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The Pokemon Company International

Business Developer (Bilingual Japanese/English Required)

🇺🇸 Bellevue, WA

Get to know The Pokémon Company International

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children's entertainment properties in the world.

Summary of the Role

Business Developer (Bilingual - Japanese and English)

The Business Developer will work with the Manager, Business Development to support key strategic initiatives in multiple business pillars (video game, mobile apps, trading card game, merchandising, and/or animation). This position will work together with various key stakeholders within TPCi and those in Japan, by spearheading communication between offices.

What you’ll do

  • Support key strategic company initiatives in the area of video game, mobile apps, trading card games, marketing initiatives and/or media & merchandising initiatives. Coordinate with various stakeholders within TPCi and those in Japan to achieve the goal. Work with Manager, Business Development to deliver the results by identifying and overcoming obstacles.
  • Support new game development projects by being a point of contact between the headquarters in Japan, and TPCi. Project coordination the progress on TPCi side and make sure tasks assigned to the team executed on time.
  • Coordinate with the headquarters in Japan so that TPCi marketing team is fully informed to conduct globally aligned marketing activities. Review marketing assets/copies ensuring accuracy.
  • Research, analyze, and report on key business metrics.
  • Flexibly conduct administrative tasks to support the President and the entire Business Development team

What you’ll bring

  • BA or BS Degree or equivalent experience.
  • 3-5 years demonstrated business related experience in multinational corporations including Japan and the USA.
  • Experience in game development, including localization, is a plus.
  • Bi-cultural and bilingual with strong written and verbal communications in both English and Japanese. Solid understanding of Japanese culture and business customs.
  • Interest/experience in video game industry and anime/manga industry is a plus. Open to learn about the brand in depth.
  • Passion/interest in Pokémon brand is a plus.
  • Proficiency in MS Office products (Excel, PowerPoint).
  • A proven track record of career progression

How you’ll be successful

  • Integrity and Respect - Demonstrates integrity and respect by listening to others, seeking to understand a variety of perspectives, and taking personal responsibility for decisions, actions, and results.
  • Building Relationships - Builds strong relationships and works co-operatively with others to solve problems and meet team goals. Acknowledges the contributions of others and gives honest, kind and constructive feedback to other team members.
  • Passion for Pokémon - Knowledgeable about the Pokémon brand, people, culture, and business.
  • Dedicated to Quality - Monitors work for quality and accuracy, follows through on commitments and keeps others informed on progress. Uses a growth mindset to seek and apply feedback from others to continuously improve.
  • Delighting Customers - Aware of customers’ interests and needs and listens carefully and makes sure customers feels heard and important.
  • Challenging the Expected - Contributes to new approaches, methods or technologies. Works proactively with others to produce innovative solutions to support the business and customers. Embraces the possibility of failure to risk something new, unique, and special.
  • Leads Self - Holds oneself accountable to the core values, and personal goals. Seek new and challenging assignments to continuously learn and improve.

What to expect

  • Must be able to travel domestic and internationally. Be comfortable in accommodating to working with counterparts in multiple time zones in the USA, Europe and Japan.
  • All selected applicants must complete an aptitude test to measure Japanese language skills.
  • The role is currently remote, however, when we as a Company determine it is safe for employees to return to in person work, the work will take place onsite in an open-concept office setting in Bellevue.

We offer a professional, fun and creative work environment. While we maintain a good balance between work and life, additional hours may be required at peak times or for specific initiatives. Travel between office locations internationally may be required on occasion.

The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children's entertainment properties in the world.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this role. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required. Employees may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed. For roles in the United Kingdom, candidates will need the right to work. In some cases, and for some roles, the Company may be able to arrange a visa.