Pokemon adding a Licensing Manager for CPG and Food & Beverage

Date April 20, 2015


Position summary
The Licensing Manager is an integral team member reporting to the Licensing Director and is responsible for the development and management of the Americas, Australia, and New Zealand Consumer Packaged Goods and Food and Beverage licensing day-to-day business including strategic planning, business development, sales and marketing.  The target demographics are youth, teens, young adults and adults. The Licensing Manager will communicate TPCi’s brand licensing strategy effectively to licensees and other partners and ensure all activity and brand representation is in alignment with TPCi’s overall objectives and guidelines.
  • Licensing Expert – Become the expert on the merchandise licensing industry across Consumer Packaged Goods and Food and Beverage categories. Includes deep understanding of retail landscape, key categories for each target demographic, market potential, consumer insight and trends, and top tier players in the field.
  • Drive the Business – Work alongside the Licensing Director to develop a strategic merchandise licensing program, including identifying and assessing new licensing product opportunities and partners, anticipating roadblocks and proactively taking measures to address them. Negotiate and review business terms and contracts.
  • Research, Strategy & Marketing Plans – Research retailers, products, brands and companies for new business opportunities.  Prepare overall marketing plans for identified categories and territories and manage the implementation of these plans through the licensees.  Assist with the development of marketing materials, promotional events and licensing presentations that support the execution of TPCi’s strategic direction and goals. Must be a great presenter with storytelling skills.
  • Communication – Assist in communicating current and upcoming licensed products, promotions and marketing internally, with other offices and with our licensees, and international agents. Includes development of marketing materials, promotional events, and licensing presentations that support TPCi’s strategic direction and goals. Must be able to communicate complex deals effectively.
  • Reporting – Ensure that monthly reports are received from licensees and that all requested information is being provided.  Assist with the compilation of data for internal reporting, including unit sales, product development information, and any other licensing updates on a monthly basis that can be rolled up into comprehensive quarterly reports.
  • Financial Planning – Assist with annual budgeting, financial planning & development and implementation of strategic licensing plans to hit revenue targets, grow the licensing business & incremental revenue potential.
  • Manage Licensee proposal and Action Memo process – For any new, potential or renewal licensees, gather relevant deal information, competitive analysis and business rationale. Submit all business and strategy justifications to Director for evaluation prior to submission through TPCi’s internal approval system.
  • Analyze & distribute data – Assist with the maintenance and upkeep of database of licensees and retailer names and addresses and contact information for the licensing group; collect financial data as necessary.
  • Partner Compliance – Liaise with partners and global teams to approve product design, production and promotion for products under license.  Monitor existing partners to ensure active development, product innovation, marketing dates, safety and financial compliance.  Work closely with legal team as necessary.
  • Event Planning/ Tradeshows – participate and assist with the planning and attendance of annual Licensing Summits, Licensing Show, Toy Fair and other trade shows and events to ensure all events are turn-key. This will include set up, tear down, rehearsals, etc.  Ensure visibility of our licensed products during trade shows and Pokémon events.
KNOWLEDGE & Skills & Experience
  • Qualified candidates will possess excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to interact well with work-groups and various personalities; leadership, strategic, and creative thinking skills; and have an entrepreneurial spirit, with positive, can-do attitude; and the ability to manage multiple tasks and tight deadlines with little supervision.
  • 4-6 years related experience, previous experience in licensing or retail or related field required; Bachelor’s Degree required. Graduate degree a plus.
  • Able to demonstrate excellent negotiation skills, deal interpretation and analysis, revenue/profit modeling and ultimate sound business judgment.
  • Strong MS Office computer skills, including excel spreadsheets, and experience with Powerpoint presentations.
  • Must be detail oriented with strong organizational and presentation skills; must possess a proven ability to multi-task various projects in a fast paced environment.
  • Must be entrepreneurial, have a positive attitude and think proactively.
  • Willingness and ability to work on special projects as needed to meet business needs; function as a team member.
  • BA or BS Degree
Work Conditions
  • Must be able to travel domestic and internationally.
  • Operate at a level to do what it takes to get the job completed.
  • Must be able to work in open office environment

