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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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Tax Compliance Manager (with IT interest) - reposition your career!

Monday, 31 October 2011

Tax Compliance Manager - reposition your tax career in 2012!

London | £50,000 - £60,000 + Bens Package
Are you an experienced corporate tax compliance specialist, now looking for new career options? This is a highly innovative tax technology business with continued growth plans now seeking to recruit an IT-savvy corporate tax assistant manager or tax manager to join their software development team. You do not need to be an IT or software specialist to succeed in this role, although you will require strong analytical / logical thinking and enjoy working on IT applications, such as Excel or Access. Once transitioned into the team, key responsibilities will be modelling and encoding tax rules and legislation into new and existing software, working closely with pure IT programmers, and ensuring that the software has sufficient and up-to-date content for it to remain as a leading tax software tool. There will also be scope in the future to design and develop new tax software applications. Opportunities also exist to develop the software for both UK and other international jurisdictions. To match up to this role, you will have a solid grounding in corporate tax compliance gained with a large accounting firm, or in-house, now wishing to consider an IT-based tax career. You will have a strong academic background, with high grades in subjects such as Maths / Physics. Ideally you will have a professional qualification, with the ACA / ACCA accounting route being an advantage. You will be good at and enjoy improving the quality and accuracy of tax computations through use of Excel or tax software applications (e.g. Abacus or Alphatax). You will have a good appreciation of tax software as a user, now wishing to be instrumental at improving its capabilities. This will be a progressive role, with opportunities to move your career up within the field of tax technology. Some occasional international travel with be required.

To discuss this opportunity in confidence, please contact Simon Godley on 0870 46 056 46.

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Seeking Tax Compliance & Reporting Accountants - Europe wide

Friday, 14 October 2011

I'm actively searching for tax professionals across Europe (not just UK) that have very solid tax accounting / reporting skills. Likely to be currently working in-house with a large corporate organisation or within banking/financial services, and within hands-on experience of tax reporting process and systems:

Tax Consultant / Manager - Tax Compliance Systems
London - with European travel | £45,000 - £65,000, depending on level of experience

High profile advisory firm in London with large European coverage is now looking to grow further their successful tax technology consulting practice, and now seeks to recruit at Tax Adviser / Accountant and/or Tax Manager level into this UK / European tax technology consulting practice. Based in London, with frequent travel around Europe, this client facing project based role will mostly work with large FTSE / European HQ / Global 500 and financial services clients, and will work on projects to analyse tax risk and tax reporting process, and to subsequently implement and roll-out bespoke tax systems and technology solutions for the client. Projects will cover a range of client issues, focusing on corporate tax process and compliance, iXBRL systems, analysis and selection of tax accounting and compliance solutions. Potential candidates will have a strong grounding in corporate & international tax compliance / tax accounting, preferably qualified ACA / ACCA / CTA, and will currently be working with an in-house tax team in industry or banking (currently based anywhere in UK or Europe) or in a Big 4 corporate tax division, now looking for a new career direction. Knowledge and experience of using or implementing / improving tax software systems will be a major advantage, and in particular experience on Excel / VBA and CT compliance software will be added advantage. An awareness of tax accounting principles under UK / US GAAP / local GAAP / IFRS will be highly valuable to success in this opportunity, as well as strong client interaction skills and the ability and confidence to develop more business when appropriate. This is a growing team, and fast track promotion prospects are available for high achievers. Other European language skills would be useful.

For more information, or for a confidential discussion, please call Simon Godley on 0870 4605646 or email: sg@talentpoolselection.com



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Tax (Accounting) Manager - switch career into tax systems

Monday, 10 October 2011

Recruiting for a very good growth business in the tax data systems / tax process market. Opportunity for a Corporate Tax Accountant or Manager with very strong tax accounting / IFRS / UK Gaap tax reporting experience to move away from doing the accounting to working with IT systems that automate the process.

