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Global VAT Lead

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    5 months ago

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​The Opportunity

Our client, a Market Leader within the Retail Industry, is looking to add a Global Indirect Taxes -

Senior Manager to its Tax team.

Reporting to the Global Head of Tax you will be responsible for leading a high performing team

of advisory and compliance specialists to support the business by advising on all aspects of VAT

and SUT.

This role will ideally suit someone coming from the Indirect Tax department of a Big 4/Top 10

Firm who is currently at Director level and is looking to make a move to an Industry position.

Alternatively, someone who is operating at this level with a large MNC will also suit this position.


● Lead and develop the Indirect Taxes compliance and advisory function

across Europe and the US.

● Develop good relationships across the business to ensure Indirect Tax is

aware of all relevant business transactions.

● Review of all transactions, contracts and new business practices from a VAT


● Monitor changes in tax law and practice across all jurisdictions that may be

relevant to the company and assess impact of same.

● Advise and influence senior stakeholders on the commercial impact of any

tax law changes.

● Work on aspects of indirect tax planning involving the wider group, including

identification of opportunities, developing, recommending and implementing

selected projects.

● Support new systems implementation to assess the impact from an indirect

tax perspective and ensure systems are compliant with current indirect tax

requirements and enabled for future requirements such as real-time


● Develop a culture of continuous improvement to bring efficiencies to

processes and technology, improve ways of working and enhance controls.

● Advise on optimum structures for new country/depot set-up to ensure both

tax efficient and minimal compliance burden for the team.

● Work closely with Head of Government Affairs to represent on indirect tax

forums, where appropriate, to drive changes in legislation and guidance.

● Provide VAT technical and practical training and advice to the team and the

wider finance and business functions.

● Lead on any indirect tax planning involving the Group including identification

of opportunities, developing, recommending & managing the implementation

of selected projects.

● Collaborate with Procurement and Legal to review and advise on the

structuring of property and other agreements from a VAT perspective.

● Work closely with the FP&A teams on expected changes to VAT legislation

that would impact on budgeting and forecasting and estimating the impact of


● Lead the in-house team and work with external advisors to manage the

indirect tax compliance cycle and ensure that returns are prepared, reviewed

and filed on time.


● CTA Qualified

● Big 4/Top 10 experience would be desirable

● Accounting qualification (ACA, ACCA, CPA or equivalent), preferred.

● 6+ years PQE relevant experience

● Strong communication skills (written and verbal)

● Commercial awareness & Project Management skills