VAT/Tax lead

Mallard House, York or Nobel House, London. Other locations will be considered, but regular travel to York or London will be required.
Min: £46,150 (National) £50,750 (London) - Max: £53,910 (National) £59,290 (London)
31 Aug 2018
14 Sep 2018
Job Role
Tax Specialist
Public Sector
Contract Type
Level of qualification
Newly qualified, Qualified

VAT/Tax specialist
Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

London or York (other locations will be considered, but travel to York/London will be required)

The Defra group is made up of the core Department and a number of delivery bodies and is responsible for safeguarding our Natural Environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy.

We are recruiting for an experienced tax expert to lead on all areas of tax and VAT, focusing on the core Department, but also working closely with experts in the delivery bodies on common areas.

You will:

  • be responsible for the VAT return for the core Department and its four executive agencies.
  • be the key contact point for HMRC and will work closely with the Tax Centre of Excellence at the Ministry of Justice, ensuring that Defra is fully compliant with all areas of tax, including taking the lead on HMRC investigations.
  • manage key stakeholders and provide regular updates to senior finance staff, highlighting risks and issues.
  • work with Defra staff to ensure that guidance is up to date and communicated to all and provide advice on complex tax situations that affect the Defra group.

A good technical background and an understanding of all aspects of tax and VAT is essential, as are excellent Excel skills and experience of large financial systems such as Oracle.

You will be a confident communicator with strong interpersonal and management skills with evidence of stakeholder management and delivering in a changing environment.

You will also hold a suitable qualification, either a CCAB qualified accountant, or another professional finance body, or Chartered Institute of Taxation (CIOT).