Tax Director - UK and Ireland

As the Tax Director for the UK and Ireland you will be the regional Head for the region with a dotted line to EMEA CFO and the Group Head of Tax.

Client Details

Our clients purpose is to work passionately every day to understand and solve health-care needs of people across the world. They are a top 3 innovative, global and diversified human health-care company. One that embraces transformative technologies and is focused on its area of excellence, which means we're not there to try to solve everybody's problems. They want to focus on those areas where they know they are making a difference.

They work across human health from vaccines to rare diseases, and consumer health-care. This creates opportunities to work across different areas to build a diverse and exciting career. They have the capabilities and resources to support your aspirations to fulfil your ambitions and be the best you can be.


As the Head of Tax, you will support diverse and complex legal entities where you will provide best practice direct and indirect tax advice to all UK and Ireland businesses. You will deliver accurate quarterly reporting on tax balance and risks to the group.

In this high-profile role, you will be the key link between the UK operations and the Global Tax team for all tax initiatives and transfer pricing issues.

Another important aspect is to maintain good working relations with HMRC and Revenue Ireland to identify the need to obtain external professional advice and to manage the delivery of this advice. More specific responsibilities will include:


  • Delivery of the quarterly tax figures for inclusion in the group IFRS reporting.
  • Supervision of quarterly tax packages prepared by the centralised finance team making sure it is reconciled with the consolidation package
  • Produce adequate back up of all tax adjustments.
  • Respond promptly to Corporate and Auditors enquiries.
  • Maintain the Tax risk database and SOX controls and communicate all issues to the Head of Tax for Europe.
  • Complete the quarterly Tax risk reporting in the Magnitude Financial Consolidation package.
  • Maintain, and improve required SOX controls for tax and transfer pricing issues, and ensure they are kept up to date with changes in the operating business.
  • Accurate and punctual preparation of the UK and Irish group tax computations for submission to the Inland Revenue and Revenue Ireland.
  • Liaise with Central Transfer Pricing team to ensure the UK and Irish transfer prices are maintained in line with group policy and to ensure that appropriate records are retained to meet Inland Revenue and Revenue Ireland guidelines.
  • Contribute to timely preparation of Transfer Pricing documentation for all the entities in scope
  • Oversea the work of the central finance team to ensure the UK groups VAT issues are dealt with effectively and monitor operational compliance to eliminate/minimise risk of penalties.
  • Provide advice on tax implications of employee benefits, PAYE issues and contribute to appraise potential methods of reducing both employer and employee tax liabilities.
  • Manage external relationship with HM Revenue & Customs and Revenue Ireland in relation to all direct and indirect tax issues impacting the UK and Irish group.
  • Manage use of external professional tax advice to provide advice on complex tax issues.
  • Maintain relationship with central tax team to keep up to date on wider group tax issues.

Legal Restructuring

  • Reduce number of dormant companies and dispose of overseas interests in line with group policy.
  • Integrate new businesses or companies acquired by the group into the UK and Ireland legal structure.

Statutory Accounts

  • Review the profitability of the UK and Irish entities so as to be able to seek adjustments to transfer prices if required.
  • Review the preparation of the tax disclosure notes for inclusion in the statutory accounts of all UK and Irish Legal entities.
  • Ensure all information is supplied to US Tax team as required.


You will be a Tax qualified professional having trained with one of the larger accounting firms. Ideally you will have some "in house" experience already but our client will consider candidates looking for their first move from the profession.

Job Offer

Circa £95,000 plus £9,000 car allowance, bonus, pension and excellent benefits.