Tax Manager

Job Purpose

  • To provide strategic finance leadership across the Group through insightful analysis and issue resolution with excellent technical knowledge. To support and develop enhanced liaison between the central Finance Office and other departments, ensuring accurate, timely, relevant and reliable information allowing delivery of a customer service focus.
  • Optimise and lead the VAT recoveries available from the ongoing Campus Redevelopment and large estates projects.
  • Manage compliance with all indirect and direct tax matters across the Group.
  • Lead, line manage and provide day-to-day support to the tax analysts and indirect report within the team to allow a speedy response from the tax team for any ad hoc queries from the business.
  • Lead strategic improvement to the efficiency and effectiveness of the processes and controls to support the tax operations within a strong internal control environment.
  • Manage the tax relationship with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Ensure that the University has a sound tax strategy which it follows at all times.
  • Main Duties and Responsibilities 1. Manage the Tax Relationship with both internal and external stakeholders • Lead point of contact with HMRC. • Manage that relationship across all direct and indirect taxes (with assistance in payroll taxes). • Lead all HMRC audits and bring to a close with minimal findings / adjustments. • Manage the relationship with external advisers, using your own judgement, experience and technical knowledge to drive efficiencies in the advice sought from professional advisors. • Build and manage relationships within the University as required to ensure that all taxes are considered where projects are being undertaken. • Create opportunities to ensure that University staff (at all levels) have improved awareness of tax issues, both at the basic transactional level and at the strategy level for all taxes. • Develop training tools and resources which will improve staff knowledge and embed them throughout the organisation.

    2. VAT Lead on Estates Campus Redevelopment and Large Estates projects • Budgeted spend of £635m on capital projects and £620m on maintenance over the next 15 years. • Provide strategic analysis to senior management within Finance and Estates team to educate them on the impact that operational decisions will have on VAT recoveries. • Collate and report all required information to agree and maximise VAT recoveries. • Negotiate with HMRC to agree tax treatment at the earliest possible point to maximise cash flow. • Establish a process that can be carried out by the tax team to review building use on an ongoing basis. • Utilise the available reliefs in the most efficient way so as to minimise restrictions on recovery over the life of the building as required.

    3. Complex Technical Advisory Services • Conduct adhoc complex VAT planning and project work aligned with the University's strategy. • Communicate complex VAT matters to non-financial staff. • Advise key stakeholders across the University in relation to key strategic decisions of investment both domestically and internationally from a tax perspective. • Influence opportunities across the colleges by providing informed complex technical tax advice in a timely manner. • Identify opportunities across the group where available reliefs have not been utilised.

    4. Line Manage and Support tax analyst and Technician •Lead the tax team to deliver and manage all tax matters across the University in line with the University values and strategy. • Develop and line manage the tax analyst and technician in the team who support the tax matters.

    5. Tax Compliance • Ensure that processes and controls are working effectively to capture all VAT activity accurately. • Review the University and subsidiary companies' VAT returns and responsible for the accurate and timely submission. • Ensure the University is compliant with its obligation to report through Making Tax Digital software. • Develop, maintain and review the calculation of the capital goods scheme. • Develop, maintain and perform the annual true up calculation in line with the current PESM. • Perform annual tunnel review and ensure accounting system updated. • Perform a reduced rate VAT calculation for utilities and arrange for the certificates to be issued on annual basis. • Ensure all system codes are up to date and reflective of current legislation. • Identify and ensure transfer pricing requirements are being fulfilled in all areas of activity across the University group. Perform reviews as appropriate. • Develop an efficient process to monitor levels of international activity and ensure any new tax jurisdictions are identified and complied with as required. • Fulfil the University Group's corporation tax compliance requirements are met from a compliance perspective and a gift aid / group relief perspective taking on board the University's strategy.

    6. Transactional Analysis / KPI monitoring • Through the Making Tax Digital software review the quality of input data and seek solutions or improvements where required. Pursue a data quality culture of right source data and minimal corrections. • Provide suitable KPI reports which allow the team to focus on areas where improvements are required.

    7. Import VAT and duty queries • Responsible for the compliance within the team of Import VAT and duty. • Provide insightful analysis to drive forward the resource and system improvements that are required to cope with the changes post Brexit. • Provide support as required to the team processing the imports.

    Knowledge, Qualifications, Skills and Experience


    Essential: A1 Professionally qualified (CTA or similar). A2 Ordinary/Honours Degree (SCQF Level 9, 10 or 11) or equivalent. A3 Proven track record of dealing with tax matters in a large complex organisation. A4 Authoritative general knowledge of UK taxes and how they apply to a large charity and its subsidiaries. A5 Comprehensive understanding of the VAT environment in the UK and specifically how it applies to the charitable/education sector.


