Director, Trading Cards Gaming

Remote - USA

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Fanatics offers the broadest assortment of fan merchandise and memorabilia worldwide.

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Fanatics is building the leading global digital sports platform to ignite and harness the passions of fans, and maximize the presence and reach for hundreds of partners globally. Leveraging these long-standing partnerships, a database of more than 80 million global consumers and a trusted, recognizable brand name, Fanatics is expanding beyond its position as the global leader for licensed sports merchandise to now becoming a next-gen digital sports platform, featuring an array of offerings across the sports ecosystem.  
The Fanatics family of companies currently includes Fanatics Commerce, a vertically-integrated licensed merchandise business that has changed the way fans purchase their favorite team apparel, jerseys, headwear and hardgoods through a tech-infused approach to making and quickly distributing fan gear in today’s 24/7 mobile-first economy; Candy Digital, a digital collectibles company that is partnering with prominent sports properties, including MLB and MLBPA, to build an official NFT ecosystem; Fanatics Trading Cards, a transformative company that is building a new model for the hobby and giving collectors an end-to-end trading cards experience; and Fanatics Betting & Gaming, a mobile betting, gaming and retail sportsbook platform. Additional ventures that will build out Fanatics’ footprint across the broader digital sports landscape will be rolled out soon. Fanatics’ partners include all major professional sports leagues (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, NASCAR, MLS, PGA) and hundreds of collegiate and professional teams, which include several of the biggest global soccer clubs.  As a market leader with more than 8,000 employees, and hundreds of partners, suppliers, and vendors worldwide, we take responsibility for driving toward more ethical and sustainable practices. We are committed to building an inclusive Fanatics community, reflecting and representing society at every level of the business, including our employees, vendors, partners and fans. Fanatics is also dedicated to making a positive impact in the communities where we all live, work, and play through strategic philanthropic initiatives. At Fanatics, we’re a diverse, passionate group of employees aiming to ignite pride and passion in the fans we outfit, celebrate and support.  We recognize that diversity helps drive and foster innovation, and through our IDEA program (inclusion, diversity, equality and advocacy) at Fanatics we provide employees with tools and resources to feel connected and engaged in who they are and what they do to support the ultimate fan experience.   
About the TeamFanatics Trading Cards is a new company working at the intersection of trading cards and technology. Backed by some of the best investors, sports properties and operators in the world, we are integrating with Fanatics’ global digital sports platform – which includes 900 sports relationships and more than 81 million reachable fans - to reimagine the trading card business for the 21st century.
Director, Gaming at Fanatics Trading Cards drives and executes the brand’s strategies in the area of trading card games (TCG – type cards), physical formats and/or media & merchandising initiatives with a focus on enhanced consumer experiences, innovative live events and marketing. This position will work cross-functionally with other teams at the company, as well as other verticals within the Fanatics umbrella, serving as quarterback to execute on opportunities that will drive key company objectives and business growth for gaming. 

Key Responsibilities

  • Identify potential to build trading card games for sports or other culture and entertainment properties or ways to use existing assets in a game format
  • Directs the creation and execution of strategies that identify new product, new market, and new physical and tech gaming opportunities including packaging and pricing
  • Brings strong knowledge of trading card gaming, play and entertainment, consumers, collectors, and hobbyists
  • Guide product development and go-to-market processes
  • Support new game development projects by being a point of contact between the business development team and key stakeholders across the organization to leverage consumer insights, identify white space for brand growth, and development of breakthrough product
  • Craft business plans to expand and enhance TCG by supporting business development
  • Responsible for developing, curating and owning relationships with external market partners in the gaming, play, and entertainment space
  • Develop imaginative solutions and new ways of thinking about solutions, problems and opportunities.

Education & Experience

  • Qualified candidates will have deep experience working with TCG companies like Pokemon, Magic, Yu-Gi-Oh or other
  • Prior experience building a smaller company into a larger one preferred.
  • Adept in creating and developing strategic plans, and sales/profit maximization required
  • Solid track record of being a leader with strong team management/development and communication skills
  • Must be capable of handling multiple priorities and time sensitivities in a fast-paced environment
Ensure your Fanatics job offer is legitimate and don’t fall victim to fraud.  Fanatics never seeks payment from job applicants.  Fanatics recruiters will only reach out to applicants from an @fanatics.com or @fanatics.co.uk email address.  For added security, where possible, apply through our company website at www.fanaticsinc.com/careers
Tryouts are open at Fanatics! Our team is passionate, talented, unified, and charged with creating the fan experience of tomorrow. The ball is in your court now.
Fanatics is committed to responsible planning and purchasing (RPP) practices, working with its business partners across its global and multi-layered supply chain, to ensure that planning, sourcing, and purchasing decisions, along with other supporting processes, do not impede or conflict with the fulfillment of Fanatics’ fair labor practices.
NOTICE TO CALIFORNIA RESIDENTS/APPLICANTS: In connection with your application, we collect information that identifies, reasonably relates to or describes you (“Personal Information”). The categories of Personal Information that we collect include your name, government issued identification number(s), email address, mailing address, other contact information, emergency contact information, employment history, educational history, criminal record, and demographic information.  We collect and use those categories of Personal Information about you for human resources and other business management purposes, including identifying and evaluating you as a candidate for potential or future employment or other types of positions, recordkeeping in relation to recruiting and hiring, conducting criminal background checks as permitted by law, conducting analytics, and ensuring compliance with applicable legal requirements and Company policies.
Job perks/benefits: Career development Team events
Job region(s): North America
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