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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

Exciting new tax technology role - London

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Tax Product Specialist - London region
Salary guide £80,000 - £100,000 + Bens 
Our client is a large international corporate group with a well established accounting and tax software business.  With operations around the world, they have a large UK operation, and now looking to expand on their tax technology offerings in UK and Europe.
They are investing heavily in a tax reporting / compliance / data collection system, which they expect will be rolled out to many more large international clients over the next 1-5 years.  To help to do this, they are now looking to recruit a senior tax specialist with good knowledge and understanding of the tax technology requirements of a large multinational group.  The main purpose of the role is to develop further relationships with Heads of Tax / Tax Directors within the UK and European market, to assist in the sales process with companies, and to demonstrate the value of incorporating the software into a company’s financial systems.
Strong candidates will have a corporate tax background, most likely developed in a Big Four firm or with a large multinational group, or combination of these.  In addition, you will have several years’ hands-on tax compliance and tax reporting experience at a consolidated level, with user experience on related IT systems.  Knowledge / experience of using systems such as Hyperion, Onesource, Longview, Vertex, Sabrix will be a distinct advantage, in addition to having worked extensively with Excel workbooks for tax reporting purposes.
This is an excellent opportunity for a well seasoned Tax Reporting Manager (at Manager or Senior Manager level) to make a major difference to the success of a new and developing tax reporting tool in the market, and to see the rewards of that success over the next 3-5 years.
For more info or for a confidential discussion, please contact Simon Godley at Talentpool Selection; email

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New Opportunity - Focus into VAT Data Systems

Friday, 11 July 2014

VAT / Indirect Tax - Data Analyst, London

Central London - Vibrant part of town, £38,000 - £50,000 + Bens
Our client is a leading audit, tax and consulting firm with a truly global reach and high brand recognition.  Their indirect tax service line is continuing to develop tax technology offerings – providing IT based solutions to large-end clients on how best to extract, streamline and present tax and VAT  data from within an accounting system.  As a result, they are now looking to recruit a Data Analyst with strong IT / Excel / BI skills to join this already successful team.
Typical projects will be involved with assessing data sources within clients’ accounting systems, devising plans to extract data, writing VB scripts within audit software tools, transforming data from CSV files, and creating data sets for VAT reporting purposes.
To match the specialist skills of this role, you will have established experience as a data analyst, and will have very strong Excel / VBA / Macros skills, ideally with some experience of writing scripts within IT applications.  You may be based within a large international company, bank or financial services group, now looking to take your experience into a growing consulting market.  This role is based within a tax service line, however previous experience within tax is NOT essential.  In terms of IT skills, you will have significant experience of pivot tables, v-lookups, Excel formulas, use and writing of Macros, extracting data from databases, and ideally will have awareness of some audit tools.  Experience of using the product IDEA will be an advantage, but also not essential.
This is a great opportunity for either an IT based professional, data analyst, or finance systems analyst to move into a growing consulting team.
For more information, or for a confidential discussion, please contact Simon Godley at

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Key traits of a successful Tax Technologist

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

By Simon Godley
Tax Technology is now a well-established sub-sector of the tax market.  It’s still developing quickly in various directions in the UK, following the lead from the US where tax technology has been around for decades and could be viewed as a much more mature market compared to the UK.  But what are the classic traits of a successful tax technologist?
Unlike training as a lawyer or an accountant, where there is an obvious training ground for access to that profession, there is no tried and tested equivalent in the world of tax technology.  The majority of tax technologists will have switched into the sector from a tax background.  For example, they may have trained in tax within an accountancy firm, possibly moved to industry, and with some form of affinity towards the IT and process side of the computational tax work.  Others may have trained in IT/software, for instance in the SAP/Oracle applications sector, and then found their way into setting up tax content within the finance modules of those systems.

Suffice to say; many tax technologists will have stumbled across the sector on a career path from somewhere else.  So what skills should they have, or will they need to develop successfully in this niche area?

This is a question that I have put to various senior level executives in the tax technology sector, those from the consulting side, the software side and the in-house side.  I’ve asked this question many times during my Interview sessions that have appeared in this newsletter.  So I aim to pick out some of the recurring themes that have come from this line of enquiry.  On further analysis of responses from market leaders, the key skill or talent areas tend to fall into 3 main categories:

1. Problem Solver……..leading to pragmatic solutions
There is the key requirement to be a natural problem solver.  To have a logical mind, and constantly looking to improve a process.  It also helps a lot to be a mathematical thinker, and to be able to visualise and understand concepts in multi-dimensions.  This latter skill area tends to be more specific to creating complex databases.  As well as being a great problem solver, the solution has to be pragmatic as ultimately the end solution has to work within a commercial enterprise and/or to be used by a tax practitioner.

2. Appreciation of client / user needs
Good tax technologists have to A.  Understand what a client or end-user needs, and B.  Be able to communicate effectively to the end-user the benefits of a software or system solution.   More broadly, having strong ‘convincing’ skills will help towards success in the tax technology environment, which is ultimately very customer-led.

3. Intrinsic passion for technology
This is a more obvious trait of a successful tax technologist, but an essential one.  You have to love and embrace new technology, want to find out more, and be ready to self-learn new IT platforms and capabilities.    
I think for anyone entering, or already within the tax technology field, it seems that if these 3 skills and knowledge areas are either already there, or strongly developed over a long career period, it could be the difference between Good and Great.

If you are trying to develop and advance your tax technology career, and would like a confidential discussion, please contact Simon Godley at

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Tax Technology Sector, UK - Recent Appointments

EY’s Tax Performance Advisory team in the UK has recently recruited Girish Belur as a Director for ERP-VAT services.  Girish has been a senior operator in the market for several years, joining EY recently from Alvarez and Marsal Taxand.

PwC’s Tax Process & Technology team has recently recruited Andy Wrentmore.  Andy is a senior level tax technologist with 16 years’ experience in tax software, and he will be responsible for tax reporting and tax automation systems implementations.  He has moved across to PwC from Thomson Reuters where he was a Director leading implementations of the ONESOURCE Tax Provision solution.

Ryan Tax Services in the UK has recently recruited Malgorzata Hrycuk as a Senior Consultant in their tax technology team.  Malgorzata joins from PwC Poland, where she was a senior tax technology consultant based in the Warsaw office.

EY's Financial Services Tax department in London has recently recruited Stephan van Niekerk to be a Manager in the XBRL team.  Stephen joins from KPMG's tax technology practice.

For more information on people in and around the UK tax technology sector, please email Simon Godley at

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