On this page we would like to inform you about possible career opportunities after studying business taxation at the University of Mannheim. In addition, you will find current job oppenings at our chair and at our partner companies.
Studying business taxation at the University of Mannheim opens up numerous career opportunities. Our programs provide a wide range of subject-specific and methodical competences for careers in various areas. Anything from assistant of the CFO to central banker or M&A consultant is possible.
Below Alumni of selected professions talk about how they got started in their careers after graduation.
Dr. Christiane Malke, StB, Dipl.-Kffr., MPA (University of Texas, Austin), Employee of the SAP Group Tax Department in Walldorf
“My studies at the University of Mannheim, specializing in business taxation, auditing and tax law, provided me with a broad range of specialist knowledge. During my work as a research assistant at Professor (emer.) Jacobs and Professor Spengel I was also able to deepen my knowledge of international tax law, coordinate projects and teach. All this has prepared me comprehensively for my current position in the tax department of an international group. My responsibilities here include accounting in accordance with IFRS with regard to the Group tax rate, tax policy issues and tax support for Group companies. Not least in this environment it is always a pleasure to work together with Mannheim students and graduates”.
Dr. Timo Reister, Executive Vice President Asia-Pacific / since 01.01.2016 Board Member Asia-Pacific/Africa at Fuchs Petrolub SE
“The Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Mannheim teaches technical, methodological and social skills which prepare graduates very well for future management positions in companies. As a research assistant at Professor Spengel's chair and at the Centre for European Economic Research (ZEW), I have gained valuable project experience in research and policy consulting. I was able to deepen and supplement the skills I had learned during my studies. For my career in the management of the MDAX company Fuchs Petrolub SE, this well-founded academic education was the key to a rapid professional advancement.”
Dr. Ralf U. Braunagel, StB, Dipl. Kfm., MBLT, Partner in M&A Tax at PwC in Frankfurt and Stuttgart
“Regardless of whether companies are operatte regionally or internationally – taxes play a role in every decision. As one of the world's leading international tax consulting firms, PwC supports companies in complex tax issues – from the initial idea to its actual implementation. Creative and individual consulting approaches as well as interdisciplinary know-how are a basic prerequisite for developing tailor-made solutions together with our clients. As an internationally renowned alma mater, the University of Mannheim prepares optimally for a future career as a consultant within the framework of its studies in business administration and tax law: a variety of specialization opportunities – also outside the lecture hall in the numerous student initiatives -, an ambitious and internationally oriented range of courses – with top-class representatives from practice – as well as progressive teaching and research approaches. I still benefit from the knowledge I have gained. As well as from the network I was allowed to establish during my studies and doctoral studies. Through my continuous commitment to MaFAT e.V., I still work closely with Area Accounting & Taxation and in particular the Chair of ABWL & Business Taxation II. I hope to promote the attractiveness of business taxation and tax law as well as the accessibility for students to practice”.
Dr. Sven-Eric Bärsch, StB, Dipl. Kfm., LLB, tax consultant at Flick Gocke Schaumburg in Bonn
"The academic training in the field of business taxation at the University of Mannheim has optimally prepared me to penetrate very complex tax issues, to develop creative client-specific solutions and to provide result-oriented advice to company managers and decision-makers in corporate tax departments. As a PhD student and research assistant to Prof. Dr. Christoph Spengel and as a result of his consulting experience, I have gained a very broad expertise in the fields of international tax law and transfer pricing, which ensures my clients comprehensive tax-centred consulting at the highest professional level. This time is crucial for my career in one of the market-leading tax firms and for the success of my clients”.
Dr. Markus Mayer, self-employed auditor and tax consultant in his own law firm
“For me, the selection criterion for applying to study in Mannheim was the excellent national and international reputation of the university. That this is not only a theoretical promise, but that the acquired professional and personal competences are also of the greatest practical relevance in addition to their application in science, I was able to experience from the very first day of my professional activity. The knowledge gained during my studies in Mannheim and the subsequent doctorate – especially in the field of business tax theory – has proven its worth at various professional stations, which include not only Big4 companies but also larger medium-sized consulting firms and the current independence, and offers an excellent starting point for further professional and personal development”.
Dr. Wilhelm Schmundt, Partner in the Banking Practice Group and Head of Corporate Finance Germany/
“In order to develop and implement optimal strategies with our clients, we have to deal with very complex issues on a daily basis, reduce them to their core and place them in an overall context. I could not have wished for better preparation for this interplay between depth of content and a holistic perspective with my studies in taxation, accounting and finance and my time as a doctoral student at the Chair of Corporate Taxation!"
At the Faculty of Business Administration of the University of Mannheim, the academic degree of Doctor of Economics (Ph.D.) in the fields of Taxation can be obtained by a doctoral study program at the Center for Doctoral Studies in Business (CDSB Taxation Track) of the Graduate School of Economic & Social Sciences (GESS). For further information please follow the links.
Some of our alumni have successfully decided to pursue a career in academia and hold chairs at prestigious German universities.
Europa-University Viadrina in Frankfurt (Oder), Chair of Business Administration, in particular Finance and Taxation
Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel, Chair of Corporate Accounting and Corporate Taxation
University of Mannheim, Assistant Professor for Business Taxation, in particular Corporate Taxation