Assistant Director, Large Business, Scotland and Northern Ireland
You will play a key role in leadership within the region, building technical capability, building engagement and facilitating change. Assistant Directors manage HMRC's relationship with the UK's largest and most complex business customers who are high profile, household names. This involves overseeing the department's interaction with their significant customer operations, their very large tax/duties payments, large multi-national aspects, frequent politically sensitive issues and regular large scale mergers and acquisitions. Assistant Directors also lead on specific tax or wider leadership issues across the Directorate or the wider Department. Establish, build and maintain professional relationships with key senior customers across tax and business responsibilities Develop a deep understanding of customers and their business drivers influencing their attitude to risk. Discuss, explore and resolve complex tax planning issues with customers; resolving differences of view where possible Carefully manage complex, sensitive and potentially challenging reputational issues Lead large scale national projects across customer groups, sectors or risk themes to deliver compliance outcomes Ringmaster communications and interventions, including appropriately involving HMRCs specialists, ensuring successful delivery of outcomes Coach and mentor Customer Compliance Managers and tax professional colleagues, building capability and troubleshooting complex cases Ensure CPD is up to date and share expertise with HMRC colleagues Responsibilities As senior leaders in Large Business, Assistant Directors play a key role in leadership, building technical capability, engagement and facilitating change. You will be able to demonstrate: Leadership Experience of providing visible leadership to support long term strategies, with a proven ability to develop a motivated, engaged and high performing workforce and a commitment to diversity and inclusion Strategic awareness Experience of formulating, leading and implementing strategies, policies and programmes which cross organisational boundaries Communicating and influencing The ability to manage effective relationships with internal and external stakeholders at senior level, strong collaboration and influencing skills to build an effective network of key stakeholders quickly. Excellent communication skills to engage confidently in a wide range of situations Delivering at pace Strong customer service ethos and focus on delivery with the ability to respond quickly to changing circumstances and tight timescales as priorities evolve and escalate issues for resolution Specialist knowledge and experience Recent compliance experience of working on the most challenging and complex tax technical issues. Knowledge and experience of the Oil and Gas industry is desirable Academic/Professional Qualifications The post requires the individual to have either: Core Professional Training or be 'Fully Trained' Inspectors or Chartered Tax Adviser AIIT (Including Paper 4) or CCAB or a Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies membership qualification e.g. Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (ICAEW), Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS), Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CIPFA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Qualifications The post requires the individual to have either: Core Professional Training or be 'Fully Trained' Inspectors or Chartered Tax Adviser AIIT (Including Paper 4) or CCAB or a Consultative Committee of Accountancy Bodies membership qualification e.g. Institute of Chartered Accountants of England & Wales (ICAEW), Institute of Chartered Accountants in Scotland (ICAS), Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy (CIPFA), Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Benefits Benefits Learning and development tailored to your role An environment with flexible working options A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity A Civil Service pension Whatever your role, we take your career and development seriously, and want to enable you to build a really successful career with the Department and wider Civil Service. It is crucial that our employees have the right skills to develop their careers and meet the challenges ahead, and you'll benefit from regular performance and development reviews to ensure this development is ongoing. As a Civil Service employee, you'll be entitled to a large range of benefits. This includes: 25 days annual leave on entry, increasing on a sliding scale to 30 days after 5 years' service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays. This will be complemented by one further day paid privilege entitlement to mark the Queen's Birthday; A competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire; Flexible working patterns including part-time or term-time working and access to Flexible Working Schemes allowing you to vary your working day as long as you work your total hours; Generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers; and Childcare benefits (policy for new employees as of 5 April 2018): The government has introduced the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme. Working parents can open an online childcare account and for every £8 they pay in, the government adds £2, up to a maximum of £2000 a year for each child or £4000 for a disabled child. Parents then use the funds to pay for registered childcare. Existing employees may be able to continue to claim childcare vouchers, so please check how the policy would work for you here; Interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket or a new bicycle; The opportunity to use onsite facilities including fitness centres and staff canteens (where applicable); Occupational sick pay. Things you need to know Security Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check. Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is counter-terrorist check . Selection process details Application To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process which includes completing the application form as outline below. This should be completed no later than 23:59 on 27th October 2019 1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years. 2. A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification - including your formal qualification. Failure to submit both (CV and Statement of Suitability) will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification. Please ensure that both documents contain your full name. Should you encounter any issues with your online application please get in touch with us on: Jashim.Ahmedhmrc.gov.uk If you do not receive acknowledgement of your application within 48 hours via the automated system, please contact us. Shortlist A panel, including the hiring manager, will then assess your application to select those demonstrating the best fit with the role by considering the evidence you have provided against the criteria set out in the 'Person Specification' section. Failure to address any or all of these may affect your application. A decision is expected to be made by w/c 4th November 2019 and all shortlisted candidates will be advised of the outcome shortly afterwards. Assessment If you are shortlisted, you may be asked to take part in a series of assessments which could include psychometric tests and a staff engagement exercise. These assessments will not result in a pass or fail decision. Rather, they are designed to support the panel's decision making and highlight areas for the panel to explore further at interview. You will then be asked to attend an interview in order to have a more in-depth discussion of your previous experience and professional competence. This may also include an exercise and presentation. Full details of the assessment process will be made available to shortlisted candidates. The assessments will take place during 11th - 22nd November 2019, with interviews held in w/c 25th November 2019 Regardless of the outcome, we will notify all candidates as soon as possible. We will send you a copy of any report for any assessment that you may have undergone as part of the recruitment process (where applicable). Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment. Nationality requirements Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here . Working for the Civil Service The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants. We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles . The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.