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Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. is a leading, international digital entertainment company that publishes video games for game consoles such as PlayStation 4, Xbox one, Nintendo Switch, as well as mobile games. The company’s popular franchises include Metal Gear Solid, Pro Evolution Soccer, Silent Hill, DanceDanceRevolution and Castlevania, among other top titles. Konami also manufactures the wildly popular Yu-Gi-Oh! TRADING CARD GAME, which has sold more than 25 billion cards worldwide. We are looking for talented people that have a passion for gaming and the skills and experience listed below.

Konami Digital Entertainment, Inc. Hawthorne, CA

  • Network & System Administrator

    Network & System Administrator will manage and maintain the company's network infrastructure. Daily tasks may include configure/security audit & patch/deploy network and systems, software and hardware. Network & System Administrator will be part of IT supporting team member, to provide general IT support services to the end-users' essential business environment consists of PC/Mac Hardware & OS, business applications, security configuration, email, VPN, etc.

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Must fully “own” the network environment, to keep its system services running, and take full responsibility of its upgrades, maintenance, and service availability.
    • Administrate Linux and Microsoft Server System Roles, Active Directory, VMWare, DHCP, DNS, Cisco IOS, Incident Response, MS-SQL Server, MySQL server, vCenter server environment, Email server (Microsoft Exchange, Postfix), VOIP, and Data storage (NAS, DAS, IP SAN) environment.
    • Knowledge of a range of software and hardware diagnostic tools, including PowerShell (scripting), command line utilities and Linux shells.
    • Heavily experienced with TCP/IP in the virtual environment, including VLANs, VLAN Routing, virtual switches, and Wireless controllers.
    • Experienced in setting up & manage Firewall & Security appliances including IPS/IDS, VPN (IPsec, L2TP, OpenVPN) and endpoint security products.
    • Experienced in managing Hyper-V/vSphere, deploy and troubleshoot virtual servers, VDI and administrating VM infrastructure.
    • Ability to apply a sound troubleshooting methodology to isolate and resolve the root cause of reported issues at the operating system level and network hardware level.
    • To take care of System recovery tasks, backup processes, and test and prepare disaster recovery environment
    • Manage vendor relationships and its IT equipment and software service contracts.
    • Must be able to travel between LA and NY (up to 4 times/yr., 1-2 weeks long).

    QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS:

    • Strong L2 and L3 network management experience.
    • Preferred administrative experience and knowledge of Cloud (AWS, MS Azure, GCP) services.
    • Good communication and interpersonal skills, with service-oriented mindset individual.
    • Able to create and maintaining complete network documentation.
    • Strong time management, prioritization, problem solving, and analytical skills in a multi-tasking environment.
    • Ability to maintain consistent attendance and provide service report to supervisor and to the team.
    • Knowledge of applicable data privacy practices and laws (GDPR/CCPA), is a Plus.
    • Experienced with Change Management process within SOX Audited environment, is a Plus.
    • Fluency of Japanese language, is a Plus.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • 5+ years of IT Administration experience blended across various system and network administration and Tech Support.
    • Ability to lift 35lbs.

    Please send resumes to kdehr@konami.com

  • Director – Digital Product Marketing

    A strong self-starter with experience managing top-tier video and mobile games. The Director of Digital Product Marketing is responsible for developing and implementing product marketing plans for all Yu-Gi-Oh! digital titles in various business models including F2P with Live Ops. Candidate should have solid business acumen, cross functional leadership skills, experience working with licensors, ability to multi-task numerous projects, be highly organized and be a team player and desire to manage the digital titles for one of the most successful TCGs in the world.

    Department: Card Business Division
    Reports to: SVP, Card Business

     

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Develop comprehensive strategies and execute all aspects of the marketing plans for launch and post launch, including activities to support major updates and launch anniversaries, of the entire Yu-Gi-Oh! digital game portfolio. This includes, but is not limited to, target market identification and analysis, budgeting, category and competitive analysis, with a focus on new user acquisition and strong ROI.
    • Communicate frequently with the production & promotion teams in Japan to maintain an updated marketing plan with the latest Live-Ops schedule & content.
    • Collaborate with the Card Business TCG department to improve integration of various programs within official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG digital channels and events, such as social media campaigns, influencer marketing, and offline Organized Play initiatives and events.
    • Work with SVP, product development, Mobile Digital Marketing team (team responsible for running digital ads in-house) and external agencies to ensure that all marketing materials (marketing assets, ad creative, online marketing, etc.) are developed to support marketing plans and sales goals, and are completed on time and within budget.
    • Assist with the implementation of cross-promotional opportunities with other licensees.
    • Build and maintain relationships with all first party: Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, and Steam.
    • Coordinating with other KDE offices to align marketing strategies and promotions for our digital properties.
    • Evaluate the results of all marketing plans by soliciting post-mortem feedback from sales, product development, and external agencies. Shared results will include such items as what worked and what did not, as well as recommendations for future marketing plans surrounding the Yu-Gi-Oh! titles.
    • Obtain necessary approvals for all marketing-related activities to ensure compliance with licensors, first-parties, etc.
    • Work with Product Manager – Digital on strategy and execution of marketing plans
    • Work with Product Manager – Digital on direction for Social Media, Website and Influencer programs to grow our digital brands.
    • Provide weekly reports outlining the progress of all marketing plans.
    • Manage content rating board submissions to obtain Ratings in a timely manner.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS:

