Accounting and Tax Expert

Job Overview

Accounting and Tax Expert

(with main emphasis on accounting)
Budget and Finance Office

Starting date: As soon as possible
Application deadline: Open until filled
Full- or Part-Time: Full-time (40 hrs/week)
Location: Vienna

Central European University (CEU) is a research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is accredited in the United States, Austria and Hungary with entities in these countries. CEU offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs delivered in English (

The Budget and Finance Office (BFO) at CEU is operating both in Vienna and Budapest. A young and dynamic group of altogether 20+ professionals have the following main activities: accounting, controlling, budgeting, procurement, cash management and corporate tax advisory.

BFO, Vienna invites applications for a full-time Accounting and Tax Expert reporting directly to the Chief Financial Officer of CEU and working also closely with the leader of the accounting team located in Budapest.

We offer you an expert level position with a very exciting combination of two areas, accounting and tax. In accounting you are expected to have a well-grounded, expert level of knowledge, including also preparing financial statements. In tax you will be able to use your earlier hands-on tax experience and you should be senior enough to become the first point of contact to the external auditor and tax advisor.

Duties and responsibilities:

As a member of a team, the successful candidate will support the Chief Financial officer and the Chief Accountant with his/her/their deep Austrian accounting knowledge and will work with the tax advisor company supporting CEU to manage tax related questions and operational taxation matters.

Main tasks:

  • As expert in Austrian accounting and having an overall, high level understanding of Austrian taxation, the new colleague will work with the Chief Accountant in Budapest and the CFO in accounting and handling CEU’s all kind of taxation matters excluding personal income tax and social security
  • Acting as main contact person with CEU’s external tax advisor and the auditors
  • Representing CEU and providing information to Finanzamt and other Austrian authorities
  • As a high level task, review, advise and participation in the yearly financial audits including the academic year audit as well
  • Advising and participating in preparing financial statements from both accounting and taxation point of view
  • Coordinating with finance team to complete assigned accounting and taxation tasks


  • Bachelor’s degree (minimum) in Finance or Accounting
  • At least 5 years of working experience in senior accounting role(s) in Austria in academia, or non-profit sector, or at an international company
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, fluent German and advanced English
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel)
  • Accountability, ability to meet deadlines and set priorities
  • Strong work ethic is a must
  • Discretion when dealing with sensitive/confidential information
  • Ability to assess risks and identify optimal solutions
  • Flexibility and orientation for solutions
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and to prioritize


  • Chartered / certified accountant
  • Familiarity with an integrated accounting system (preferably SAP Systems)
  • Ideally, Certified Tax advisor status in Austria
  • Ideally, ACCA qualification
  • Ideally, previous higher education sector experience


The annual gross salary starts at 65,000 EUR. The actual final salary might be higher depending on the seniority and level of expertise of the selected candidate. Additional benefits are flexibility with working from home, participation in a Uniqa private health program, in the CEU family support scheme, in the corporate pension program, and additional fringe benefits.

How to apply?

Applicants need to submit:

  • CV
  • Cover letter

Please send your complete application package to: – including the job code in the subject line: 2022/016.

We do not ask for reference letters at the first stage of application; the referees of short-listed candidates may be contacted for references later by CEU.

The privacy of your personal information is very important to us. We collect, use, and store your personal information in accordance with the requirements of the applicable data privacy rules, including specifically the General Data Protection Regulation. To learn more about how we manage your personal data during the recruitment process, please see our Privacy Notice at: (Hungary: Közép-európai Egyetem, Central European University) or (Austria: Central European University, CEU Central European University Private University).

CEU is an equal opportunity employer.

About CEU

Central European University (CEU) is a research-intensive university specializing in the social sciences, humanities, law, public policy and management. It is accredited in the United States, Austria and Hungary. CEU’s mission is to promote academic excellence, state-of-the-art research, research-based teaching and learning and civic engagement, in order to contribute to the development of open societies. CEU offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs and enrolls more than 1,400 students from over 100 countries. The teaching staff consists of resident faculty from over 50 countries and prominent visiting scholars from around the world. The language of instruction is English.
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