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.
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Job Title: Manager – Royalty Accounting
Job Summary: Reporting to the Senior Manager – Credit, Accounts Receivable & Royalties, the Royalty Accounting Manager will be responsible for the accounting of Pokémon’s extensive royalty licensing program. You will prepare, monitor, and analyze budgets for the licensing program and lead our team of royalty accountants. This includes providing guidance and support to ensure the timely processing of our various licensing partners’ royalty statements and affiliated accounting activities. You will also be a trusted advisor to our internal legal, licensing and product approval teams, while working with a wide range of external licensees to resolve complex issues. This role will also support the accounting team with month-end close and other ad-hoc projects and requests as needed.
FLSA Classification (US Only): Exempt
People Manager: Yes
What you’ll do
Manage a team of accounting staff who are responsible for royalty accounting and reporting
Recruit, hire, and develop royalty accounting staff and conduct performance evaluations
Provide supervision and guidance to ensure the timely and accurate processing of licensee royalty statements and contract compliance
Approve contracts, amendments and accounting transactions in WestEnd Workspace and Dynamics AX, our ERP system (soon to be implementing Oracle Cloud)
Review for accuracy and approved various royalty related journal entries
Manage the licensee audit program
Assist team with resolving complex licensee reporting and compliance issues by working closely with business managers, the Legal department, and the product approvals teams
Assist GL accounting team with month-end close
Prepare licensing and royalty data for reporting out to internal business partners
Assist in preparing and presenting the royalty and participation budgets and forecasts
Identify and implement efficiencies to our existing standards, processes, and procedures
Other duties as assigned
What you’ll bring
5+ years of accounting experience, with extensive GL reconciliation, royalty and/or audit experience and with at least one (1) year as a manager of an accounting department required.
3+ years of experience in variance analysis, budgeting, and planning
A familiarity with minimum guarantees/advance payments
Work independently, take initiative, and exercise professional judgment
Focus on continuous improvement and increasing efficiency
Attention to detail and a high level of accuracy
Multi-task and prioritize diverse workload
Resolve complex issues requiring cooperation from others over a long period of time
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Understand system logic and dependencies
Intermediate to Advanced Excel abilities
Preferred: experience with contracts, licensing and royalties, participations, audits, ERP and royalty accounting systems (West End Workspace desired).
Ability to work with confidential information
Ability to develop and build collaborative relationships with a cross functional teams
How you’ll be successful
Passion for Pokémon: Develops an understanding of the Pokémon brand, the impact it has on our people, culture, business, fans, and communities, and applying that knowledge and passion to everything you do.
Challenging the Expected: Approaches challenges with curiosity and creativity, embracing the possibility of failure as an opportunity to learn something new, develop innovative ideas, solve complex problems and identify unique opportunities.
Integrity and Respect: Demonstrates integrity and respect by leading with empathy, listening to others, seeking out different perspectives, and taking personal responsibility for decisions, actions, and results.
Dedicated to Quality: Takes ownership to maintain and promote high standards, looks for new ways to learn and improve, and embraces a growth mindset to seek and apply feedback from others in an effort to continuously improve.
Building Relationships: Develops and strengthens relationships, adopting a “team first” mentality and working collaboratively to solve problems and meet shared goals.
Delighting Customers: Listens and understands the interests and needs of our customers and stakeholders, making them feel heard and important, and embracing these learnings to continue delivering a unique Pokémon experience.
What to expect
An employee first culture
Company events that celebrate the spirit of Pokémon
Competitive cash-based compensation programs
Base salary range: $104,000.00 – 156,000.00. This range is applicable for the labor market where the role is intended to be hired. It is common for TPCi to start employees below the midpoint of the range. Final base salary is directly related to each candidate’s qualifications and experience uniquely.
100% employer-paid healthcare premiums for you
Generous paid family leave
Employer-paid life insurance
Employer-paid long and short-term income protection insurance
US Employees: 401k Employer Matching
UK/IRE Employees: Pension Employer Contributions
Comprehensive relocation package
Hybrid work environment offering two days per week as remote (optional)
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. For roles in Ireland, this role requires candidates to have the right to live and work in the Republic of Ireland. However, we welcome applications from all nationalities and may consider supporting an employment permit application, in appropriate and suitable cases