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.


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Get to know the role

  • Job Title: Localization Specialist II
  • Job Summary: This role is responsible for translating Japanese game text and game related documents into English. Understanding localization processes is essential, and the candidate should have an appreciation for the importance of localization.
  • FLSA Classification (US Only): Exempt
  • People Manager: No

Note: At this time, we have two openings. Depending on the team that you join, your role may be focused on localization of video games, mobile apps, the trading card game, or marketing materials.

What you’ll do

  • Understand the localization direction and philosophy of the Pokémon brand and follow them receiving feedback from peers, supervisors, and in some cases, other teams.
  • Willing to adopt to new process/tools and consult senior members is a strong must.
  • Translate and proofread text for our video game products, card game releases, or other materials such as packaging, press releases, strategy guide articles, and other marketing materials. The team you’ll join will determine the translation assignments.
  • Work with fellow localization team members to meet high linguistic quality and cultural requirements while maintaining consistency and creating a cohesive product that is faithful to the developers’ vision.
  • Tackle projects as a member of a closely aligned team, becoming an expert on our products through extensive testplay and research to tackle translation with accuracy and full understanding of context, while also maintaining a comprehensive picture of the project’s timeline and needs.
  • Provide input and cultural perspectives in development meetings with other localization professionals.
  • Ensure consistency regarding the use of terminology and meet the requirements for different text types, including limitations on length and other technological limitations.
  • Interact daily with other translators, editors, and coordinators.
  • Report progress regularly to in-house management.
  • May be involved in the creation of strategy guide articles, compilation of game data, proofing of related materials created by other departments, and more, based on product expertise.


What you’ll bring

  • 3-4 years of experience translating from Japanese to English.
  • Japanese and English speaking and writing abilities at a near-native level is required.
  • The ability to work flexibly in an environment that features tight deadlines and shifting schedules.
  • Comfort with troubleshooting new software and the ability to learn specialized technical programs quickly.
  • A proven ability to multi-task various projects at the same time, juggling different needs while maintaining quality, consistency, and an attention to detail.
  • Experience with gaming (playing or translating) is required; experience with the Pokémon game is a plus.
  • Experienced with trading card games (playing or translating) is a plus.
  • Knowledge of Trados or MemoQ is a plus, but any CAT tool experience is beneficial.


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 $73,000.00 - $86,450.00. The full range is $73,000.00 - $109,000.00. 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
  • 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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