It is with great sadness that we must inform our members of the passing away of Khursheed Ahmad Siddiqui. Kay was a very highly valued former member of our Committee from its earliest beginnings and he contributed greatly to the establishment and growth of the AGiG in Germany. He also acted for many years as our honorary auditor.

Our sincerest condolences to his family.

We have been requested to post the advertisement for a Controlling and Managing Director at PCI Pharma Services in Berlin/Grossbeeren. If you are interested in the role, please contact Germana Alencar of Baker Finn Recruitment:

Germana Alencar


Tel: +353 (0)89 422 0098 (Ireland)


General purpose of the role

  • Strong business-oriented finance leader with proven experience to manage and take hands-on ownership of all aspects of site financial accounting and controlling with the ability to work independently to support the site finance needs while acting in the Managing Director capacity for the site as part of the Site Leadership Team (“SLT”).
  • Responsibility for the evaluation of current outsourced activities with focus on developing a plan for future state and possible transition of duties.
  • On-going monitoring of the internal control environment to ensure compliance


More details about the role and hiring company

EY German Tax Update_AGiG_9 Sept 2021



We attach here the PDF of Dirk Lambrecht’s presentation. If you would like to view the video of the full presentation (approx. 1 hour), please send us an e-mail (, and we will provide you with a link and a password to access the video. Please note that the PDF will only be available directly on this website for approximately one month following the event. Following this, please send us an e-mail to if you wish to receive a copy.

We have been requested to post the following advertisement. If you are interested in the role, please do not contact the AGiG, but instead send an e-mail to with cc


“Would you be interested in a VP Group Accounting role for a globally operating PE Portfolio company in the Munich HQ? The Group is highly profitable and growing 20% a year with revenues of ca 1 bio€ Revenue annually.
The total package is very lucrative with 240.000€ a year plus, and yes this is the exciting part, an equity plan that you can earn between 500.000€ and 1.500.000€ in 4 to 5 years at the exit with an invest of 50.000€.
If we caught your interest please colour the attached Wordprofile and email it to
Link to Word Document:

We have been requested to post the following advertisement. If you are interested in the role, please do not contact the AGiG, but instead send an e-mail to Amal Omar-Barre (



Financial Controller


Background to CloserStill

CloserStill Media runs market leading business exhibitions in the healthcare and technology sectors. We have events in London, Birmingham, Paris, Berlin, Frankfurt, Koln, New York, Hong Kong and Singapore. Our portfolio includes some of the fastest growing, and often award winning, events including the London Vet Show, Cloud Expo Europe, Data Centre World, The Pharmacy Show, Learning Technologies and The Dentistry Show.

In February 2018, CloserStill featured in the Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work for list. We have also ranked in the top 100 in the last three Sunday Times International Track listings of Britain’s companies with the fastest growing international sales and in 2017 were listed in the Financial Times FT1000 Index as the fastest growing exhibition organiser and one of the fastest growing companies of any kind in Europe.

In the last seven years, CloserStill has been repeatedly recognised as a leading innovator with its people, teams and events winning multiple awards (over 30 in total) including Best Marketing – five years in succession – Best Trade Show, Best Launch Exhibition, Best Marketing Campaign, Best Brand Extension, Industry Rising Star – two years in succession – Best Operations team, Best Sales Person and  Management Team of the Year. CloserStill was voted the ‘Most Respected Company of the Year’ at the 2016 Association of Event Organisers Excellence Awards.

Our mission is to launch or acquire and then run the single best events in any market we operate in. To work in sectors and geographies we are proud to do business in, and to operate with integrity. To develop our people and teams to be recognisably the best in the industry, and provide them with opportunities to grow as fast as they can professionally. And ultimately to deliver the best possible value for all our customers and stakeholders and deliver great experiences for everyone involved in our events.

Our team now numbers over 200 in offices spread across The UK, France , Germany, the USA, Hong Kong and Singapore. As we continue to grow and develop the business we are interested in speaking to talented and passionate people who want to build a career in events.

In December 2018 CloserStill was acquired by Providence Equity Partners – This gives CloserStill the opportunity to continue to grow over the next 3-5 years and gives an exciting opportunity to anyone involved in the business. Since the acquisition by Providence CloserStill Acquired Spring Messe – the leading German HR events provider.  There are now 4 Germany companies: the holding company, Spring Messe, OEB Learning Technologies Europe GmbH (Online Educa Berlin is the annual global, cross-sector conference on digital learning and training) and Big Data World Europe GmbH (organisers of Big Data & AI World Frankfurt). There is significant potential for further growth. The role of Financial Controller – Germany is an exciting new role with an opportunity to join a growing finance department as part of a highly profitable growth company in the exhibition industry.


Main Responsibilities

Leading Finance Role responsible for all German accounting reporting to the Group Finance Director, with responsibility for external and internal reporting, month end forecasts and budgets, taxes and all transaction accounting, including cash flow management and payroll.

