Business Unit Controller

Job Title: Business Unit Controller
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Salary: 6000000 - 8000000
Reference: 9948
Contact Name: Emile Ngene
Job Published: March 19, 2018 18:22

Job Description

As the premier manufacturer in its chosen field of expertise, this company is looking for a Controller with impeccable Planning and Analysis skills to support their growing business units:


Planning and Performance Management

  • Operational Planning & Forecasting
    • Accountable for the operational planning and forecasting processes within the responsible business unit in the country, being a liaison with controlling during this process
    • Accountable for conducting gap analysis (actuals/plan)
    • Responsible for operational plan of the responsible business unit in the country and development of rolling forecasts for it
    • Consulted on portfolio/structure, R&D and headcount planning
  • Reporting & Communication
    • Accountable for reporting processes within the responsible business unit in the country and measuring business performance of it
    • Responsible for management reporting and communication of business performance for the responsible business unit
  • Target Setting
    • Responsible for benchmarking effort to share best practices
    • Consulted on consistent inclusion of value-based targets into target agreements of the responsible business unit

Business Analysis

  • Business Consulting, Analysis & Recommendations
    • Accountable for analyzing business performance of the responsible business unit and economic valuation and gatekeeping of commission projects
    • Responsible for monitoring of budget and strategic risks for the business unit
    • Responsible for initiating and monitoring improvement measures
  • Strategy Definition & Projects
    • Responsible for strategy definition jointly in the local management team
    • Responsible for evaluating long-term investment needs and M&A opportunities
    • Facilitating post-merger integration


Governance & Compliance

  • Policies & Procedures
    • Responsible for enforcing financial policies and procedures within the business unit
    • Consulted on compliance and contract management process within the business unit
  • Internal Control Effectiveness & Audits
    • Responsible for enforcing compliance with internal control effectiveness and follow-up on audit activities
  • Risk Management
    • Consulted on risk management process of the business unit

Interface Management

  • Systems & Tools
    • Developing and implementing controlling systems and tools for the business unit
  • Organizational Interface
    • Leadership of controller community in the country, influencing other controllers by being a role model
  • Training/Education/Support
    • Consulted on training, education and support on controlling topics


  • Ad-hoc request & support to corporate projects across business units
  • Cost center structure design, cycle maintenance, and charge-out process & monitoring design within the business unit
  • ERP Knowledge (SAP etc.)
  • Advanced Microsoft Office Skills (including Excel)
  • Business level Japanese and English, both written and spoken
  • Minimum of 5 years' background experience in Finance & Accounting