Tax-IT Implementations Manager
London / South East | £50,000 - £70,000 + Bens

Highly innovative tax software business with continued growth plans now seeks to recruit an IT-savvy corporate tax assistant manager or manager to join their software development team. You do not need to be an IT or software specialist to succeed in this role, although you will require strong analytical / logical thinking and be very adept on Excel to work well in the role. Key remit of the position is modelling and encoding tax rules and legislation into the software, working closely with programmers, and ensuring that the software has sufficient and up-to-date content for it to remain as a leading tax software tool used by wide range of practice firms and industry. Opportunities exist to work on the software for both UK and other international jurisdictions. To match up to this role, you will have a solid grounding in corporate tax compliance gained with a large accounting firm, or in-house, now looking for a new career direction. You will be good at and enjoy improving the quality and accuracy of tax computations through use of software. You will have a good appreciation of tax software as a user, now wishing to be instrumental at improving its capabilities. This will be a progressive role, with opportunities to move your career up within the field of tax technology. Some international travel with be required.

For more information, or for a confidential discussion, please contact Simon Godley on 0870 4605646 or apply via our website.
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Recruitment Agents and Estate Agents - roughly the same?

Thursday, 6 October 2011

By Simon Godley

I was at a drinks function recently, and got talking to an in-house Tax Manager. I was describing a recent placement I had made, someone from company A into company B. In this scenario, company A had also appointed me to conduct a search to recruit a replacement when my candidate from company A announced that he was leaving to join company B. The chap I was talking to said “OK, bit like an estate agent.” He was a very nice guy, and I was enjoying talking to him, so I didn’t react adversely to his comment.

However this was a reminder that some people have a perception that recruiters or recruitment consultants operate like estate agents, or that in some way it’s the same discipline. I think the origins of this somewhat incorrect comparison are that the vast majority of people understand how an estate agent earns a fee, but don’t have a good understanding of what’s involved for a recruiter to make a fee. Yes, recruiters and estate agents both earn a fee for their successful deals, but that is probably where the comparison ends. What about investment bankers? They also earn a fee for transactions, but they are never likened to recruiters.

The other possible rationale is that both recruitment and estate agents fall under the same discipline category i.e. Sales. Again, this is a huge generalisation, and I think confusing.

I think a recruiter’s job is NOT like an estate agents for the following reasons:

• An estate agent’s product is a property i.e. a non-human inanimate asset. A recruiter’s ‘product’ is a person – a human that has emotions, views, opinions, personality, and most importantly the right to say “No”. That’s a big difference, and I think provides an additional layer of complexity for a recruiter when handling a candidate-client placement process.

• In the process of selling/buying a house, the house has a vendor i.e. someone wishing to sell the property. In the process of someone wishing to move jobs, their employer is clearly not selling them into the market. You could argue that in a redundancy situation, the employer is releasing them into the market, but that’s one event of many possibilities. In many recruiter scenarios, the candidate who is looking at other options, doesn’t have to move jobs. The emphasis is therefore on the recruiter to assess and make a judgement on how serious a candidate is in their quest to move jobs, again providing uncertainty in the process.

• When someone has bought a house, if the house turns out to be a bit rubbish, or doesn’t live up to expectations, who do they blame? There may be more than one answer to this, but I think the majority of people would either blame themselves for taking the decision to buy the house, or in a lot of cases would blame the previous owners for not looking after it very well. The agent gets a bit forgotten. However, if a company hires someone who turns out to be a bit rubbish, or significantly underperforms, who do they blame? In a lot of cases this turns out to be the recruiter, and the company will penalise the recruiter by not using them again. I’m not saying that this is the wrong reaction – it’s a bit harsh, given that the recruiter has virtually no control over how someone behaves once they have started a job, it’s just a different result.

In writing this article, I am in no way suggesting that an estate agent’s job is easier or less demanding, I would never suggest that. My point is that they are very different, with a very different transaction process, but often seen by the outside world as very similar.


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