Senior Manager, Global Tax Operations

Leeds, United Kingdom
10 Sep 2020
26 Nov 2020

Founded in 1856 by Thomas Burberry, Burberry is a global luxury brand with a distinctly British attitude. We are a global business with an extensive network of both owned and franchised stores across EMEIA, Asia Pacific and Americas. We are digital pioneers, and innovative technology underpins every aspect of our business, from product design to distribution and marketing. We believe that modern luxury means being socially and environmentally responsible; this mindset is core to our business and key to our long-term success.


This role has been created in the Leeds COE to lead the management of tax compliance operations globally. The purpose of the role is to lead all processes required for tax provisioning and reporting, tax returns, tax audit management and tax compliance generally including management of third party service providers. The role will report to the Senior Manager, Group Tax and will have at least 3 line reports across tax compliance and transfer pricing documentation.

This role provides the opportunity to proactively work with numerous departments globally including but not limited to BBS Finance teams, Group Finance, HR, Legal, Business Intelligence and various business teams as well as external stakeholders including lead role in engagement with HMRC.


• Deliver the Group's year end and interim tax reporting process at year end and half year.
• Provide review and sign off of the Group's year end and interim local overseas tax submissions (supported by BBS and Commercial and Group Finance teams and outsourcer)
• Review of the Group's UK tax position
• Overall responsibility for delivery of the Group's outsourced global corporation tax return compliance cycle, ultimately ensuring all returns are accurate and filed on a timely basis
• Partnering with transfer pricing colleagues to ensure all intercompany transactions are priced accordingly in statutory accounts and tax returns
• Delivery of UK head office tax compliance, including review and submission (prepared inhouse by UK tax accountant as line report)
• Responsibility for the annual transfer pricing documentation obligations, supported by transfer pricing documentation team reports
• Maintain good relations with HMRC as the primary relationship holder for compliance matters
• Supporting BBS Finance and local Commercial Finance teams with matters relating to the annual tax compliance obligations, including tax accounting and payments
• Providing support and tax accounting advice and training within the wider BBS Finance and Group Finance teams as required, in relation to compliance matters and latest accounting standards
• Liaise on tax matters with local external auditors as required
• Provide support and development and learning opportunities to all line reports
• Provide support to the wider tax team on Group projects as required
• Lead identification of new opportunities to standardize and/or prepare tax returns in a more effective and efficient manner
• Lead on developing and embedding controls in tax compliance processes
• Support for explanations to external auditors relating to tax provisions


• Qualified (ACCA/CIMA or equivalent) and CTA
• 5 to 10 years' experience leading tax compliance processes
• Strong MS Excel skills (including Pivots, VLookups, Macros)
• Good SAP skills
• Very well organised, process mindset with eye for detail and drive for complete, accurate and timely reporting
• Ability to work to tight deadlines
• Experience of a "dynamic" and fast paced business environment
• Experience working in a multi-national group and cross-border transactions
• Developed understanding and practical experience of transfer pricing
• Experience with Statutory Accounts and Local GAAP adjustments
• Strong communicator of complex matters to a wide range of technical and non-technical stakeholders
• Proven ability to develop technical and personal capabilities of line reports

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