Head of Internal Audit - Financial service company

Location: Tokyo
Contract Type: Permanent
Salary: ¥8500000.00 - ¥12000000.00 (年収) + Bonus
Specialization: Banking & Financial Services,
Sub Specialization: Internal Audit / Audit,
Contact: Merei Hatanaka
Reference: JO-2206-472116

・Applicants must have permission to work in Japan
・Applicants must be able to speak fluent ~ native level Japanese (Equivalent to JLPT N1)

☑Foreign business ☑English language required ☑Japanese language required ☑Remote

Head of Internal Audit

[Company Description]
Financial service company

You will be part of a global Internal Audit team with coverage for our all Global businesses and key subsidiaries. Our Global Internal Audit function is a global team with auditors located in the U.S., UK, APAC. The Internal Audit team performs audits across several divisions/functions within our Global and key subsidiaries.

This key role will be responsible for the Japan Internal Audit coverage as well as supporting the audit coverage for the Asia Pacific region and across the Company.

The Impact:
This role will provide senior and local executives with an enterprise-wide perspective of the state of the internal control environment and act in a trusted advisory capacity. You will be responsible for completing the audits and projects as outlined in the approved audit plan. In addition, you will serve as the designated Local Auditor for the Japan regulated entity with participation in key meetings with local management, local committees and with the local regulator, Japanese Financial Services Agency (JFSA).

Job description:

  • Periodic engagement with the local regulator, JFSA to present results for all audits in the Internal Audit Plan for Japan which include our Global Ratings and Global audits when they are relevant to the operation in Japan.
  • Monitor changes in the local regulation and ensure that Internal Audit related local regulatory requirements are fully met and address any gaps in a timely manner.
  • Plan and conduct audits including carrying out effective testing and evaluating the related control environment in accordance with the Company and IIA standards.
  • Execute the audit fieldwork with minimum supervision and prepare work papers for supervisory review.
  • Prepare audit reports, including performing root cause analysis to support and draft audit findings.
  • Collaborate with management to identify appropriate action plans to address the root cause and findings.
  • Effectively lead discussions throughout all phases of the audit process (planning, fieldwork, reporting), including key audit status meetings, exit meeting etc.
  • Coordinate follow up with management on action plans to ensure their timely implementation and completion
  • Develop and maintain productive working relationships with audit stakeholders
  • Engage with local management and drive the continuous audit monitoring and risk assessment
  • Maintain focus by remaining current on business developments, industry trends, emerging risks and changes to the financial and regulatory environments.
  • Work closely with colleagues and the audit leadership team to support audit engagements and other assurance activities.
  • Prioritize and organize time and workload to meet objectives and deadlines defined.


  • Minimum 7-10 years of experience in the internal audit, compliance, in any financial services or Big 4.
  • Good understanding of the financial and operational processes, risks and controls
  • Very good oral and written communication skills, both in Japanese and English.
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member in a fast-paced environment and handle multiple tasks simultaneously
  • Effective influencing and stakeholder management skills, ability to effectively challenge management on key risks and issues
  • Knowledge of local regulations to serve as the designated local auditor for the local regulated entity. Experience in handling Japanese Financial Services Agency (JFSA) would be advantageous.
  • Knowledge of agile, data analytics and use of technology to enhance audit planning and testing (e.g. Excel, Access, Tableau, Teammate)
  • Ability to travel to locations outside of Japan when required
  • Preferred Qualifications:
  • CIA, CISA, CPA or equivalent professional designations

8.5+12 million JPY+Bonus
Experiences and skills will be considered)

Social insurance

Full 2 holiday week system (Sat/Sun) national holidays, New year's holiday, Annual Leave

Please click "apply" if you are interested in the job.
We will review your profile and contact you within five business days should we find that you satisfy the requirements of the hiring company.
Further details about the company and position will be notified at a later date.

Reference: JO-2206-472116
Seniority Level: Mid-Senior level
Job Function: Finance