Financial Accountant Tax & VAT

Michael Page Finance
Edinburgh Technopole
16 Apr 2019
03 May 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

A Financial Accountant position with a core element in the financial management of VAT, tax and compliance.

Client Details

The client is a multi-site and global institution that is almost 200 years old.


Tax & Compliance

 Responsible for timely co-ordination and completion of corporation tax returns for the group

 Responsible for timely completion of VAT returns for the group, including PESM, RCV, CGS and any other schemes as required

 Responsible for correct accounting entries and balance sheet reconciliations for all VAT and tax accounts

 Responsible for reporting of all VAT and Tax, and providing support to relevant committees (e.g. Audit & Risk Committee)

 Provision of advice relating to VAT, TAX and employment status queries, international tax, supporting HR and payroll where necessary

 Working with professional advisors as required to ensure compliance with all tax and VAT requirements

Statutory Reporting and Accounting

  • Support the preparation of the University's consolidated annual report and accounts, notably in respect of VAT & Tax
  • Support internal and external auditors in their work and deal with queries and questions as required

UK and International Tax Compliance and reporting

  • Work with Capital accountant to ensure correct VAT recovery on qualifying assets
  • Provide in-house specialist advice on tax matters, working with external advisers.
  • Provide internal advice in relation to tax matters, including overseas taxation issues
  • Corporation Tax - Liaise with external advisers on the timely preparation and submission of annual Corporation Tax returns for the institution and its subsidiaries
  • VAT - Liaise with external advisors, prepare quarterly returns, maintain policies and procedures, carry out month and quarter end reconciliations

Balance Sheet Management, including Reconciliations

 Prepare other Balance Sheet reconciliations, investigate and highlight issues, and make recommendations for clearing erroneous balances

Research Grant Accounting

Ensure correct VAT treatment for research grants

Preparation and Maintenance of Financial Regulations/ Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

Evaluation of Technical Issues/ Support

 Investigate options and draft technical papers for presentation to Senior Managers

Continuous Improvement

 Actively participate in continuous improvement activities, involving process and/or system enhancements


Education and Qualifications

  • Candidates must be professionally qualified (e.g. ICAS, ICAEW, CIMA, ACCA or CIPFA)


Statutory Accounts preparation

 Preparation of VAT returns including RCV PESM CGS

 Preparation of Corporation Tax computations and compliance

 Balance sheet management including reconciliations

 ERP Finance Systems (e.g. Oracle

Job Offer

Being part of a dynamic finance time and progression opportunities.

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