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Senior Staff Accountant - Legal Entity

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Location: Akashi, Hyogo-Ken, Japan
Date Posted: Feb 18, 2020

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Job Description


Job Purpose: This position is responsible to drive efficiency and effectiveness through process improvements; initiate discussions to lead to issue resolutions and advise business partners and internal teams on strong internal controls and SOX testing process.  Ensure co working with the process owners to fix issues, if any.  This position requires in-depth knowledge and experience of SOX internal control.  In addition, US GAAP and Local Japan GAAP knowledge and experience is required.

Job Duties/Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:

Adherence to timelines - Drive the team to effectively and efficiently work towards achieving the timelines for SOX testing, Internal audits, management requested audits, pre-audits, other adhoc queries. Any variations should be brought to the notice of management upfront and should be able to reduce the variations.

Coordinate and perform SOX Management Testing - Planning, executing and reporting SOX management testing at Caterpillar Japan. In some cases, coordination with external service provider (professional accounting firm) is required.


Review and analytics - Should review the work done by the team and ensure the appropriateness of data utilised and review and rephrase the observations. Identify areas where analytics could be used and ensure efficient form of audit


Report preparation/presentation - Prepare summary report/presentation for SOX control reviews/testing, communicate the results and action plans to higher management, draft process control documents, seek management comments, ensure action items that mitigate risks are identified.


Initiate discussions - Shift focus to issue resolution, initiate discussions which would lead to issue resolution.  Proactively work with process owners to understand the gap in process and help in fixing them or coordinating with Corporate SOX teams to get more clarity. Remediation plans for controls failures to be reviewed.


High quality support - High quality support is provided to the management/ corporate / process owners and business. Detailed review of the use of other service providers and scoping assessment.


Team Planning -  Planning Monthly / Quarterly and yearly audits with supervisor.

Leverage valued core services - Leverage the information / knowledge by working with various other process teams 



Required Qualifications:

* 4-year college degree, preferably in accounting/business
* 4-6 years of accounting/auditing work experience at a large professional accounting firm
* In-depth knowledge of US GAAP, Japan GAAP and SOX Internal Control
* Must be fluent in English (TOEIC Score 800 or higher)
* Demonstrate initiative, leadership, good judgment and accountability
* Demonstrate very good communication skills

Desired Qualifications:
* Professional Certification (US Certified Public Accoutant (US CPA), Japan CPA, Certified Management Accountant (CMA) or equivalent)

Caterpillar is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EEO)

EEO/AA Employer. All qualified individuals - including minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities - are encouraged to apply.
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Feb 18, 2020