Accounting Manager, Japan

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 Accounting Manager Japan is an individual contributor responsible for ensuring adequate financial control and support of BioMarin’s operations in  Japan. Accounting Manager 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. Ad-hoc supports may be needed 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 OTC and P2P transactions as well as 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 payments relating to product importation into Japan 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, if possible, extends 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.  


  • State both the minimum and the preferred number of years of relevant  
  • experience, and describe the essential functions of the job.
  • 8+ years of total working experience, including 3 years at public accounting firm/audit experience.  
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.