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This weblog is a news and views site for tax professionals within the UK and international in-house tax community.  You will find information about appointments and people moves in and around the in-house tax market, issues affecting the in-house tax professional, opinions on the state of the tax job market, updates on tax technology, and other general thoughts of the day.

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This site has been developed by Simon Godley, who also runs the niche tax recruitment company Talentpool Selection . Simon spends a lot of his time placing tax specialists into FTSE companies, large in-bound groups and some professional services organisations. He also recruits and is well networked around the UK tax technology and VAT markets.

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Corporate Tax Manager (with strong IT skills) - focus into Tax Technology Consulting

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Manager - Direct Tax Technology Projects
London / Other EU city 
£50,000 - £75,000 + Bens, depending on experience level
Are you experienced in the corporate tax compliance field or a tax reporting manager? Do you have a strong interest in technology / computing / IT?  Possibly you originally graduated in IT / Computer Sciences / Maths or Sciences before a move into tax, and now eager to use that knowledge in your career?   If yes, this is an excellent opportunity to combine your work experience to date and interests, and to focus your career into high-end tax technology systems with a leading consulting firm.
This role will join a well established and progressive team within a top tier advisory firm, most likely as your first step into tax systems and technology.  You will initially assist leadership consulting Managers on client-led projects, either working in the firm's London office or at a client location.  Projects will involve analysis and information gathering on clients' accounting and tax systems, understanding business processes within the ERP / SAP framework.  You will also assist on proposals to clients on how they can improve or enhance their tax systems, leading to working on implementation projects of software and IT systems with clients.  Product technologies will include tax accounting solutions, CT compliance software, tax data management & work flow systems.
You will have started your career following graduation, most likely in tax / auditing / accounting either in a large-end company or with a practice firm of accountants.  Ideally you will have qualified ACA / ACCA or tax qualified CTA, although not essential. You are now unsure of your career ahead in corporate tax, now interested in making a switch into the IT systems & software sector.  Aside from background and qualifications, you will be a good problem solver, able to deduce solutions in a logical way and present them to clients / end-users in an understandable fashion.
Please note - You do not need to be an IT program specialist to move into this role, although a keen interest and aptitude for IT applications (e.g. Excel / MS Access  / SQL  / database solutions) will be very beneficial. In addition, you will be confident with very strong communication and relationship skills, now looking to move and progress your career quickly into the high growth field of finance and tax technology within the large-end corporate sector.

For more information on this role, or to apply, please click through to the Talentpool Selection website Job Opportunity page

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New Opportunity - EU Indirect Tax Manager, South Hertfordshire

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Salary Guide £60-70k + Car + Bonus + Pension
Our client is an international business with a very strong brand name and long term history, and with a EMEA regional headquarters in West Hertfordshire.
The company is now seeking a very capable and technically savvy Indirect Tax / VAT Manager to take a lead role for the VAT function in Europe and to act in an internal advisory capacity across a range of issues.  Due to the nature of this role, it is envisaged that this role could be performed on a FULL TIME or PART TIME basis, with additional flexible working arrangements available.    
Reporting to a European Tax Director, the role will include:
  • Advising the business on structuring of cross-border flows and contracts to ensure VAT compliance
  • Maintaining the VAT compliance processes with the SAP system, liaising with IT VAT system specialist
  • Manage and monitor controls around VAT preparation within a SSC
  • Respond to AP and AR queries on VAT issues
  • Manage VAT audits around the group, and interface with tax authorities on compliance issues
To match the requirements of this role, you will have a strong VAT training and will have worked in a specialist VAT role, operating at Manager or Assistant Manager level.  Ideally trained and qualified ACA / CTA (or equivalent), you may have started your tax career with an accounting firm and then made the move to industry to an in-house VAT role.  You will need to be very 'hands-on' with the detail surrounding company transactions, and how VAT is treated, and be able to communicate this effectively to finance / accounts contacts.  You will have sound commercial knowledge, be able to influence at different levels in the business, and be self-motivated.
This role presents an excellent opportunity to work in a high calibre in-house VAT role on a full or part time basis, and with career development possibilities.

For more information on this opportunity or for a confidential discussion, please contact Simon Godley at 

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Current Tax Technology Job Opportunities

Thursday, 25 February 2016

As you can imagine, the tax technology market is a very niche world. Opportunities arise when there is a distinct need for someone to perform a hybrid role whereby tax (more specifically tax calculations or tax process) interact with IT systems.  
The tax part can cover any one or combination of taxes - corporate tax, VAT/indirect tax, personal tax are the main ones, but also products / systems that cover more specialised areas such as FATCA, transfer pricing, withholding taxes. 

The IT part can cover ERP functionality or a tax calculation tool or a tax database / warehouse system, or simply a form of Excel spreadsheet taken to the next level.

Although niche, this market in Europe is very buoyant currently, and we are seeing a wide variety of roles coming up across the consulting firms, software houses and in-house with large-end multinational groups.  

Here is a snapshot of some current opportunities that we are actively recruiting for:
Global manufacturing group - West London

VAT Determination - Senior Manager, up to £100k + Bonus
Big Four - London office

Direct Tax Technology Consulting - Senior Manager, up to £90k + Bens
Financial Software House - Surrey

Tax Systems Implementer - Entry level role, up to £55k + Bens
Business Systems Provider - London Tax Content Analyst - up to £60k + Bonus + Bens
Tax Software Provider - LondonVAT Solutions - Lead Practice Manager, up to £85k + Bens
Software House - LondonDirect Tax - Technical Pre-Sales Consultant, up to £100k OTE
ERP-Tax Technology Provider - LondonTax Reporting Systems - Consultant, up to £70k + Bonus + Bens
VAT Solution Provider - London Business Development Manager, up to £70k + Bonus

For more information on any of these roles, or if you would like to refer a potential candidate to us, please contact Simon Godley at

Otherwise please visit the Talentpool Selection website

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