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Brown-Forman Accounting Manager - Japan in Tokyo, Japan

Brown-Forman Asia is one of the operational units of the Brown-Forman International division. Asia presents one of the largest opportunities for Brown-Forman globally and is expected to continue to be one of the most significant growth contributors to the company. With Japan and China as key markets, B-F Asia is composed of 19 countries with 150+ employees distributed across offices in 10 key mega-cities. From a portfolio perspective, Asia is largely led by our flagship Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, presenting a large opportunity for our Super Premium portfolio of American Whiskeys and Single Malt Scotches.

Meaningful work from Day One

  • Responsible for the overall accuracy and integrity of our financials of B-F Japan, making sure our books comply with both US GAAP and local statutory requirements

  • People Manager to 5 accountants/analysts in Japan that span across RTR, PTP, Payroll, Claims/Rebates, Credit & Cash App functions.

What you will be doing

  1. Record to Report (R2R) - Accounting and Tax
  • Oversee the month-end closing process which includes account reconciliations & analysis, journal entries, material ledger etc

  • Coordinate and complete external local stat audit

  • Ensure completeness and accurate submission of all Direct and Indirect taxes return filing.

  • Ensure the monthly claims by customers are accrued and settled in a timely and accurate manner.

  1. Procure to Pay (P2P)
  • Responsible for the overall P2P function which includes maintaining vendor master data, timely and accurate payment.

  • Support the successful Coupa roll out by 2023

  • Respond to any ad hoc requests from the business and coordinate external banking relationship

  • Liaise with bank relationship manager, corporate accounts payable team and treasury team to resolve banking or payment related issues

  • Continuous process improvement to our account payable processes

  1. Business Partnering
  • Be the key subject matter expert for any accounting and tax queries

  • Provide clarity and training on accounting and tax policies, local and US GAAP, to the business

  • Support any commercial led ad hoc projects by providing technical accounting support.

  1. Internal control
  • Implement a robust internal control system by identifying control gaps, establish local policies & processes and ensure segregation of duties

  • Ensure robust compliance to internal B-F policies

  1. Process improvement
  • Drive accounting process efficiency and effectiveness through digitization initiatives by partnering closely with IT and Corporate Accounting groups

  • Partner with IT to implement tools to improve accuracy and remove manual tasks when possible.

  1. People Management
  • Provide leadership and career development opportunities to his/her team

  • Ensure efficient resource allocation

What you will bring to the table

  • 8-10 years’ experience in an accounting function with similar responsibilities

  • Experience working with SAP or similar ERP platforms

  • Must have experience in Japan local GAAP and tax regulations. Added advantage if there are experience in Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia local GAAP and tax regulations.

  • Verbal and written fluency in English required

  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting

  • Certified Public Accountant

  • Clear communication skills (written and verbal)

  • Strong interpersonal skills.

  • High level of integrity and trust.

Brown-Forman Corporation is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. It is the policy of Brown-Forman Corporation to provide full and equal employment opportunities to all employees and potential employees without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected status.

Business Area: Global Finance

City: Tokyo


Country: JPN

Req ID: JR-00006099