Director Accounting & Tax


Director Accounting & Tax



Mitsui Rail Capital Europe (“MRCE”) was established in 2004 in response to the growing market for railway leasing equipment due to the deregulation of the railway system in Europe. The business domain of the company is leasing locomotives to private and public rail operators under full-service leasing arrangements (including maintenance and fleet management, etc.).  MRCE’s total asset value is currently around € 800 million. At this moment MRCE has approx. 130 employees (Amsterdam, Munich, and Milan).  MRCE plans to strengthen its business, using its accumulated data/know-how for fleet management/maintenance and full-service locomotive lease through its 15-year experience and developing more advanced IT/digital platform.  MRCE needs to strengthen its profit base, incl. financial management, cost management for that purpose.


MRCE’s parent company Mitsui & Co. Ltd. (headquartered in Tokyo), one of the largest trading/investment companies worldwide, developed into a worldwide concern, since its establishment in 1947.  Due to a unique insight into economic affairs, financial know-how, and a clear-cut philosophy it has played a major role in Japanese industrial development by importing raw materials and exporting produced goods.  Mitsui benefits from an expanding global network to access strategic information and harness business engineering capabilities. Utilizing its global operating locations, network, and information resources, Mitsui is multilaterally pursuing business that ranges from product sales, worldwide logistics and financing, through to the development of major international infrastructure and other projects. With more than 43.900 employees and an extensive global network with offices in 66 countries and around 491 affiliated subsidiaries and associated companies.

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The Director Accounting and Tax will be responsible for the accounting, financial reporting, tax, financial administration and cash management of the Group (MRCE B.V.(Amsterdam) and MRCE GmbH (Munich, Milan).


The Director Accounting & Tax will manage 5 direct reports, of which 4 accounting & tax staff members in Amsterdam and the Accounting & Tax manager in Munich (who is managing a team of 7 staff members in Munich (indirect reports).


The Director Accounting & Tax reports directly to the CFO and will be a key player of the Finance management team.


This is a key position in a complex business with specific accounting topics. Furthermore, the position requires active stakeholder management in an international setting. We are looking for an experienced, hands on RA, with a passion and solid knowledge of technical accounting that can communicate at all levels with stakeholders with different cultural backgrounds.


Key activities & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for Monthly closing & reporting and quarterly disclosures towards shareholder (IFRS)
  • Responsible for Annual report (Dutch GAAP)
  • Responsible for International Tax filings
  • Act as an expert and business partner with respect to accounting and Tax issues on complex transactions and projects
  • Responsible for implementing accounting changes in the company
  • Responsible for accounting policies
  • Performs balance sheet reviews and leads specific periodic accounting tests
  • Assures compliance with IFRS, Dutch GAAP and the accounting guidelines of the shareholder
  • Responsible and supervises the GL and AP processes



  • Maintain a department organizational structure sufficient to meet all goals and objectives
  • Properly motivate all accounting & reporting staff
  • Provide for ongoing training/coaching for accounting & reporting staff
  • Manage process improvements and improvements to the ERP system
  • Manage relations and communication with the accounting specialists of the shareholder
  • Manage relations with external accountant
  • Manage relations with external tax consultants


Personal profile


Experience and Education

  • Minimum 10 yr work experience.
  • Master degree, Chartered Accountant (RA)
  • Experience gained in Big 4 accountancy
  • Experience gained in a corporate environment (e.g. reporting, financial accounting, tax) is an advantage
  • Solid technical knowledge of IFRS, Dutch Gaap, and Dutch taxation law
  • Experience working with ERP systems and consolidation packages
  • Experience working in an international setting
  • Proficiency in MS Excel



  • Hands-on mentality
  • Team player
  • Able to communicate at all levels and with different cultures
  • Drive for results
  • Open-minded



Lyncwise Executive Search & Interim in Hilversum has been given the exclusive assignment to fill this vacant position. After an interview with Joost Ouwerkerk from Lyncwise, it is decided which candidates to nominate. MRCE decides which candidates are going to be invited for a first interview. An assessment and reference check can be part of the procedure.



Joost Ouwerkerk

Executive search specialist in Industrie & Handel

Joost is mede-oprichter van Lyncwise. Hij is vakman en trusted advisor, die dagelijks werk maakt van het verbinden van mensen en organisaties. Het gericht toewerken naar de ‘stip op de horizon’ is wat hem drijft. Hij zet zijn kennis en ervaring in bij mkb-, familie- en private equity-bedrijven. Posities: commercie, operations en finance. Klanten merken vaak op dat Joost ‘echt bij hen past’. Dat komt door zijn persoonlijke en professionele aanpak. En ook heel fijn in dit vak: hij ‘leest’ mensen goed en beschrijft ze in essentie.


Joost Ouwerkerk
Partner bij Lyncwise Executive Search & Interim Management
Laapersveld 75, Hilversum
+31 6 290 038 95
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