Accounting Manager (f/m/d)

Job title: Accounting Manager (f/m/d)
Contract type: Permanent
Location: Cologne
Reference: DE_ADM_000365[989]
Contact details: Akiko Kusama
Contact email:
Contact-phone: +49 (0) 211 9425 480
Job published: 17 days ago


An internationally operating Japanese non-life insurance company is looking for an Accounting Manager (f/m/d) in Cologne.


  • Qualified accountant with overall responsibility for the German branch accounting function
  • Representing the branch accounting function in front of the German tax authorities
  • Preparation of annual German GAAP statutory accounts and submission to the German authorities
  • Advisory regarding Germany specific accounting regulations, identification of any discrepancies between local and group regulations and ensuring that local branch accounts are kept in line with the German rules
  • Act as a liaison person locally with underwriting, operations and claims to assist credit control team in London
  • Management of the treasury function in the branch, including making payments, identification of surplus cash and arranging fund transfers with related companies
  • Review of K4, Z4 and Z5 reporting to the Bundesbank
  • Provision of all necessary calculations and overviews for the preparation of German taxable result and German tax returns, working with the tax advisors and Group Tax team in London
  • Responsible for timely and accurate submissions of German VAT returns
  • Act as a liaison person locally to assist the Group Tax team in London with the filing of IPT and firebrigade tax returns for the German branch
  • Overseeing general bookkeeping activities (e.g. salaries, other expenses, bank etc.)
  • Independent preparation of monthly bank reconciliations
  • Preparation of any ‘ad hoc’ reports for the Branch manager and the Financial Controller
  • Contact person for tax advisor, external and internal auditors


  • Fully qualified accountant with at least 7 years experience
  • Excellent knowledge of accounting according to German law
  • German and English Business fluent  
  • SAP general ledger system experience necessary
  • Insurance sector experience would be advantageous
  • Excellent and effective time-management and organizational skills
  • Advanced spreadsheet skills, strong practical knowledge of Excel 
  • Careful consideration of financial accuracy
  • Proven ability to learn quickly