    Essential: C1 High level influencing and interpersonal skills, able to quickly build credibility and deliver impact at all levels. C2 Strategic thinker, ability to develop strategy and policy and implement effectively. C3 Ability to drive forward and deliver change in line with strategic and operational objectives and priorities. C4 Ability to constructively challenge the status quo, influence change and present arguments based on sound professional judgement and expertise Strong commercial awareness with a clear understanding of key business drivers and the ability to quickly understand the strategic corporate agenda in order to work effectively in partnership with senior managers. C5 Well-developed report writing and presentation skills with the ability to present and translate comprehensive and often complex information and financial concepts for non- financial colleagues. C6 Outstanding and proven analytical and problem solving skills with the ability to make well- considered decisions, resolve conflicts and demonstrate sound, professional judgement. C7 A self-motivated individual with the ability to work effectively under pressure and to tight timescales with an aptitude for prioritising priorities and manage competing demands. C8 Ability to identify control weaknesses and recommend and implement solutions to resolve these areas. C9 An ability to demystify complex financial concepts for non-financial colleagues. C10 Resilient and able to effectively deal with ambiguity and able to maintain momentum in the face of obstacles/setbacks. C11 Ability to prioritise workload to deliver to tight deadlines and manage competing demands from various stakeholders. C12 Advanced skills in the use of Microsoft packages such as Excel, Word, Access, Powerpoint; and accounting software packages.

    Desirable: D1 Strong leadership and management skills with a demonstrable ability to develop high performing teams. D2 Advanced skills in the use of industry standard and specialist financial and accounting software packages.


    Essential: E1 Significant post-qualification tax experience at a senior level within a large, complex environment. E2 A strong track record of leadership and delivery at a senior financial level operating in a political or highly complex environment - providing direction, delivering results, building on relationships and capability and demonstrating personal resilience. E3 Extensive experience of leading and managing teams to deliver excellence. E4 Substantial professional VAT experience. E5 Good knowledge of other UK and international taxes.

    Desirable: F1 Experience with direct taxes. F1 Experience with partially exempt organisations and charities.

    Terms and Conditions Salary will be Grade 9, £57,696 - £64,914 per annum. Please note in exceptional circumstances, it may be possible to offer a supplement to the salary range stated for this role. Any such supplement would be awarded on the basis of a demonstrable history of outstanding achievement and an expected future level of contribution and is entirely at the discretion of the University.

    This post is full time (35 hours per week) and open ended (permanent). Relocation assistance will be provided where appropriate

    As part of Team UofG you will be a member of a world changing, inclusive community, which values ambition, excellence, integrity and curiosity.

    As a valued member of our team, you can expect: 1 A warm welcoming and engaging organisational culture, where your talents are developed and nurtured, and success is celebrated and shared. 2 An excellent employment package with generous terms and conditions including 41 days of leave for full time staff, pension, benefits and discount packages. 3 A flexible approach to working. 4 A commitment to support your health and wellbeing, including a free 6-month UofG Sport membership for all new staff joining the University.

    We believe that we can only reach our full potential through the talents of all. Equality, diversity and inclusion are at the heart of our values. Applications are particularly welcome from across our communities and in particular people from the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community, and other protected characteristics who are under-represented within the University. Read more on how the University promotes and embeds all aspects of equality and diversity within our community here.

    We endorse the principles of Athena Swan and hold bronze, silver and gold awards across the University.

    We are investing in our organisation, and we will invest in you too. Please visit our website https: // www. for more information.

    Closing Date : 23:45 on Wednesday 15th May 2024

    Vacancy Ref : 145388 Close Date : 15-May-2024 23:45

    Job details


    Tax Manager


    University of Glassgow


    United Kingdom


    May 02, 2024

    Application deadline

    May 15, 2024

    Job type



    Computer Science,Business and Economics

    About the employer

    The University of Glasgow was established in the year 1451 by papal bull. It is among the 4th ancient universities in Scotland and the fourth-oldest university in the USA. It was a part of the Scottish Enlightenment along with Edinburg, St. Andrews, and Aberdeen during the 18th century. Among the ancient universities in the UK, the University of Glasgow is one of the eight institutions that award undergraduate and graduate degrees in popular disciplines. The university comprises four colleges that include the College of Science & Engineering, College of Arts, College of Medical, Veterinary & Life Sciences, and College of Social Sciences.

    The university is spread over different campuses. The main campus is the Gilmorehill campus situated in Hillhead. The campus in the Garscube Estate in Bearsden houses the Veterinary School and sports facilities of the university and Dental school, the medical section is taken care of at Gartnavel Royal Hospital located on Great Western Road. Moreover, the Crichton campus and the teaching center at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital in Dumfries are jointly operated by the Open University, the University of the West of Scotland, and the University of Glasgow.

    The University of Glasgow has 30,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students from over 140 countries worldwide. It is a major employer in the city of Glasgow with more than 8,000 staff, including more than 3,400 research and teaching staff. The university is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK research universities

    The university has introduced the World-Changing Alumni award for celebrating the excellent performance of the notable alumni. The winners include Susanne Mitschke in 2017 and Matt Fountain in 2016. Some of the other notable alumni who are now being recognized by the world include the three Prime Ministers namely Bonar Law, Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman, and William Lamb.

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