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Manager, Controller (Japan focus)

Date Posted: Apr 3, 2021

Location: Kuala Lumpur, MY

Company: MetLife

Job Title:                     Manager, Controller, CoE Asia - Japan - GG11

LOB/Department:       Controllers

Location:                     Finance COE, Kuala Lumpur

Reports to:                  Lead Manager Japan Segment KL - Finance Shared Service Center

Headcount Type:        Permanent



Summary of Responsibilities:


Reporting to the Lead Manager for Countries’ financial reporting process in the KL Shared Service Center for Asia Region, the manager for Japan reporting segment will play a critical role in completing the financial accounting and reporting activities for the Japan segment on a consolidated basis.


The area of responsibility covers US GAAP reporting, overall analysis, review and reconciliation, and other production support works for the Japan segment.  This includes posting adjusted journal entries to the general ledger, performing intercompany reconciliation, completing production works for Japan segment reporting including quarterly footnotes, disclosures and exhibits, and preparing monthly management reports on the Japan segment financial results on US GAAP basis.


This role expects to work closely with Japan controllers on production aspects of the accounting close as well as to work closely with Asia Regional Office located in Hong Kong for efficient and effective Asia regional reporting process.


The role ensures the alignment of systems and data with agreed processes, procedures and outcomes, identifies the interrelationship of systems, data and processes, and assesses the impact of changes on the ability to effectively and efficiently deliver business outcomes. This includes partnership with the global financial services team.



Principal Responsibilities:


  • Perform monthly, quarterly and annual accounting activities for Japan USGAAP reporting, including preparing and reviewing adjusted journal entries and financial reports in accordance with sign-off procedures to ensure compliance with regulatory requirements and financial management process
  • Oversee the intercompany transaction reconciliation and reporting process on a USGAAP basis
  • Coordinate the monthly closing process with Japan controllers and Asia Regional controllers handles with it
  • Assist with the analysis and review of Japan’s financial disclosure and exhibits on a US GAAP basis
  • Work closely with internal and external auditors for their review of financial disclosures and exhibits
  • Work closely with Japan controllers to establish and maintain the standardized process for the country’s financial reporting
  • Develop and document processes to improve and enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the processes
  • Guide accounting staff by coordinating activities and answering questions
  • Assist with overall balance sheet certification process
  • Work closely with the global financial services team on financial systems maintenance and change requests
  • Drive/support the global finance projects and ad hoc requests
  • Liaise with different groups in the organization to build strong relationships


Knowledge/Skills/Competencies Required/Preferred:




  • CPA/CMA or equivalent qualification
  • Detailed accounting knowledge for financial accounting & reporting
  • 5+ years of experience in US GAAP / IFRS reporting and production or in auditing the financial statements based on a USGAAP / IFRS
  • Intermediate office application skills, including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, or equivalents
  • Well-organized, detail oriented and able to efficiently function under pressure
  • Self-motivated and taking initiative with minimal supervision
  • Possess accountability and ownership of standardized and efficient operational processes
  • A good team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, necessary for interactions with internal and external parties at various levels.
  • Excellent ability to analyze financial data and problem-solving skills to address the various ad hoc report and the financial issues
  • Ability to motivate others and willingness to achieve key targets and objectives




  • Experience in performing the financial accounting and reporting tasks with ERP systems, especially with PeopleSoft and Oracle Hyperion Financial Management
  • Experience in implementation, maintenance, enhancement and documentation of financial accounting systems.
  • Insurance accounting background and experiences




MetLife, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, is one of the world’s leading financial services companies, providing insurance, annuities, employee benefits and asset management to help its individual and institutional customers navigate their changing world. Founded in 1868, MetLife has operations in more than 40 countries and holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.


We are one of the largest institutional investors in the U.S. with $651 billion of total assets under management as of September 30, 2020. We are ranked #48 on the Fortune 500 list for 2020. In 2019, we were named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) for the fourth year in a row. DJSI is a global index to track the leading sustainability-driven companies.


MetLife is committed to building a purpose-driven and inclusive culture that energizes our people. Our employees work every day to help build a more confident future for people around the world.


We want to make it simple for all interested and qualified candidates to apply for employment opportunities with MetLife.  For further information about how to request a reasonable accommodation, please click on the Disability Accommodations link below.


MetLife is a proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer dedicated to attracting, retaining, and developing a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment at MetLife without regards to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, national origin, marital or domestic/civil partnership status, genetic information, citizenship status, uniformed service member or veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


MetLife maintains a drug-free workplace.


Requisition #: 116369