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OSCO Finance Controller, Japan

Location: 

Takasaki, 10, JP, 3701202

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 Factory Controller supports the Japan (Takasaki) factory by providing the Factory Leader and the Factory Leadership Team with financial insights and meaningful decision support whilst influencing and challenging key decisions. This position plays a key role in the Factory Leadership Team and is a co-pilot to achieve financial targets in the Factory.
  • As a Finance Business Partner, this position provides facts and figures related to the financial performance of the factory focusing on factory costs and balance sheets. Focus areas on costs include material usage, direct, indirect factory costs, depreciation and supply chain cost including warehousing and logistics costs; while on the balance sheet includes inventory and fixed assets.
  • The Factory Controller is accountable for the accuracy of the financials in the factory in line with existing Accounting principles, internal/external Finance policies and requirements. The position holder ensures effective internal controls are in place and adhere to. He/She has to also identify process gaps/lapse, propose and implement process improvements at the factory.

 

Key responsibilities include

  • Factory Controlling
    • Responsible for the financial performance of the factory (Factory Leader is accountable for the financial performance)
    • Supports the factory leadership team in determining short and long-term objectives such as capacity planning
    • Leads performance management processes of the factory leadership team with financial decision support
    • Partner with FP&A to provide facts and figures related to the financial performance of the Factory
    • Support analysis of the financial performance of the factory with FP&A, conclude key drivers, share the analysis with the factory leadership team and/or the regional OSCO controlling team in monthly OSCO review meetings, translate analysis into possible actions for improvements
    • Prepares for monthly OSCO management review, lead financial performance discussion in review meetings, conclude action plan, follow up, steer factory leadership team to deliver
    • Provides insights on financial improvement opportunities, propose, support and track that the factory leadership team achieves them
    • Derive assumptions for MTPs, Budgets, and Forecasts
    • Prepares MTPs, Budgets, and Forecasts for the factory, support cost center owners in the process, submission to FP&A for consolidation
    • Raise and manage CAPEX approvals, allocation, monitor, track and ensure CAPEX is within a spend
    • Prepares activity-based costing (“ABC”), derive assumptions and allocations, test the accuracy of the ABC model
    • Conduct routine stock-take in warehouses, ensure high accuracy of stock level in the accounting books
    • Monitor stock obsolescence, proactively manage and minimize aged stock
  • Compliance
    • Ensures factory financials are accurate, compliance with Accounting principles and policies
    • Ensures process and financial controls are in place, effective and complied at the factory
    • Conduct routine control checks, identify abnormalities, flag and raise alert to address non-compliance or weak controls
    • Involve in internal/external audits and the required follow-up for the factory
  • Stakeholders:
    • Finance Business Partner, Japan
      • Support the Finance Business Partner to develop, distribute and monitor effective controls, continuously identify process gaps for improvement. Flag/raise alert of non-compliance & financial risks
      • Support the Finance Business Partner in ensuring financials of the factory is accurate and within targets
      • Escalate and highlight financial risks relating to the factory
    • Japan factory stakeholders
      • Supports the Japan (Takasaki) factory by providing the Factory Leader and the Factory Leadership Team with financial insights and meaningful decision support
      • Influence and challenge decision making
      • Provides insights on financial improvement opportunities, prioritizes them and work with the factory leadership team to achieve them
    • Local Accounting team
      • Supports the Accounting team to ensure factory financials in compliance with accounting principles and policies
      • Communicate changes and key decisions for the factory to the Accounting team, to assess implications on Accounting treatment and bookkeeping
      • Flag/raise alert abnormalities in reporting
    • Regional / Local FP&A
      • Partner with FP&A to provide facts and figures related to the financial performance of the Factory
      • Support analysis of the financial performance of the factory with FP&A
    • Regional OSCO Controlling
      • Takes guidance and work with regional OSCO controlling function to deliver internal governance/compliance at the factory
      • Key interface to support the regional OSCO team to understand financial performance at the factory, rollout key initiatives, track performance

 

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
  • 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 finance/cost/factory controlling
  • Good knowledge of accounting principles for a factory
  • Attention to details
  • Drive to deliver
  • Ability to drive changes
  • Effective communication skills

 

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