Assistant Controller

Job title : Assistant Controller
Location : Tokyo
Job type : Permanent
Discipline Finance & Accounting
Salary : 9,000,000-12,000,000
Contact : Simon Jelfs
Call : Simon
Email : email Simon
Reference : JOB_007147[263]

The Company 

Japanese company in very niche services market with 67 properties operating or under development throughout Japan, has been independently ranked as the top Japanese operator in product and service quality, and has a proven track record of growing capacity and revenue, profitability and investment returns, and ultimately value.

Founded in 2001

The Assistant Controller position is being added to the Finance function with the expectation that the successful candidate will (i) assume significant responsibility for the Company’s management reporting and related processes, (ii) influence the ongoing development of the Finance function and key team members, (iii) gradually assume more responsibility, and (iv) independently and confidently work with members of Senior Management (including the CEO). The Assistant Controller will oversee a team of three staff and report to the Controller.

The Assistant Controller will oversee all accounting, reporting and budgeting specifically related to the operating company. More specifically, key responsibilities will include:

  • A/P, A/R, accounting, monthly close and related internal controls;
  • monthly property-level financial and operational management reporting;
  • preparation of annual budget and monitoring of actual results against budget;
  • participation in the Company’s annual audit process and support of income and consumption tax returns; and
  • development of staff members.

The Assistant Controller is expected to actively manage the development and use of technology, specifically reporting tools, to deliver relatively deep and sophisticated management reporting.

In connection with the Assistant Controller’s budgeting and reporting responsibilities, the role is expected to closely partner with the Finance Director and Controller as well as to Senior Management and others throughout the organization.

The role requires a background that includes preparation of financial statements, participation in the annual audit and tax return preparation processes, advance knowledge in excel, strong analytical skills, and fluency in both Japanese and English.


Minimum 10 years’ experience, 5 years each in public and private firms ideal.

Advanced analytical skills, including strong attention to detail and ability to organize data into actionable information.

Experience with real estate related platforms (or at least multi-location retail).

Entrepreneurial mindset, including a high degree of self-motivation, imagination, intellectual curiosity, resourcefulness, enthusiasm and determination.

Creativity ability to develop ideas, quantify opportunities and mobilize teams to execute on plans.

Advanced Excel skills, experience with Access or other data base skills will be a plus.

Bilingual and both Japanese and English (at least conversational English)