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Head of Finance, Japan

Reports To: VP Finance, APAC & Japan General Manager

Location: Japan

Hours: Full-time

Contract: Permanent

Direct reports: 2


  • The role is to lead all financial operations of Japan including accounting and reporting, financial planning and analysis, taxation, business control, treasury, and data analytics capabilities. The role will cover all financial related matters, financial decision making and investment modelling.


  • The aim is to head the Finance team in Japan. Creating a world class structure and strategic partnership with operations and management. Ensuring finance to be the trusted advisor and be ahead of the game regarding all commercial and financial challenges of the Japan business.


  • To deliver the best-in-class Finance function in Japan, as it is one of our largest business in APAC
  • Upscaling the Japan Finance structure to drive the business and proactively collaborate with GM, local functions, Regional and Global finance to optimise their areas
  • Take up the challenge to own a robust and high performing team of finance professionals with a sustainable vision of retaining, coaching & development for a strong bench and creating forward thinking commercial mindset to facilitate rapid business development.
  • Leading the FP&A function to deliver business intelligence such as Sales & Operation Plan, Business forecasts, Investment Appraisals, Ecommerce and Retail financial and non-financial KPIs, formulate strategies to increase profitability and achieve business objectives.
  • To be part of the Region’s key financial think tank strategizing business structure, simulating commercial outcomes, identifying critical success factors and development blockers. Setting in motion prime options to address vital areas.
  • Demonstrating leadership with vibrant team dynamics. The importance of a fitting management style towards the DM culture and characteristics. Be open and progressive to team members uplifting them to be better. Championing excellence in business ethics and integrity, cross cultural effectiveness, and employee engagement.

To be our Head of Finance for Japan, you will also possess these qualities:

  • A proven record of accomplished success leading the Japan finance function in international retail brands.
  • Experience with complex operating and financial setups, demonstrated success in evaluating risks and developing proactive strategies and planning abilities to mitigate business issues
  • Knowledgeable in generally accepted finance and accounting policies, principles, and controls. Strong qualitative and quantitative analytical skills; clear and concise in presenting complex matters to global leadership and stakeholders
  • Understanding in operations of various business channels such as Direct to Consumers (Brick & Mortar and Digital) and B2B (Distributors, Franchise and Wholesalers), Industry related logistic and pricing model knowledge would be an advantage
  • A leader and role model with proven track record of developing seasoned professionals and maximising team engagement
  • Hands-on, responsible, independent, self-motivated and highly skilled in critical decision making.
  • Strong people management and team development skills, initiative to collaborate, influence and persuade at all levels to achieve results.
  • Proficient communication skills in English and Japanese; effective in business presentation skills
  • Travel within region will be required

We live and breathe Rebellious Self Expression at Dr. Martens, and there are 3 core values at the heart of it. They never stand alone, but work together as a balancing act of rights and responsibilities to support how we work together at DMs. BE YOURSELF. ACT COURAGEOUSLY. SHOW YOU CARE.

At DM your technical ability will go hand in hand with our leadership characteristics:

· Inspire people: share a vision and plan linked to our strategy; make people feel they are part of something bigger; grow your people’s confidence and capacity through coaching and development

· Think like a custodian: think and act strategically about the long-term health of DM; make courageous decisions to grow and protect the brand; leave DMs in a better place for consumers and the next generation of leaders

· Build connections: form authentic collaborative relationships; build self, talent, diverse & inclusive teams and partnerships; create space to have open and honest discussions with your team and peers

· Deliver results: empower and hold yourself and your people accountable; create a safe environment to drive performance and progress, not perfection; be agile, find solutions and deliver with integrity

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