Director, Asia Expense Management
Hong Kong, HK

The Opportunity

The customer is the focus of everything we do, and millions of end users rely on our products daily. We believe in the value of empowering our Finance professionals with the resources to solve critical problems for the future of our business, which is why we need you.

Manulife HK is seeking a seasoned Director, Asia Expense Management to manage the Regional Office accounting, financial and management reporting, expense management, budgeting and forecasting and also support the Asia Finance and HR Function as a finance partner.

What motivates you?

  • You obsess about customers, listen, engage and act for their benefit
  • You think big, with curiosity to discover ways to use your agile mindset and enable business outcomes
  • You thrive in teams, and enjoy getting things done together
  • You take ownership and build solutions, focusing on what matters
  • You do what is right, work with integrity and speak up
  • You share your humanity, helping us build a diverse and inclusive work environment for everyone
  • We are looking for someone with :

  • University degree, ideally in Finance or a related discipline.
  • Chartered Accountant, Certified Public Accountant or equivalent with 10 years of relevant experience, with experience in the life insurance industry preferred.
  • Strong stakeholder management capabilities, including experience managing senior stakeholders.
  • Prior experience of managing shared services / offshore team will be an advantage.
  • Self-starter, detail-oriented, willingness to take ownership and accountability.
  • Able to cope in a fast paced and dynamic work environment, with the mindset of continuous improvement and aiming for excellence.
  • On the job you will :

  • Provide timely, accurate and insightful expense forecasts to facilitate business decisions and to drive expense accountability for the Regional Office and the assigned Asia functions.
  • This requires working with regional functional teams and local teams to ensure that the information is sufficiently robust for decision-making purposes.

  • Partner with the key stakeholders, including the Function Owner, to identify the spending trend and patterns, potential savings / accrual needed and area of potential spending to align with and achieve the Regional Office and Asia Division strategic goals.
  • Provide monthly expense reports to the functional heads in Regional Office and address any queries.

  • Manage regional office legal entity reporting, including regional office expenses, expense allocation to business units.
  • This includes liaising with regional functional teams and the BU finance teams to ensure the allocation basis is appropriate, meets tax transfer pricing requirements, and is understood and accepted by the business units.

  • Lead and in charge of all intercompany charges and communication with BUs to ensure proper elimination on Group level.
  • Manage Group Financial reporting deliverables for Asia to ensure accurate and timely information is provided for Group external financial statement publication
  • Work with Corporate team to develop, implement, maintain and operationalize expense policies to ensure that an expense-conscious culture is embedded within Manulife Asia.
  • Work with the business unit finance teams to ensure that this is mirrored at the business unit level.

  • Uplift the capabilities of Regional Accounting and Reporting Team, including both onshore and offshore team member to provide meaningful and insightful analysis to support management decision.
  • Oversee the processes and controls for the offshore accounting team for efficient execution of daily activities (entries, reconciliation, etc.).

  • Participate in projects as assigned or other ad hoc activities.
  • Our commitment to you

  • Our mission; to be a part of making Decisions Easier and Lives Better
  • A leadership team dedicated to your growth and success
  • A bold ambition and set of goals to be a leader in driving transformation in our industry
  • Our best. Every day.
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