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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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Merry Christmas from Talentpool Selection

Tuesday, 20 December 2011


Season's Greetings to all our Clients and Candidates within the tax market and tax software / systems sector.

During 2011, Talentpool has embraced more technology within our recruiting activity and marketing, and we've now gone fully Social.

So in order to Link, Follow or Like us in the social media world, please click through to one or a combination of the following media. You won't get your inbox relentlessly filled up with trivial messages as we aim to provide quality information on a less frequent basis.

Link to Simon Godley on LinkedIn to keep track of news updates from the tax & tax systems market and see what type of opportunities we are taking on.

Visit our Facebook company page, Like it to see job alerts for new opportunities.

Follow Simon Godley / Talentpool on Twitter to get job alerts and retweets of other tax industry gossip. Also get to see who's following us.

And by the way, it's also our view that social media contact does not replace personal relationships, and we also look forward to speaking or meeting with you in 2012 if you need input from a specialist tax recruiter.

We look forward to providing you with more information from the tax and tax systems market as we go into 2012, and Best Wishes for the New Year.
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VAT Consultant - Systems opportunity

Friday, 16 December 2011

Just started searching for an ambitious and forward thinking VAT Consultant or Manager with a Big 4 background, and with good knowledge around accounting / finance systems to step into a progressive consulting role within a top tier multinational business.

VAT Consultant / Manager
London | £60,000 - £80,000

Our client is a highly successful tax software and ERP-Tax solutions business, operating in the UK and globally. An excellent opportunity has arisen to be a lead VAT consultant within an Indirect Tax systems business, and to manage client relationships and projects. You will have a direct / top level interface with clients from the start, assessing their own indirect tax processes within a global structure and advising them on alternative ERP-Indirect Tax solutions. You will take a lead role on client implementations projects, working closely with senior tax & finance professionals and with implementations partners to deliver an end-to-end indirect tax solution. You will also be involved with the sales / proposal process to new prospects, acting as a lead VAT content product specialist. To match up to this challenging opportunity, you will have a background in VAT practice (preferably in a Big 4 firm, possibly with in-house VAT experience) and more recently will have forged into a VAT systems / SAP/ Oracle-VAT capacity. You will have a very good appreciation and awareness of how VAT / indirect tax fits within the broader ERP systems framework. In addition, you will have worked with large-end multinationals in a consulting capacity, and preferably with experience of project managing VAT systems changes or SAP-VAT projects. Knowledge of indirect tax engines (e.g. Sabrix / Vertex) will be a strong advantage in the role. This is a growing team in a growth area of the tax systems market, and therefore quick progression opportunities exist for high achievers.

For more information or for a confidential discussion about this opportunity, please call Simon Godley on 0870 46 056 46 or contact us through our website.

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Demand for tax technology professionals remains high

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

As we move to the close of the year, the demand for tax technology / tax systems & software professionals in the UK (and in parts of Europe) remains strong.

Here is a snapshot of opportunities we are currently handling:

Director - Tax Accounting Systems | London (with travel) £Highly competitive
In-house Tax Systems Manager | London £60,000 - £80,000 + 20-40% bonus
In-house Tax Technology Adviser | London £45,000 - £50,000 + Bens
VAT Systems Consultant | London (with travel) £65,000 - £75,000 + Bonus + Bens
SAP-Indirect Tax implementations Consultant | South East / Europe £40,000 - £60,000
Tax Software Developer | London £35,000 - £45,000 + Bens
Tax Transformations Manager | London / Europe £46,000 - £65,000 + Bens

If you would like to have a confidential conversation regarding any of these opportunities, or for more information, please contact Simon Godley on 0870 46 056 46 or contact us / e-mail via our website.

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Tax transformation / systems expert - Move In-House

Friday, 9 December 2011

Starting to work on a search for a new role - rare opportunity for an experienced tax / finance transformations adviser to move in-house with large corporate:

Tax Transformations Manager
London | £80-120k package

New opportunity has arisen for a tax systems / transformations manager to operate within the group tax function of this FTSE 100 group, based in London. Reporting to a Tax Director, this is a rare opportunity to focus on the tax systems and processes within a very international business, and to project manage a diverse range of tax system enhancements and implementations. Projects may include workflow and document management systems, devising processes to reduce tax risk, tax provisions & forecasting tools, and other ad-hoc system improvements. To match the challenges of this role, you will have established experience in the tax software / systems / tax process sector, either gained in a Big 4 firm (consulting or in-house tax technology team) as a client service / implementations adviser with a software house. You may have worked with a variety of tax software products, however experience around corporate tax software will be desirable. In addition, candidates with a wider appreciation of business / finance systems (e.g. Hyperion, SAP/Oracle Financials, Excel VBA) will have a strong advantage in this systems-centric role. This will be a very visible role in the company, and will involve regular liaison with senior management in the business, tax, legal and IT teams. You will therefore need to demonstrate strong team work skills, a sound project management approach and very confident communication skills with senior colleagues.

