The Japan Field Finance Manager plays a critical role in the operation of the OMF Japan Field and its mission to reach the Japanese people with the Gospel. At the same time financial, regulatory, technical, and pastoral, the FM role is demanding, but never dull.
The Japanese are the second largest unreached people group in the world. OMF Japan has a vision to see a vibrant church in every community. Currently, we have around 120 workers in over 30 municipalities in northern and eastern Japan, with a wide variety of different ministry approaches and target groups within Japanese society.
The Finance Team, of which the Finance Manager is an essential component, manages all the financial, regulatory, and stewardship aspects of operating a multi-national mission agency in a highly developed, technologically advanced society. The FM’s main focus is in managing the accounts and movement of funds, but the role often spills over into other areas, so flexibility is an absolute must – no two days are ever the same.
This is not just a straightforward bookkeeping role; it requires creative thinking and management of a varied and busy workload.
Liaising with individual Japan Field members regarding their support, expense claims, and other financial queries
Maintaining accurate, up-to-date accounts for the Japan Field
Timely, accurate reporting of Japan Field financial information
Timely payments of missionary allowance, staff salaries, tax and contractual obligations
Assisting in maintaining and developing OMF Japan financial processes and policies
Helping develop OMF Japan's annual budget
You will attend a church and it may be possible to have some local ministry involvement depending on your gifts.
No specific qualifications or work experience is required. Very helpful would be:
A good understanding of accounting
Spread sheeting and data management skills
High level of English communication skills
Some level of Japanese
A university level qualification (any subject) is needed to obtain a visa
A commitment to teamwork and good communication are also critical to success
The Finance Manager works from our office in Ichikawa, part of the greater Tokyo metropolis. Tokyo is crowded; streets and houses are small. Japanese society is very efficient, and public safety is extremely high. Summers in Tokyo are very hot, and winters fairly cold. There is a small community of OMF missionaries around the Ichikawa office, who can provide support.
*Australian citizens and/or residents only