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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.

Tax News

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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Where do Tax Technology specialists come from?

Monday, 25 January 2016

As a recruiter in the tax technology field, one of my core pursuits is searching for potential candidates. And preferably finding candidates that are either already in the tax technology field, or have some level of experience with enterprise tax systems / software.

Firstly, let me say this is not easy. I do often say to clients that there is no obvious training ground for these people, and they do not spring up from any obvious source company. Ultimately this is very much a hybrid niche specialisation - it combines knowledge & experience of IT systems (very big market) with knowledge and experience of tax (smaller, but also a sizable market) to form a professional in the tax technology market (small market, but growing quickly).

But these specialists have to come from somewhere, they must have a professional background which has started somewhere. So I felt it was worth doing a brief study to see if there are any common traits within the backgrounds of tax technologists, which may help to see if there is in fact any obvious training ground.

I took a look at the senior tax technologists that I have met for my "Interview with:" article for my quarterly newsletter. These are people with very established tax technology careers, having worked in the market for some time. But what are their initial backgrounds? Are they graduates, and in which subjects? What was their first job? Are there any patterns?

The vast majority are graduates. Only one had moved into a professional career directly from school. One common thread on degree subjects is that in general they had either done a finance/accounting/business based degree, or had done a science based degree. An engineering degree was a popular choice.

In terms of first jobs, I was expecting almost all of them to have trained in tax with a Big Four firm. This was my background, and I have seen a lot of other tax technology people with this initial training. Actually only around half had this initial background. Other initial career choices were finance, financial analysis, sales, IT programmer, auditing. There was only one that had trained as a tax technologist from the start of their professional career.

So it seems fair to conclude that successful tax technologists tend to have an academic grounding in Science / Maths / Engineering or have taken a more vocational degree qualification in business. I think it is also clear that the vast majority start their professional career with something else in mind, whether that be tax professional, finance, IT or sales and then find the area of tax technology somewhere else down the career road. Exactly when and where is very difficult to predict, but it seems obvious to them to settle in that field once they find it.

For more information on this topic, please contact Simon Godley at Talentpool Selection at 

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