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Global Process Champion – Accounting

Tokyo, Japan


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Takeda Business Solutions (TBS) is an award-winning organization within Global Finance, committed to creating an exceptional experience where our stakeholders feel supported and confident in our solutions.

A key business partner for Takeda, we harness the power of data and digital to optimize end-to-end processes across Finance, Procurement and HR.

TBS is a driver of the latest technology and next-generation capabilities in artificial intelligence, machine learning, robotics, process automation, and analytics, while being agile at scale.

With a clear line of sight to the patient, we create seamless experiences that free up our people’s time to focus on our purpose – better health for people, brighter future for the world.

When you join TBS, you'll become part of an exciting journey of transformation. Our shared mindset of innovation means we’re constantly striving to improve our organization, ways of working and outcomes – creating a uniquely rewarding culture for employees and an exceptional people experience.

It's an exciting world of collaborative change, where you’ll be empowered to challenge the status quo, make a lasting impact, and reimagine the future for yourself and the business.

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Global Process Champion – Accounting

Job ID R0067637 Date posted Jun. 16, 2022 Location Tokyo, Japan

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Takeda is unwavering in our commitment to patients. With the patient at the center of everything we do, we continue to innovate and drive changes that will better their lives - we’re looking for like-minded professionals to join us.

Today, we are the number one pharmaceutical company in Japan and a global industry leader, with approximately 30,000 employees around the world. We are united by our four priorities (patient, trust, reputation and business) and Takeda-ism (Integrity, Fairness, Honesty and Perseverance) , and strive towards better health and a brighter future for people worldwide.


Takeda Business Solutions (TBS) is a global function and key business partner for Takeda. TBS is committed to creating an exceptional experience where you feel supported & confident in our solutions, across Finance, Procurement and HR. We create value for the business by freeing up employees’ time to better focus on patients and core operations. TBS is a driver of the latest technology and next generation capabilities in artificial intelligence, robotics, automation, and analytics, while being agile at scale. We have established a global network of core hubs and delivery centres to better anticipate needs and operate in a seamless, collaborative way.

Within the TBS organization, the Global Process Champion (GPC) is part of the respective GPE team and is accountable to deliver and implement the process related vision of the GPE. The GPC acts as the first point of contact for Operational Leads and Business Partners to drive end-to-end global process excellence. He/ she defines shared process KPIs and identifies new opportunities as part of the end-to-end global process model. He/ she is responsible for process standardization (monitoring, addressing local deviations and facilitation of user change management/ training/ virtual community), documentation and functions as an SME for all process related projects/implementations, and is a key driver in optimization, automation and robotization


  • Responsible for regional end-to-end process standardization, optimization, automation and robotization as defined by the GPE organization in relation to HR, tax & treasury accounting.
  • Is instrumental for the definition of process KPIs and to document the global process and local deviations, including addressing/ resolving local deviations and addressing process related issues identified in Root Cause Analysis.
  • Review HR, tax & treasury accounting CI/ IA opportunities and leverage CI Champion network on a regular basis; assess support needs/ initiatives to lead to completion as part of the overall GPO Governance Framework.
  • Report to GPE on progress on tasks assigned, challenges and opportunities identified.
  • Acts as a process SME, being the single point of contact for process related issues from Operations or Business Partners (e.g. provide the role as a process SME in the taskforce). He/she is the process SME role and leads process related implementations (e.g. process change, transition).
  • Participate in regional governance forums to support business Partners representing process perspective.
  • Responsible for the documentation of the global process and regional deviations, incl. addressing/ resolving local deviations.
  • Responsible for process related project implementation; they function as the process SME acting as Business Analyst role to gather and define requirements in a structured manner.
  • Provide regional cost and resource requirements for process optimization initiatives as budget inputs.
  • Participate, as required, in innovation initiatives to identify, evaluate, and qualify potential areas of improvement in regards to HR, tax & treasury accounting.


  • Change management capability
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Application of technology & automation
  • Communicator on all management levels
  • Exemplary influencing skills


  • Project management skills
  • Business Analytical skills
  • Deep process knowledge in relevant functional area
  • Innovation mindset

Technical/Functional (Line) Expertise

  • 8 years of HR, tax & treasury accounting expertise/ hands-on experience gained within a large multi-national organization
  • Technically strong accounting and finance with a focus on HR, tax & treasury accounting
  • Strong IT skills, particularly in relation to ERP systems and supporting technologies
  • In depth understanding of controls and SOX compliance
  • Experience in process design and improvement
  • Experience in measuring progress through volume and outcome based KPI's


  • Proven experience of leading project teams through change (e.g. organizational or new systems implementations)

Decision-making and Autonomy

  • Ability to solve problems and think creatively - capacity to provide pragmatic solutions and have the drive and leadership to implement ideas through to successful conclusion
  • Ability to handle change effectively and deal with ambiguity, both personally and in terms of team management
  • Faces problems head-on, facilitates difficult decisions and takes responsibility for them


  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, to enable interaction at all levels of the business, including cross-border and with senior management; proven ability to achieve results through influence and persuasion.
  • Ability to build outstanding relationships based on trust and through delivering on commitments.
  • Very strong customer service focus, understanding customer needs and possessing the desire and ability to meet and exceed those expectations.
  • Ability to facilitate alignment without compromising principles.
  • Manages the external third-party suppliers.
  • Relevant Functional Leadership Teams -  effective working relationships with Regional Leadership teams and Global Process Owners.
  • IT, Regional and Geographic Functions - Form effective working relationships with regional governance groups and regional process experts.
  • Regional Governance Boards  – provide expert advice on process changes.


  • Engages with the business to understand current requirements, to anticipate future business needs and to challenge the current ways of working to provide new and innovative solutions.
  • Ability to achieve effective application of technology & automation.
  • Applies digital environment knowledge to create better solutions and insights.
  • Optimizes processes and drives improvements.
  • Drives simplification that significantly impacts metrics, costs and end user experience.


Drives the changes at sites, has the combination of process, project and change management knowledge.

  • Working with a global remit and within and across other cultures.
  • Dealing with technical accounting issues and queries.
  • Development and implementation of processes to create internal efficiencies while control and customer delivery is not compromised.
  • Strong understanding of the legal entities under their responsibility, how they interact and how a change in one may impact another.



  • Fully Qualified Accountant (ACA, ACCA, CPA or equivalent), with 8 years post qualified experience.
  • Thorough understanding of US GAAP or IFRS.
  • Unwavering integrity with confidence and self-awareness.
  • Proven ability to influence and collaborate at the highest levels of corporate management.
  • Practical experience of ERP systems.
  • In depth understanding of controls, GDPR and SOX compliance.
  • Clear thinker with ability to develop, communicate and deliver clear strategy and action plans.
  • Good understanding of continuous improvement approaches.


  • SAP experience
  • HFM experience
  • Knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry


JPN - Tokyo - Global Headquarters

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