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Associate Director, Indirect Tax Operations

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cambridgeshire, County Dublin

Job Type: Full time


Associate Director, Indirect Tax Operations

Location: Cambridge, UK / Dublin, Ireland

Competitive salary and benefits apply

AstraZeneca is a global, innovation-driven biopharmaceutical business that focuses on the discovery, development and commercialization of prescription medicines for some of the world's most serious diseases.

But we're more than a leading pharmaceutical company. At AstraZeneca, we're proud to have an outstanding workplace culture that encourages innovation and collaboration. Here, employees are empowered to express diverse perspectives - you are made to feel valued, energised and rewarded for your ideas and creativity.

AstraZeneca’s Finance function is on a transformation journey with the objective of delivering excellence in financial operations and insight. As this strategy continues to drive the effectiveness and performance of the business, to the benefit of millions of patients worldwide, best in class finance support and leadership becomes ever more important.

An exciting and rare opportunity has arisen to join our Global Indirect Tax team as an Associate Director leading our global indirect tax operations function. If you are an enthusiastic and technically qualified tax professional with significant global indirect tax compliance, reporting and risk management experience, this is a great opportunity to shape strategy and make a tangible impact to one of the fastest growing and innovative FTSE 100 companies in the world.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Leading the development, implementation and delivery of AstraZeneca’s global indirect tax compliance and risk management strategies to deliver sustainable value.
  • Responsible for ensuring AstraZeneca meets all of its global indirect tax compliance obligations and remains fully compliant across all jurisdictions. Continuously assessing and challenging that appropriate controls and processes are in place.
  • Responsible for the review of indirect tax Balance Sheet accounts, and ensuring any differences are thoroughly and appropriately investigated and resolved in a timely manner.
  • Driving efficiencies in indirect tax processes whilst optimising cash-flow/balance sheet positions.
  • Partnering with the wider business to enhance and develop successful long-term relationships, through the provision of timely, appropriate, and commercial indirect tax advice which supports the delivery of business objectives.
  • Review of new indirect tax legislation, case-law and government policy to ensure changes to ERP systems, processes and controls are made in a timely manner and appropriate updates communicated to stakeholders.
  • Continuous review of AstraZeneca’s structure and business model to identify opportunities and ideas for improvement, alongside building awareness of indirect tax around the organisation.
  • Responsible for identifying, analysing and addressing new and emerging indirect tax risk and updating relevant stakeholders.
  • Owning the indirect tax relationships with external advisors and service providers, for example the global outsourced VAT compliance contract with Deloitte.
  • Supporting AstraZeneca’s global financial tax transformation project by providing indirect tax subject matter expertise.
  • Supporting the business with managing indirect tax audits and controversy matters, alongside maintaining good relationships with tax authorities.
  • Contributing to the development of AstraZeneca’s wider tax function, including the coaching and development of more junior members of the team.

Essential Skills & Experience:

  • Qualified Tax Professional (AIIT/CTA/ADIT) and/or a Qualified Accountant (ACA/ACCA).
  • Extensive cross-border indirect tax compliance and reporting experience including SAF-T, SII, MTD and e-invoicing.
  • Strong experience and exposure of advising large corporates on complex global cross-border supply chains and operational indirect tax matters.
  • Familiar with SAP and indirect tax technology solutions e.g. OneSource, Vertex.
  • Involvement with a global SAP S/4 Hana implementation or similar ERP solution (desirable).
  • Strong communication skills (written and verbal) and collaboration skills.
  • Experience managing a team.

Desirable skills and experience:

  • Previous experience of working within Biotech or Pharma would be a significant advantage.

Why AstraZeneca?

At AstraZeneca we’re dedicated to being a Great Place to Work. Where you are empowered to push the boundaries of science and unleash your entrepreneurial spirit. There’s no better place to make a difference to medicine, patients and society. An inclusive culture that champions diversity and collaboration, and always committed to lifelong learning, growth and development. We’re on an exciting journey to pioneer the future of healthcare.

So, what’s next?

If you are inspired by the possibilities of science to make a difference and ready to discover what you can do by joining us on this exciting journey and believe you can contribute to this bold ambition – join us!

Where can I find out more?

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AstraZeneca embraces diversity and equality of opportunity. We are committed to building an inclusive and diverse team representing all backgrounds, with as wide a range of perspectives as possible, and harnessing industry-leading skills. We believe that the more inclusive we are, the better our work will be. We welcome and consider applications to join our team from all qualified candidates, regardless of their characteristics. We comply with all applicable laws and regulations on non-discrimination in employment (and recruitment), as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements.