External job announcement (internal applicants welcome)
Position: Chief Financial Officer
Reports to: Chief Business Development Officer
Classification: Unpaid internship
Founded in the philosophical works of the distinguished Prof. Richard Buckminster Fuller, original designer of Tokyo Tower (among many, many other things) the mission of the Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation (“TGEC”) is to apply currently accepted scientific principles to the design of projects that cannot be implemented until the emergence of a global state. Headquartered in the North Aoyama Ward of Tokyo, TGEC has “employees” around the world, with well-educated persons, such as university professors, as the organization’s advisors, and learners, such as university students, as the laborers. None are remunerated, nor do they feign unremunerative intent. TGEC has two divisions, and two corporate boards: the Operations Division and the Support Division, and the Board of Investors and the Board of Advisors. Within the Operations Division exist the following departments: Bioengineering, Nanoengineering, Civil Engineering, Space Engineering, Global Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Structural Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, and Communication Engineering. Within the Support Division are the following bureaus: Art, Business Development, Communication, Diversity, Econometrics, Editing, Employment, Finance, General Counsel, Grants, Health, Information,Innovation, Knowledge, Networking, Philanthropy, Procurement, Reputation, Scheduling, Strategy, Threat Analysis, Translation, and Workforce Education.
TGEC seeks an inspiring, collaborative, and strategic leader to become its next Chief Financial Officer (CFO). The successful candidate will be committed to the Corporation’s mission and will serve as the leader of its finance bureau. Working in partnership with the President, CEO, and Board of Investors, the CFO will be an integral member of the organization’s leadership team and will be responsible for documenting revenues and expenditures required to support institutional operating requirements.
As TGEC prepares to expand to all of the world’s ten most populated cities in 2018, this is a prime opportunity for the CFO to be the principal architect of a growing finance program. The CFO will build on existing finance efforts and aggressively pursue new opportunities for accounting and engagement in support of TGEC’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.
Essential job accountabilities:
• Serves as principal financial advisor to the President, CEO, and Board of Investorson matters that affect the financial management of Corporation’s strategic program objectives, operating principles, and partnerships.
• Supervises a team of subordinates, the majority of whom are located around the world. All communicate using English; however, knowledge of the Japanese language, Japan accounting standards, and Japan law is required of the CFO.
• Oversees all aspects of financial management, to include developing policies and procedures, analyzing operations and delivery of services, and devising and implementing internal controls.
• Provides strategic and administrative oversight to audit resolution and the most crucial grants and fiscal compliance concerns.
• Leads Corporation-wide initiatives related to financial management.
• Analyzes patterns in fiscal compliance findings across Corporation programs and develops mechanisms to address deficiencies and improve Corporation accountability.
• Develops and sustains relationships with other corporation financial experts, officials at state commissions, partner organizations, grantee leadership organizations, and individual grantee organizations.
• Establishes and maintains an environment of transactional integrity, including a solid system of internal controls, and a culture of trust and transparency.
• Maintains a flexible leadership style that empowers staff members through active communication and delegation, and that promotes intra- and inter-departmental teamwork.
• Fosters an environment of achievement and ensures staff accountability for excellence through clearly defined, measurable goals.
• Creates a climate that promotes positivity for others and acceptance of alternative ideas and approaches, as well as the highest ethical standards and finance practices.
• Embraces diversity as a strategic advantage.
• Seeks to offer financial development opportunities that promote the growth of individual team members and strengthen team performance.
• Partners with and supports the President and CEO to ensure efficiency and effectiveness as the Corporation’s financial expert.
• Cultivates a culture of financial transparency among Board members and other high-level volunteers in ways that inspire them to action and strengthen their commitments.
• Supports general, institutional, external relations by maintaining membership in professional and civic associations and supporting industry-appropriate, local, national, international, and supranational advocacy initiatives.
• Identifies new Board prospects who are key leaders in the finance industry, with an eye towards building the TGEC network, including and especially by assisting TGEC’s Chief Networking Officer.
• Collaborates with the Chief Grants Officer, the Chief Strategy Officer, and the Chief Threat Analysis Officer regarding audit resolution and designing and executing Corporation-wide risk-mitigation strategies.
• Collaborates with the Chief Grants Officer and Chief Philanthropy Officer on issues impacting individual programs and Corporation-wide decisions regarding program budget analysis, formulation, forecasting, adjustment, execution, and evaluation.
• Assists the Chief Philanthropy Officer in collaborating across the Corporation to create an environment that nurtures and integrates a major-gift fundraising mindset.
• Supports the Chief Philanthropy Officer in leading philanthropy campaigns that secure or exceed budgeted revenue streams from individuals and institutional supporters and encourage growth of online giving.
• Assists the Chief Grants Officer in developing grant relationships and deepening those alliances through regular, relevant communications and stewardship between grantees and the grants bureau.
• No travel is required; however, university students seeking internship placement in Tokyo have some options available to them, pending approval from universities assigning grades.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
The ideal candidate will possess exceptional financial management skills, and equally outstanding oral and written communication skills. The ideal candidate will have demonstrated professional accounting experience in an organization of similar or larger size, or equivalent accounting experience in another field, along with the following additional experience and attributes:
• Undergraduate degree preferred; graduate degree in business, management, or finance
• Intense desire to lead and innovate
• Demonstrated ability to build, supervise, and motivate teams and individuals in a collaborative manner
• Supervisory experience strongly preferred
• Results-driven, resourceful, and action-oriented
• Excellent planning and organizational skills
• Flexibility and creativity
• Thrives in a collaborative, intense, quickly paced, global work environment
• Technological savvy, with excellent Microsoft Office skills, and solid experience with finance and accounting software
• Grant-management experience a plus
Please complete a TGEC Form 1, Application for Employment, which can be obtained from TGEC’s Employment Branch at the e-mail address featured on the “Careers” webpage. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. TGEC offers this position as a highly competitive unpaid internship. TGEC does not discriminate against applicants on the basis of anything that otherwise lands the worst of corporations in court, and prides itself in its pointedly anti-discriminatory policies, while demanding the same of all its employees. All persons that believe themselves capable of performing all of the tasks outlined in this announcement should apply without delay.
Qualified applicants will be evaluated by the TGEC Employment Branch’s rating panel to determine the most qualified applicants and will be based upon the degree to which qualified applicants meet the preferred qualifications. The rating panel will refer the top applicants to the selecting official for consideration.
Please follow all instructions very carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.