Indirect Tax Manager, VAT Compliance, Financial Services

Location – UK

Market-leading growth in our client’s Financial Services Indirect Tax (VAT) team has created an opportunity for a strong VAT tax professional to join the team. You will be able to own projects and work with the management team to further identify business opportunities. You will have the support of a strong team with proven expertise in this area and the opportunity to progress, learn and accelerate your career.
You will have the opportunity to work with clients in the Financial Services industry as part of a globally integrated network of specialists with high quality economics, tax authority, legal, commercial and technology backgrounds. The work is technically challenging, creative and requires you to work closely with clients’ businesses.

The role                          

This is a period of unprecedented change in the tax arena, which is resulting in huge demand for delivery of a wide range of Indirect Tax compliance services. For the right candidate this role will be a springboard to a successful career in FS – our client has an excellent track record of internal promotions and place development at the centre of their people strategy. They’re an active and friendly team and are excited about the continued growth of their group. You will work closely with the senior managers and directors who will provide you with the support and opportunities to assist you in realising your full potential. 

The projects that the team are working on are innovative and bring to life the UK’s ‘open for business’ strategy which makes it one of the most exciting places to work in tax, but also a place where you can learn and build upon your understanding of a broad range of Indirect Tax concepts to develop your career as a skilled and trusted tax professional. 

Key responsibilities

  • Enthusiastic manager with ability to create and sustain effective teams 
  • Act as a central point of contact – liaise with international clients and colleagues with respect to UK and European VAT compliance
  • Monitoring the quality of indirect tax data and reports of your clients
  • Ensure delivery of quality work and take day to day management of delivery team
  • Review and approve indirect tax returns
  • Follow up on legislative and business changes to ensure processes are updated
  • Identify issues and opportunities to continuously improve the compliance processes
  • Through inciteful analysis of returns and data, identify areas of opportunity and risk to generate additional VAT advisory opportunities for the VAT business
  • Coordinate VAT compliance and technology support 
  • Help people to develop through effectively supervising, coaching and mentoring staff 
  • Contribute to people initiatives, including retaining and training international tax professionals 
  • Significant involvement in the management of the team both in terms of strategy and operations and also through managing junior staff development and assignment

Skills and attributes

  • Build and maintain tax relationships with clients and provide exceptional levels of client service
  • Negotiation skills, able to gain buy-in and handle challenges
  • Business development skills – able to identify and convert opportunities by proactively managing existing client relationships and winning new clients
  • High level management of the successful delivery of technically complex and demanding consulting projects, ensuring technical excellence and practical / business driven approach taken
  • Overall responsibility of quality of client service
  • Manage possible leads from other areas of the practice
  • Build networks and relationships internally and externally for the team to leverage from 
  • Contribute to successfully extracting maximum value for both the firm and clients from the tax services delivered whilst managing risk appropriately for both client and the firm

To qualify for the role, you must have

  • ACA/ACCA/CA; or Tax Inspectors with full Technical Training course; or CTA (or breadth of knowledge equivalent to CTA). 
  • Ability to build strong client relationships and commercially aware.
  • Negotiation skills, able to sustain opinion and handle challenges
  • Business development skills, able to identify and convert opportunities to sell work
  • Strong practical and commercial experience having advised clients, or worked ‘in-house’
  • Effective time management, ability to remain calm when under pressure to meet deadlines
  • Excellent communicator in a range of situations both written and oral
  • Team player with ability to create, sustain and manage effective, inclusive teams      

Ideally, you will also have

  • Experience working within Financial Services 
  • Project management skills, plan and prioritise work, meet deadlines, monitor own budget

What we look for

  • Enthusiastic and flexible attitude to work
  • Highly experienced tax practitioner with advisory and reviewing skills and expertise
  • Excellent communicator in a range of situations both written and oral
  • Experience of VAT compliance, having either worked ‘in-house’ or on secondment 

Benefits to you               

Our client is committed to being an inclusive employer and they are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. They strive to achieve the right balance for their people, enabling them to deliver excellent client service whilst allowing you to build your career without sacrificing your personal priorities. While client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a lifestyle balance.

  • Support, coaching and feedback from some of the most engaging colleagues around
  • Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
  • The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you


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