Assistant Manager Internal Control & Profit Protection

Purpose & Overall Relevance for the Organization:

Support the ongoing success of Japan corporate governance including but not limited to strengthening the Internal Control System and promoting compliance with global and local policies and procedures, local regulation, laws, and standards. Support risk-based process reviews and/or data analysis and derive insights and recommendations.


Key Responsibilities:


Internal Control


  1. ICS Testing
  • Independently perform ICS testing based on ICS framework and standards, conducting process walkthroughs and test of design and test of operating effectiveness.
  • Document process and test of control in the audit working papers, supporting documentation, and process narratives as assigned and provide recommendations where applicable


  1. Process Deep Dive/Review
  • Support team lead on risk-based process reviews using data to derive insights and recommendations
  • Support team lead on Internal Audit activities and perform internal audit follow-up where appropriate
  • Support team lead in developing process risk indicators using Power BI and promote continuous monitoring




Profit Protection

  1. Own Retail Store Audit
  • Update and revise the key control(s) of own retail store operation (per most updated Global Store Operation Manual)
  • Update and revise the audit testing procedures and audit interview scripts
  • Conduct the global store audit as assigned
  • Draft remediating actions for our audit Financeding and discussthe remediating action plans with respective store manager(s)
  • Follow-up the remediating action plans and complete the global store compliance audit(s)
  • Provide insights and thoughts over the data analysis for POS high risk transactions (e.g. shrinkage, post void / return & exchange, staff discounts, etc.) to identify unusual trends and/or POS transaction


  1. Investigation
  • Attain the investigative interview skills and basic knowledge of Group investigation procedures and protocols
  • Write up/Summarize the incident timeline and key incident information in time-constrain environment and communicate with respective stakeholders in timely manner where/when assigned
  • Communicate concerns, rumor, and unusual activities/transactions proactively without fears of rejection
  • Analyze key investigative Financedings and lay out into logical form and communicate it to relative stakeholder(s) where/when assigned
  • Review the Incident Reports from Own Retail stores and perform trend analysis over the Incidents (shoplifting, etc.)



  1. Policy management
  • Support team lead on policy management including creation and update of local policies
  • Actively monitor aJ policies and procedures being updated with business, organization and system changes
  • Support to provide advisory service and support to the aJ Policy Committee in aspect of governance, internal control, and internal audit as assigned


  1. Business Continuity Management
  • Support team lead on BCM related matters including but not limited to maintaining the Business Continuity Plan and keep the documentation relevant and updated.



Key Relationships:

  • Local stakeholders in Japan e.g. Wholesale, Retail, eCom, Supply Chain, Brand, IT
  • GBS Dalian
  • Global ICS and ICS Community
  • Group Policies & Accounting Principles / Global Profit Protection
  • Corporate Internal Audit / Group Risk Management / External Auditor


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Passion for sport
  • Experience with BI tool management (Power BI, Microstrategy)
  • Experience with analytics tools and disciplines (SQL, Python, database management ..).
  • Proficient in MS Office
  • Pro-active, collaborative and positive attitude even in changing environments
  • Ability to think strategically but also focus on detail and understand how it fits into the bigger picture
  • Interpersonal skills to communicate and facilitate cross-functional stakeholders
  • Advance knowledge in internal control/internal audit methodology and standards as well as risk management, and/or
  • Advance knowledge in retail operation and management
  • Fluent in Japanese. Intermediate in written English


Requisite Education and Experience / Minimum Qualifications:

  • University graduate
  • Minimum 2 years work experience
  • 2 years finance and/or internal control/audit experience /SOX or J-SOX preferable
  • Preferable experience in the sport or retail industry

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Job Title:  Assistant Manager Internal Control & Profit Protection

Brand:  adidas
Location:  Tokyo
TEAM:  Accounting & Finance
State:  13
Country/Region:  JP
Contract Type:  Full time
Number:  500613
Date:  Apr 20, 2024