Category Manager

Posted on 5/8/2024

The Pokémon Company

The Pokémon Company

51-200 employees

Provides Pokémon games, anime, and goods information

Consumer Goods

Compensation Overview

$91,000 - $137,000Annually

+ Competitive cash-based compensation programs + 100% employer-paid healthcare premiums + Paid family leave + Employer-paid life insurance + Long and short-term income protection insurance + 401k employer matching for US employees + Pension employer contributions for UK/IRE employees + Fitness reimbursement + Commuter benefit + LinkedIn learning + Comprehensive relocation package + Hybrid work environment


Bellevue, WA, USA

Required Skills
Financial analysis
Customer Service
Data Analysis
  • Five (5) to seven (7) years of related professional experience
  • Bachelors degree in a related field or a demonstrated equivalent level of experience
  • Category management subject matter expertise and deep knowledge of source-to-pay (S2P) processes
  • Proficiency in spend analysis, market intelligence analysis, financial analysis, demand/supply planning, sourcing strategy development, negotiation, stakeholder management, contracts management, supplier performance management, project management, etc.
  • Effective organizational skills and managing multiple and competing priorities and projects effectively
  • Self-motivation and innate sense of agency and autonomy
  • Excellent communication and customer service skills (verbal and written)
  • Ability to present at the executive-level and communicate elements of complex deals and make recommendations
  • Continuous improvement mindset
  • Ability to support transformation and adopt change
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
  • Willingness and ability to travel domestically and internationally a few times a year
  • Develop and maintain relationships with functional business stakeholders in respective group of categories
  • Develop category plans for categories in alignment with overall category management objectives
  • Develop the formal category requirements aligned to business priorities and category management objectives
  • Develop category plans based on analysis of spend data, supply market dynamics, category intelligence, and business requirements
  • Develop, measure, maintain, benchmark and track Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) for categories
  • Continuously research category management best practices and new trends that could be implemented for TPCi
  • Evaluate and analyze annual spend data, external market data, and other necessary information to support the enhancement and validation of category-specific strategies
  • Collaborate with business stakeholders to develop build influence, evaluate, and change the status quo; identify and obtain buy-in for category strategy and value opportunities
  • Drive value beyond cost (i.e., risk mitigation, operational efficiencies, innovation, etc.)
  • Coordinate and implement strategic sourcing initiatives for assigned categories
  • Execute strategic sourcing projects using best practice sourcing methodology to deliver exceptional total value in partnership with key stakeholders across the business
  • Assess supplier capabilities and identify new suppliers
  • Prepare and present business cases and should-cost models; perform complex data analysis and build financial models (i.e., ROI, NPV, supplier scorecards, savings tracking, make vs. buy decision models)
  • Analyze and summarize RFP responses and results and prepare recommendations for business stakeholders
  • Ensure savings are delivered in a timely manner and that TPCi realizes expected benefits
  • Oversee and negotiate business terms within contract agreement forms for respective categories within TPCi Legal’ s established risk framework
  • Manage supplier performance within the supplier relationship management framework and category strategy
  • Establish and manage the governance processes with suppliers and outsourced partners for categories
  • Implement strategies to best manage the supplier base for categories, reviewing suppliers against contracted obligations/service levels and business expectations
  • Provide feedback on supplier performance, seek continuous improvement, and innovation
  • Execute supplier performance measurement framework and develop stakeholder guidelines in conjunction with category management strategic objectives, leveraging performance management information as appropriate
  • Identify and manage supplier risks and risk response plans
  • Schedule, manage, and facilitate supplier relationship management meetings and reviews
  • Develops implementation and transition plans acting as a change agent
  • Implements and drives procurement strategy, policies, and procedures
  • Enforces compliance to procurement policies and works to increase adoption

The Pokémon Company specializes in delivering extensive and timely Pokémon-related content through its comprehensive website which serves as a central hub for all things Pokémon, including games, anime, and merchandise. This focus ensures that employees are constantly at the forefront of web technology and content management systems, contributing to a dynamic and tech-savvy workplace. The company’s dedication to maintaining a rich repository of Pokémon culture not only promotes industry leadership in entertainment and merchandising but also fosters a creative and engaging environment for its staff.

Company Stage


Total Funding



Minato City, Japan



Growth & Insights

6 month growth


1 year growth


2 year growth



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