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About In House Tax

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

Demand for ERP/SAP-VAT systems specialists

Friday, 25 November 2011

The area of implementing high spec VAT & Indirect Tax systems into large multinationals is still buoyant, and has been strong throughout 2011. These projects are long term, and so would expect there to be continued demand for specialists in this area into 2012. We are currently speaking to a couple of well placed consultancies in this niche market sector that are looking to hire.

ERP/SAP-VAT Advisers - London / South East (with travel)
Salary range £50,000 - £80,000 (interim and permanent options)

Our client is a well established, specialist tax consultancy with a successful and profitable long term history. They already have an enviable client base, typically FTSE 100 groups, Europe-wide listed and large private organisations. They are now looking to build up further their VAT systems & technology service offering with the addition of a VAT Accountant or Manager level consultant within this evolving sector in the market. This new role, based in London, will work within a tax-IT project team assessing clients' VAT systems and processes and then proposing on a variety of system enhancements and improvements, sometimes involving implementations of tax engine bolt-ons e.g. Sabrix or Vertex. To meet the challenges of this specialist role, you will have a strong technical VAT background, with international / EU VAT compliance experience, together with hands-on experience of VAT systems, and exposure to how VAT works within a SAP / ERP / finance environment. Alternatively, you could have a more focused tax / VAT technology background, having project managed IT system enhancement or in-house implementations of tax engines within SAP / Oracle. In addition, this role will require strong client-facing skills, with the ability to assess client needs and help to build value and effectiveness within clients' tax and finance functions. Strong future promotion prospects exist for high calibre performers.

For more information on this, please contact Simon Godley on 0870 46 056 46

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Recent appointments within In-House Tax Market

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

Here are some appointments that have taken place over the last 3-4 months within the in-house tax world:

Samantha Matute has recently been appointed Global Head of Indirect Tax Operations at Glaxo Smith Kline, based in their West London HQ. Samantha is a senior level figure in the commercial tax market, joining GSK from Thomson Reuters where she was Global Head of Indirect Tax.

Adrian Tucker has recently been appointed as European Tax Manager at Astellas Pharma, based in their European HQ in Staines. Adrian is a senior level commercial tax adviser, joining from Orange Business Services where he was an International Tax Manager.

Oil & Gas engineering group Subsea 7 has recently recruited Andreas Guenster as their Manager – Global Tax Reporting, based in London. Andreas is a very experienced in-house Tax Manager, and joins from biotech company Illumina where he was stand-alone European Tax Manager.

Insurance group Canada Life has just recruited Krupesh Pabari as Corporate Tax Manager in the UK. Krupesh joins the company from Ricoh Europe Plc, where he was Tax Accountant.

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Senior Tax Systems Opportunity - UK

Monday, 14 November 2011

Currently working on a senior level tax technology assignment, based in the UK:

Director - Tax Accounting Systems
London | £Excellent senior-end package

Our client is a top ranked software solutions provider in the finance sector, operating in North America and across the EMEA region. Based in the UK, the EMEA operation is now looking to make a Director level hire.

Based in the London region, and with close liaison with senior US and UK management, this role is responsible for the successful delivery of tax reporting solutions to multinational clients.

Key accountabilities:
• To be a senior level consultant to new and existing clients within the EMEA region looking to acquire bespoke tax accounting solutions; working closely with sales and pre-sales colleagues
• Lead role on client proposals, including discussions and negotiations on pricing structures
• Translate customer’s strategic goals and business needs into a solution proposal
• Provide general management and leadership to implementations specialist, directing the team on key client implementations projects
• Understand project status and facilitate achievement of project objectives and priorities
• Closely manage project budget and customer invoicing to insure alignment, and manage the project change control process as appropriate.
• To act as a senior level account manager on active client engagements
• Close liaison with partners and alliances within the tax technology market, and further development of these partnerships
• Lead role on the market positioning of the product
• To conduct customer satisfaction reviews and liaison to product development
• Attending key conferences (internal and external) throughout the year.

It is envisaged that suitable candidates will already be operating at an experienced level within the tax technology & systems/software market (equivalent to Senior Manager / Director grade of a Big 4 consulting firm), ideally based in the UK. Candidates will be able to demonstrate experience of acting in a lead / project management role on large corporate tax software implementations, and will have integral knowledge of IT platforms and systems used in the sector. In addition, strong business development skills will be required, together with excellent client handling and relationship skills with senior executives (finance, IT, tax, procurement) within large corporate groups.

If this sounds like a role that might enhance your career, or for a confidential discussion, please contact Simon Godley on 0870 46 056 46 or email:

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Tax Regime not suppporting business - review by PwC

Tuesday, 8 November 2011


ALMOST THREE-QUARTERS of UK private businesses say the tax regime does not support enterprise, according to a new survey by PwC. In 2007, just 59% said the same thing and respondents also warned SME-targeted measures are failing to deliver.

Higher tax relief for research and development will have no impact, according to 60% of respondents, while the extension of the small business rate relief holiday and reforms to Venture Capital Trusts received similarly lacklustre reviews.

Head of private business Ruby Parmar, said: "Private businesses hold the key to future economic growth, many having weathered the recession better than their listed counterparts.
"The Government says it recognises this, but certain measures designed to support business endeavour are not having their intended effect, or at least not being appreciated across the private business sector."

Broader tax changes were also unpopular, with 91% saying higher national insurance contributions negatively impacted their business, while three-quarters are unhappy with the VAT hike to 20%.
Despite the grumbles, optimism is on the rise, with 82% expecting the business environment to brighten in the next five years and around 70% confident their revenues and pre-tax profits will climb within 12 months. Many are looking to Brazil, Russia, India and China to grow, as well as developing new products and increasing market share.
Parmar highlighted access to finance as crucial to success, warning banks' reluctance to lend remains a major threat to private businesses.

"The chancellor's plans for a credit-easing scheme could be a big help, but much will depend on the level of finance available, whether it will be easy to access and the cost to the borrower," she concluded.

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