Head of Group Tax

  • Location:High Wycombe
  • Job Industry:Accountancy
  • Reference:MC218_1717668180
  • Job Type:Permanent
  • Skills:Head of Group Tax
  • Salary:Up to £100000 per annum + benefits

A blue-chip, market leading group are looking for a Head of Group Tax to take strategic ownership of all tax matters (both direct and indirect) across the Group. Reporting directly to the CFO, the Head of Group Tax will take accountability for leading and planning opportunities with taxation and for ensuring the Group maintains tax compliance at all times.

Key responsibilities:

  • Primary point of contact for HMRC on all tax matters including general queries, information requests, disputes, voluntary disclosures and audits. Any disputes and audits that may arise are to be proactively driven forward to conclusion with optimal outcomes for the company.
  • Accurate forecasting of corporation tax charges and cash payments for the Group’s annual Budget and Five Year Plan process, with efficient utilisation of capital allowances and carried forward losses.
  • Develop a detailed understanding of group taxes and provide expert tax advice to the Operations, Legal and Internal Audit teams to drive best practice, monitor adherence and design new controls if necessary.
  • Monitor all manual processes to ensure compliance. To stress test assumptions made within the IT system to ensure robustness of processes. To review and approve the return prepared by the accounting team and to ensure that the correct amount of VAT is accounted for and remitted to HMRC within the statutory deadlines.
  • Primary contact within the group for any tax queries that may arise and to develop excellent relationships throughout the business to achieve business-conscious tax solutions. This includes working with Operations, HR, etc. to find the most efficient ways of handling new tax legislation.
  • Manage the SAO process to ensure that the CFO is confident in the annual certificate to be signed. To facilitate meetings at a senior level to ensure issues are disclosed, recorded and presented on the SAO certificate
  • Actively monitor changes in tax legislation to ensure that any potential cash tax advantages for the company are thoroughly assessed and implemented if deemed in-line with company policy.
  • Lead any tax litigation processes at Tax Tribunal, Judicial Review or the Chancery Courts.

Person Requirements:

  • Proven experience within a tax leadership role for large businesses.
  • Qualified Chartered Tax Advisor or Association of Taxation Technicians.
  • Experience managing an effective in-house tax team.
  • Trained at either accountancy firms or HMRC.
  • Up-to-date with latest legislation affecting corporation tax and VAT.
  • Strong understanding in other tax areas, e.g. payroll-related taxes.

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