Global Head of Tax (d/f/m)

Department: Commerce
Office: Ableton AG / Germany
Schedule: Full-time

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Your mission

Ableton has expanded its business activities, global footprint and sales significantly over the years. Tax evolved alongside individual expansion projects, with only few deliberate overarching architectural decisions. Our two key priorities for the next 3 years will bring additional growth and change, which would include a significant number of new entities or permanent establishments, as well as ongoing changes in terms of how we market and distribute our products. 

Time has come for more deliberate architectural choices. As Global Head of Tax you will take holistic responsibility for tax at Ableton, with the mission to systematically review and shape the work we undertake and how we approach it. 

Your responsibilities

You would design & build Ableton’s global tax domain, which will be responsible for: 

  • Bringing tax compliance matters to the forefront of new business activities and deepening our understanding of the topic

  • Setting up a global tax control framework to meet tax reporting requirements, as well as monitoring and adapting to changes in relevant legislation

  • Establishing scalable solutions primarily for VAT and corporate income tax, but also for withholding tax and other local taxes

  • Partnering with stakeholders throughout the company to provide tax advisory in the initiation of new business activities

  • Proactively surfacing beneficial tax legislation, such as R&D tax credits

You are actively encouraged to shape how work is distributed and executed, addressing all relevant perspectives, such as:

  • Informing group legal structure & sales processes from a tax perspective

  • Driving decisions as to how work is organized, such as insourcing vs. outsourcing, centralization vs. regionalization, automation and setting up the interfaces to other teams 

  • Building a global network of trusted tax advisors

  • Hiring, developing and leading a team of 3 to 5 people 

  • Being an active tax problem solver. Our tax advisory projects will oftentimes require you to determine scope, structure and approach

Your profile

  • You have 7+ years experience working with tax in an international context 

  • You have experience implementing a structured tax control framework

  • You have experience building tax departments

  • You are used to working in environments with constant growth and change

  • You have strong communication and networking skills

  • You are familiar with the German tax jurisdiction

Your application

If you like the sound of this role, please apply with the following documents and information (in German or English):

  • CV (without a picture)

  • Covering Letter

  • Salary expectation

  • Starting date

We want to be mindful of each others’ time. Applying for a new role takes time & energy. If you have questions about the role or would like to have a brief chat to assess whether this role and environment are what you’re looking for before applying, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  You may reach out to Axel Teich at or on LinkedIn.

About Ableton

Here at Ableton, we come from a wide range of cultural and professional backgrounds. What connects us is the shared belief that each of us has the skills and knowledge to contribute to the future of music culture.

We’re dedicated to what we do, and equally so about improving who we are. We work hard to foster an environment in which people can develop both personally and professionally. We believe that teams work best when they include a range of skills and experiences. That’s why we’re committed to becoming a truly inclusive workplace, providing equal opportunity in both our recruitment process and in the subsequent growth of an employee. Working here, you’ll have the opportunity to engage in mentoring, soft skills training and coaching. We care deeply about the balance between work and life, and support this with benefits surrounding health and fitness, mobility, working hour flexibility, the provision of ergonomic work equipment, as well as inspiration and tools for music-makers.

With us, you’ll work in a relaxed but dynamic environment, surrounded by people who love music and technology. You’ll be creatively challenged, encouraged to learn, and you’ll become part of an expanding, international company.

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