The Pokémon Company International is hiring a

Corporate Counsel - Marketing and Licensing

Bellevue, United States

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: Corporate Counsel, Marketing and Licensing
  • Job Summary: The Legal department at The Pokémon Company International is looking for an attorney with strong marketing legal and consumer product licensing experience to serve as front-line legal support and commercial counsel to Pokémon’s consumer marketing and outbound licensing business units. This person will work closely with client teams and external partners to ensure compliant marketing activities, including new campaigns, promotions, and consumer-facing communications. Additionally, this person will lead strategic licensing negotiations and advise internal clients regarding general business, contractual, and regulatory matters.
  • FLSA Classification (US Only): Exempt
  • People Manager: No


What you’ll do

  • Provide legal guidance on a diverse range of marketing activities across the company.
  • Structure, draft, and negotiate outbound consumer product licenses with third party licensee and promotional partners.
  • Review advertising, sweepstakes, packaging, website, digital and social media, PR, promotional, and other consumer-facing materials (including events materials) for compliance with laws, regulations, and policies governing advertising (including intellectual property laws, FTC Guidelines, CARU Guidelines, internal company guidelines, and other digital advertising industry standards and practices).
  • Draft and negotiate a wide range of contracts relating to advertising, influencer marketing, talent, user acquisition, contests and promotions, and creative services.
  • Participate in industry working groups as a representative of Pokémon on the topics of kids advertising, adtech, privacy best practices, and self-regulatory governance.
  • Develop trainings, tools, policies, processes, resources, and checklists for use by business clients as needed.

What you’ll bring

  • J.D. or equivalent degree and bar license in good standing with the ability to practice law in Washington State.
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years directly advising clients in marketing law and licensing deals, with a strong working knowledge of kids advertising and the interactive entertainment industry.
  • Exceptional drafting, negotiation, communication (written and verbal), and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated experience innovating new processes to streamline operations and increase efficiency, transparency, and comprehension between client teams and legal.
  • Demonstrated experience working in a legal team environment and building close and collegial working relationships with team members in aligned or related support areas.
  • Experience working with multinational corporations and/or client and possessing a strong ability to facilitate cross-cultural communications.
  • In-house legal team experience with a company in the entertainment industry preferred (interactive entertainment experience a plus).
  • Spanish and/or Japanese language skills a plus.


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 $125,000.00 - $148,000.00. The full range is $125,000.00 - $187,000.00. 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
  • 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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