    • Experience with marketing licensed products.
    • Strong understanding of digital marketing tools and techniques using SNS.
    • One or more years of work experience in digital marketing for mobile games or Apps.
    • Must have good organizational skills and be very detail oriented
    • Must be a self-starter, work well in a fast-paced environment, be flexible, and possess a can-do attitude and able to think two steps ahead.
    • Personal initiative and sound business judgment required to identify, evaluate and respond to job needs.
    • Must possess excellent project management skills to effectively track multiple deliverables across functional areas and timelines in a fast-paced environment
    • Ability to think creatively, identify problems, and offer solutions
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills to write product copy. Must be comfortable speaking to all levels of management.
    • Professional, with exceptional interpersonal skills.
    • Must be detail-oriented and demonstrate ability to multi-task in a high-stress environment.
    • Proven ability to work with various personality types and work styles in a multicultural environment.
    • Speaking multiple languages is a plus. English is required, and Japanese is a plus
    • Strong presentation skills
    • Passion for video games

     

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience of at least 10 years.
    • 8 to 10 years of experience in marketing video games, including mobile, live, and console games, and/or digital entertainment industries.

     

    ADDITIONAL SKILLS THAT ARE A PLUS

    • Experience with esports and influencer marketing activations
    • Passion for the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand
    • Creative writing skills

    Please send resumes to kdehr@konami.com

  • Business and Sales Analyst

    The Analyst is responsible for inputting daily deal uploads, researching underlying rights and game restrictions/data, developing curated client availability lists, analyzing client requests and creating executive summaries thereof. Business and Sales Analyst works closely with the Content Licensing group from deal start to close, capturing and interpreting data.

    Department: Business Strategy, Sales and Operations

    Pay Grade: $70k

    Report To: Senior Director of Business Strategy, Sales and Operations

    • Genre decay curves & Game Mode Trends – Identify future potential unfilled interests, show current trends and demonstrate where those trends are on a decay curve.
    • Performs extensive research of rights and restrictions, development of client avail lists, analysis of client offers via internal and client facing workups.
    • Feature / Quality of Life improvements over time – Look clearly at clusters of specific genera of games and be able to demonstrate what features or evolutions made some succeed and the others fail and what features from each were adopted going forward. (Apex vs Anthem)
    • Graphical standards (by genre) – Not every game needs to be AAA, but every game needs to be polished to the level of its competitive landscape.
    • Current standards and projected future standards – Showing through MetaCritic and user ratings what the public expectations have been and will be going forward.
    • Current standards and projected future standards – 1st party console, PC and Mobile – Using past sales/software installations to show how games that adopted and pushed their respective hardware either succeeded or failed. And in either success or failure, sent new benchmarks for other games.
    • Current paid media trends and baseline spends – We have shown HQ many times that we are well below normal spends on marketing/media at 8%. This position can not only help showcase that, but work closely with brand and agency on paid media spends in real time.

    Essential Skills and Experience

    • Minimum 4-5 years’ in the Entertainment Industry, preferable video games
    • Bachelor’s degree required
    • Intermediate/Advanced Microsoft Excel Skills required (i.e. vLookups/Pivot Tables)
    • Strong Knowledge of Rights and Clearances required (Underlying Rights vs Music Restrictions)
    • Strong Knowledge of Video Games and trends within the Industry
    • Must have excellent critical thinking and analysis skills
    • Must be able to effectively meet deadlines
    • Must be able to work well under pressure
    • Must be able to pay close attention to details while dealing with large quantities of data
    • Must be able to organize and schedule work effectively and manage sales expectations

     

     

    Please send resumes to kb.59862@konami.com

  • Producer

    Konami is looking for a Producer with a focus on external partnerships and development studio management. The first role of this producer will be working with the Konami Business Development teams on evaluating inbound proposals, license opportunities, game builds, Game Design Docs, talent level of external production studios and emergent game opportunities to sign and create content and business opportunities with Konami. The second role for the Producer, once external content has been signed with Konami, the Producer will also be working directly with external partners and studios in establishing schedules, tracking project milestones, evaluation of game content during production and budgets for all production activities for the life cycle of the project. Knowing industry trends, understanding the talent and technology behind game creation and being able to evaluate games will be an important criterion for continued success in this position. This is not an internal production role, this person must be comfortable working with external development groups, partners and management teams across the globe.

