Head of Finance, Controller, Vice President

State Street.
Tokyo, Japan
Not disclosed
23 May 2022
15 Jun 2022
Contract type
Full time
Experience level

Head of Finance, Japan Job Description:

  • Reporting into the APAC Controller with matrix reporting lines to the Head of Japan/ local business heads under multiple-hat arrangement.
  • Responsible for all aspects of legal entity and BU Controllership in Japan to ensure accuracy of financial results and that all internal controls are appropriately designed and executed.
  • Manage a small team based out of Japan and partnering with a wide range of stakeholders including Businesses, the local management, Lead Financial Officers (LFOs), Global Finance Centre (Global Accounting Operations, Billing, Regulatory Reporting) and Group Reporting team in Boston.
  • Coordinate with Global Close and Consolidation team on monthly close cycle process for accuracy, timeliness and efficiency.
  • Ensure financial controls are operating effectively and issues reported/ resolved and appropriately escalated. Responsibility for Internal Audit results and remediation for Japanese entities.
  • Ensure all regulatory returns, statistics and surveys are prepared accurately and timely, and in compliance with the local regulatory and statutory requirements which includes maintaining a robust standard operating procedures and adhering to Global Governance Framework.
  • Actively manage the Local external auditor to finalize statutory reporting including query resolution.
  • In accordance with Legal Entity Governance Standards, to act as a Finance representative / Board member for statutory entities in Japan
  • Key interface and close collaboration with LFO’s and FP&A organization to ensure alignment and accuracy on monthly, Quarterly/ Annual results.
  • Represent in relevant local, regional and global governance committees, project steering committees, and BU Risk committees etc.
  • Finance and accounting support to Business including budgeting, strategic plans, and introduction of new products.
  • Lead and execution of transformation initiatives. Ensure robust control and knowledge on the activities migrated to GFC, proper implementation of systems which impact the external & internal financial & regulatory reporting. Execute on initiatives that impact accounting, reporting or tax including capital management, legal entity rationalization etc.
  • Oversee Local tax compliance (direct and Indirect) including implementation of Transfer Pricing.
  • Attestations – eg, SOX Reporting, Representation Letters.
  • Talent management, business continuity, compensation planning, succession planning, goal setting and tracking.
  • Any other ad-hoc tasks as required by the Head of Japan / APAC controller from time-to-time.


  • Qualified Accountant with approximately 15-20 years of relevant experience ideally with the regulated financial institutions.
  • Strong Leadership capability and stakeholders’ management skills
  • Ability to understand and ensure compliance with reporting requirements under Japan GAAP as well as US GAAP.
  • Ability to deal with the Local Regulators (including but not limited to JFSA) and regulatory obligations
  • Fast learner, proactiveness in identifying and dealing with issues
  • Excellent attention to details
  • Good knowledge of Accounting System (e.g. Oracle, SUN) will be an advantage
  • Well conversant with Japanese and English Language (both oral and written)
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced banking environment managing multiple priorities
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