American Express Careers

Market Controller Japan & Korea

To, Japan
Finance


Job Description

Why American Express?
There’s a difference between having a job and making a difference.
 
American Express has been making a difference in people’s lives for over 160 years,
backing them in moments big and small, granting access, tools, and resources to take
on their biggest challenges and reap the greatest rewards.
 
We’ve also made a difference in the lives of our people, providing a culture of learning
and collaboration, and helping them with what they need to succeed and thrive. We
have their backs as they grow their skills, conquer new challenges, or even take time to
spend with their family or community. And when they’re ready to take on a new career
path, we’re right there with them, giving them the guidance and momentum into the
best future they envision.
 
Because we believe that the best way to back our customers is to back our people.
 
The powerful backing of American Express.
Don’t make a difference without it.
Don’t live life without it.
 
 
Reporting to the Regional Vice President, this role will be leading a team of 7 finance professionals across Japan and Korea support finance related areas as financial accounting, internal reporting, and external statutory and regulatory reporting.
 
The successful candidate will have the following key responsibilities:
 
- Providing leadership and coaching to a team of finance professionals (both managers and analysts), ensuring the team remains highly motivated, goals are well communicated and work is prioritised appropriately.
 
- Primary point of contact for all legal entity related queries.
 
- Preparation of the annual financial statements under Japan and US GAAP and coordination of the external audit process
 
- Maintaining a strong control environment, and ensuring the operating effectiveness of internal controls
 
- Ensuring all finance related statutory and regulatory filings are made within the required deadlines.
 
- Advising the Board of Directors and various governance committees, and providing regular financial updates and results analysis, together with comprehensive documentation to support the sign-off of the annual financial statements. 
 
- Overseeing the month end close process that ensures the accuracy, completeness, and appropriate disclosures of financial information under both Japan and US GAAP.
 
- Support and implement key strategies for the business, including business deals, product launches and change initiatives
 
- Partnering closely with senior leaders to ensure material business transactions are supported by relevant US and Japan GAAP guidance, and are properly documented.
 
- Sponsor and support adherence to robust legal entity governance procedures in conjunction with business heads, legal counsel and compliance and risk teams
 
- Lead projects and other process improvement initiatives to enhance Controllership capabilities across the Asia region
 
- Develop and drive continuous improvement processes throughout the finance function to deliver competitive advantage to the business and ensure continuous service improvement
 
 Offer of employment with American Express is conditioned upon the successful
completion of a background verification check, subject to applicable laws and regulations.

Qualifications

- Minimum 8 to 10 years of overall work experience in accounting or other areas of finance;
 
- Strong technical finance background, with advanced knowledge in financial accounting and reporting, internal controls, and hands-on experience with statutory audit.
 
- Knowledge on Japan GAAP and US GAAP
 
- Proven people leadership skills
 
- Ability to mobilize and empower the team to complete tasks
 
- Proven ability to manage own workload and operate autonomously.
 
- Ability to collaborate across geographies in a matrix structure and deliver on customer expectations.
 
- Proficiency in MS-Office applications (experience of Oracle also preferable).
 
- Results driven / ability to perform multiple tasks, work to strict deadlines and prioritise tasks.
 
- Strong project management skill set, including ability to manage cross functional experts,  to collaborate and influence internal and external partners, and to derive actionable steps from strategic mandates. 
 
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, including ability to present to senior leaders.
 
- Qualified accountant or CPA preferred
 
- Proficiency in both written and spoken English
 

ReqID: 18020097
Schedule (Full-Time/Part-Time): Full-time
Date Posted: Jan 3, 2019, 7:41:26 PM