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Director of Accounting (all genders)



Accounting & Finance
Berlin, Germany
Posted on Thursday, July 20, 2023

Babbel is the world’s first and most sold online language learning platform, driven by the purpose to create mutual understanding through language. This means building an ecosystem of language learning offerings that helps people connect across cultures. Babbel, Babbel Live and Babbel for Business provide users with the most effective solution to be able to communicate with real people, in real situations. Babbel’s team consists of 750 Babbelonians representing over 65 different nationalities working in Berlin and New York. For more information, visit www.babbel.com or download the apps in the App Store or Play Store.

We are looking for a Director of Accounting (all genders) in our team in Berlin!

As the Director of Accounting, you will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of the company's financial accounting and processes. You will lead a team of dedicated professionals and work closely with management to ensure the accuracy, integrity, and compliance of our financial data and records. This is a role that requires a strong technical expertise, and the ability to manage and mentor a team of people managers.

You will:

  • Lead and manage the day-to-day operations of the accounting department, ensuring accurate and timely recording of financial transactions in compliance with local accounting standards and regulations.
  • Develop and implement accounting policies, procedures, and controls to enhance financial reporting accuracy and efficiency.
  • Prepare and analyze monthly, quarterly, and annual (group) financial statements, providing insightful commentary and recommendations to senior management.
  • Manage the annual audit process, working closely with external auditors to ensure timely completion and resolution of any audit findings.
  • Oversee the management of accounts payable and accounts receivable processes, ensuring timely and accurate invoicing, payment processing, and collections.
  • Drive process improvements within the accounting function, leveraging automation and technology (software systems) to streamline workflows and increase efficiency.
  • Monitor and analyze key financial metrics, providing insights and recommendations to senior management for informed decision-making.
  • Stay up to date with accounting standards and regulations, ensuring compliance by implementing necessary adjustments to accounting policies and procedures.
  • Mentor, develop, and motivate the accounting team, fostering a high-performance culture and providing guidance on technical accounting matters.
  • Conduct regular performance evaluations of the accounting team, providing constructive feedback and identifying development opportunities.
  • Collaborate with the CFO and other senior leaders to develop and execute financial strategies that align with the company's goals and objectives.
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams, such as product development and sales & marketing, to support strategic initiatives, business decisions, and financial planning.
  • Develop and maintain strong relationships with financial institutions, auditors, tax advisors, regulatory bodies and other external partners.
  • Provide guidance and support during due diligence processes for potential mergers, acquisitions, or other business transactions.

You are:

  • A trustworthy communicator with excellent active listening and interpersonal skills
  • A highly driven, impact and solution focused expert and collaborator
  • A team builder that values team engagement as much as performance and output
  • Able to express yourself clearly in English and German

You have:

  • Bachelor's or master's degree in accounting, finance, or a related field. Professional certifications such as CPA or ACCA are highly desirable.
  • Minimum of 7 years of progressive experience in accounting, including experience in a leadership or managerial role.
  • In-depth knowledge of German accounting principles (HGB) and familiarity with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).
  • Strong understanding of German tax regulations and experience in managing global tax compliance.
  • Proven experience in financial reporting, consolidation, and analysis.
  • Proficiency in using accounting software and ERP systems. Knowledge of Workday or similar platforms is a plus.
  • Excellent analytical skills and attention to detail, with the ability to interpret complex financial data.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate and influence stakeholders at all levels.
  • Experience within SaaS industry or comparable business model is a plus
  • Demonstrated leadership abilities, including the ability to motivate and develop a team.

Some perks of becoming a Babbelonian:

  • Enjoy 30 vacation days and the chance to take a 3-month Sabbatical. Plus family and life situation counseling.
  • Decide how, when and from where you want to work with our flexible working hours and remote friendly options as Jobbatical (up to 3 months inside the EU) or work from our fully equipped office with nap, faith and family rooms.
  • Learn and grow with the internal learning opportunities, and use a yearly learning & development budget for external training. Learn languages with Babbel for free with your full access to Babbel & Babbel Live classes.
  • Take advantage of your mobility benefits options and a discounted Urban Sports Club membership.
  • Be part of our employee communities (such as Femgineers, DE&I Ambassadors and LGBTQIA groups), attend cultural and regular social events.

Diversity at Babbel

As part of our ongoing journey towards building a diverse, equitable and inclusive company, we welcome everyone to apply, especially those individuals who are underrepresented in tech. We are a learning company, inside and out, and we encourage you to apply even if you do not fit all the technical requirements - all candidates are assessed based on skills, qualifications and on our business needs. Please state your pronouns in your application, and let us know if you’d like to be addressed by a name other than the one appearing on your official documents. If you have a disability or special need, feel welcome to inform us, so that we can provide you with the proper assistance in the application process.

Sounds good? We are already looking forward to hearing from you! Check out also our jobs page, our blog and our techblog to get an impression about #lifeatbabbel!