Indirect Tax Manager or Senior Manager (UK VAT)



Location – London


Our client are top ten-ranked auditors and tax advisers based in Canary Wharf. With in-depth expertise in many fields of tax, accountancy and finance, they work for clients ranging from large, listed corporates and SMEs to individuals, their families and their businesses.

The division provides VAT, corporate tax compliance, personal tax compliance and consultancy services to a wide range of clients and prides itself on the quality of service, high degree of professionalism and personal approach that is offered to each and every client.


The role

The role requires an ambitious, confident individual, with excellent knowledge of VAT to join the growing Indirect Tax Team.

The successful candidate will be a senior member of the team, responsible for assisting the Indirect Tax Partner and Indirect Tax Director in servicing clients, directing Indirect Tax services and managing the people within the department.

The role holder may have specialist skills but will also be responsible for managing a portfolio of clients in a variety of sectors, taking day-to-day responsibility for the Indirect Tax team and playing a pivotal role in the development of indirect tax business. The successful candidate should have experience reviewing work with minimal Partner/Director input within their existing team.


Key responsibilities

The Indirect Tax team deals with a broad range of consultancy work emanating from a wide variety of clients. The list below includes some of the responsibilities:

  • Further develop the indirect tax practice
  • Advisory work
  • Build and maintain relationships with clients and provide high levels of client service
  • Provide insightful, industry specific advice to clients
  • Advise on UK and international VAT liability, transactional issues and the associated treatment of expenditure under partial exemption rules
  • There is very little compliance work involved in this role as the majority of VAT returns are handled by another department. It is only the more sensitive or complex returns that are dealt with by the Indirect Tax department
  • A meaningful part of the role will be business development of existing and new clients as well as potentially developing a specialist field of technical or sector knowledge and expertise
  • General management of a team, including people management, appraisals, billing etc.


Responsibilities may also include

  • Tender proposals
  • Due diligence
  • Opportunities to train staff on VAT matters
  • Investigation and resolution of VAT queries
  • Assistance in development of VAT planning and marketing initiatives


Skills and attributes

  • Proven skills in VAT work gained in practice
  • A thorough understanding of VAT principles
  • Able to explain complex issues in a way non VAT experts will understand
  • Excellent technical skills and experience, and a detailed and up to date knowledge of VAT issues
  • Ability to manage a substantial client portfolio profitably
  • Ability to deal with tax advisory
  • CTA desirable


Further information

The post-holder will be responsible for members of staff. There will be the opportunity to run in-house training programmes (in conjunction with the Indirect Tax Director), as well as seminars to external clients.

Career progression at our client is meritocratic. The Indirect Tax department is growing; there is therefore ample scope for progression. Career progression is reviewed at the annual appraisal.

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