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, Technical Program Management

Job Summary: The Manager of Technical Program Management is an integral leader to coach, mentor, and grow their team of IT Program, IT Project Managers & Scrum Masters while also shaping the vision and strategy of the Technical Program Management Office (TPMO). Our TPMs are technically adept partnering directly with the business and while embedded within IT program teams to align and mobilize to deliver high impact business outcomes. This role actively enacts process improvements, providing structure, and establishing standards of practice. This is a pivotal role requiring influence, initiative, and creativity to ensure the TPMO is positioned to execute our mission of consistency, transparency, and strategic business alignment.

FLSA Classification (US Only): Exempt

People Manager: Yes

What you’ll do

  • Lead, grow, and mentor a team of scrum masters, program managers and project managers, building an environment of teamwork, trust, and mutual success

  • Initiate, drive, and evangelize Hybrid Project Management which blends traditional project management practices and Agile/scrum methodologies.

  • Implement a standard of practice

  • Work with other managers to implement technical program management practices throughout the Tech Org.

  • Develop KPIs to measure effectiveness of programs and establish frameworks using program management principles that foster high quality, metrics-driven program delivery

  • Identify, develop, and sustain partnerships within the Technology Organization.

  • Be a catalyst for positive change within TPCi

What you’ll bring

  • 6+ years’ people management experience coaching and mentoring both senior and early career technical program & project managers to reach their full potential

  • 7+ years working experience in IT project/program management roles with a solid foundation in project management practices as well as experience working with Agile teams

  • The capacity to understand complex systems and enjoy the challenge of solving problems

  • Experience in solving the challenges of building strong, scalable infrastructure and solutions

  • The ability to lead through ambiguity with clarity in a fast-paced environment

  • A healthy blend of technical knowledge and execution-focused mindset

  • Good balance of IQ & EQ to be able to solve both technical and social challenges

  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) preferred.

  • Agile Certifications such as CSM or CSPO or CAL preferred

  • Expertise with navigating in JIRA, Confluence, and SharePoint

  • Prosci Certified Change Practitioner preferred.

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: $144000.00 - 218000.00. 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 candidates 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

  • Fitness reimbursement

  • Commuter benefit

  • LinkedIn learning

  • Comprehensive relocation package

  • Hybrid work environment

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.