This business is looking for a Group Tax Director to lead the Direct Tax function, this business has presence in approximately 30 countries globally with significant presence in the UK, US, HK, France, and Switzerland. The companies Group Tax is proactive in its management of tax affairs and partners with businesses and senior stakeholders.
This position is responsible for establishing and maintaining group direct tax procedures and compliance across the Group, with specific regional responsibilities over EMEA and Asia Pacific.
This role reports into the Group Financial Controller and is part of the Group Finance team. The role is supported by a Tax Manager and Senior Tax Analyst.
- Overall accountability for the Group's direct tax matters, including consolidated tax reporting (year-end and half-year), compliance, and advisory matters, with responsibilities over EMEA and Asia Pacific.
- Calculate the effective tax rate for the Group, liaising with relevant group entities to anticipate trends and understand variances.
- Responsible for the accuracy and appropriateness of all transfer pricing matters, from calculations of significant intragroup recharges, periodic review and update of the current methodology, to audit defence.
- Lead and drive significant advisory matters and group tax projects, e.g. PE risk mitigation, refinancing, property transactions, Brexit, R&D reviews, accessing new geographical markets, and development of new commercial propositions.
- Proactively monitor international tax legislative changes and assess impact on the business, propose plan of action to senior stakeholders.
- Partner with Group Indirect Tax Director and US Head of Tax to ensure the board are fully aware and appropriately briefed on all significant tax matters.
- Ensure Senior Accounting Officer ("SAO") compliance and assist with procedures under the UK Corporate Criminal Offence legislation. Overall responsibility for maintaining and improving tax governance.
- Closely partner with EMEA and Asia Pacific regional finance teams to provide support on regional tax compliance, reporting and advisory matters.
- Maintain strong relationships with HMRC and proactively manage the Business Risk Reviews with HMRC.
- Establish and maintain close partnership with key business functions, in particular Finance, Legal, HR, and regional MDs of business departments.
- Provide tax considerations into key business decisions.
- Provide support on international mobility matters and IR35 processes.
- Manage a team of two in the UK.
- Maintain an appropriate balance between what support is sourced from external tax advisors versus internal. Manage external advisors regarding budget and deliverables.
- Excellent UK and international tax technical skills
- ACA, or CA qualified
- CTA or ADIT qualified
- Previously at a similar level in a Big 4/Tier A accountancy firm or Blue Chip in-house tax department