Key Account Manager, UK

The Company

Established over 24 years ago, Creative Kids specialises in developing and supplying arts and crafts and creative play products. Our success and tremendous growth year after year are due to our uncompromising commitment to innovation and quality driven toys. Originally primarily focused on North American retail, Creative Kids is now establishing a UK based sales force targeting the same success within the UK retail landscape. Our brands include Creative Kids, Air Clay, Kiddy Dough, Zzand, Sense & Grow and Science to the Max, which have all been designed and developed in-house. Alongside our core own brands, we also operate as a licensee for global licensors such as Moonbug, Hasbro and MGA to name just a few.

The Role

Creative Kids UK is now seeking a Key Account Manager to join the team, responsible for a portfolio of UK national retail customers.

Key Responsibilities

  • Direct account responsibility for a determined number of major accounts
  • Maximise opportunities, manage risk, develop effective long-term business relationships and exceed customer expectations
  • Build business plans for each customer that fit the account’s needs, whilst achieving profitable growth in line with company and brand budgets
  • Present quarterly sales forecasts and listings for each account to the UK MD
  • Understand the customer timelines and proactively provide customers with all the information and materials required to make decisions
  • Work closely with our China and New York based teams to ensure good follow-up to meetings with customers and ensure maximum serviceability
  • Identify new accounts, win new business and set up new trading partners to contribute to growing the Creative Kids UK business
  • Manage the integration of new licensed ranges into account business plans, to ensure maximum distribution is achieved in existing accounts
  • Alongside the licensed business ensure exponential growth is achieved with our core brands within each given retailer

Required Skills

  • Self-motivated team player with an entrepreneurial spirit, ‘go-getter’ attitude
  • Minimum three years’ National Accounts experience
  • Can demonstrate a desire or experience in building accounts from the group up
  • Demonstrate successfully maintaining and developing one or more of the major accounts
  • Ability to recommend corrective actions and provide solutions
  • Outstanding communication and presentation skills
  • Good management of time and personal organisation skills
  • Customer oriented, with strong negotiation ability
  • Analytical and data driven problem solving
  • Proficiency in MS Office software (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) Netsuite experience an asset
  • Full clean driving licence.
  • Flexibility regarding accounts managed

Location

The KAM will initially be based from home with the ultimate intention to be office based.
UK office opening timing and location to be confirmed.

How to apply

Please send your CV and covering letter to grant@creativekids.com