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Global Head of Tax | Amsterdam


At the global head office based in Amsterdam the position for a Global Head of Tax has arisen, who will be reporting into the CFO. You will effectively build up and lead the tax department to deliver on all responsibilities of a global tax function. The position is thus a greenfield role where you will have the ability to have a significant impact on forming the tax department how you see fit.

More specifically the tasks and responsibilities include:

  • Responsible for developing, leading, reviewing and implementing the Group Tax Strategy, Group Tax & Transfer Pricing Policy and safeguarding the tax position of MessageBird;
  • Initiate, review, support, monitor, pre-approve and/or execute tax planning initiatives;
  • Organize tax and making sure Tax Risk are mitigated and bring oversight in the tax function. This includes building a small team if and when appropriate;
  • Monitoring external tax legislative and regulatory changes, communicating such changes to key stakeholders, and ensuring that the Group responds appropriately;
  • Liaise with external advisors, government bodies and tax authorities worldwide to ensure compliance and discuss and solve tax matters / issues.



The ideal candidate has at least 15+ years of experience, having started her/his career at a large international Tax advisory firm, followed by extensive in-house experience. As MessageBird will be looking for your guidance in how to build an effective global tax department, experience in a similar leading international role is a must. Furthermore you have/are:

  • In-depth knowledge of international corporate income tax and Transfer Pricing. You will also have an understanding on how VAT/GST and Tax Compliance is organized in a multinational organization, as well as some experience with payroll tax consequences on employee stock option plans;
  • Can keep up with rapid growth and the tax needs and challenges that come with it;
  • Ability to independently take decisions and focus on the big picture;
  • You are a great communicator who can build strong working relationships with internal and external stakeholders;
  • Accustomed to multitasking, prioritizing and meeting challenging deadlines through solid project management and planning capabilities;
  • Flexibility to collaborate across multiple time zones; willingness to travel occasionally;
  • Capable of achieving short-term results, whilst never losing the long-term vision out of sight;
  • A flexible working attitude and feeling at home in a challenging yet informal corporate environment.


MessageBird is building a world where communicating with a business is as easy and natural as talking to a friend.


MessageBird powers communication between businesses and their customers — across any channel, always with the right context, and on every corner of the planet. If you’ve ever ordered takeaway, returned a package, contacted customer service or requested a login code, it’s almost guaranteed your interactions have been powered by MessageBird’s technology.


The world’s most innovative companies build communication solutions using MessageBird’s applications and APIs. Their products, tools and omnichannel solutions are building blocks that help businesses streamline conversations through their customers’ preferred channels — like SMS, Voice, WhatsApp, WeChat, Messenger, Instagram, Email and more. This versatility gives end consumers instant, safe and secure access to information they need. It also means they can spend less time on hold, avoid repeating stories to multiple agents, and get more time to do what they love.


Headquartered in Amsterdam, MessageBird’s global business reaches over 7 billion devices, serves over 25,000 customers and operates across 10 hubs. Since 2011, they have grown to a powerhouse team of 800 employees who represent more than 55 nationalities, and they’re proud to be a “Work Anywhere” company, making it a truly global organization.



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Are you ready to step into a Tech company, an ambitious and fast growing company active in an exciting industry? Do you have experience in building up a Tax department and have an ‘If we missed it, we just fix it’ -mentality, please contact Patrick Asscher.


Patrick Asscher

+31 (0)6 53809235

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