You will start your journey as a financial analyst for FP&A in the material cost controlling team. Your mission is to conduct thorough material cost analyses by using various tools and systems, and prepare results so that it can be used in decision making by stakeholders and business partners.
Your challenge and development
Understand the actual value flow for material costs in a manufacturing company (End-to-end)
Learn to navigate through the relevant system landscape (e.g., SAP incl. MM, CO, FI, CO-PA; purchasing systems)
Build strong relationships with other finance departments and stakeholders
Apply effective planning and forecasting methods
Ownership of Material cost scope within the company’s Income statement, right from scope definition to system setting and mapping
Analysis and reporting of monthly actual material cost development to provide full transparency comparing versus actual / forecast
Improvement of monthly closing process closely working with Accounting and relevant business offices in order gain efficiency and to increase quality
Accurately forecast for the near to medium term outlook of material cost position with inputs from relevant business functions for efficiency, raw material, one-timers, valuation, etc.
Develop, implement and manage a comprehensive cross functional material cost process to meet business objectives
Control material costs, define action plans to tackle potential deviations and predict future costs and recommend potential accrual as necessary
Collaborate and liaise with cross functional team members to target reduction. Identify opportunities to reduce material costs and support their implementation
Maintain excellent relationships with Business Partners and Accounting peers to address information reporting needs. Prepare forecasting schedules routinely and as requested for internal and external reporting requirements.
Document controls, processes and procedures
Bachelor's degree in accounting or related area
Minimum 5 year experience in Accounting preferably in a large manufacturing environment
Ability to understand the manufacturing environment and the associated financial processes; Knowledge of supply chain, receiving, inventory flow, operations process and manufacturing principles
Ability to effectively analyze transactional level detail in an enterprise resource planning system and articulate the key findings to management
Strong business skills and effective understanding of financial, distribution and manufacturing systems
Excellent financial modeling and analytical skills
Ability to multi-task and drive actions to completion under strict deadlines.
Demonstrate clear written and verbal communication skills.
Must be able to collaborate and build positive relationships with other teams within Finance as well as cross-functionally outside Finance to effectively make recommendations, implement process improvements, etc.
Excellent Excel skills and the ability to manipulate and analyze large amounts of data
Action-oriented and solution-driven with the ability to thrive in a fast pace environment
Analytically solid with the desire and competency to come up with out-of-the-box ideas to resolve complex manufacturing Accounting challenges
Background in finance & controlling, or accounting if equivalent
English : Business level
Japanese : Business level (preferred, but not a strict requirement depending on the candidate's other skillset)
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