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Head of Indirect Tax

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

Job Introduction

We are currently recruiting a Head of Indirect Tax (Senior Tax Manager) role based out of offices in Salford Quays. This is a fantastic opportunity for the right individual to join a global organisation and progress their career. The role offers a very attractive salary, plus company car, plus bonus and an excellent benefits package.

You will be responsible for the day to day management of the Sodexo UK&I indirect tax function. You will manage a team of 3-4 people who are responsible for ensuring Sodexo UK&I’s VAT and other indirect tax compliance obligations are delivered and the team is motivated and engaged.

This role would suit a very senior indirect tax professional currently working at this level, ideally in a multi-national organisation.

Role Responsibility

Overall Direction:

Day to day management of indirect tax, including complex advisory

Acting as Compliance lead for all UK and ROI Sodexo segments for Indirect Tax

Management and review of VAT and Indirect tax returns for the UK and ROI business before final review and sign off by Tax Director

Manage and sign off: EC Sales Lists and Intrastat Returns; CIS and RCT returns; and other indirect tax returns

Management of indirect tax liabilities (planned for, calculated, and paid on time)

Management of indirect tax tax payments and filings compliance calendars

Manage indirect taxes claims with HMRC with Tax Director

Day to day management of HMRC audits, visits and queries on indirect tax matters

Manage adhoc HMRC processes, such as clearance applications, registrations, etc

Monitor and advise upon corporate tax compliance in segments and the Shared Service Centre

Cost Management and Control:

Offer advice and be a key driver of improvements to processes and systems to improve the compliance process, both within the team and within the wider business

Maintain, review and test the VAT SAO procedures and documentation to enable the CFO to sign off the certificate to be submitted to HMRC

Minimise Indirect Tax liabilities in accordance with Policy

Evaluate the impact of changes in indirect tax legislation or developments in the UK &ROI business

Reporting & Analysis:

Oversee preparation of indirect tax reporting

Delivery of timely compliance,

Manage quarterly, semi-annual, annual budget and forecasts, and year end reporting for indirect tax to ensure the tax figures are reflected accurately, with hand-on involvement

Manage and review the VAT account in the balance sheet

Work closely with group accounting team and the auditors and half-year and year end in respect of indirect taxes


Independent analysis and research into indirect tax queries raised by the business, for review and discussion with the Tax Director as needed

Provide advisory support to the business, and Tax Director

To assess the impact of change programmes planned, making recommendations as to prioritisation, resource allocation and plan changes

Contingency planning to integrate new demands into a stretched agenda – e.g. acquisition implications

Proactive management of relationship with Head of Corporate Tax

The Ideal Candidate


CiOT qualified (indirect route)

Big 4 public accounting firm training

Industry experience in multi-national organisations

Previous experience in a senior level indirect tax role

Preparation and review of returns 

Able to leverage technical knowledge (tax, accounting, plus software packages)

Strong communication and interpersonal skills and the confidence to deal with people at different levels throughout the UK & ROI business

Experience in line management of team

Balance multiple projects, managing multiple demands, process simultaneously, keep on track 


In depth experience and technical knowledge of VAT in retail, and in outsourcing in the healthcare and education sectors

In-depth knowledge of VAT return software

Able to demonstrate practical process and system knowledge.

About the Company

Sodexo and our clients are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and adults within a regulated activity. Certain roles will require applicants to undergo screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and/ or Disclosure Scotland.


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