The duties will include:

  • Management and development of 4 employees
  • Review processes and controls over all financial areas such as petty cash compliance / payroll process / PO process/ Capex compliance – recommend and implement agreed improvements.
  • Prepare monthly accounts for submission to group supported by commentary, KPIs and Balance Sheet reconciliations
  • Responsible for all external reporting, including statutory accounting (HGB)
  • Continued compliance with government regulations and legislation
  • Annual consolidated management accounts and submissions to external parties.
  • Maintain the forecast and budget model for cash flow, Balance Sheet.
  • Lead on GDPR updates from Finance, working with IT data team,
  • Support on group audit and collaborate with group auditors to ensure efficient year end audit and compliance with all relevant accounting standards and regulations.
  • Owner of all other outsourced finance support i.e payroll, overseas VAT,
  • Perform the role of Finance Business Partner for the CSM Germany management team
  • Ensure the Terms and Conditions are adhered to in collection on legal matters arising.
  • Support and development of Purchase ledger function, control of Purchase Order processing, employee expenses, ownership of accuracy of invoice processing and supplier management
  • Ensure that all financial transactions are properly recorded, filed, and reported and tax reported accurately
  • Cashflow management and reporting including management of cash by territory
  • Cashflow forecasting including annual budget, updating forecasts and accurate 13 week forecasting
  • Intercompany reconciliations working with group controller
  • Suggest updates and improvements for accounting processes,
  • Report to the Finance Director with timely and accurate financial information
  • Adhoc duties as required. This is an evolving role, and the successful candidate will have the opportunity to mould and develop the role and profile within the business



  • Excellent communication and influencing skills, with the ability to gain the trust, confidence and respect of colleagues.
  • Strong technical accounting skills (knowledge of IFRS and HGB), with direct & proven experience, knowledge, and passion for developing accounting and business systems and processes in a hands-on way.
  • Ability to prioritize, think on your feet and deliver in a fast-paced environment.
  • Solution-orientated with a proactive “can do” attitude, instilling a sense of pace and urgency into the organization, and willing to delve into the detail
  • Confident in financial modelling and previous experience of working in a similar sized business.
  • Excellent IT skills (MS Office, ERP and BI)
  • Team leadership, training and delegation skills, but with the ability to roll sleeves up when necessary.
  • Ability to maximize efficient usage of financial information systems.
  • Knowledge and passion for developing and automating processes, looking to make efficiencies leaving more time for business support / added value actions.
  • Experience of cash management and strong forecasting skills with the ability to deliver against agreed forecasts.
  • Ability to recognize challenges or opportunities with the confidence and gravitas to communicate and challenge the wider business
  • Be able to drive focus on issues by delivery of value adding information and analysis and the confidence to deliver
  • Efficient in producing professional reports and analyzing information to support decision making.
  • This will not be a 9am to 5pm job and may require some long days and regular travel to London
  • Be organized and deliver to required and challenging deadlines
  • Ability to multi-task and prioritize whilst at the same time manage stakeholder expectations



  • Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity.
  • Aware of other people and environment and own impact on these.
  • Contributes fully to the team effort and plays an integral part in the smooth running of teams without necessarily taking the lead
  • Acts as a role model. Anticipates and plans for change. Communicates a vision to a team.
  • Able to make full and best use of subordinate, providing appropriate support
  • Integrity – Ability to maintain job related, social, organisational and ethical norms.
  • Command of both written and spoken German and English to at least negotiating level


Qualifications & Experience

  • Qualified Accountant, minimum 3 years PQE
  • Strong academic record and a clear, structured thinker.
  • Experience of Managing a team
  • Experience of cash management and VAT reporting
  • Proven track record of delivery of value adding information
  • In depth fundamental experience and knowledge of cash book, purchase ledger, sales ledger at manager level

We have been asked to advertise the following job search:

Avalara are looking for a Finance Director for a newly acquired group of companies based in Karlsuhe. The successful candidate must speak fluent German and have extensive experience of financial practices in Germany and subject matter expertise around German compliance requirements. Previous experience of US GAAP reporting will be a distinct advantage.

If you are interested, please view the following link for further information about the role, and apply directly to Avalara.



It is with great sadness that we must inform our members of the passing away of Martin Pink and Ken Leigh. Both Martin and Ken were highly valued former members of our Committee, with Martin also standing as our President from 1995-1996, and both contributed greatly to the establishment and growth of the AGiG in Germany.  Please keep their families in your thoughts as they go through this difficult time.

A UK plc is looking for interim accounting support for its subsidiary in Munich. The hands-on support would be for approximately two to three months. English-language and IFRS skilss are essential. If you are interested, please contact Adrian Ayad via Xing who will arrange for contact to the company.

The British Chamber of Commerce in Germany is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this year. On 12 September 2019, the BCCG will be hosting a special conference at the British Embassy in Berlin, followed by a Gala Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria. If you are interested, please visit the BCCG website to register –

Please note that as a member of the AGiG, you are entitled to visit BCCG events.