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Job listing closed on 2 Oct 2023
1 Oct 2023

Head of Tax

🇬🇧 Wantage, UK
Full Time
6+ years exp.

The company:

Williams’ core competencies are the design and development of racing cars to compete in the Formula One World Championship. As one of the world's leading Formula One teams, the company has secured 16 FIA Formula One World Championship titles since its foundation in 1977 and is now moving into an exciting era under new ownership defined by relentless innovation and living sustainable performance in every dimension.

As the Head of Tax you will be responsible for all tax affairs for Williams’ activities and playing a key role in delivering quality tax advice on corporate projects and transactions. The role will be responsible for the smooth operation of all tax reporting and filing, and will also support forecasting, providing analysis, insight and support for decision making to deliver the organisation’s strategic objectives. As a senior member within the finance team the role will also support the delivery of a transformative change to the value that the finance department delivers to the business with the sole aim of improving the team’s performance and efficiency across the board.

Operational Duties:

Sole tax specialist in the business, with access to support from the wider group tax team based in the US, the operational duties include the following areas:

  • Tax compliance, filing, monitoring and review for all jurisdictions in which Williams operates for all taxes including corporation tax, VAT, WHT, transfer pricing, employment taxes and any other applicable local taxes

  • Liaise with external tax advisors, legal advisors, auditors and authorities as required to ensure compliance and deliver tax efficiency

  • Develop and deliver the company’s tax strategy and risk management including assessing, reporting and implementing the impact of new legislative changes on Williams’ operations

  • Develop, implement and maintain group transfer pricing policies and controls and conduct regular reviews and updates

  • Ad hoc and project-based tax assistance including support of significant corporate level projects, new business and customer proposals, procurement projects and tender processes to identify tax related risks, opportunities and compliance obligations.

  • Track metrics to measure performance and identify areas for improvement

  • Project manage and support commercial decision making from a tax perspective

  • Provide training and support stakeholders to enhance their financial acumen and understanding of taxation

  • Ensure quality of data within finance systems including developing controls where necessary

  • Review and contribute to strategic business decisions advising senior leadership on tax related opportunities and risks

  • Preparation of tax related reporting to senior leadership

  • Preparation and maximisation of RDEC claims

  • Provide guidance to senior leadership on tax efficient structuring

This job description is not exhaustive and the job holder will be required to carry out from time to time tasks in addition to the above that will be both reasonable and within their capabilities.

Skills and Experience

  • Relevant tax qualification (e.g. CTA, ACA or equivalent) with at least 6 years of experience post qualification

  • Strong academic record

  • Demonstrable experience in completing corporation tax returns, withholding tax, international VAT, RDEC and employment taxes

  • Experience working with multiple stakeholders across different departments and businesses either external or within a group

Other Attributes

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Demonstrable ability to challenge the status quo, solve problems and deliver innovation

  • Enjoys working both autonomously and as part of a team

  • Able to take full ownership for identifying and solving tax issues

  • Tenacious, reliable and flexible attitude to work

  • Able to communicate tax matters clearly to the business demonstrating commercial acumen and transparency

  • Willingness, desire and capability to progress career

What can Williams offer?

The Williams Group is based in multi acre complex located in Grove, Oxfordshire. The Williams Group offers a competitive holiday package, staff events/open days, a subsidised restaurant on site and various car schemes. We have an on-site gym (open 24 hours a day) as well as various fitness classes including outdoors bootcamps, pilates and yoga free for all staff and contractors to use. Aside from these benefits we can offer free onsite parking and large open green spaces to unwind during breaks. We are a based just 30 mins from Oxford City Centre by bus.

Williams is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion. We are happy to discuss reasonable job adjustments