Product Development Associate

Glendale, California | Freelance | Job ID #47324 |
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Onward Search's client, a Consumer Products Company, is seeking a freelance Product Development Associate to join the team. You will report to the Director, Product Development and be responsible for the following areas:


  • Coordinate and track development approvals and schedules with the Product Development and Licensing teams.
  • Stay informed through close communication with the Product Development team regarding any functional or manufacturing changes to individual products or product ranges.
  • Handle all product approval feedback, adding detailed comments, for all Licensee sample reviews at each critical stage of a product’s development as set out in our Online Product Approval system.
  • Collaborate with the Central Creative team on art requests and style guide needs for hardlines development.
  • Communicate updates of new style guides to product designers.
  • Attend and in some cases lead weekly product development meetings to ensure all parties in attendance receive information and direction to move towards the next steps in development: provide updates, capture comments, and distribute notes.
  • Monitor and track product samples, pre-pro samples, and production submissions and ensure submissions in OPA are fully closed out and compliant.
  • Organize product submissions for creative reviews & line reviews.
  • Track and ensure compliance with business affairs reviews.
  • Maintain and organize all notes, approvals, and communication with third-party content providers.
  • Work with necessary third-party content providers to ensure timely art and asset delivery required for product development.
  • Coordinate with Managers and Directors on new projects and scheduled deadlines.
  • Manage budget and track project spending.


  • 2-4 years in product development experience within entertainment.
  • Experience in plush toy development major plus.
  • Experience working on a Mac.
  • The potential for domestic travel for onsite product approval with studios, and vendors.
  • Exhibit exceptional organization, ingenuity, and resourcefulness.
  • Keen aesthetic and eye for design and functional details is imperative.
  • Strong in Outlook, Word, Excel and Keynote/Powerpoint.
  • Familiar with Online Product Approval software.

Does this sound like you? Apply today!




  • The client is unable to support 1099 / Corp-to-Corp or Independent Contractor arrangements at this time. All freelancers will be paid as W2 employees.
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
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