Senior Director - Tax - Germany & EMEA (m/f/d)


The Senior Director - Tax Germany & EMEA takes responsibility for substantial tax savings on the corporate level when supporting and providing governance for the tax functions (internal and external) of all countries in the Region and ensuring the timely and correct execution of all tax matters in the countries in which adidas operates.


The role will drive and take accountability for:


  • Developing and supervising the execution of tax compliance and strategy across all functions and brands for the Region EMEA.
  • Managing the Group’s effective tax rate for the Region EMEA through professional tax planning and strategic tax advisory as well as through effective tax risk management, in particular with regard to tax audits of the adidas companies.


Key Accountabilities:


  • Overall responsibility for the Regional tax controlling, strategic planning and overseeing compliance with local tax laws as well as adidas’ internal policies.
  • Give strategic advice on optimizing the design of tax efficient structures in local operating units and therefore has crucial impact on the adidas P&L account.
  • Develop, communicate and control implementation of the global tax strategy for and of all related policies across Region EMEA.
  • Lead and manage teams and working groups composed of both internal staff and external resources in Germany, Switzerland and Netherlands (on a permanent or on project basis).
  • Manage the major tax audits of adidas AG by providing guidance on audit defense strategy, negotiating with local tax administrations on controversial issues and evaluating and deciding on audit settlement options.
  • Plan and execute effective tax risk management (risk reporting, assessment of exposure, provisioning at local level where required, risk avoidance and minimization)


The Senior Director - Tax Germany & EMEA will be involved and participate in all major decisions, e.g. major contracts, major initiatives including:


  • Reviewing of the compliance by adidas companies with global strategy and policies and with national regulations in the Region EMEA and Germany.
  • Evaluating the impact of changes in international (e.g. OECD, EU) and domestic law on adidas companies’ tax position.
  • Providing guidance to the adidas companies’ finance directors and tax professionals on the conduct in tax audits.
  • Aligning local practices with legal requirements to minimize the adidas’s tax exposure.
  • Optimising the adidas’s position with regard to the interdependence between transfer pricing, VAT, corporate tax and customs valuation.
  • Contributing to the minimization of adidas AG wage tax burden while ensuring compliance with tax law requirements and provide guidance for and manage wage tax audits for adidas AG.
  • High level of interfaces with executive management on a regular basis.


Key Relationships:



  • Sales
  • Finance
  • Legal & Compliance
  • Corporate Internal Audit
  • Stakeholders of cross-functional projects



  • Tax authorities
  • Municipalities, Chamber of Commerce
  • Statutory and tax advisors
  • Law firms


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:


  • Strong technical knowledge of German, including tax declaration requirements and ability to manage professionals in this area as well as deal with the tax auditors when required.
  • Experience in German wage tax, including tax audit experience.
  • Professional communication and presentation skills.
  • Excellent negotiation skills (both internally and externally).
  • Experienced in utilizing corporate accounting and reporting systems. SAP knowledge welcome.
  • Fluent in German and English.



  • MBA/ Lawyer/ Steuerberater or equivalent.
  • 7 -10 years of professional experience in multinational group at senior management level or Big4 Accounting firm.



Location:  Herzogenaurach
Country:  Germany
Team:  Accounting & Finance
Brand:  adidas
Position Type:  Full time
Number:  193058