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Senior Creative Design and Product Development Manager

Aardman Animations
Depending on experience
Closing date
24 Nov 2023

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Aardman’s Sales & Marketing division spearheads the licensing and brand development across Aardman’s portfolio of brands and studio services, developing global brand plans that balance both creative integrity and the ability to create sustainable revenues for the company and our partners.

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The Role:

This is an exciting opportunity to work within our Licensing and Brand team and reporting to the Marketing Director. You will devise and implement creative strategies for the Aardman brand portfolio, across all areas of ancillary rights exploitation and particularly merchandise, live events and attractions, brand partnerships and promotions. 

Based at our HQ in central Bristol, we’re looking for someone who’s able to work in the studio a minimum of 3 days a week.


We’re looking for experience of implementing creative strategies for brands, merchandise, live experiences, marketing campaigns and any area of exploitation. A creative background is required, accompanied with proven graphic design experience to visualise and lay out creative concepts and strategies (although design and artworking can be delegated to internal and external designers).

Experience of working in the licensing industry, managing character brands, product development, presenting design strategies and an understanding of international markets and particularly key Asian territories is required.

This is also a client facing position, where you will be working closely with both internal and external stakeholders. We’re looking for a good team player with a positive outlook and strong interpersonal skills, energy to challenge the status quo and the ability to take people along with them.

Please find a full role profile attached.

We will be reviewing applications for interview as they are submitted. Please confirm your salary expectations and availability in your cover letter. 

Closing Date for applications is: 5pm on Friday 24th November 2023.


Aardman is an independent and multi-Academy Award® and BAFTA® award winning studio. It produces feature films, series, advertising, games and interactive entertainment.

Its productions are global in appeal, novel, entertaining, brilliantly characterised and full of charm reflecting the unique talent, energy and personal commitment of the Aardman team. The studio’s work is often imitated, and yet the company continues to lead the field producing a rare brand of visually stunning content for cinema, broadcasters, digital platforms and live experiences around the world.

In November 2018, Aardman became an Employee-Owned organisation, ensuring that the studio remains independent and securing the creative legacy and culture of the company for the future.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Charter is our commitment to building a workforce that is truly reflective of society, underpinned by the belief that a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential in delivering on our mission: to create entertainment for all and to be the most inspirational animation company in the world. We welcome applications from all individuals and are always happy to discuss flexible working needs.  Aardman is proud to be both a Disability Confident Employer and a Living Wage Employer.

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