Financial Specialist

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) was established in 2011 to conduct internationally outstanding education and research in science and technology, and thus contribute to the sustainable development of Okinawa, and promote and sustain the advancement of science and technology in Japan and throughout the world.

The campus is situated on the island of Okinawa, with English used as the international language of daily operations in the field of science and technology.  Faculty, students and researchers gather from all over the world to conduct research and open the way to the future of science and technology. With researchers from more than 30 countries, OIST is the one of the best places in the world for educational research, offering an environment with a cultural and intellectual diversity.

OIST, founded under “Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology School Corporation Act” of Japan, is an educational corporation that is funded mostly by the Japanese Government.  It is, therefore, essential and necessary to manage the finance with integrity, transparency and accountability, while making efforts to earn funds from various sources.

The acquisition and appropriate execution of budget serves as the essential “lifeline” for OIST to recruit the best academics in the world and to realize world class research and education. It is the Budget Section of the Financial Management Division that takes the responsibility to make efficient and effective budget management, which is extremely important for appropriate and effectual administration of OIST.

The Budget Section of the Division for Financial Management is currently seeking a Financial Specialist to develop annual budget plans, manage the annual budget, and analyze/report the budget execution status.

OIST is seeking a responsible and resourceful individual who can contribute to the advancement of science and technology in the world as well as the sustainable development of Okinawa, by tackling on challenges—together with colleagues—that daily tasks pose and by drawing on their own experiences and passion.


1919‐1 Tancha, Onna‐son, Okinawa, Japan 904-0495


The candidate will be responsible for operations in planning and development below.

  1. Operations relevant to budget requests including budget planning, drawing up, allocation and management/analysis of budget execution status
  2. Operation and management of subsidy rules
  3. Preparation of Income and Expense Plan, and Income and Expense Statement for every budgetary resource
  4. Handling audits and inspection by the Board of Audit
  5. Conduct inspections, research and report on budgets and subsidies
  6. Perform other tasks as assigned

*For the purpose of achievement and career development, job rotations may be made.



  1. A university graduate
  2. Minimum 7 years of relevant experience in budget and accounting work
  3. Business level English (Minimum score of TOEIC 800)
  4. Ability to communicate with related divisions/sections and coordinate with the government, with excelled problem-solving and negotiating skills
  5. Ability to maintain a high level of accuracy and attention to detail
  6. Effective computer skills, including experience with MS Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  7. High motivation to be a professional in the overall fields of the Division for Financial Management including budget, procurement and travel expense/accounting work


  1. Experience in financial field in government offices, Independent Administrative Institutions, and universities
  2. Experience in using ERP system
  3. Work experience at audit corporations
  4. Work experience in English-speaking environment


Full-time, fixed term appointment for 2 years. Contract initially with 3 month probationary period (inclusive). This contract may be renewed.

Starting Date 

As early as possible

Working Hours 

Flextime (core time 10:00-15:00) 7.5hrs per day (Multiplied by prescribed working days per month)


In accordance with the OIST Employee Compensation Regulations

Annual salary: 5.5 million yen - 8.6 million yen (Job class: Specialist I/Assistant Manager, A4)


- Relocation, housing and commuting allowances

- Annual paid leave and summer holidays

- Health insurance (Private School Mutual Aid ), welfare pension insurance (kousei-nenkin), worker’s accident compensation insurance (roudousha-saigai-hoshou-hoken)

Submission Documents 

- Cover letter in both English and Japanese

- Curriculum vitae in both English and Japanese

* Please be sure to indicate where you first saw the job advertisement.

Application Due 

Applications deadline will continue until the position is filled.

Postal Address 

HR Recruiting Support Section

Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University

1919-1, Tancha, Onna-son, Okinawa 904-0495, Japan

Email Address (Please replace # with @ before using this email address)


* OIST Graduate University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, students and staff. The University strongly encourages women and minority candidates to apply.

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