Senior Accountant

Location:  Tokyo, Japan Category: Accounting


BioMarin is the world leader in delivering therapeutics that provide meaningful advances to patients who live with serious and life-threatening rare genetic diseases. We target diseases that lack effective therapies and affect relatively small numbers of patients, many of whom are children. These conditions are often inherited, difficult to diagnose, progressively debilitating and have few, if any, treatment options. BioMarin will continue to focus on advancing therapies that are the first or best of their kind.

By providing a foundation for all operations company wide, BioMarin’s General and Administrative teams support our mission of providing first and best in class therapeutics to patients who live with rare diseases. Our teams include groups such as finance, legal, human resources, corporate compliance and ethics, and information technology. Come join our team and make a meaningful impact on patients’ lives.

The Senior Accountant Japan is an individual contributor responsible for ensuring adequate financial control and support of BioMarin’s operations in Japan. Senior Accountant Japan reports to Sr. Director Finance Asia-Pacific in Hong Kong Regional Office.  This position is supported by outsourced accounting and service operations (Deloitte and Tohmatsu Tax) in Japan as well as BioMarin’s regional finance, corporate accounting, tax, FP&A and treasury teams. He/She will be assisting in internal control re-enforcement, accounting operations, accounts receivable, accounts payable, cash management, Concur administration, local banking, corporate credit card administration, Travel/BCD coordination, LRP, budgeting, monthly forecasts, financial reporting, management reporting and statutory reporting in Japan. Administrative works relating to local banking. Ad-hoc supports to help out regional activities.


  1. Ensure operations and transactions in Japan are in compliance with BioMarin’s financial and management control policies, including monitoring relevant processes, record keeping and reporting. Related corporate policies include: travel and entertainment policy, financial authority policy, procurement/contract policies, FCPA and anti-bribery/anti-kickback policies, and policies associated with compassionate use and contributions and sponsorships.
  2. Work with Japan commercial management to collect data relating to expenses and capital requirements for annual budget/LRP and quarterly forecast.
  3. Facilitate in preparing periodic management level reports and analyses to support the Japan and regional management.
  4. Assist in supervising the business-to-business relationships related to finance and control in the region, including accounting services, accounts payable, payroll, expense reimbursement, banking, and corporate credit card administration and reconciliations.
  5. Review procedures and operation controls as well as provide insights to improve internal control and efficiency.
  6. Work with Tohmatsu tax and regional finance team to liaise and review Japan tax returns and statutory filings.
  7. Monitor and manage month end closing by working closely with regional and Japan team members as well as local accounting service providers.
  8. Collaborate with corporate peers in finance matters and projects as well as process improvement.
  9. Initiate monthly financial reviews with local accounting service providers and regional accounting team.
  10. Monitor Oracle order-to-cash transactions and related accounting entries including AR/AP/CT/Inventories.
  11. Reconcile monthly local books and Oracle.
  12. Cash projections for Japan bank accounts including Citibank JPY account in London and local account with Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi UFJ.
  13. Manage office petty cash.
  14. Support vial importation into Japan relating to payments such as consumption tax and custom clearance fees.
  15. Act as Concur administrator for Japan and perform/document periodic T&E reviews according to criteria set by regional finance.
  16. 15-20% time extended to regional support.


Bachelor’s Degree in Finance/Accounting.Chartered Accountant / Certified Public Accountant certification required.
Must have working reading, writing and speaking proficiency with both English and Japanese language.

5+ years of total experience, including 3 years accounting experience (including public accounting firm / audit experience and inside company experience).

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.