Sr. Technical Program Manager, Product Lifecycle Management

PC Merch Program Management Full Time

Wed Jan 31 2024

Bellevue, Washington, United States



Join one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world! 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.

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: Sr. Technical Program Manager, Product Lifecycle Management
  • Job Summary: This role is the primary liaison between the business and technology organizations for the products and services offered to customers. This role will help build and evolve the mission of consistency, transparency, and strategic business alignment. This is an opportunity to actively generate process improvements, provide structure, and establish procedures for a global brand.
  • FLSA Classification (US Only): Exempt
  • People Manager: No


What you’ll do

  • Champion and drive Hybrid Project Management which blends traditional project management practices and Agile methodologies.
  • Drive the program leads team to evaluate and prioritize work.
  • Manage program backlog.
  • Triage new project requests.
  • Proactively identify technical, legal, procedural, logistical, and communication issues and drive creative solutions to address them and manage risk.
  • Partner with Software Development Managers, Scrum Master, and Project Managers.
  • Maintain Program Roadmap.
  • Coordinate Program Increment (PI) planning and Program Reviews.
  • Facilitate cross-team/program discussions, coordinating dependencies with other POs, Producers.
  • Work with the development team to agree on accepted story completion. This includes validating that the story meets acceptance criteria, that it has the appropriate, persistent acceptance tests, and that it otherwise complies with its Definition of Done (DoD).
  • Coach others on Agile methodologies and project management best practices.
  • Contribute to building processes, standardization, and best practices.


What you’ll bring

  • Eight (8) to eleven (11) years of relevant professional experience or a demonstrated equivalent level of expertise.
  • Bachelor's degree in a related field or a demonstrated equivalent level of applicable experience.
  • Experience in technical project/program management roles with a solid foundation in project management practices as well as experience working with agile teams.
  • Experience with project management for large scale, multi-million-dollar technology initiatives spanning cross-functional teams with complex deployments.
  • Solid technical background, with an understanding of SDLC, web technologies, implementation, and roll-outs.
  • Strong understanding of various agile delivery methods (Kanban, Scrum, Lean). Experience serving as a Scrum Master for development teams a plus.
  • Experience creating dashboards, road maps, and other reporting for the executive level.
  • Familiarity with navigating in JIRA, Confluence, and Smartsheet preferred.
  • Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).
  • Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO) preferred.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite.


How you’ll be successful

  • Passion for Pok√©mon: Develops an understanding of the Pok√©mon 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 ‚Äúteam first‚ÄĚ 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 Pok√©mon experience.


What to expect

  • An employee first culture
  • Company events that celebrate the spirit of Pok√©mon
  • Competitive cash-based compensation programs
  • Base salary range: For this role, new hires generally start between $151,000.00 - $179,550.00. The full range is $151,000.00 - $227,000.00. 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
  • 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.


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