Tax Accountant

13 Apr 2018
22 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Tax Accountant


Job Description and Skills

Leonardo is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable 'smart' solutions. From the design, development and production of state-of-the-art equipment, software and systems to through life support, Leonardo partners with its customers to deliver the information superiority required to act decisively, complete missions and maintain security and protection for operational effectiveness.

The Finance department is looking for a part or fully qualified accountant to work in support of the Leonardo Central Finance function. As the Tax Accountant you will report to the Financial Controller and you will also manage one direct report. You will be taking responsibility for indirect tax matters within the Leonardo group, including responsibility for all UK and International indirect tax reporting, liaising with finance, commercial and other stakeholders, providing a business advisory service on indirect tax matters and providing support on project activity. You will assist in managing tax strategies and liaising with our external advisors.

You should also have a working knowledge and understanding of UK & International VAT laws and rules as well as being able to build relationships with cross-functional colleagues, customers and suppliers.

An in depth knowledge of SAP as well as having good excel skills, the ability to work with complex spreadsheets and a requirement to work to tight deadlines is also required.

Key Responsibility Areas

  • Ensuring strong financial controls operate over indirect tax activities in line with policy and procedures. This will include implementing improvements to procedures where necessary
  • Responsibility for the supervision of the preparation and submission of UK and International VAT and other indirect tax returns
  • Responsibility for the supervision of the preparation and submission of UK and European Intrastat and EC Sales List reporting
  • Responsibility for ensuring all VAT/GST accounts reconciled and journals posted within agreed timescales
  • Agreement of Inter Company Loan accounts for VAT/GST
  • Ensure timely payments of VAT to Tax authorities
  • Supervision and direction of Assistant Tax Accountant's work
  • Provide indirect tax advice to the business regarding the correct application of current legislation seeking the optimum solution for the company
  • Maintain awareness of new legislation, regulations and consultative papers, and proactively provide proposals for responses or actions to be taken
  • Assistance with of VAT Law 262 audits and external audits
  • Minimising exposure to penalties or additional tax arising from late lodgement of returns, taxation audits or mis-declaration penalties
  • Correspondence and meetings as appropriate with the relevant tax authorities and seeking to maintain a good working relationship
  • Liaison and participation with other departments to discuss relevant technical matters
  • Assist in increasing the profile of the Tax Team to improve the business's understanding of tax matters
  • Support the tax team as necessary

Skills, Qualifications & Knowledge Required

  • Part qualified accountant or similar qualification
  • Good understanding of UK & International VAT laws and rules
  • Good excel skills and ability to work with complex spreadsheets
  • Relationship building skills with cross-functional colleagues, customers and suppliers
  • In depth knowledge of SAP or similar would be advantageous
  • Requirement to work to tight deadlines
  • Team player
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Analytical & problem solving skills
  • Flexible working style with the ability to multi task
  • Willing to be hands on
  • Receptive to process improvement and continual efficiency

Intrinsic Factors

  • Office Based
  • Display Screen Equipment User
  • Tight Deadlines
  • Travel UK/Abroad as required

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