Senior VAT Tax Manager
Re/think is a boutique accounting, compliance consultancy, audit, HR consultancy, VAT Advisory services and business advisory firm based in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, focused on providing entrepreneurial businesses of varying sizes with timely, proactive and customized business solutions from start-up and early development to the latest stages of a business lifecycle. UAE has no income tax. Key responsibilities: Manage and build out the tax department for services related to VAT and tax compliance, audits and tax accounting assignments and advisory for SME’s. Assist and advise SME clients on the introduction and implementation of VAT in the GCC and wider Middle East region. Advise clients with local and global VAT issues, including advising on the operation of VAT, transaction analysis, supply chain, business expansion. Identify, document, and recommend client business requirements for VAT compliance (filing) and assist with processes and systems. Develop new and existing client and internal relationships with government authorities Prepare VAT training presentations aimed at external (SME’s) and internal audiences. Review, revise, improve, and implement VAT best practices for our platform of companies. Maximize efficiencies in working and reporting systems to reduce the VAT/Duty liabilities where possible within the legislative framework. Develop and mentor new staff. Review existing contracts, accounting systems and procedures to advise clients on VAT implications and inclusions. Advise and assist SME clients on VAT, FATCA, CRS and other tax related matters. Run seminars, training programs for internal as well as SME clients on VAT, FATCA and CRS as required. Consistently keep abreast of latest developments and implication of VAT, FATCA and CRS in Middle East region. Identify opportunities for VAT optimization. Compiling VAT returns and reviewing partial exemption special methods to assist SME clients. Provide support in order to minimise tax risks associated with international business operations and dealings. Audit internal controls for accuracy of tax compliance. Spearhead the firm’s expansion of business network for tax related as well cross-selling firm’s services. Will lead the process of preparation of consultancy reports. Will be required to travel for projects, business meetings and trips as required. Who you are: Professionally qualified with ideally either ATT, CTA, or holding an equivalent qualification; Candidates qualified by experience with 3+ years in an indirect tax specific role will also be considered; Previous experience in VAT is a requisite; Big 4/Top 10 firm trained or other tax consultancy background - desirable Technical expertise and practical experience in international tax (VAT essential); International and broad European tax experience preferred. Flexibility to work independently and proactively in a fast paced environment; Excellent oral and written communication skills in English; Be comfortable dealing with clients in all forms of communication; Experience working with people of different backgrounds and a high level of cultural competency; The ability to juggle and track multiple tasks and responsibilities; Demonstrated commitment to the success of co-workers and to the organizational mission; Knowledge of Arabic and other European language a plus.