Allen & Overy LLP

Head of International Tax

London (Central), London (Greater)
06 Mar 2018
06 Apr 2018
Role Classification
Other Professional
Vacancy Type
Finance, Tax
Contract Type
Experience Level
Head of Department

Job description

Allen & Overy

Allen & Overy is a leading international legal practice with a truly global presence.  The firm operates at the forefront of the legal industry.  Our deals and cases often make headline business news.  With many of our partners acknowledged as leaders in their field, and with all our people demonstrating the highest levels of professionalism, we have a reputation for delivering excellence in all that we do.
We have developed a culture in which difference is positively valued, and our people are free to be themselves.  We are in every sense one global team; supportive and collaborative, but also ambitious and driven.  Our capacity to combine these qualities and provide a setting in which our people can thrive is what makes us different.
Department purpose 

Deliver relevant information and a value for money service to the decision-makers of Allen & Overy.
Role purpose

The Head of International Tax is a member of the Partners' Affairs and Taxes (PAT) team responsible for all tax matters relating to A&O's non UK operations - including structuring, planning and compliance.
Key relationships

Partners' Affairs & Tax team, Global Finance Directors and Managers, Partners.

Role and responsibilities

International Tax Duties

  • Lead the international tax team of one senior manager, one manager, two tax consultants and one assistant, (two in London and three in Belfast), providing supervision and coaching, setting direction for the team.
  • Advisory, technical analysis and project management work with advisors, CFOs and legal advisors (internal and external).  Examples of recent projects include:
    • Implementation of transfer pricing policies and supporting CFOs globally through the BEPs and CBCR changes;
    • Restructuring projects e.g. restructuring a number of offices in Europe;
    • Analysing tax compliance software options, making recommendations to the Audit Committee and liaising with advisers to select and implement a solution. 
    • Supporting new office projects.
  • Ad-hoc projects requiring understanding of internal accounting and revenue processes and working with global finance teams to deliver results, in particular withholding tax management.
  • Plan and manage the year-end process work to produce non-UK tax reserve calculations, tax equalisation calculations and accounts notes.
  • Oversight and risk management of the tax compliance. This includes, managing advisors and A&O teams, both internationally and in London, to support local CFOs with the various tax filings for the firm, the partners and the shadow partners. The local CFOs have responsibility to ensure that the filings and related tax payments are made on a timely and accurate basis in all 30+ A&O territories.
  • Ensure that appropriate systems are in place to allocate all non UK tax payments to relevant partners.
  • Manage team producing UK Double Taxation Relief calculations for around 200 UK resident members of A&O LLP.
  • Responsibility for ensuring efficient management of tax reserves both in GBP and in currency, for both shadow and non-shadow partners, and overall responsibility for the regular releases of tax reserves to partners.  The work includes the "true up" of various tax equalisation arrangements.
  • Reviewing ad hoc tax filings in non A&O territories (e.g. India) and advising on potential exposures elsewhere.
  • Constant review of structure and processes to identify scope for improvement.
  • Develop detailed understanding of the tax system in A&O territories and the partner payment side of the PAT team's work.
  • Assist and support CFOs in managing local tax audits. 

Key requirements

  • Must be a team player, able to develop and lead staff.
  • Personable with ability to develop strong relationships with finance staff, working collaboratively with key tax advisors, partners within A&O including tax partners and with managing partners of offices.
  • Ability to communicate complex tax and accounting issues both orally and in writing at the highest levels (e.g. Audit Committee, managing partners).
  • Focus on risk based approach, establishing processes for reporting to the Associate Director of Partners’ Affairs and Tax and the firm’s Audit Committee.
  • Strong project management skills and IT skills.
  • Ability to lead a team and develop staff.
  • Numeracy and eye for detail is essential for this role.
  • Overseas travel will be necessary.
  • Adaptable: must be prepared to work on other projects e.g. UK tax planning.
  • Broad knowledge of international tax issues affecting professional partnerships.
  • Desirable qualifications include CTA.

Who we are looking for

  • Graduate with good academics.
  • Evidence of strong numeric skills.
  • ACA.
  • Personal or Corporate Tax Experience to Director level.

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