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.

Get to know the role

  • Job Title: Pokémon Center Merchandise Development Specialist (Figural Collections)

  • Job Summary: Creates product designs that are in line with the general style characteristics of a specific brand and are representative of current industry trends. Creates design sketches for new products; presents proposed designs to appropriate members of design staff; monitors fashion trends for applications to existing and new designs; coordinates with licensing area and other designers to ensure fulfillment of brand requirements.

  • FLSA Classification (US Only): Exempt

  • People Manager: No

What you’ll do

  • Self-motivated to work on/manage projects and also participates in team efforts on shared tasks.

  • Develop and pitch concepts for new figure lines based on brand/marketing beats and the overall PC product calendar.

  • Drive development of figural line plans for new product assortments and define refresh strategy for those lines.

  • Find and utilize industry data and pop-culture trends to back up product type and concept directions.

  • Collaborate with internal teams to help lead category analysis and make strategic recommendations for product lines.

  • Interpret internal stakeholders’ needs into actionable product concepts and sketches.

  • Work with internal approvals team to maintain accuracy of 3D items based on official references and guidelines.

  • Work with internal and external sculptors to guide development.

  • Manage creation of new products through internal processes and systems.

  • Have efficient and effective time management of project workloads.

  • Keep up-to-date of developments in design applications and new techniques.

What you’ll bring

  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of relevant professional experience or a demonstrated equivalent level of expertise.

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or a demonstrated equivalent level of applicable experience.

  • Proficient in Adobe Creative Suite (Photoshop and Illustrator).

  • Strong, visual verbal and written communication skills.

  • Knowledge of 3D modeling.

  • Knowledge of materials and multiple manufacturing processes.

  • Knowledge of working with licensed brands.

  • Demonstrate a strong design sense and problem-solving skills.

  • Proactively observes and gains understanding of the competitive marketplace.

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.

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: For this role, new hires generally start between $102,000.00 - $120,650.00. The full range is $102,000.00 - $152,000.00. This range is applicable for the labor market where the role is intended to be hired. Final base salary is directly related to each candidates' qualifications and professional 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.