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.

Learn more online at Pokemon.com and on Facebook (facebook.com/pokemon), YouTube (youtube.com/pokemon), Twitter (twitter.com/pokemon), and Instagram (instagram.com/pokemon).

Get to know the role

Job Title: Sr. Manager Global Procurement (Indirect Spend)

Job Summary: TPCi is looking for a visionary leader to lead a newly created procurement function with the goal of developing and implementing company-wide procurement strategies outside of Asia. This position will handle day-to-day functioning of TPCi’s procurement and sourcing function, starting with indirect procurement. Over time, this leader will build and grow a team to manage the end-to-end source-to-pay processes, while optimizing financial savings to the company. While this role mainly focuses on indirect spend initially (with marketing, technology and professional services being the top categories), but scope is intended to expand over time.

FLSA Classification (US Only): Exempt

People Manager: Yes

What you’ll do

  • Lead the development, effective implementation, integration, and execution of procurement vision, organizational strategies, and tactical plan initiatives in close collaboration with business partners and operational teams. 
  • Develop and implement short and long-term indirect procurement strategies designed to improve quality and service while meeting company goals and objectives. 
  • Manage and optimize the Purchasing Card and Travel Program.
  • Provide strategic consulting and analytic perspective to executive management and key business stakeholders on market and product trends and developments as well as procurement strategies and risks. 
  • Establish effective metrics and performance monitoring systems to ensure quantifiable gauges of the delivery of procurement results.
  • Promote talent development of team members and overall development of cross functional teams.
  • Design and sustain a procurement organization that has the structure, process, technology, talent practices, and metrics needed to deliver the plan and build for the future.
  • Ensures stakeholder alignment and coordination via clearly articulated governance processes.
  • Act as a business partner to internal and external stakeholders and provides a single point of contact for all procurement operations related questions, feedback, transformations or service escalations.
  • Partner with internal stakeholders across the organization to ensure compliance with applicable laws governing procurement practices as well as company-established CSR standards.
  • Drive transformation change in support of the strategic and operational objectives of the enterprise. 

What you’ll bring

  • Ten+ (10+) years of relevant professional experience in corporate strategic procurement, including two (2) years of management experience.
  • Bachelors degree required, MBA and related profession certifications preferred.

Demonstrated leadership capabilities, both as a leader of teams and as a leader of projects - dynamic, strategic and resourceful.

  • Strong communication skills that demonstrate an ability to influence others through oral and written presentation. Successful candidates are able to persuade, motivate and compel support for key ideas and initiatives by delivering clear, well-structured presentations.
  • Strong business acumen and ability to bring a macro perspective to business opportunities.
  • Experience sourcing within country and well connected to the supply base.
  • Leading experience and knowledge in negotiations and the ability to coach and develop others to do the same.
  • Shown track record of procurement success.
  • Experience with change management.

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
  • 100% employer-paid healthcare premiums for you
  • Generous paid family leave
  • Employer-paid life insurance
  • Employer-paid long and short-term income protection insurance
  • 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.

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