Director Finance Operations

Tokyo | Japan | Accounting & Finance

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

This position is responsible for financial operations activities that are retained by the market and for managing the relationship with the GBS/FSS financial operations team.

Key Responsibilities:   

  • Leads the Finance Operations team to ensure optimal alignment and high performance
  • Drives continuous improvement in application of processes controls
  • Leads cost efficiency/profitability efforts (coordinates forecasting, defines areas of responsibility and monitors progress)
  • Analyses proposed business opportunities, projects and other pending decisions to determine impact on company’s financial results and to identify ways to improve the economics for the Company and prepares post mortems on outcomes
  • Leads the locally-retained finance operations (accounting, treasury, tax, credit) and manages the relationship with the GBS/FSS centre in Dalian, China
  • Leads the preparation for internal and external audit
  • Leads credit control team to minimize credit risk while maximize the usage of credit extended to customers to support the business growth
  • Optimize the company’s investment portfolio; Improve the effectiveness and efficiency of treasury management
  • Provide leadership and direction for the team by setting performance plans and provide coaching and feedback to drive high performance
  • Develop workforce planning for the team as required


  • Planning and reporting milestones and deadlines
  • Target setting proposals

Key Relationships:


  • VP, Finance
  • Other local Finance functions (Internal Compliance and Control, FP&A, Non-Trade Procurement)
  • Market Commercial & enable function teams
  • Group Finance (APAC, Japan, HQ)
  • Dalian GBS


  • Customers
  • Consultants
  • Internal and External Auditors

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from senior executives, stakeholders and cross functional business leaders
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions, and determine and implement effective action plans
  • Desire and ability to work closely and collaboratively with other members of senior Finance leadership team at Market and Global level
  • Ability to coach, manage, align, motivate and develop direct reports
  • Ability to think strategically, synthesize the most complex data and develop innovative solutions within an entrepreneurial environment
  • Ability to execute scenario planning and investment case analysis as appropriate
  • Excellent analytical, written, oral, organizational, and presentation skills to influence company leadership and decisions at all levels
  • Great leadership and team management skills

Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • Advanced degree or qualification in Finance, Economics or Accounting (e.g. MBA or CPA)
  • Solid accounting skills and experience
  • Advanced excel skills required
  • Japanese (native), English (advanced business level)
  • Familiarity with SAP, COPA and other relevant adidas and industry Finance systems/analytical software a major plus
  • 10-15 years of broad based operational finance experience with progressive responsibility in industry leading companies
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The Facts

Jobtitle Director Finance Operations
Team Accounting & Finance
Brand adidas
Location Tokyo
Country Japan
Number 184227
Position Type Full time
Date Oct-11, 2018
Relocation no

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