Diageo Finance Director in Tokyo, Japan




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Diageo is a global leader in beverage alcohol with over 200 brands, old and new, large and small, global and local - the depth and breadth of our product portfolio across beer, wine and spirits is second to none, with brands sold in 180 countries, at almost every price point in every category. We're a young company born from an incredible entrepreneurial legacy. The success of Guinness, Smirnoff, Johnnie Walker, Tanqueray and many more, over hundreds of years, led to the formation of our company in 1997.

Diageo Kirin, a joint venture with Kirin Brewery and Diageo founded in 2009, is introducing several premium brands of Diageo to the Japanese market. Japan is a strategic growth market for Diageo Asia Pacific given its scale as the 2nd largest BevAlc market in the region and Must Win whisky market led by our leading global Scotch portfolio.

What is the culture like?

We are an organisation that creates products that are part of celebrations, and our culture reflects this. Our culture is rooted in a deep sense of our purpose and values, our personal connections to our brands, our relationships and our passion to win in the marketplace. Our values are not just words on a page. They underpin our business and guide how we work: we are passionate about our customers and consumers and want to be the best. We give each other the freedom to succeed and value each and every person’s contribution. Pride is a source of energy for our company. We work hard so we can be proud of what we do, and how we do it.

We have a passionate team in Japan which celebrates diversity and strives to be the best they can be!

What you will need to accomplish in the role:

  • Highly commercial BPM process driven by rich business insights to deliver full performance outcome.

  • Responsible for coordinating and delivering the Total Diageo in Japan Strategic Plan

  • Leads implementation of global performance management frameworks such Win With 6, Productivity & Commercial Annual Planning.

  • Deep engagement in performance agenda for Diageo Kirin JV

  • Solid corporate governance and compliance environment in Diageo Japan and DKC

  • Reframe finance structure to maximise use of Shared Services Centre (SSC)

  • Dotted line responsibility over Procurement – ensure robust procurement process embedded.

What you need to bring to the table:

  • Combination of functional expertise, intellectual insights and change management experience.

  • Outstanding skills in the areas of leadership, coaching, mentoring, motivation and communication.

  • To create an integrated and all pervasive finance function must have highly developed influencing skills capable of communicating the big picture in approachable language and motivating people at all levels in the business.

  • Strong commercial acumen, broad business perspective and understanding of the importance of customers/partners

  • Ability to generate true partnerships with other functional leaders.

  • Excellent strategic thinker - conceptual capability combined with pragmatism.

  • Strong analytical, interpretive and decision-making skills.

  • Ability to move between the big picture and the detail

  • Previous experience in leading MNC.

  • Experience gained in planning/commercial/strategic aspects of finance is critical.

  • Heavy exposure to working closely with other functions – eg participation in cross-functional working teams on complex business issues.

  • Qualified Accountant or equivalent with 8 years PQE in FMCG type business

  • Commercial management experience, preferably from FMCG

  • Japanese background preferable, but not mandatory and good command in English is a must qualified

This role will close on 7th of April 2018 so be quick to apply and show us your interest!

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Finance Director



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