Head of Tax Europe Germany

Full time
Based on experience
europe-other 19/02/2018   Full time Based on experience
A global automotive supplier specializing in the design, engineering and manufacturing of innovative solutions that propel the vehicle development initiatives of automakers. Company is focused on advancing global sustainability technology in three core areas: 
  • Driving fuel economy improvement through vehicle lightweighting and intelligent mechatronics
  • Advancing safety through innovative structural vehicle architectures and advanced driver control solutions
  • Preserving our environment through sustainable manufacturing practices
  • The company’s products include mechatronic control systems, including shift-by-wire systems; electronic systems, including actuators and Advanced Driver Assist Systems (ADAS); lightweight structural body systems, including aluminum closures; and exterior systems, including window systems and exterior trim.


This position will be based in Dusseldorf, Germany and be involved in all aspects of international tax planning and compliance, including European income tax, income tax accounting, and VAT. The individual will be directly responsible for all German tax related issues. The position reports to the Vice-President – Tax & Treasury based in the U.S. 


  • Responsible for German legal tax advice, tax planning and tax structuring, tax compliance, review and design of contract clauses for tax purposes, responsible for negotiations in connection with relevant tax matters, e.g. tax audit, administrative appeals, fiscal court procedures.
  • Responsible for German and International Tax Provision including: coordinating with and assisting International Plant Controllers with completion of tax packages; review of International deferred tax calculations and deferred tax roll forward, and preparing year-end and true-up deferred tax entries.
  • Assist in International (non-German) income tax audits as needed.
  • Maintain and update German and International tax reporting calendar including reporting dates for withholding tax payments.
  • Assist in the implementation of international tax planning projects, including modeling alternatives, reviewing various planning alternatives, coordinating and dealing with outside service providers, etc.
  • Oversee development and maintenance of transfer pricing policies and documentation.
  • Work with local European Controller on local country tax issues
  • Assist in international non-income tax related projects – VAT, Customs, etc.

QUALIFICATIONS / SKILLS Education: Certified Tax Consultant with a Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent in German Accounting or in Taxation. 

Experience: More than five (5) years of International tax experience in either a multi-national corporate tax department or Big 4 firm, or combination of both. 

Travel: Travel Activities, in the average quarterly within Europe, monthly within Germany. 

Skills: Fluent German and Excellent English skills. Ability to work in a multi-cultural environment. Skills in Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Outlook) required. SAP experience an advantage.