Excellent analytical and conceptual skills, with the ability to extract actionable insights from complex data sets and translate them into strategic initiatives.
- Strong financial acumen, experience in managing P&L responsibility is a plus
- Great leadership and team management abilities, with a track record of driving high performance and motivating others.
- Outstanding communication and presentation skills, with the ability to influence and inspire stakeholders at all levels.
- Solid negotiation skills and experience in building and maintaining successful partnerships.
- Flexibility to adapt to a fast-paced, dynamic environment and manage multiple priorities effectively.
- Excellent written and verbal skills in English, additional language(s) a plus
Why Should You Join Us
- Flexibility & Trust: Enjoy flexible working hours and remote work options within Germany, all based on mutual trust, ensuring a healthy work-life balance that suits your needs.
- Time to Recharge: Take advantage of a generous 30 days of holiday, and relish family-friendly working policies that cherish your precious moments with loved ones.
- Transparency & Growth: Attend regular General Assemblies (GAs) to be part of our vision, knowing you contribute to a bright future. Benefit from our in-depth onboarding program and visit production sites in the Czech Republic to deepen your understanding of our operations.
- Learn & Excel: Elevate your skills with German and English language courses, interdisciplinary workshops, and training, empowering your professional growth.
- Perks That Delight: Enjoy the convenience of using our company car, and revel in a remarkable 50% discount on all our products, along with exclusive access to irresistible discount campaigns.
- Inspiring Spaces: Work in modern offices designed to inspire creativity, boasting a rooftop terrace and cozy kitchens for breaks and after-work events.
- Celebrate Success: Join our lively company events, from invigorating hiking days to unforgettable summer and Christmas parties. Relish Fridays with refreshing drinks, making every moment memorable.
- Be You & Belong: Embrace a warm and inclusive atmosphere where authenticity is celebrated, with no dress code to limit your self-expression. Bring your four-legged friends along for an uplifting work environment.
- Discover Spreadster Life: Connect with team members through our unique "Meet-a-Spreadster" program, gaining insights into our diverse world.
Equal Opportunity Employer
We value diversity at Spread Group. We are proud of and continue to encourage the increasing diversity of our company culture and community. Your skills, talents, and experience are our focus no matter your age, ethnicity, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital or disability status.