Contact: Chris@bigwave.com

Pokemon adds a New HRBP with Technical Recruiting emphasis

Date April 19, 2015


Reporting to the Senior. Human Resources Manager, the HR Business Partner will provide support for designated business groups in full life-cycle recruiting, talent management, employee relations as well as other areas of the HR function. This role requires an individual contributor seeking an opportunity to work within an HR team in a creative, entrepreneurial and highly collaborative work environment.
primary responsibilities
  • Lead/manage all aspects of recruiting ranging from determining sourcing strategies, conducting effective and insightful screening, making candidate recommendations to hiring managers, coordinating the interview process, offer development and reference/background checks; and ensure a strong candidate experience throughout.
  • Partner with hiring managers to gain a strong understanding of the business and respective talent requirements and candidate profiles; collaborate with hiring managers to develop thorough and effective position descriptions.
  • Provide on-going consultation and guidance to hiring managers as job responsibilities change/evolve due to business growth and modify recruiting strategies as appropriate.
  • In collaboration with managers, Facilities and IT, ensure the timely orientation and training for all new hires.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of Human Resources programs and processes; identify and addresses opportunities to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of established processes.
  • Review and analyze business and HR metrics including data on retention and employee experience in order to recommend improvements.
  • Help managers assess and proactively address employee engagement.
  • Meet with employees and counsel managers to resolve employee relations issues.
  • Meet with employees and managers to discuss career paths and employee development.
  • Partners with the business to ensure the completion of performance reviews, goal setting and salary assessments; contribute to the completion of salary surveys to ensure market-competitive pay.
  • Facilitate HR trainings, team building and employee brown-bag/information sessions.
  • Special projects as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE & Skills & Experience
  • 5+ years of experience in Human Resources with full-life cycle recruiting and employee relations plus demonstrated experience in one or more of the following areas: compensation, performance management, organization development, learning and development, and leave management.
  • Experience working in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment requiring strong multi-tasking abilities and prioritization skills.
  • Strong knowledge of employment laws such as ADA, FMLA, and other federal and state laws covering discrimination, equal opportunity employment,, pay and benefits; multi-state experience is strongly preferred.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication; high quality document preparation and presentation skills.
  • Exceptional listening skills and ability to relate to, influence, and coach employees at all levels within TPCi.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as an active and collaborative member of both business and HR teams.
  • Creative, flexible and able to thrive in a fast paced environment with a high level of commitment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in business, human resources or a related field of study, or work equivalent.
Work Conditions
  • Available to work extended hours and weekends as needed for business and HR initiatives.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.

Contact: chris@bigwave.com

HR Operations Manager – New Role at Pokemon

Date April 19, 2015

Position summary
The HR Operations Manager will partner with the Vice President of HR in the creation, administration and implementation of programs, processes and tools in support of the HR roadmap.  Provides expertise, strategic leadership and ownership/administration in the areas of Benefits and HR systems.
primary responsibilities

  • Provide oversight of TPCi benefit programs including medical, dental, vision, disability, FMLA, life, and other optional benefits; partners with Finance leadership on oversight of 401(k).
  • Partners with Finance & Accounting on the timely administration of TPCi bi-weekly payroll.
  • Manage business relationships with consultants, auditors, and insurance vendors as necessary to support benefit administration.
  • Partners with the Vice President of Human Resources in the negotiation of rates and contract terms for group insurance policies, third party administrators, and consultants.
  • Continuously seeks out improvement of benefit offerings and service to employees; ensures recommendations are thoroughly vetted and are aligned with business objectives.
  • Partners with Payroll to conduct periodic audits of benefit enrollment and billing/invoices.
  • Prepares information for the review of annual benefit reports (e.g. IRS Form 5500, FSA Discrimination Testing, etc.)
  • Keeps current with regard to state laws and regulations impacting employee benefit programs to ensure compliance
  • Works closely with HR team members to monitor employee satisfaction and understanding of TPCi benefit programs.
  • Manages open enrollment process; collaborates with HR team members on timely communications/implementation of the process for employees, managers and executives.
  • Acts as the “go to” benefits subject matter expert for employees; collaborates with HR team members and benefits broker to resolve questions as necessary.


  • Partners with the Vice President of Human Resources and consultants on TPCi compensation programs including market studies, salary ranges, management compensation tools, and best practices.
  • With HR team members and/or compensation consultants assesses and recommends appropriate pay grades for new roles within TPCi and presents recommendations to Vice President of Human Resources.
  • Assists Vice President of Human Resources in annual salary review and incentive pay awards; ensures necessary information is available for executives and managers to make timely, informed decisions.


  • Manages all HRIS and employee data integrity, reporting and maintenance; maintains employee files as required.
  • Partners with HR team members to enhance and promote effective use of Manager Self Service and Employee Self Service capabilities.
  • Serves as a resource for user problems and issues; develop processes, tools, support materials, and training to achieve desired self-service strategy.
  • Leads RFP process for vendor evaluation and selection; serves as project manager for implementation of any future software implementations; collaborates with HR team members on the effective on effective change management processes for Company Employees, Managers and Executives.
  • Provides analysis of employee data for various departments and function.
KNOWLEDGE & Skills & Experience
  • 7-10 years’ of experience in HR Systems, benefits and compensation program administration, preferably for a global company.
  • Expert in federal and state wage and hour and employment regulations including ERISA, HIPPA, COBRA, FLSA, OSHA, etc.; familiarity with international employment regulations is a plus.
  • Thorough knowledge of ADP systems; prior experience working with other HR systems/platforms is a significant plus.
  • Outstanding analytic, strategic thinking and problem solving capabilities.
  • Proven ability to effectively communicate and influence outcomes at all levels of an organization.
  • Strong project management skills; ability to manage multiple projects/tasks with often competing priorities/deadlines.
  • Commitment to delivering high-quality programs and results while fostering a collaborative work environment with internal or external business partners.
  • Demonstrated experience migrating and implementing a variety of HR system platforms
  • Bachelor’s in Human Resources, Business or related field or work equivalent.
  • S/PHR, CCP and or CEB certifications are a plus.
Work Conditions
  • Available to work extended hours and weekends as needed for business and HR initiatives.
  • Ability to pass a background check is required.

