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Senior Sourcing Manager – Pokémon Center

Location: Bellevue, WA
Job Code: 635
# of Openings: 1

Description

JOB TITLE
Senior Sourcing Manager – Pokémon Center
 
REPORTING MANAGER TITLE
Director, Product Management
 
POSITION SUMMARY
The Pokémon Center Product Development division of The Pokémon Company International (TPCi) is the team that develops and/or imports products for all TPCi Pokémon Center channels. This team is also tasked with assuring that all Pokémon Center products are created accurate and true to the rules and vision of the Pokémon brand while maintaining the highest level of quality possible. Pokémon Center is a rapidly expanding business that creates everything from collectible figures to custom apparel to home goods.
 
The Senior Sourcing Manager position will be tasked with seeking out and acquiring new product sourcing opportunities, onboarding those new partners, and helping to maintain those relationships. Key focuses will be on 3D/hardgoods sourcing with a goal of maintaining high quality while negotiating for the best prices and timelines possible. 
 
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES
* Plan and manage TPCi’s Pokémon Center overall sourcing strategy.
* Meet with new suppliers to evaluate their capabilities and, when needed, guide them through TPCi’s on-boarding process.
* Strategically seek out new vendors or suppliers to source new products
* Negotiate pricing and control costs.
* Create proposals for internal clients.
* Work with partners overseas to determine most efficient way to import/localize product while adhering to relevant safety and legal guidelines.
* Keep up-to-date of industry best practices and trends.
 
KNOWLEDGE & SKILLS & EXPERIENCE 
* 5+ years of related experience in product development, project management, or sourcing
* Solid understanding of domestic and international sourcing.
* Previous experience in a manufacturing environment with an understanding of manufacturing and logistics operations preferred.
* Strong negotiating and analytical skills.
* Exceptional attention to detail & strong organizational skills.
* Ability to build effective cross-functional relationships and maintain positive working relationships as part of a team.
* Excellent oral and written communication skills.
* Ability and initiative to both work in a team environment and independently.
* Must be able to prioritize, handle multiple projects at one time, and have excellent follow up skills.
* Must be solution-oriented and results-driven with strong problem-solving skills.
* Capable of adapting to a fast-paced and rapidly evolving environment.
* Proficient in Microsoft Office including Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and Microsoft Word.
* Interest in animation, video games, and/or trading card games is a plus.
* Ability to read, speak, and write Japanese language is strongly preferred.
 
EDUCATION
* BA or BS Degree or equivalent work experience.
 
WORK CONDITIONS
* Must be able to travel domestically and international. 
 
 
 
 




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