Job Opportunity: Sports Editor, Topps

August 30, 2011 | Jobs & Internships


The Sports Marketing division of Topps is seeking a Sports Editor for our New York City headquarters. The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating all aspects of the editorial process for sports products. Detail-oriented and organized multi-taskers with strong communication skills and sports knowledge will be particularly attracted to this challenging and rewarding position.  The editor position will ultimately feed into a traditional brand marketing role, so the candidate will be expected to gain exposure to the brand marketing and product development process.

    Duties & Responsibilities
  • Coordinate the editorial process for sports products.
  • Support brand team in developing brand marketing plans and brand strategy.
  • Develop project teams and outline critical paths, details, timelines and deliverables.
  • Assist in managing and tracking the roll-out of multiple marketing projects and ensuring their successful completion by monitoring the overall status of projects including costs, timing and staffing.
  • Assist in coordinating packaging design with creative services team.
  • Select photography from database, library and vendors for cards, packaging, and solicitations.
  • Ensure selected photos are appropriate, of a high quality, and meet card design league-mandated requirements.
  • Scale and crop images when necessary.
  • Assist with the management of the photography budget and maintain database of images.
  • Develop and maintain player/subject lists.
  • Develop back content and text for cards and inserts.
  • Review card proofs for content accuracy (back copy, stats, vitals, team names, player names, positions, and card numbers) and image integrity, ensuring match between photo and subject.
  • Identify photos on all cards, packaging, and solicitation proofs.
  • Manage product development deadlines such as photo turnover and card design content.
  • Manage photographers and make assignments for products.
  • Work with the sports licensing department to ensure rights of all subjects have been attained.
  • Assist sports marketing with product development and creative ideas.
  • Proactively scrutinize product schedules for conflicts and potential problems.
  • Keep apprised of player trades and signings and maintain accuracy of subject list.
  • Maintain knowledge of current events the assigned sport and develop knowledge of player quality and performance.
  • Participate in all elements of consumer marketing/promotions, consumer research and analysis, advertising, trade promotion, financial analysis and budget management, with the expectation to gradually contribute.

    Skills & Abilities

  • Proven ability to multi-task, juggle multiple projects and effectively determine priorities
  • Strong computer skills – working knowledge of web-based applications, Mac OS, Word & Excel
  • Excellent communication skills – written and oral
  • Proven ability to work in a team environment
  • Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Ability to troubleshoot and resolve unexpected issues quickly and efficiently
  • Basic grasp of fundamentals of marketing

    Education & Qualifications

  • Experience in a sports-related industry beneficial.
  • College degree or equivalent in Marketing, Sports Management or similar field desirable.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of sports.

Please send resumes to Desiree at: Desiree.Flores@labor.ny.gov