A leading solar energy developer working across Europe which is backed by a global financial services group is looking to add a VAT specialist to their growing tax team.
About the role
Reporting to the Head of International Tax, the VAT Manager is responsible for ensuring our organization's adherence to all relevant indirect tax regulations and requirements. This role plays a critical part in maintaining financial accuracy, minimizing tax liabilities, and preventing penalties related to VAT. The incumbent will manage the organization's VAT processes, including registration, filing, compliance, and reporting. The role will work closely with our outsourced service providers across Europe as well as the finance team. With over 370 legal entities in the portfolio, a strong focus on co-ordination and efficiency is required.
Review and approve VAT returns, typically on a monthly or quarterly basis.
Collate records of all VAT-related transactions, invoices, receipts, and financial documents.
Ensure that records are readily available for potential audits or inspections.
Stay informed about changes in VAT laws and regulations.
Provide guidance to internal departments and stakeholders regarding VAT-related matters.
Maintain records of VAT compliance procedures, VAT filing status calendar, policies, and documentation.
Manage reconciliation of VAT accounts to identify and rectify discrepancies or errors.
Generate periodic reports and analyses on VAT, helping management understand its impact on financial performance.
Collaborate with tax authorities during VAT audits, offering requested documentation and explanations.
Resolve VAT-related disputes or issues, finding solutions that align with tax regulations.
Provide input and advice on VAT planning and optimization strategies to minimize VAT liability within legal boundaries.
Provide training as needed to ensure proper compliance.
What will you need to succeed in the role?
Bachelor's degree related to accounting, finance, taxation or a relevant advanced tax accounting qualification (e.g., CTA / ACA / ACCA qualification) is preferred.
Experience in VAT reporting and compliance, preferably within a multinational company or a reputable accounting firm.
In-depth knowledge of VAT laws, regulations, and accounting principles, with the ability to apply them effectively in the context of solar renewable development.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with a keen eye for detail and accuracy.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills to effectively collaborate with cross-functional teams and external stakeholders in the renewable energy industry.
Demonstrated leadership abilities, with the capacity to manage work to deadlines.
Proficiency in Excel, Word and tax-related software and financial systems.
Ability to work independently, manage multiple priorities, and meet strict deadlines
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