Localization Academy

Associate Convention Programming Manager (Bilingual Japanse/English)

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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: Associate Convention Programming Manager (Bilingual)
  • Job Summary: Support the Manager of Convention Programming & Japanese Business Management in translating and interpreting Japanese/English, and communication with overseas counterparts.
  • FLSA Classification (US Only): Exempt
  • People Manager: No

What you’ll do

  • Support the Manager in translating emails, business documents, pitches, and reports in Japanese/English.
  • Support the Manager in interpreting for business meetings which contain esports tournament terminology and systems
  • Communicate with partner companies in London, Japan, Korea, and China under the Manager’s supervision.
  • Be on-site during events to provide translation and interpretation support, as needed.
  • Review, edit and maintain localization of guidelines, rules, and regulations of esports tournaments.
  • Develop deep understanding of Pokémon games, communities, and their tournament/management system.
  • Understand relationships with overseas partner companies and provide smooth communication to support the team.
  • Establish and maintain communication between overseas counterparts and vendors to make sure our events meet their requirements/needs.
  • Work with the Manager to create strategies to get approval on convention programming from overseas stakeholders.

What you’ll bring

  • At least 2 years of experience in professional Japanese/English translation and interpretation.
  • 2+ years of experience in the gaming/esports industry is preferred.
  • Familiarity with esports and tournament terms/words.
  • Understanding of both the U.S. and Japanese culture in general.
  • Understanding of Japanese business culture, structure, and manner.
  • Ability to translate and interpret without supervision.
  • Be fluent in Japanese respect words (敬語).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in both Japanese and English.
  • Be proficient in Microsoft tools. (Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel, Word, etc.)
  • Ability to work under pressure and under challenging timelines.
  • Team player with ability to work with various groups across multiple organizations.
  • Ability of fast learning.

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 $83,000 – $97,805. The full range is $83,000 – $123,000. 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.