Finance Director, Japan

Tokyo, Japan

Published

07/16/2024

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OVERVIEW

Part of The Weber Shandwick Collective, we’re the earned-first global communications agency, led by world-class strategic thinkers and creative activators. We create shared and sustainable value for businesses, people, and society. We energise the right mix of talent, using the right platforms and latest technology to choreograph stories that make a real and meaningful impact for some of the world’s leading brands and businesses

Our game-changing work is recognised by some of the most prestigious industry awards bodies, and we have won more than 135 Lions at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. We’re also PRWeek’s 2024 Global Agency of the Year as well as being listed on the Ad Age A-List 2024 and Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies 2024.

More than ever, organisations need to solve for unprecedented challenges born of technology-driven disruption. We fuse global teams grounded in technology, digital innovation and analytics to help clients. As we live in an always-on world, our brand positioning reflects this need to engage with our always-on audience, just as we advise our clients to do. We inspire. We incite. We shape ideas and conversations, and we activate our global reach for local causes and multinational brands alike, and we’re always ready for more problems to solve.

Our Values: 

CURIOSITY We cultivate curiosity and challenge convention. Because solving any problem begins by asking the right questions

INCLUSION – We foster teams and environments built on belonging and openness to possibility. Because the best ideas have no bias

COURAGE – We stand up for what we believe in. Because being comfortable with the uncomfortable is how progress is made

IMPACT – We strive to make a meaningful difference in everything we do. Because we owe it to our people, or clients and the world

 

About the opportunity:

Weber Shandwick, a leading global communications agency, is seeking a Finance Director for its Japan office. The ideal candidate should have solid financial and commercial experience, with a background in agency networks/media company, and the ability to implement efficient processes and operations. The position reports to the Managing Director, with dual reporting line into the CFO, APAC and is responsible for leading the finance function, ensuring the financial health of the business, driving profitability, and providing strategic financial guidance to the leadership team.

 

Responsibilities:

  • Partner with the Managing Director, to implement efficient processes and operations, streamlining and optimizing workflows to improve efficiency, accuracy, and productivity.
  • Develop and implement financial strategies and policies to support the company’s objectives, including revenue growth, cost management, and profitability.
  • Manage the day-to-day financial operations, including budgeting, forecasting, financial reporting, and analysis, ensuring accuracy and compliance with local regulations and company standards.
  • Streamline and optimize financial processes and systems, improving efficiency, accuracy, and productivity.
  • Provide financial guidance and support to the leadership team, advising on financial implications of business decisions, and identifying opportunities for growth and improvement for Weber Shandwick, Octagon and Jack Morton Japan Operations.
  • Work closely with the HR department to ensure accurate and timely payroll processing and benefits administration.
  • Manage relationships with external partners, including auditors, tax advisors, and other service providers.
  • Collaborate with IPG Group and non-SC&E brands local resources to improve efficiency.

 

Person profile:

  • Bachelor’s degree in finance, accounting, or a related field. MBA or other relevant professional qualification preferred.
  • At least 10 years of experience in finance and accounting, with a proven track record of success in financial management and analysis.
  • Experience working in an agency network or related industry, with an understanding of the business model and revenue streams.
  • Strong knowledge of local accounting principles and regulations, as well as international accounting standards.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build relationships with stakeholders at all levels.
  • Strong leadership skills, with the ability to motivate and manage a team effectively.
  • Proven ability to implement efficient processes and operations, streamlining and optimizing workflows to improve efficiency, accuracy, and productivity.
  • Prior experience in agency servicing public sector/government client a plus.
  • Fluent in Japanese and English.

 

Note from the team

Weber Shandwick is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Weber Shandwick is committed to building a culture where all employees are seen as equal, are respected and where all opinions are heard. We take pride in our inclusive hiring, as well as our diverse workforce and we welcome applications from all qualified candidates.

Personal data held by Weber Shandwick relating to employment applications will be used in accordance with our Privacy Statement, which is available on our website.

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会社概要

ウェーバー・シャンドウィックは、119の都市に拠点を持ち、世界中に広がるネットワークを有する、世界最大級のグローバルPRエージェンシーです。

アジア太平洋地域では、日本を含む18の都市にオフィスを持ち、今後さらに多様化する市場で、戦略的に拠点の拡張を続けています。

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当社での経験を通じて、より複雑化する社会を切り拓き、世界中のクライアントを引き付ける、情熱と独創性に溢れた革新的なサービスの提供者としての活躍を期待しています。

 

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PR (Client Experience)チームにおいて、主に外資系企業のPR、製品PR、市場啓発キャンペーン等の企画・立案・実施、戦略執行の為の各種コミュニケーション プランの実行、プロジェクト管理およびメディア・リレーション業務などを行っていただきます。

 

【業務内容】

  • 国内外の企業広報・PR戦略においてコミュニケーションプランの企画立案及び執行サポート
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【必須条件】

  • 言語:日本語母国語、英語ビジネスレベル以上(目安、TOEIC800点以上)
  • 1-2年以上の社会人経験
  • コミュニケーション能力、プレゼンテーション・スキル
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【歓迎条件】

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