Head of Firm’s Tax - Open to Flexible Working

London (Greater)
30 Nov 2017
03 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

We, PwC UK, are a multi-national organisation with a UK LLP as the parent, a UK corporate sub-group and significant overseas subsidiaries and investments with varying degrees of ownership and control. There is extensive overseas activity undertaken by the UK entities. We think we are the largest partnership in the UK in terms of the number of partners (members). We are also one of the largest UK taxpayers (top 50). We are a member of the PwC global network which brings additional issues and responsibilities.  

In view of a forthcoming retirement we are looking for someone to look after our own tax affairs. 

You will head up and manage the team that deals with all tax matters affecting the Firm. You will be part of the One Finance team led by the Firm’s Finance Partner, and on all tax issues you will report to the Firm’s Designated Tax Partner, who has ultimate responsibility for all tax matters affecting the Firm.  

You will need a sound understanding of business taxation, of how to manage the tax risks that a highly entrepreneurial business creates and be able to co-ordinate and lead a team, many of whom are subject matter experts in their own field.  

Working with all levels of Partners and staff throughout the firm, you will need the ability to communicate clearly and with authority on all tax matters.


The prime responsibility is to support the Firm’s Designated Tax Partner in managing the Firm’s tax exposures. This is a multi-faceted task, which includes:

    Addressing all taxes other than the partners’ own tax affairs, Managing the relationship with HMRC with respect to the Firm’s own affairs,  Ensuring tax compliance is achieved by the Firm, its subsidiary companies, its partners and its staff in all relevant territories. Safeguarding the Firm’s reputation and ensuring compliance with policies – UK Firm, Global network standards, external perception Being the prime contact on tax issues for the client facing businesses (Assurance, Tax, Consulting, Deals) and internal functions (Finance, Treasury, Legal, Partner Affairs etc) Advising the business on tax matters at all levels – from members of the Executive Board through to junior accounts staff implementing processes Leading and managing the tax team (15 FTE’s) most of whom are experts in their own field, and   Implementing changes to structure and processes within the Firm and the tax team itself.  

    Although the UK Firm is independent of other members of the PwC International network, at times it is beneficial that the various PwC Firms work closely together with a common purpose. One of the responsibilities of the role will be to work with and lend support to the Network Taxes team on significant project work affecting the PwC network as a whole. 


    • Knowledge and experience of business taxation. Partnership tax knowledge is useful, but not a pre-requisite, 
    • Detailed knowledge/experience of one (or more) areas of taxation, 
    • Able to identify and manage tax risks, implementing mitigation strategies as appropriate, 
    • Have project implementation practice and skills – you have to see your tax advice through to the end product,
    • Communication skills - readily summarise complex tax issues for a layman. 


      • Experience of running, or working in, an in-house tax function,
      • Have an interest in, and practical experience of, process, process efficiency and improvement, 
      • Numerate. 

      Other Points:

      • You will be expected to register for Indian Taxation and obtain a Permanent Account Number (a PAN) in order to sign certain Indian payroll tax forms on behalf of the Firm. 
      • The role is currently based in London. However the Firm, including One Finance, intends to gradually relocate certain roles outside of London over a protracted timescale.
      • Experience of managing staff in multiple locations or that operate remotely will likely prove beneficial.   


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