James Francis

Product Development Manager

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  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom

About me

 

Confident within a creative environment, I have gained experience working closely with licensors and design agencies. I have extensive knowledge in building a product from concept design to manufacturing stage. I have strong abilities in product development and management, as well as copywriting. I have interests in photography, art, fashion and film along with travelling and meeting new people. I have strong abilities in product design, project management, copywriting and proofreading.

Skills

 

  • Digital Media
  • Art Direction
  • Client Services
  • Design
  • Marketing
  • Problem Solving
  • Production Management
  • Project Management
  • Creative Direction

Work history

Currently

Creative Manager

Winning Moves UK

Sep 2014
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • In my current position, I have become well versed in successfully managing the delivery of product from concept to launch. I have been rewarded with a wide range of design and management skills. From managing a small team and making sure artwork deadlines are met, to developing and creating designs, as well as creative copy for Monopoly, Top Trumps, Guess Who, Cluedo, Trivial Pursuit and others. This also extends to writing promotional text for board and card games that are being sold in various top retailers. I have a strong proven track record of effectively working with external clients such as suppliers and print companies, as well as licensors including but not limited to HBO, BBC, ITV, Warner Bros, Marvel, Disney, Pixar, Premiership Football Teams and Candy Crush.

2014

Project Manager

VCG Kestrel

Jun 2013 - Aug 2014
  • London, UK
  • Full Time
  • I efficiently managed the daily workload of food package design for Marks and Spencer. From booking in lines and artworking, to processing print stage. I was responsible for prioritising my work within a varied client base and had to effectively time manage to ensure that artwork deadlines and printer dates were met. I showcased a strong level of initiative and communication as well as an eagerness to learn new skills. I gained great knowledge of the print and package design industry, which added a professional polish to my naturally high attention to detail.

2013

Finance Manager

Essex County Council

Oct 2010 - Jun 2013
  • Chelmsford, UK
  • Full Time
  • Assisting with the production of redundancy estimates and notices. Working within the payroll team; ensuring salaries and expenses are paid within the regulatory framework. Investigating payroll, HR and pension enquires.

2010

Art Department Assistant

Lazy Oaf Studios

Apr 2010 - May 2010
  • London, UK
  • Internship
  • My first foray into the world of fashion was when I completed an internship at Lazy Oaf clothing, a placement that I found rewarding and interesting. During my time there I was predominantly involved with duties in PR and answering queries from Lazy Oaf’s clientele. I also had to distribute analysis reports of fashion media, as well as managing contact lists and press releases. On top of these responsibilities, I also assisted with taking and editing photographs and picking which images would be most effective at selling the Lazy Oaf range.

Education

2009

BA(Hons) Media Arts

Plymouth University

Sep 2006 - Jun 2009
  • Plymouth, UK
  • Graduated with Upper Second Class Degree. The course was varied and modules included Digital Imaging and Editing, Theories of Media Analysts and Methods, Video Production and Sound Development, Website Design, Television and Photography Studio Experience. This gave me a chance to develop skills and interests in all of these areas.