Pokemon Searching for Sr. HR Manager

Date April 18, 2015

The Senior Human Resources Manager is responsible for certain key functions within the HR function at TPCi including, but not limited to: staffing, employee relations, talent management and benefit programs. Reporting to the Vice President of Human Resources, this position is expected to contribute to achieving strategic objectives as well as being a hands-on manager and contributor.
primary responsibilities

  • Develops and implements recruiting program strategies to support the achievement of business staffing goals; remains informed of recruiting trends and technologies.
  • Evaluates, analyzes, and communicates key performance data. Initiates and implements process improvement tools and resources.
  • Identifies internal and external resources to ensure successful execution of projects and plans. Provides guidance and leadership to involved teams and partners.
  • Negotiates contracts, updates service level agreements, and monitors and guides vendor performance.  Builds and leads cadenced business review rhythms.

Employee Relations

  • Provides leadership for effective HR communications across the organization to ensure key business initiatives and policies related to employment are communicated in a timely manner.
  • Partners with managers and employees across TPCi to provide coaching, mentoring and resources to support business decision-making, problem solving and performance management. Recognized as a trusted, objective advisor.
  • Oversees employee on-boarding and departure programs to ensure effective communication of relevant information to maximize key employment transitions.

Talent Management

  • Collaborates with the VP of HR on the implementation of the Annual Review process, Merit/Salary Review process and other corporate HR initiatives.
  • Partner with VP of HR on talent management planning and leadership development programs.

Benefit Programs

  • Partners with benefits broker and HR Generalist in the review and optimization of benefit program offerings.
  • Provides VP of HR and key business leaders with periodic assessments of program effectiveness, change/enhancement recommendations to maximize value to business and respond to changing market and/or employee needs.
  • With HR Generalist, ensures a timely and effective annual Open Enrollment process.
  • With HR Generalist, ensures benefit program information is up-to-date and readily accessible for employees; provides training on key benefits on an as-needed basis or to drive effective use of total benefits offering.

Team Leadership

  • Provides day-to-day leadership and coaching to direct reports.
  • Partners with each team member to leverage strengths and ensure timely delivery of key HR initiatives/programs in support of TPCi growth objectives.

HR Operations

  • With the VP of HR, contributes to the selection and implementation of tools to perform HR work; develops and implements repeatable, predictable and sustainable HR processes.
  • Drafts and recommends HR policies, collaborates with in-house or outside counsel to ensure compliance with applicable business and/or employment laws.
  • Establishes annual HR calendar to ensure key compliance deliverables are met (i.e., EEO reporting; compliance training, etc.); stays informed of key business events to match initiatives with general business cadence.
  • Contributes to annual budget planning cycle; manages budget for assigned areas.
  • Work collaboratively with internal (e.g. IT and Finance) and external partners to ensure HR data is accurate and protected appropriately.
  • Collaborates with Facilities team on ergonomic and general employee health and safety programs.
  • KNOWLEDGE & Skills & Experience
  • 10+ years of experience in an HR generalist leadership role, including recruiting, preferably in the games, entertainment or high tech environment.
  • Proven ability to identify issues/trends, drawing on both professional experience and strategic thinking skills, and drive appropriate solutions with self-initiative.
  • Strong business acumen and ability to work well across different functions in order to integrate HR and business strategies.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication; high quality document preparation and presentation skills.
  • Exceptional listening skills and ability to relate to, influence, and coach employees at all levels within TPCi.
  • Ability to work independently, as well as an active member of both business and HR teams.
  • Experience working with global teams, and driving organizational change initiatives and developing talent management plans for a global organization.
  • Strong knowledge of employment laws such as ADA, FMLA, and other federal and state laws covering discrimination and equal opportunity employment; multi-state experience is strongly preferred.
Bachelor’s degree in HR, Business or related field or work equivalent.
Work Conditions
  • Creative, flexible and able to thrive in a fast paced environment with a high level of commitment.
  • Able to travel domestically and internationally, as appropriate.
  • Available to work extended hours and weekends as needed for business and HR initiatives.
  • Must be able to pass a background check.
  • Special projects as assigned.