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Senior Accountant, DE



Accounting & Finance
Munich, Germany · Berlin, Germany
Posted on Thursday, February 1, 2024

Who we are

Helsing is a defence AI company. Our mission is to protect our democracies. We aim to achieve technological leadership, so that open societies can continue to make sovereign decisions and control their ethical standards.

As democracies, we believe we have a special responsibility to be thoughtful about the development and deployment of powerful technologies like AI. We take this responsibility seriously.

We are an ambitious and committed team of engineers, AI specialists and customer-facing programme managers. We are looking for mission-driven people to join our European teams – and apply their skills to solve the most complex and impactful problems. We embrace an open and transparent culture that welcomes healthy debates on the use of technology in defence, its benefits, and its ethical implications.

The role

As Finance Business Partner you will be responsible for all finance and accounting activities for our German business. You will have a chance to work with a diverse and highly motivated Finance team, across a plethora of projects and directly influence the success of the wider Helsing group. This is a rare opportunity to join the company at an exciting stage of its early development and to help set the conditions for rapid growth and success over the next few years.

The day-to-day

  • Oversee and manage finance and accounting activities for Helsing’s German business including, but not limited to, preparation of financial statements, reconciliation of accounts, and compliance with relevant regulations

  • Prepare and deliver month-end, quarterly and annual financial reporting for internal and external stakeholders

  • Assist in financial analysis by providing insights into variances and trends, including collaborating with divisional leads to explain outcomes and provide recommendations

  • Ensure compliance with relevant accounting and auditing standards, regulations, and company policies

  • Assist with ad-hoc strategic projects such as IFRS conversion, implementation of ERP systems, the provision of financial data to Helsing’s commercial team

  • Coordinate with external auditors and outsourced providers, particularly our management accountants, and tax advisors

You should apply if you

  • Have strong knowledge of DE accounting principles (including German GAAP), with familiarity of IFRS reporting standards

  • Are proficient in accounting software/systems (e.g. DATEV) and Microsoft Excel

  • Have experience with building and managing internal and external stakeholder relationships

  • Have excellent attention to detail, and the ability to work independently and as part of a team

  • Have proven relevant professional experience in a hypergrowth environment, start-up/scale-up or consulting area (preferably within the tech space)

  • Have a bachelor’s degree in accounting, finance, or related field

  • Are business fluent in English and German

Note: The above bullet points describe the ideal candidate. None of us matched all of these at once when we first joined Helsing. We encourage you to apply even if you believe you meet only part of our wish list.

Join Helsing and work with world-leading experts in their fields

  • Helsing’s work is important. You’ll be directly contributing to the protection of democratic countries while balancing both ethical and geopolitical concerns.

  • The work is unique. We operate in a domain that has highly unusual technical requirements and constraints, and where robustness, safety, and ethical considerations are vital. You will face unique Engineering and AI challenges that make a meaningful impact in the world.

  • Our work frequently takes us right up to the state of the art in technical innovation, be it reinforcement learning, distributed systems, generative AI, or deployment infrastructure. The defence industry is entering the most exciting phase of the technological development curve. Advances in our field of world are not incremental: Helsing is part of, and often leading, historic leaps forward.

  • In our domain, success is a matter of order-of-magnitude improvements and novel capabilities. This means we take bets, aim high, and focus on big opportunities. Despite being a relatively young company, Helsing has already been selected for multiple significant government contracts.

  • We actively encourage healthy, proactive, and diverse debate internally about what we do and how we choose to do it. Teams and individual engineers are trusted (and encouraged) to practise responsible autonomy and critical thinking, and to focus on outcomes, not conformity. At Helsing you will have a say in how we (and you!) work, the opportunity to engage on what does and doesn’t work, and to take ownership of aspects of our culture that you care deeply about.

What we offer

  • A focus on outcomes, not time-tracking

  • Competitive compensation and stock options

  • Relocation support

  • Social and education allowances

  • Regular company events and all-hands to bring together employees as one team across Europe

Helsing is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, religion, sexual orientation, age, marital status, disability or gender identity. Please do not submit personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, data concerning your health, or data concerning your sexual orientation.

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