European Tax Department Manager

Marc Daniels
Bracknell, UK
18 Sep 2019
26 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
European Tax Department Manager required for a highly successful client, based in Bracknell. The main purpose of this role is to effectively and efficiently manage tax risk across Europe whilst providing a value added service to stakeholders and customers. Additionally, the role should focus on the reduction of external consultants, exploiting business efficiency opportunities to enhance profitability, tax recoveries and cash flow.

The role includes supporting the Deputy GM BA to define a clear and credible strategic direction for tax which is understood and taken seriously and at all levels throughout the regional and global organisation and working with the Department Managers for VAT and Customs and Internal Trade to deliver that direction.

The Department Manager European Tax will be accountable for managing internal associates and external contractors, partners and consultants. The role must have a high level of credibility across the organization, have a clear vision of the business direction and the ability to articulate it, be able to create trust and confidence and interact with business teams/leaders.

  • Take ownership for design and delivery of the business plan
  • Lead, coach and manage the team and create a strong team spirit
  • High degree of decision making and proactivity, goal oriented
  • Create a collaborative environment based on clear communication
  • Work with the Deputy GM BA to define, propose and implement overall strategy of tax to focus on the reduction of external consultants, exploit business efficiency opportunities to enhance profitability, tax recoveries and cash flow and optimize risk management.
  • To assess inherent tax risks with the European Group and to develop effective taxation policies to mitigate those risks.
  • To execute the strategy in an efficient and effective manner including defining targets and action plans and preparing and managing budgets/reports
  • Encourage new ideas and thinking on execution
  • Centralise and share knowledge and expertise of European tax matters affecting the company
  • Manage, develop and coach the team for succession planning, professional development and business awareness to ensure overall departmental competence, continuity and development and ultimate achievement of business objectives
  • Drive a customer service culture, based on trust, transparency and team work, across the European region through direct support, collaboration and communication
  • Ensure support is proactive to the business and business decision making in order to identify, highlight, evaluate and mitigate tax risk
  • Increase agility, responsiveness and efficiency wherever possible though the reduction of complexity thus creating effective and customer focused support to the business which is clearly understood by the business
  • Ensure compliance with external standards, statutory, regulatory and corporate requirements and governance
  • Work closely with other regions tax teams and external consultants to ensure consistent application of global policy and strategy including the adherence to and documentation of transfer pricing policies and submission and negotiation of advance pricing agreements.
  • In conjunction with ISD\SSC teams, drive forward continuous improvement of systems and processes to ensure secure, timely and costs effective transaction and reporting management for tax activities
  • Ensure the department is operated in a secure and cost effective basis and maintain strict budgetary control

Knowledge and Skills Required:
  • Experienced tax practitioner with previous experience of direct international taxes (particularly transfer pricing) gained in practice or from working within an international group.
  • Proven track record for cross border tax planning and international direct tax management / projects.
  • Significant experience in negotiating successfully with tax authorities.
  • Good working knowledge of associated technical areas such as treasury, accounting and audit.
  • Extensive knowledge of UK tax legislation, case law, guidance, and best practice.
  • Experience of European taxes and awareness of main features of local regimes.
  • Experience of employment taxes also useful

Specific Requirements:
  • Strong leadership and management skills coupled with full commitment to results achievement & accountability
  • Self-driven and motivated to succeed
  • Good communication skills, quickly able to establish credibility with business leaders and other stakeholders
  • Flexible and proactive attitude and open to change
  • Ability to motivate others towards a common goal
  • High flexibility, drive and customer orientation
  • Ability and willingness to travel
  • Respect confidentiality and commercially sensitive information
  • Demonstrable organizational skills, project planning and management.
  • Good knowledge of English and some knowledge of other European languages.

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