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Head of Finance & Accounting (m/f/x)

RemoteGermany, Berlin, BerlinBusiness - Legal

Job description

About lemon.markets 🍋

We're on a mission to open 100 million brokerage accounts within the next ten years. Building the infrastructure for FinTech companies to launch an investing feature or product in Europe. Delivering the full value chain of brokerage through one API.

Over the last quarters, we focused on bringing the first version of the API to the market. Thousands of developers signed up and hundreds started to build their individual use cases with us. This resulted in 80+ inquiries from companies to launch their own stock trading UI with lemon.markets. With 15 million of fresh funding, we are now taking the next steps toward our mission: Building out our capabilities to allow (Fin)Tech companies to offer investment opportunities to their customers.

We have experienced first hand that brokerage infrastructure is broken. It’s a messy and complex problem that will take time to solve. But that’s exactly what we enjoy. Going to places nobody else dares and shielding our customers from the biggest pain. This not only creates tons of value when done right, but attracts the smartest minds - because we believe outlier companies are built by exceptional people like you.


Your Mission:

As Head of Finance & Accounting, you will be the first in your role, tasked with building the foundations for Finance, Accounting, Financial Reporting, Tax, Financial Steering & Controlling in the regulated business of lemon.markets. You will be responsible for all financial and accounting processes, driving the development of Finance and Accounting within and outside of the organization and advising on any implications. At lemon.markets we value ownership a lot. Meaning you will have autonomy in shaping your area of responsibility. Reporting to our managing director back-office, and working with a team of experienced tech, legal and regulatory professionals alongside you. Leverage your previous experiences and helping us to build the investment infrastructure for the next 100 million retail investors in Europe.


  • Prepare and analyze the consolidated monthly, quarterly and annual financial statements as well as the annual reports.
  • Work to automate any reporting processes as far as possible and/or finding software solutions where suitable.
  • Own the preparation of lemon.markets statutory financial statements.
  • Support internal and external financial audits.
  • Work closely with finance for regular tax and financial planning.
  • Contribute to the preparation of the consolidated annual financial statements.
  • Drive the further development of internal and external reporting, the accounting of complex issues and the technical and procedural implementation of new accounting standards in our accounting system.
  • Support operational teams by advising on accounting implications and informing on strategic decision making.

Job requirements

You will be successful in this role if:

  • You have gained several years of experience in an investment banking, regulated fintech or consulting role with hands-on regulatory account and tax experience.
  • You have built up extensive knowledge of German-GAAP and financial services accounting processes: HGB accounting is required, IFRS knowledge is a plus.
  • Brokerage excites you and with that you have a keen interest in general ledger and sub-ledger systems. Ideally, you had prior professional touchpoints with it.
  • You thrive on ownership. This is a mission critical topic, being hands-on and willing to build something from the ground up is key here.
  • Even in fast paced environments like ours, you cope well with ambiguity & uncertainty, you know how to meet tight deadlines and don’t lose focus of details.
  • You are a great communicator. Meaning you are able to break complex issues down, put them into simple words, whilst being concise. Communicating them to a diverse audience and key stakeholders comes natural to you.
  • You are able to sift through the noise and assess the right priorities.
  • “This is not my job!” is not part of your vocabulary - you are intrinsically motivated to deliver value for our customers by taking initiative and challenging the status quo, even if this means admitting one's own shortcomings and changing things.


How we take care of you:

🚀Competitive compensation package:

We will offer you a mix of cash and stock options based on your appetite for upside.

💎Make a real impact:

Shape the experience for our customers and us alike. Decide on tools, processes and our go-to-market while building, learning and growing together.

🕑Flexible working hours:

We value focus time. Encouraging everyone to minimise fixed meetings and leverage asynchronous communication.

💻Build your perfect setup:

Mac/Linux, Mechanical Keyboard, Screen. These are not expenses but investments. Please tell us what is needed to make you productive, and we will take care of it.

🏢 Onsite first, but remote flexible:

We all believe that in - person collaboration is an integral part of working together, but offer flexibility for remote working. Once a quarter the whole team meets for our offsite to honer this belief. In case you want to relocate to Berlin, we can provide assistance and visa sponsorship.

📈 Grow with us:

We take your personal development seriously. This means that we make sure to constantly mentor and challenge you, so you can reach the next level.

👶🏽 Get the flexibility you need:

Whether you have a family or a passion that you want to follow on the side. We want to offer you a setting that fits your current stage in life.


As an equal opportunity employer, lemon.markets is committed to building an inclusive workplace. The company welcomes people from all different backgrounds, including age, citizenship, ethnic and racial origins, gender identities, individuals with disabilities, marital status, religions and ideologies, and sexual orientations to apply.


About the process

Hiring can be an exhausting process, especially when you're the one trying to get hired. Therefore, we try to make this a fast and transparent process. Additionally, you will always have one contact person guiding you through the process and helping you to schedule meetings, and setting you up on a path of success. Your process will look like this:


  1. Get to know each other - Teresa - Chief of Staff | 45 minutes
  2. Get to know the team - Andreas - General Counsel | 60 minutes
  3. Brokerage Deep Dive - Markus - MD | 60 minutes
  4. Meet the lemoneers at our HQ | 150 minutes
    1. Meet the Brokerage team | 60 minutes
    2. Meet the Founder | 45 minutes
    3. Ask us anything with the team | 45 minutes

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