Accounting Manager

  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Full-time

Company Description

Square builds common business tools in unconventional ways so more people can start, run, and grow their businesses. When Square started, it was difficult and expensive (or just plain impossible) for some businesses to take credit cards. Square made credit card payments possible for all by turning a mobile phone into a credit card reader. Since then Square has been building an entire business toolkit of both hardware and software products including Square Capital, Square Terminal, Square Payroll, and more. We’re working to find new and better ways to help businesses succeed on their own terms—and we’re looking for people like you to help shape tomorrow at Square.

Job Description

We are looking for a Financial Accountant to join Square's Finance team in Japan. The first Accountant for Square Japan, you will provide accounting and financial oversight and will ensure Square Japan's financial records are complete and accurate. You will ensure financial close and reporting processes are consistent with Corporate requirements. You will facilitate the month-end close process, prepare monthly/annual reports, support statutory and compliance audits, reconciliations and research, analyse financial data, support of operational processes and do other ad hoc projects. You will report to the International Accounting & Statutory Reporting Lead in San Francisco.

You will:

  • Manage accounting processes for Square's Japanese subsidiary

  • Prepare journal entries, month end account reconciliations and flux analysis

  • Provide updates and analyses for the Japanese entity during close meetings

  • Address inquiries in Japan related to Square financials and quarterly board reports

  • Research JGAAP accounting policies and develop procedures for proper accounting treatment of technical issues

  • Help with US and Japanese statutory audits and tax returns by facilitating requests from external auditors and tax authorities Handle inquiries related to local tax-related matters directly with the Japan tax agency

  • Maintain documentation to support compliance with legal and filing requirements

  • Manage administrative tasks related to operational and regulatory needs, such as paper record-keeping and accounts-payable support

  • Help with invoice management and help implement an electronic-based records system

  • Manage accounts payable activities such as invoice processing and record keeping

  • Work with Square's global Accounting, Procurement, Finance & Strategy, Tax , Counsel and Treasury teams to ensure international operational needs are met

  • Drive initiatives for global process alignment across international entities and implement enhancements and improvements

  • Implement processes and document controls to ensure SOX compliant internal control environment

  • Perform other duties and ad hoc requests


You Have: 

  • Ability to work with Japan-based customers in Japanese (writing and phone), and global Square colleagues in English (reading, writing and video meetings)

  • Experience in accounting in Japan 

  • Experience working for a Japanese branch/subsidiary of a foreign global company

  • Excel skills (can maintain complex spreadsheets) and experience using ERP systems

  • Ability to analyse financial statements/schedules and write commentary to explain results/variances

  • Expertise in JGAAP 

  • Ability to perform operational and strategic work

  • A process-driven approach, with natural curiosity

  • Passion for Square and desire to help customers

  • Proficiency in accounting research

  • Efficiency and improvement-focused


  • Experience with financial and tax audits

  • Experience with international accounting

  • Japan CPA license preferred (or equivalent Japanese degree in Accounting/Finance)

  • Experience using Oracle/Hyperion

  • Understanding of global entity structures and multi-country/currency environments

  • Technology industry / large accounting firm experience

Additional Information

At Square, our purpose is to empower – within and outside of our walls. In order to build the best tools for the businesses and customers we support all over the world, we have to start at home with a workforce as diverse and empowered as our sellers. To this end, we take great care to evaluate all employees and job applicants equally, based on merit, competence, and qualifications. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. Applicants in need of special assistance or accommodation during the interview process or in accessing our website may contact us by sending an email to assistance(at) We will treat your request as confidentially as possible. In your email, please include your name and preferred method of contact, and we will respond as soon as possible.


At Square, we want you to be well and thrive. Our global benefits package includes:
  • Healthcare coverage
  • Retirement Plans
  • Employee Stock Purchase Program
  • Wellness perks
  • Paid parental leave
  • Paid time off
  • Learning and Development resources

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