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Senior Specialist or Manager Contorolling, Sub-regional Finance


Job Field: Finance/Accounting/Controlling/Audit
Location: Minato, JP
Company: BASF Asia Pacific
Job Type: Experienced
Job ID: EN_JP_22693

We are the world's leading chemical company because we offer intelligent solutions for our customers and for a sustainable future. We have over 110,000 employees connecting around the world. For you, this means an almost unlimited range of job opportunities, career development and lots of potential to continue learning . At BASF we believe strongly in the power of connected minds.


BASF started doing business in Japan in 1888. Activities cover four business segments including chemicals, performance products, functional materials & solutions and agricultural solutions. BASF maintains a strong research and development presence in Japan including the Yokohama Innovation Center (engineering plastics) and the Research and Development Laboratory and Application Technology Center for Battery Materials in Amagasaki.

Objectives of the Position

  • In charge of Controlling tasks of Country business unit controlling for single in Sub-region Japan, i.e. Planning and Performance Management, Business Analysis, Governance and Compliance, and others

  • In charge of Production controlling tasks for Sub-region Japan stated in Main tasks

  • Proactively supervise and improve operational excellence scenarios in Japan and implement the identified excellence projects with involving people from relevant organizations

  • Participate in critical business steering projects/initiatives within the business unit and in the sub-region Japan across business units and structurally evaluate the baseline scenarios/models

  • Establish and maintain effective and efficient risk and operational controlling in Japan

Main Tasks

(Country business unit controller)

Planning and Performance Management

  • Operational Planning & Forecasting
    • Accountable for the operational planning and forecasting processes within the responsible business unit in the country, being a liaison with RBU controlling during this process
    • Accountable for conducting gap analysis (actuals/plan)
    • Responsible for operational plan of the responsible business unit in the country and development of rolling forecasts for it
    • Consulted on portfolio/structure, R&D and headcount planning
  • Reporting & Communication

    • Accountable for reporting processes within the responsible business unit in the country, measuring business performance of it and driving VBM implementation, through reporting to the RBU, LBMs and a Cluster head (a leader of MDP)

    • Responsible for management reporting and communication of business performance for the responsible business unit

  • Target Setting
    • Responsible for benchmarking effort to share best practices

    • Consulted on consistent inclusion of value-based targets into target agreements of the responsible business unit

Business Analysis

  • Business Consulting, Analysis & Recommendations
    • Accountable for analyzing business performance of the responsible business unit and economic valuation and gatekeeping of commission projects

    • Responsible for monitoring of budget and strategic risks for the business unit

    • Responsible for initiating and monitoring improvement measures

  • Strategy Definition & Projects
    • Responsible for strategy definition jointly in the local management team

    • Responsible for evaluating long-term investment needs and M&A opportunities

    • Facilitating post-merger integration

Governance & Compliance

  • Policies & Procedures

    • Responsible for enforcing financial policies and procedures within the business unit

    • Consulted on ICTP/CSA/SCA compliance and contract management process within the business unit

  • Internal Control Effectiveness & Audits

    • Responsible for enforcing compliance with internal control effectiveness and follow-up on audit activities
  • Risk Management

    • Consulted on risk management process of the business unit

Interface Management

  • Systems & Tools

    • Developing and implementing controlling systems and tools for the business unit

  • Organizational Interface

    • Leadership of controller community in the country, influencing other controllers by being a role model

  • Training/Education/Support

    • Consulted on training, education and support on controlling topics


  • Ad-hoc request & support to corporate projects across business units

  • Cost center structure design, cycle maintenance, and charge-out process & monitoring design within the business unit

(Production controlling specialist)

Operational excellence, management support and reporting

  • Responsible for providing guidance of product costing information to internal clients

    • Provide recommendations on strategy development, resource allocation and optimization to ensure financial objects are met, focusing on product costing

  • Responsible for benchmarking efforts to share best practices

    • Lead special projects and task forces as per management request related to product costing across business in the sub-region

  • Responsible for analyzing production cost of company/sub-region

    • Ensure efficiencies by monitoring performance against target relying on value based management

    • Identify production cost optimization opportunities, lead the projects and implement the action items identified by the projects’ outcomes into production, collaborating with relevant parties from business units

  • Responsible for reporting of business units view focusing on production cost

    • Design and implement efficient and effective reporting package and process of production cost control for business units in Japan, aiming for timely, accurate and informative reporting and sustainable reporting operation

    • Provide production cost analysis reports with business units’ controllers and relevant Local Business Manager

Minimum Education and Qualification Required for the Position

  • Education: Bachelor’s degree in Finance or related field

  • Working Experience: more than 8 years of increasing responsibility in Finance, controlling or related field

  • Technical & Professional Knowledge:

    • Intermediate or advanced finance and accounting, CPA or MBA preferred

    • Advanced communication skill in both English and Japanese

    • Intermediate or advanced PC skills (MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint and Access)

    • Comprehensive understanding of SAP or other ERP applications

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