Bilingual Japanese Finance Manager – Remote

Internatinoal Engineering firm whose office is located in Chicago, IL is seeking a Finance Manager with Japanese language skill who is responsible for operational accounting functions including A/R, A/P, general ledger accounting.  Also supports the Finance Director to meet the company’s financial goals.


  • Conducts monthly close processes including journal entries & account reconciliations.
  • Manages project-cost accounting for all internal and customer awarded engineering projects.
  • Prepares and maintains all invoices.
  • Review customer agreements and contracts as necessary.
  • Manages the accounting for expenses associate with all office and engineering activities.
  • Oversees all employee-related expenses for adherence to company guidance and policy.
  • Manages the purchase order process used by all employees.
  • Woks with employees to setup A/P accounts for vendors, supplies, and consultants.
  • Manages company owned assets including depreciation and amortization schedules.
  • Manages all activities related to monitoring, forecasting, reporting and controlling monthly cashflows.
  • Assist in fling tax returns, including federal tax, state, and local tax, and sales tax.
  • Administers the company’s SAP and Concur systems for all finance and accounting activities.
  • Works closely with Finance Director to support the followings; 1) assist in development and management of the annual budget, 2) prepare information needed for and analyze information provided by key relationships for audits, reviews, renewals, financing, suited, etc. 3) Develop, implement, and manage financial and accounting systems, policies, and procedures. 4) Maintains financial security by establishing internal controls, within the group. 5) Prepares ad hoc reports upon request
  • Works closely with Finance team in NY head office to support the followings: 1) Provides financial statements, reporting, and other related support as requests/required. 2) Oversees all payments to vendors, suppliers, consultants, and others, 3) Oversees receipt of all payments from customers and others.  4) Supports weekly finance team meetings between the team in Chicago and the team in NY head office. 5) Establishes relationships with outside consultants as required.
  • Mentors and trains other employees as required o financial and accounting management systems, polices, and procedures.
  • Coordinates cross-training for various roles in finance team.
  • Perform special projects as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree in accounting and/or 4-6yrs related experience and/or training.
  • In-depth knowledge of project accounting or construction accounting including Progress Billings, and Percent Complete are preferred.
  • Proficiency in using accounting systems; experience in SAP and Concur preferable.
  • In-depth knowledge/expertise using MS Excel, Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook.
  • Business level Japanese skills.
  • Strong communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Highly organized, and detail oriented.
  • Critical thinker and good problem solver.
  • Self-started and be able to work collaboratively.
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