The purpose of this role is to assist VP - Tax in all Group tax matters (direct & indirect) covering 21 countries across Middle East, Europe, Asia, Africa, India and Americas., focusing on:
• GCC VAT (60-65%),
• M&A deals,
• Tax structuring,
• Transfer pricing,
• Compliance monitoring, and
• Tax audits and assessments.
Prepare and submit monthly and quarterly VAT returns for UAE entities and monitor VAT compliance for KSA entities.
Provide VAT advice to finance and operational business teams on any routine and non-routine queries.
Conduct VAT audits, sample checks on a monthly basis and identify gaps, if any.
Interact with internal and external auditors and provide necessary information and documentation.
Lead VAT registrations for new entities / group applications, etc.
Maintain up to date knowledge on VAT related matters, update VAT policy and procedures as required.
Conduct periodical VAT trainings for relevant in-house teams.
Provide inputs to the IT, finance and accounting teams in relation to VAT change implementation in the system and FS.
Regular preparation and monitoring of reports and trackers on VAT.
Assist in tax audit queries / refund verification requirements from the FTA.
Other tax matters (Direct & Indirect)
Assist the Group VP – Tax with other tax matters for the group:
Monitor CIT / WHT compliance for group entities;
Minimize tax penalties and supporting local teams in handling tax assessments;
Manage and update the tax compliance register;
Assist in group transfer pricing matters and country by country reporting;
Monitor changes in the tax environment in order to understand their impact on the group;
Monitor and update tax strategy, policies and training material for the Group as required.
Essential – Qualified CA / ACA / ACCA or similar
Essential – Prior VAT experience in big 4 accounting firms / in-house role in the UAE
Essential – Qualification / prior experience in international tax
Essential – Working knowledge of IFRS and ERP systems
MENA / European experience on direct / indirect taxes will be an advantage
Working knowledge on transfer pricing will be an advantage
At least 7 years of prior experience in VAT advisory and compliance role of which at least 2 years in a managerial position. Experience of working with diverse nationalities is essential.
Experience in international tax structuring including group reorganizations, intra-group financing arrangements, BEPS impact assessments, PE risk assessments, and corporate acquisitions and disposals
Arabic reading, writing and speaking skillset will be an advantage.