General Information

Job Advert Title: Finance Business Partner for Clinical Development

Location: Nihonbashi, Tokyo

Division: Finance

Employment Class: Permanent


【募集の背景 / Purpose & Scope】

This position is responsible for the financial reporting and analysis of clinical development project expenses for Astellas’ Clinical Development organization.  This role will assist summarizing and analyzing financial plan and financial results data for Development project  expenses using information provided by teammates in the US and Japan.  It also provides financial support to study teams and project leadership teams to more effectively achieve goals and improve processes.  It supports the objectives of the Japan-Asia Lead, Development and the Global R&D Finance team

This role has important partnerships with Development leaders in Japan and the US and peers within the Development Finance team members supporting Development Northbrook and Tokyo. This role will meet regularly with clinical study leaders and project leaders based in Japan.

【職務の内容 / Essential Job Responsibilities】

• Provides senior-level financial and business advice to stakeholders as "Business Partner" through effective partnerships, useful analyses, and by constructively challenging proposals so Astellas can meet its overall goals effectively.

• Provides key stakeholders with accurate, timely financial information to support decision making, and enabling compliance with policies, regulations, and laws

• Develops and consolidates financial plans (managerial and statutory basis) for Global Development’s clinical project activities. "Hands-on" participation in preparing financial plans is required.

• Performs variance analysis, monitors financial performance against budget and forecast, and collaborates with business partners to control development expenses. ” Hands-on" participation in preparing financial reports is required. 

• Responsible for implementing the planning processes within the remit of the role, in alignment with the global process

• Lead the budgeting process across his/her remit, including target setting, challenging the relevant leads, and ensuring realistic budgets

• Drive the forecasting process, ensuring that results are reasonably predictive, and effectively highlight risks and opportunities, allowing the business to create value through adjustments and reallocations of investments

• Support effective business performance management, including working with the Finance Business Partnering teams to set appropriate (and standardized where possible) KPIs, reporting and challenging the business to improve results, grow profits and create sustainable value

• Leverage business knowledge and relationships to effectively support and challenge business performance and Planning, Budgeting & Forecasting

• Works with Development leaders to explain results and adjust business plans to achieve goals while meeting financial and headcount targets.

• Assists the Finance Director, Development with summarizing Development’s worldwide financial plans and results as needed.

• Provides oversight to month-end close activities for Development’s operations including journal entries (accruals, reclass, amortization). 

• Provides oversight on accounting entries for the close and may approve entries by the R&D Accounting Center of Excellence (COE). 

• Collaborates with R&D Accounting COE and the Development Finance team to produce timely and accurate financial information for Development's activities.

• Conducts financial reviews with stakeholders as needed.

• Develops ad hoc reports and financial models as required. 

• Ensure adherence to Astellas policies relating to Finance Controls and Compliance standards

• Identifies and supports opportunities for process improvements within own activities and stakeholders’ operations

• Other such duties as may be reasonably required by the business.

【応募要件 / Qualifications】

<必須 / Must>

• Undergraduate degree with emphasis in Finance or Accounting or Life Sciences undergraduate / MBA combination

• Fluency in Japanese, English conversational and business English (equivalent to TOEFL IBT 105+, or 7.5 IELTS, CAE- Cambridge English advanced exam, TOEIC Listening 400+, Reading 400+, Speaking 150+, Writing 150+) or aiming to reach that level in the short term

• Interested in financial management for pipeline PJ and is curious about our pipeline how it will help patients.

 Motivated to improve that means improve own selves, improve the way the perform work, and help improve the business.

• Poise, confidence, adaptability and effective influencing skills needed for interacting with Astellas leaders

• Strong teamwork and partner behaviors

• Experience in working in global teams

• Demonstrated initiative and creativity in pioneering new approaches and ways of working

• Effective interpersonal skills

• Working knowledge of internal controls and J-Sox, IFRS

• Adept with MS Office applications

<歓迎 / Want>

• CPA, CA, CMA, CIMA, CGMA or equivalent


• Experience supporting biopharma R&D in a finance or planning role

• Experience with SAP and BPC

• Experience improving financial planning and reporting activities

 Experience in Clinical Development

• Experience in a multi-national, multi-currency environment

【応募書類 / Application Documents】


Both Japanese and English Resumes are needed

【勤務地 / Location】

東京都中央区 アステラス製薬 日本橋事業所 本社

Nihonbashi, Tokyo

【勤務開始日 / Start Date】


Will be decided according to the candidate's flexibility

【契約期間 / Contract Duration】


Not limited to specified period

【試用期間 / Probation Period】


No probation period in principle

【給与 / Salary】




①Base salary: will be decided by the candidate's experience, skill and capability.

②When Discretionary Work System is applied: Discretionary work allowance will be paid.(50,000~100,000yen, based on the Grade)

③When Flextime System is applied: Overtime allowance will be paid for time worked in excess of prescribed working hours.

【昇給 / Salary Raise】


Once a year

【賞与 / Bonus】


Twice a year (July, December)

【諸手当 / Allowance】

裁量労働手当、住宅手当、通勤手当 等

Discretionary work allowance, Housing allowance, Commutation allowance, etc.

【勤務時間 / Working Hours】

8:45~17:45(月~木)、8:45~16:00(金)、企画業務型 裁量労働制



Flex-time system or Discretionary Work System

【休日 / Holidays】


Weekends(Sat and Sun), holidays, May 1st, summer vacation, New Year holidays

【休暇 / Vacation Leave】

年次有給休暇、育児休業制度、介護休業制度 等

Annual paid leave, childcare leave system, nursing care leave system, etc.

【福利厚生 / Welfare】

雇用保険、労災保険、厚生年金、健康保険、共済会制度、社宅制度、持株会制度、財形貯蓄制度 等

Employment Insurance, Industrial Accident Compensation Insurance, Welfare Pension Insurance, Health Insurance, Mutual Aid Association System, Company Housing System, Employee Shareholder Association System, Property Accumulation Savings System

【お問い合わせ / Contact】

アステラス製薬株式会社 採用担当 / Japan Recruiting team, Astellas Pharma Inc.


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