    Department Name: Production

    Reporting To Manager’s Position: President

    Responsibilities

    • Quality and risk assessment for game development opportunities ranging from indie to AAA level.
    • Working directly with external studios to manage collaborative aspects of video game production and marketing.
    • Strong knowledge and the ability to research industry trends as they pertain to the specific games and genres being assessed or developed.
    • The ability to step in to guide or change course with development teams as a natural part of the development process either in writing, mechanics, features, store, UX/UI or other key areas.
    • Create internal project bids that align with Konami’s goals and manage budgets of various size and scope and execute within that budget
    • Schedule and lead kick-off, pitch and review meetings with various stakeholders across the company
    • Collaboratively build and manage project schedules with external partners and studios to ensure projects are delivered on time and on budget
    • Internally operate across different departments to facilitate communication and necessary approvals
    • Organize and align project milestones, asset creation, sales goals, product expectations with against both internal and external scope and practical development reality.

    Requirements

    • History of game launches as a producer or partner publisher.
    • Strong underlying knowledge of games mechanics across a broad series of game genre.
    • Demonstratable history of understanding current developer and end-user trends.
    • License and Technology – 3rd party Contracting and software usage.
    • Project Management skills with the ability to work with external partners and bring projects through to completion on time and on budget.
    • General knowledge of programming with the ability to communicate technical concerns to development teams.
    • Passion for gaming and a desire bring successful games to market.

    Optional

    • Working knowledge of game engines : Unity, Unreal or other.
    • Writing and understanding Contracts or Contract Law
    • Solid understanding of User interface and GUI interactions.
    • Script Writing or Creative Design
    Competency Description
    Writing Skills Excellent writing skills, ability to communicate with customers with comprehensive emails and correspondence
    Math Skills Proficient in Math and percentages
    Excel Skills Intermediate Proficiency
    Word Skills Intermediate Proficiency

     

    • Education: Minimum of an Bachelors Degree and at least 4-5 years of industry experience
    • Work Experience: Minimum 4-5 years related skills/experience working in a similar role or equivalent practical experience
    • Computer / Technical Skills / Job Specific Skills: Intermediate Level of Word, Excel, Outlook and Microsoft Windows

    Please send resumes to mr.33513@konami.com

  • Associate Product Manager – Digital Products

    An individual contributor that supports the Digital Products Team with brand and product marketing for Yu-Gi-Oh! digital properties. Also responsible for coordinating marketing schedules, stakeholder approvals, and marketing analytics.

    Department: Card Business

    Reports to: Associate Director, Digital Products

    Revised: 8/27/2021

    RESPONSIBILITIES:

    • Oversee marketing asset development for digital titles, including creating and managing the asset schedule, managing external vendor communications, and managing approvals process, including third-party approvals.
    • Manage marketing creative and product copy by working closely with in-house creative teams, development teams and external business partners.
    • Manage the execution of marketing activations and product promotions, ensuring campaigns and materials are created and delivered on schedule and within budget.
    • Manage price promotions calendar and activations in partnership with 1st Party team, HQ team, and other cross-functional partners, including obtaining all approvals.
    • Obtain necessary approvals for all marketing-related activities to ensure compliance with licensors, first-parties, ESRB, etc.
    • Manage and measure all marketing activities through quantitative/qualitative research, digital reporting, and analysis to provide campaign performance and business insights.
    • Create presentation materials as needed for sales meetings, trade shows, and consumer events.
    • Support internal accounting and financial processes on behalf of Digital Card team, including PO creation, invoices, etc.

     

    Accountable:

    • Assist Associate Director, Digital Products in developing all aspects of the marketing plans for the Yu-Gi-Oh! digital game portfolio, including, but not limited to positioning, target market identification and analysis, strategic marketing plan development, budgeting, category and competitive analysis, campaign execution, and campaign reporting, with a focus on new user acquisition and strong ROI.
    • Collaborate with the Card Business department to improve integration of various marketing programs with official Yu-Gi-Oh! TCG digital channels and events, such as TV campaigns, social media campaigns, influencer marketing, and offline Organized Play initiatives and events.
    • Collaborate with Product Manager, Digital and Senior Digital Products and Livestream Specialist to deliver reporting and business insights for Digital Card business.

     

    QUALIFICATIONS & SKILLS:

    • Exceptional time management and organization skills, with ability to help organize assets, track deadlines, and help create processes to streamline the business.
    • Strong visual communication and presentation skills, with proficiency in Powerpoint.
    • Must be a self-starter, with the ability to work with limited supervision.
    • Excellent oral and written communication skills, to write product copy. Must be comfortable speaking to all levels of management.
    • Must be detail-oriented and demonstrate ability to multi-task in a high-stress, deadline-driven environment.
    • Personal initiative and sound business judgment required to identify, evaluate and respond to job needs.
    • Professional, with exceptional interpersonal skills.
    • Strong analytic skills with the ability to intake large amounts of data to create insights, including Excel proficiency.
    • Proven ability to work with various personality types and work styles in a multicultural environment.
    • Basic understanding of digital marketing platforms and strategies using SNS.

     

    REQUIREMENTS:

    • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience.
    • 2-4 years of experience in marketing digital games, including mobile, live, and console games, and/or digital entertainment industries.

     

    PLUS:

    • Experience marketing licensed products.
    • Experience working on global brands.
    • Japanese language ability (speaking/reading/writing).
    • Passion for the Yu-Gi-Oh! brand
    • Creative writing skills

     

    Please send resumes to kdehr@konami.com

     

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