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Brown-Forman Senior Accountant - Japan in Tokyo, Japan

Brown-Forman Asia is one of the operational units of the Brown-Forman International division. Asia presents one of the largest opportunities for Brown-Forman globally and is expected to continue to be one of the most significant growth contributors to the company. With Japan and China as key markets, B-F Asia is composed of 19 countries with 100+ employees distributed across offices in 10 key mega-cities. From a portfolio perspective, Asia is largely led by our flagship Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey, presenting a large opportunity for our Super Premium portfolio of American Whiskeys and Single Malt Scotches.

Meaningful Work From Day One

This role will be responsible for the accuracy of the accounting books in Japan, and comply with both US GAAP and local statutory requirements, in a timely manner. We are looking for someone who is passionate about process improvement (ie. accounting process efficiency and effectiveness) and challenging the status quo.

What You Will Experience

Record to Report (R2R)


  • Work with Asahi Accounting to ensure monthly closings in Yayoi are done correctly and meet all local statutory reporting requirements.

  • Perform TB load into SAP, investigate and resolve any discrepancies between the two systems

  • Prepare monthly balance sheet reconciliations and analyze B/S fluctuations

  • Ensure all information from Asahi Brewery e.g. credit returns, destruction of goods and margin discounts from Asahi are recorded properly and accurately


  • Review and approve the local tax compliance work prepared by Asahi Accounting, including income tax, consumption tax and property tax filings.

  • Complete quarterly tax provision in OneSource

  • Ensure correct consumption tax rates are recorded in Concur

Procure to Pay (P2P)

  • Work with Asahi Accounting to ensure all vendor payments are paid and recorded correctly

  • Ensure sufficient liquidity for local operations, request funding when required

  • Process all Taxes and Discounts payment from Asahi Brewery via Coupa

  • Complete Bank reconciliation

  • One point contact for bank matters

Internal control and Process Improvement

  • Partner with the Japan Leadership Team to ensure strong internal control procedures are established and global policies are being followed by the whole organization

  • Partner with Asahi Brewery to ensure they fulfil all their contractual obligations, including quarterly sampling of their charge back per Internal Audit recommendations

  • Identify gaps and explore opportunities for better ways of working with Asahi to improve timeliness and data transparency

  • System implementation per Global direction e.g. Blackline, SAP HANA, SAP Lite

  • Works closely with HR for monthly payroll update (GL booking, review)

We Are Looking For People Who Has

  • Accounting degree, CPA

  • Excellent oral and written communications skills - Fluency in English required

  • 5-7 yrs experience in a similar role

  • SAP experience required, Yayoi experience preferred


Brown-Forman Corporation is committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of employment. It is the policy of Brown-Forman Corporation to provide full and equal employment opportunities to all employees and potential employees without regard to race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, veteran status, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability or any other legally protected status.

Business Area: Global Finance

City: Tokyo


Country: JPN

Req ID: JR-00002901