• Job Reference: 00000174-1
  • Date Posted: 24 December 2018
  • Location: London
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Accounting, Tax
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: John Bowes
  • Email:
  • Telephone: +37257597671

Job Description

Our client is a prestigious international accounting firm ranked in the Top 10 in the UK. They are looking for a VAT Manager.

Purpose of role: 

To be a client VAT specialist with a sound basic knowledge of all aspects of VAT, maintaining the established VAT service provided by the firm’s London office to its varied client base. 

Key responsibilities:

Client Work:  

Advising clients on areas of VAT planning, compliance and disputes with HMRC, namely: 

  • Developing and maintaining a sound technical knowledge of all areas of VAT, reflecting the massively varied business sectors covered by our client base.

  • An ability to think laterally - essential when dealing with VAT planning and dispute issues. 

  • To understand quickly the relevant issues and give clear, concise and positive verbal opinion and advice.

  • To be able to write clear, concise reports, letters and emails.

  • Preparation, submission and monitoring of dispute reconsiderations and VAT tribunal appeals.

Internal technical support and training:

  • Organising, preparing and delivering internal VAT training courses.

  • Speaking as part of a larger team at other internal seminars and conferences.

  • Contribution of “technical talks” at internal national VAT group meetings

  • Regularly contributing articles to internal technical bulletins etc.

Working with other departments

  • Assist and advise in the preparation and review of VAT returns prepared on behalf of clients.

  • Assisting and advising audit teams on VAT matters material to statutory audits.

  • Occasional on-site visits as part of the audit process.

  • Assisting and advising in due diligence, M&A and other corporate finance projects.

  • Occasional on-site visits and due diligence VAT reviews. 

External training

  • To organise, prepare and deliver VAT training and update courses to clients and contacts. 

  • Jointly presenting other external courses as part of a mixed specialist team.

  • Occasional speaking at third party seminars and conferences.

Business Development

  • Preparation of articles for external newsletters and technical bulletins.

  • Regular attendance at other S&W seminars and conferences to effect introductions and develop relationships with clients, contacts and other attendees.

  • Regular attendance at local “networking” events.

  • Develop and maintain relationships with other local and national professionals.

Miscellaneous duties 

  • Preparation of billing and cash collections of fees.

  • Preparation and dissemination of National VAT group marketing activities report.

Decision Making Authority/Mandates/Constraints

  • You will be responsible for final approval of VAT returns prepared by management accounts teams.

  • You will have a large degree of discretion as to frequency, content and delivery of internal and external courses.

  • All external correspondence, telephone notes will be subject to partner approval and internal “cold” reviews

Key Competencies: 

  • Written & verbal communication: Able to communicate effectively, both written & orally, at all levels.
  • Client Experience:  Focuses on the needs of the client and works to constantly exceed client expectations.
  • Planning and organising:  Ability to successfully juggle more than one task or a series of activities at any one time.
  • Analytical thinking & problem solving:  Ability to adapt to and apply logical thinking to complex situation.
  • Commercial Awareness: Overall understanding and knowledge of the role, the company and the financial services industry as a whole

Candidate Profile 


  • Relevant professional qualifications (ACA, ACCA, CTA or IIT qualifications preferred)

  • Strong academic record

Key Experience/Skills: 

  • Significant experience of advising on VAT matters.

  • Sound knowledge of all areas of VAT to service a client base covering a wide variety of business sectors.

  • Technically capable tax adviser who is able to assist in complex client work

  • Demonstrable experience of managing people and clients

  • Existing business development skills and appetite to grow business