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EMEA VAT specialist

  • Salary: £275 - £300 per day
  • Job type: Contract
  • Location: City of London, London
  • Sector: Tax & Treasury
  • Date posted: 01/08/2017
  • Job reference: J371442A

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My client, a well known media company based in London, is currently seeking an EMEA VAT Specialist to join their team on a 6 month contract.

You should ideally be immediately available or on maximum of 1 week's notice.

The EMEA indirect tax team is part of Global Accounting operations. The team are responsible for ensuring our client files accurate and timely VAT/GST returns and other statistical returns for countries in the EMEA region.
The team prepare and submit returns in-house as well as working with advisors and local book keepers who prepare and submit returns on behalf of our client. The team are also responsible for reconciling the VAT/GST accounts for the EMEA region.

You will report directly to the EMEA regional indirect tax team leader. You will be responsible for preparing VAT/GST returns and other statistical reports for a number of countries in the EMEA region and as well as assisting with the preparation of returns. You will also work on operational indirect tax projects that will improve the quality of source data and the efficiency of reporting.

Key deliverables

  • Prepare VAT/GST returns and related VAT/GST compliance filings for EMEA operations. Duties will include extracting and reconciling relevant data from financial reporting systems, liaising with colleagues in tax and finance teams and other parts of the business and preparing draft VAT/GST return calculations
  • Preparation of periodic (monthly/quarterly/annual) indirect tax financial reporting, forecasting and reconciliations, which involves extracting and analysing data from relevant systems and reports
  • Working with external advisors to ensure the accurate and timely submission of indirect tax returns and related compliance filings
  • Ensuring that all indirect tax filing deadlines are met in compliance with the tax calendar
  • Conduct research on EMEA indirect tax related queries
  • Monitor VAT/GST rate and rule changes specific to our client's business
  • Assisting with other tax related project work such as implementing VAT process change, maintaining the tax calendar, and other tax related projects as appropriate and subject to capacity

Required skills

  • Part qualified / finalist / newly qualified in a recognised professional tax qualification
  • Indirect tax compliance experience, preferably in house with a large multi-national corporation or with a professional services firm's Indirect Tax compliance function.
  • Experience using financial reporting systems and proficiency in Microsoft Excel to extract analyse and reconcile data
  • Must have knowledge of European VAT/GST legislation