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Tax Manager

DLA Piper
United Kingdom
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

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Vacancy Type
Finance, Tax
Contract Type
Experience Level
Role Classification
Other Professional

Job Details

The role

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Join our Central Tax Team, who are responsible for providing strategic tax advice, implementing tax policies, managing tax risk and ensuring / monitoring adherence to tax compliance obligations across International.

The International Tax Manager will:

•    Have responsibility for tax compliance and accounting in an assigned geographical region
•    Run and report on projects to resolve tax related issues within the business
•    Identify and manage permanent establishment risk, including risk management systems
•    Respond to ad-hoc queries required
•    Work collaboratively with Finance, in-house counsel, and Risk, as well as working in cooperation with client facing teams
•    Where required, develop controls and task risk management systems
•    Maintain comprehensive records
•    Develop relationships with key personnel
•    Provide cover and support when the Senior International Tax Managers are unavailable 



•    Provide support or lead on ad-hoc projects to resolve tax related issues within the business across the assigned region; such projects often having multi-territory tax implications.
•    Work in conjunction with other service areas to ensure other projects appropriately consider tax matters in the assigned region


•    Review of the compliance records for the assigned region including the International Tax compliance calendar, permanent files, territory summaries and checklists
•    Liaison with overseas controllers on local tax compliance requirements to ensure completion on a timely and accurate basis
•    Review draft tax computations
•    Review proposed tax payments
•    Review proposed tax return submissions
•    Preparation of relevant UK partnership tax computations 
•    Maintenance of records for double tax relief claims in UK LLP branches
•    Monitor tax enquiries, providing central tax team support in responses to tax authorities where necessary
•    Review budgeted tax charges for management accounts and prepare variance analysis on a regular basis

Year-end accounting:

•    Review the tax schedules in consolidation packs prepared by overseas controllers and advise adjustments where necessary
•    Review of potential deferred tax provisions in local and group financial statements
•    Consider any current and deferred tax and profit allocation implications in respect of group to local accounting policy differences
•    Consideration and calculation of other tax related accruals and provisions required
•    Calculation of profit allocation for partners, including preparation of double tax relief calculations
•    Preparation of tax equalisation calculations for partners in the assigned region
•    Identify entities with excess profits for further consideration
•    Own and review the year-end NSP calculations for the assigned region and manage the review process for all interested parties
•    Being the primary contact with the firm’s auditors for tax related matters in the assigned region

Transfer pricing / group structure: 

•    Ensure consistent application of group driven transactions in both local and group records
•    Ensure invoices are provided for each interim/annual calculation (according to local entity requirements)
•    Monitor NCC settlement, including cash receipts and WHT applied to NCC invoices
•    Maintain summary of NCC/NSP in sterling and currency for each accounting period
•    Assist in the collation of supporting documentation for transactions and Country by Country reporting
•    Prepare tax documentation for existing offices and on the establishment of new offices
•    Maintain schedule of balances between business in the assigned region and other group entities, including DLA Piper Services LLP and DLA Piper Treasury Services Limited

Tax reserving:

•    Obtain and maintain details of current tax reserving mechanisms for partners
•    Prepare and maintain policies for each tax reserving mechanism
•    Review partners’ tax reserve accounts, including the tax reserve sections of partner position statements each year-end for members of DLA Piper International LLP
•    Calculation of interest on tax reserve balances

PE Risk Management:

•    Monitor the firm’s PE risk management policies and processes, including review (at least annually) and recommendations for improvement
•    Review of high-risk territory list and review of travel trackers for high-risk territories
•    Monitoring client-facing team procedures for any impact on firm’s PE risk and responding to notifications raised as a result of PE risk controls
•    Interaction with other Business Support Groups in respect of flags for potential PE risk
•    Ensure PE risk is appropriately communicated to and understood by the fee earning population
•    Ad hoc advisory work in respect of PE risk management

Ad-Hoc Work:

•    Calculate year-end tax provisions
•    Liaise with the firm’s external tax advisors and auditors when necessary
•    Assist with preparation of reports for tax and audit committee meetings, including attendance at the meetings as required
•    Support other areas of the Central Tax Team as and when required


Project management skills:

•    Have strong planning and organisational skills, accepting ownership of and accountability for tasks
•    Have the ability to actively manage and deliver on multiple cross-functional projects
•    Be comfortable multi-tasking and working to conflicting timescales and multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment
•    Be a self-starter and direct personal work efforts


•    Have excellent communication skills, both written and verbal, coupled with the ability to influence, negotiate and persuade and resolve conflict at all levels, from individual contributor to executive management and across the organisation
•    Communicate findings and recommendations to management in a clear and effective manner

Drive for excellence:

•    Sets high standards and expects high performance of self
•    Have a strong client service orientation with a bias for action
•    Be able to balance a high volume of work and deliver consistently high quality work under pressure

Problem solving:

•    Design and embed end-to-end solutions – from entity level to individual partner level tax considerations. Follow up to ensure the solutions are effective, and make recommendations for improvement where required.
•    Be a proactive thinker with practical solutions that are risk-minded and balance business strategies with financial priorities.
•    Be logical, analytical and intelligent with an ability to work in a flexible, agile manner, mindful of other non-tax constraints.

Organisational agility:

•    Build and maintain strong relationships across all levels within the organisation in all jurisdictions
•    Have the interpersonal skills to work as part of a larger team to deliver seamless services to the firm
•    Demonstrate a flexible and collaborative personal working style
•    Ability to engage and motivate teams representing multiple viewpoints to achieve business objectives


•    Strong ethic to comply with legal and regulatory requirements and firm policies


•    Must be a qualified accountant and/or chartered tax advisor
•    Must have experience of working in tax – ideally experience in a mixed tax role
•    Have a strong knowledge of tax fundamentals across different areas of tax and be able to apply that existing knowledge and experience to international practices and legislation
•    Knowledge of International taxation laws and regulations is advantageous
•    Have strong tax research skills
•    Have transferable experience from other regulatory projects that involve interpreting and implementing complex, technical rules
•    Prior experience in tax strategy, implementation, planning, support and project management will be beneficial


DLA Piper is a global law firm with lawyers located in more than 40 countries throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, positioning us to help clients with their legal needs around the world.

We strive to be the leading global business law firm by delivering quality and value to our clients, and we achieve this through practical and innovative legal solutions that help our clients succeed.

We’re proud to serve an international client base that includes more than half of the Fortune 250 and nearly half of the FTSE 350 companies. We help the world's top companies with their business-critical issues. Many of the deals we work on are complex and challenging – transcending not just practice areas, but borders, languages and legal systems. With offices throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific, we represent more clients in a broader range of geographies and practice disciplines than virtually any other law firm in the world. Our lawyers have wide experience in arbitration, banking, competition and trade, as well as corporate crime and corporate finance. We have strong practices in employment, energy, hospitality and leisure, insurance, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions and have developed key teams in pensions, private equity, real estate, tax, and technology

As a firm we are committed to diversity and to building an inclusive culture for all of our people, where differences are genuinely valued. For us, diversity isn't just about visible differences, it's the unique blend of talents, skills, experiences and perspectives that makes each of us an individual and we know it's crucial to have a culture and environment where those differences are genuinely valued.

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+44 (0)20 7349 0296
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