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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 100+ 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

A newly created role will contribute to building the team and processes in Japan. You will be part of the core team that designs and rolls out the SAP HANA and Coupa as we further grow our business in Japan: You will be responsible for the overall accuracy and integrity of our financials in Brown-Forman Japan, making sure our books comply with both US GAAP and local statutory requirements. You will also build and lead a team of 5 accountants/analysts in Japan that span across RTR, PTP, Payroll, Claims/Rebates, Credit & Cash App functions.

What Can You Expect:

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 tax return filing

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

Procure to Pay (P2P)

  • Responsible for the overall P2P function which includes maintaining vendor master data, timely and accurate payment.

  • Support the successful Coupa rollout by 2021

  • 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.

Business Partnering

  • Be the key subject matter expert for any accounting and tax queries

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

Internal control

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

Process improvement

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

People Management

  • Provide leadership and career development opportunities to his/her team

  • Ensure efficient resource allocation

We Are Looking For People Who Have:

  • College/University (Bachelors or Equivalent); Bachelor’s degree in accounting

  • Certifications, as Certified Public Accountant

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

  • Experience working with SAP or similar ERP platforms

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

  • Verbal and written fluency in English required.

Competencies are:

  • 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-00004716