For more information or for a confidential discussion on this, please either call Simon Godley on 0870 46 056 46 or contact us through our company website.

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Top 40 tax professionals (under 40 years old)

Wednesday, 7 December 2011


Tax Journal has recently put together an interesting and innovative review of the 'Top 40 under 40' tax professionals in the UK.

The breakdown by organisation type is:
Big 4 tax practice - 7
Law Firm tax practice - 13
Tax barristers - 5
Other practice (Top 20 / independent firms) - 12
HMRC - 2
Tax Training - 1
In-House - 0 (rather disappointing!)

To review this feature on their website, click to Tax Journal

If you just want to see who made it onto the List, listed alphabetically by surname, here are the 40 under 40:

Marie Barber, Member, Kinetic Partners

Claire Blackburn, Partner, PwC

Lynnette Bober, Private Client Tax Director, Rawlinson & Hunter

Pippa Booth, Partner, Deloitte

Helen Buchanan, Tax Partner, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Alexander Cox, Tax Partner, Ashurst

Caroline Dhir, Tax Partner, Ernst & Young

Richard Harbot, Corporate Tax Partner, Berwin Leighton Paisner

Daniel Hartland, Tax Partner, Grant Thornton

James Henderson, Barrister, Pump Court Tax Chambers

Matthew Hodkin, Partner, Norton Rose

Sue Holmes, Parter, Deloitte

Anna Jarrold, Tax Partner, BDO

Fabrizio Lolliri, Director, Alvarez & Marsal Taxand

Nick Mace, Partner, Clifford Chance

Hui Ling McCarthy, Barrister, Gray's Inn Tax Chambers

Catherine McManus, Tax Director, PKF

Giles Mooney, Managing Director, PTP

Nicole Newbury, Head of Tax Academy, HMRC

Jern-Fei Ng, Barrister, Essex Court Chambers

Leo Palazzuoli, Partner, PwC

Carl Powell, Tax Partner, Houghton Stone

David Quentin, Barrister, Farrer & Co

Rebecca Rice, Qualified Manager, Griffith, Willams & Co

Michael Ridsdale, Partner, Head of Corporate Tax, Wedlake Bell

Dominic Robertson, Associate, Slaughter & May

Abigail Rowsell, Client Manager, Creaseys

Stuart Secker, Head of Financial Services Tax, KPMG

Dipan Shah, Director, PwC

Rupert Shiers, Partner, Tax Disputes, Herbert Smith

Simon Skinner, Tax Partner, Travers Smith

Valentina Sloane, Barrister, Monckton Chambers

James Smith, Partner, Baker & McKenzie

Paula Tallon, Managing Director, Gabelle

Christopher Walker, Policy Adviser, HMRC

Eloise Walker, London Head of Tax, Pinsent Masons

Stuart Walsh, Partner, McGrigors

Jordan Watson, Senior Associate, Corporate Tax, DLA Piper

Mark Webb, Director, Corporate Tax, Smith & Williamson

Richard Wild, Director of VAT, PKF

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Tax Jobs - our placements

Thursday, 1 December 2011


Over the last quarter, we have worked on some in-house part time Tax Manager assignments with new clients, as follows:

Large US multinational : VAT Manager

We were recommended to the European Tax Director of a large consumer product group, based north of London. Their VAT Manager had decided to move on from the company, and we had been brought in to work on the process for the replacement. The Tax Director had made some changes to the previous role, revising it to being a part-time / flexible working role, and seeking out someone who wished to work on an approx. 3 days per week basis. As it was requiring someone at a fairly experienced level (Senior Manager calibre) who could work on a part-time basis, and with the location, this immediately became a very narrow search with very few visible candidates. Through a combination of speaking to our own network in the VAT market and using our social media channels, we were quickly led to a potential candidate. This candidate had a very close match to the VAT skills required for the role, and was successfully appointed.

UK Property Group : Tax Compliance Manager


One of our long term Big Four contacts referred us across to their client, a sizeable UK property group that had made the decision to bring in a Tax Manager for the first time so as to have better control and resource around the increasing tax compliance issues facing the group. This was not going to be a full time role, and so the client was looking for someone that could fit with a very flexible work-life arrangement. We conducted a thorough search of the market, and were able to find and attract a good selection of candidates for the shortlist, combination of those based in practice / Big Four and those with longer term industry tax backgrounds. There were very open lines of communication between Talentpool and the hiring Managers, and the process was drawn swiftly to a conclusion with a 5 week process.

Over the last quarter, we have also had success with a range of placements within the tax software / technology market, which one of our strong focus areas.

If you are currently trying to source a tax professional for your team, and in need of external help and advice, please contact Simon Godley at sg@talentpoolselection.com

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