UK - Head of UKIME Group Tax, Finance

Term: Permanent
Reports to: Head of Finance (UK & I)
Practice group: Finance
Location: UK Hybrid
Purpose of role

We have an exciting opportunity for someone to join us as the Head of Group Tax responsible for the efficient and effective delivery of tax compliance and in-house consultancy needs for Dentons UKIME. The role holder will be responsible for managing our firm’s current in-house tax team and external advisors and for also identifying and implementing appropriate best-in-class processes to ensure a high quality of service is provided to our business in the course of its implementation of is five-year strategic growth plans..

The role will work closely with the Head of Finance (UK) and Finance Director for Middle East to ensure that Dentons UKIME remains tax compliant and efficiently structured.

 

This is a pivotal role that will proactively manage the firm’s tax affairs, evaluate/deal with individual partner tax arrangements, tax compliance (including reserving), manage tax risks, and the delivery of high-quality tax advisory planning advice.  The role will oversee and manage the completion of all tax compliance obligations across our geographic footprint including income and corporation tax computations and returns, tax balances in statutory accounts, tax provisioning, VAT, payroll, double tax relief claims and tax payments.

This role requires an experienced tax professional already acting in a senior advisory role either within a professional practice or a large complex international business.

Responsibilities

In addition to managing the day-to-day workload and service provided by their supporting team and our external advisors, the main duties and responsibilities for the role are as follows:

  • Developing and maintaining the Dentons UKIME tax strategy and tax linked policies and working practices.
  • Recommending and implementing structural changes to manage the UKIME firm’s worldwide tax exposure.
  • Leading on the implementation of the necessary changes in working practices because of UK Basis Period reform legislation including the quantification of accelerated liabilities, consideration of transitional provisions, and the delivery of appropriate explanations to partners of upcoming changes and how it will affect them personally.
  • Developing and reviewing transfer pricing policies, maintaining supporting documentation and overseeing the annual global management charge calculation to ensure compliance with global transfer pricing requirements.
  • Providing advisory support around the tax implications of international mobility issues, consultancy arrangements (including IR35) and new/departing partners.
  • Managing the firm’s relationship with HMRC, including responses to risk reviews and enquiries.
  • Overseeing tax compliance for all UK and non-UK entities (primarily partnerships, some corporates) as well as the firm’s partners. Includes reviewing UK returns prepared by the in-house team and coordinating the provision of information for overseas compliance.
  • Managing the firm’s withholding tax exposure.
  • Constructing and maintaining partner tax reserve calculations, monitoring in-year releases and undertaking year-end reconciliations.
  • Project-managing tax aspects of new office openings.
  • Assisting other areas of the business to ensure that we are compliant in all areas of tax including sales tax, transfer pricing and mobility arrangements.
  • Reviewing the VAT returns for the region prior to submission (including using MTD software)
  • To attend meetings of the firms audit committee as required
Required experience, skills and attributes
  • CTA and/or ACA qualified
  • Previous experience at a Big 4/Top 20 accountancy firm or in-house in a professional services firm
  • Experienced people manager
  • Strong Excel skills and knowledge of Elite/3E would be an advantage
  • Outstanding numeracy and analytical skills
  • Excellent communication skills (both written and oral)
  • Comfortable liaising with senior stakeholders and handling complex/sensitive issues
  • Excellent record of client service and delivery
  • Positive outlook and “can-do” attitude, with a strong sense of self-motivation
  • Proactive in taking on new work and identifying issues/opportunities
  • Keen to absorb relevant technical knowledge and commercial context
  • Strong organisational skills with a methodical approach to work with a strong focus on accuracy 
  • Takes full ownership whilst consulting/collaborating where appropriate
  • Practical approach in evaluating risk and making recommendations
  • Confident decision-maker and comfortable signing off
  • Can clearly explain problems and issues to others and contribute to their resolution
  • Able to prioritise and multi-task particularly when working under pressure and to tight deadlines
  • Flexible and adaptable to changing circumstances
  • Can demonstrate confidence and resilience to overcome obstacles to deliver what is required
  • Interest/experience in tax technology desirable
The firm

How we work

This is a Hybrid role – your place of work is one of our offices, however there is no minimum (or maximum) number of days you must work from this office. We give you the freedom to decide with your team how efficiently and effectively you can deliver the best service to our clients, work with your colleagues, and progress your own personal development whilst recognizing the need to adjust plans where circumstances require. We encourage you to discuss this with our recruitment team and your interviewers to see how the team you are interviewing with are working. You will have an allowance to create a workspace in your own home, as well the kit to utilise the desks at any of our offices.

 

Dentons is the world's largest law firm, delivering quality and value to clients around the globe. Dentons is a leader on the Acritas Global Elite Brand Index, a BTI Client Service 30 Award winner and recognized by prominent business and legal publications for its innovations in client service, including founding Nextlaw Labs and the Nextlaw Global Referral Network. Dentons' polycentric approach and world-class talent challenge the status quo to advance client interests in the communities in which we live and work.  www.dentons.com.

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Equal opportunities

Dentons is committed to providing equal opportunities for all. We welcome applications from candidates with disabilities and support those in the workplace who have a disability. Any disability disclosure will be dealt with confidentially and sensitively and if you want to speak directly to a member of our team, please email recruitment.matters@dentons.com.

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