Accounting Manager


Takasaki, 10, JP, 1410032

At Barry Callebaut, we are on a journey to transform the cocoa and chocolate industry. As the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality chocolate and cocoa products, our actions truly shape the future of our industry. We are a business-to-business company, serving the entire food sector, from the cocoa bean to the finest chocolate product. We are a company with a purpose, we believe in doing well by doing good and reinvesting in the communities we operate. We have a long-standing commitment to sustainability and our goal is to shape a sustainable cocoa and chocolate future. We are headquartered in Zurich, and have more than 12,000 passionate Employees working in more than 40 countries worldwide. We are very proud of who we are and what we do. And of course, we are always looking for talented people to help us have a positive impact on our industry and beyond!

About the role

  • The Accounting Manager manages accounting activities in accordance with group-wide (international) / national accounting principles and standards for Japan. The role ensures the accuracy of the organization’s financial statements and compliance with all relevant regulations, laws, as well as reporting requirements. The role is also responsible for developing and supervising Accountant(s), providing guidance as well as support on complex activities, ad hoc requests, and key issues in the execution of duties.
  • The Accounting Manager plays a pivotal role in leading the accounting team to ensure clean accounting books, accounting books are closed on time, compliance of statutory and management reporting.


Key responsibilities include 

  • Accounting
    • Prepare, analyze, and monitor financial statements at the legal entity level, ensure material/significant financial items are accurate, reconciled and prudent
    • Develop, distribute, and monitor accounting policies and procedures
    • Maintain and administer a chart of accounts and reporting/consolidation structures
    • Maintain profit and loss and balance sheet allocations for business units/profit centers
    • Manage closing cut-offs, deadlines, perform post-close reviews, supervise closing tasks, and review key accounts and reports
    • Manage / review estimates, provisions and accruals
    • Perform inventory controls including physical and cycle count programs
    • Prepare, review, and submit financial disclosure (e.g., financial statements, notes, and supplementary information) for reporting purposes
    • Prepare/review tax returns, tax supporting schedules, forms for local authorities
    • Ensure adoption of new/revised accounting standards
  • Team Supervision / Driving Team Effectiveness
    • Accounting 
      • Ensure monthly timely closure of books, closing checklist
      • Oversee / Supervise GL Accounting, Accounts payable and Account receivables operations
      • Oversee / Supervise cash management operations
      • Oversee / Supervise Indirect & Direct Taxations compliance and operations
    • Finance Operations
      • Drive continuous improvement initiatives regarding processes, technologies, and organization
      • Manage and optimize resources locally to achieve a high level of operational efficiency and accuracies
  • Managerial
    • Develop employees by creating individual learning plans
    • Drive continuous improvement initiatives regarding processes, technologies, and organization
    • Mentor and coach employees to ensure team effectiveness
    • Promote knowledge sharing organization-wide


  • Others
    • Ensuring all audits are completed without any adverse comments
    • Ensuring the company is compliant with all the applicable laws & taxes related finance domain
  • Internal stakeholders: Finance Business Partner JP, Japan organization internal stakeholders, Local Accounting team, Group / Regional Accounting & Reporting team or Reg
  • External Stakeholders: Japan Authorities (Tax / Audit) / External auditors


About you

  • Professional degree / Bachelor’s / Master degree in Finance and/or Accounting
  • English business proficiency (written and spoken)
  • Japanese business proficiency (written and spoken)      
  • 8-10 years Finance experience, with 3-4 years in managerial capability
  • Experience in a multinational company, preferably in B2B / food industries / FMCG / fast-paced environment
  • Manufacturing and/or trading industry
  • Strong and proficient in SAP
  • Strong understanding of global chart of accounts (FRA1 / FRA2), statutory / management (BU) reporting, accounting automation processes
  • A strong end to end knowledge on Order to Cash, Procure to Pay, Record to Report processes
  • IFRS Accounting Treatment / Japan local GAAP Accounting Treatment


If you want to learn more about Barry Callebaut, please find further information here.