Financial Controller

Job Title: Financial Controller
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Tokyo, Japan
Industry: Accounting & Finance
Salary: 14000000
Reference: 10942
Contact Name: Simon Jelfs
Job Published 01th Mar 2019


Lead the entire Accounting operation in Japan together with the current financial controller. 

The position ensures clean financial records, maintains robust internal control, and protects the company from risks.

 Job Responsibilities

  • Manage 3 large scale teams consisting of over 20 team members in total
  • Lead processes to:
  1. Maintain accounting policies and procedures
  2. Maintain accounting records, close books monthly and generate periodic reports
  3. Manage cash, customer credits, collections, vendor payments, and working capital; safeguard assets
  • Lead or manage acquisition integration and strategic/ process improvement projects
  • Manage relationship with external/SOX auditors, banks, and other external parties; manage audit processes
  • Effectively liaise with HC Accounting/Tax/Treasury teams as well as other functions
  • As a member of JFLT (Japan Finance Leadership Team), actively participate in leadership discussions and drive initiatives to improve Finance members’ skills, motivation, and work environment
  • Build a cohesive, high-performance Accounting team by providing appropriate coaching
  • Initiate and lead Accounting process improvements to ensure maximum efficiency
  • A mature organizational leader and self-starter with ability to think creatively, self-motivated and highly organized
  • Thorough working knowledge in USGAAP, JGAAP and Japanese Tax Laws
  • Ability to coach and motivate people as well as to manage large scale organization (20-25 people)
  • Ability to collaborate with multiple stakeholders in a matrix organization
  • Be able to work in a fast paced environment and has change management experience including acquisition integration
  • Ability to articulate with excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • Bachelor's degree in Accounting/Finance, or equivalent knowledge; MBA highly preferred
  • 10+ year  experience in hands-on Accounting roles
  • 5+ year  experience as Accounting leader role
  • Strong command in English and Japanese
  • Hands-on experience in ERP (SAP/Oracle) and analytical tools (Hyperion)
  • Experience in multiple industries a plus


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