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Direct Taxes Process Lead

AstraZeneca UK

Location: Cheshire East, Luton

Job Type: Full time


Direct Taxes Process Lead

Luton, Macclesfield UK

Competitive Salary + Benefits

Direct Taxes Process Lead – S/4 HANA

Location: Luton/Macclesfield

Global S/4HANA Programme

We are one purpose-led global organisation. The enablers and innovators, ensuring that we can fulfil our mission to push the boundaries of science and discover and develop life-changing medicines. We take pride in working close to the cause, opening the locks to save lives, ultimately making a substantial difference to the outside world.

AstraZeneca (AZ) is in a period of strong growth and our employees have a united purpose to make a difference to patients around the world who need both our medicines and the ongoing developments from our science.

In this journey AZ must continue to work across borders and with partners and new colleagues in a fast and seamless way.

The ambition, size and complexity of the organisation, coupled with the opportunities afforded by new technology, has led the Board to approve a large scale transformation of the IT landscape by the replacement of current ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems with one global solution.

Our current technology is used by more than 20,000 employees daily, is foundational to all AZ entities and is central to most core business processes. This programme provides the opportunity for real transformation and to shape the way of working globally for many years to come.

This programme requires the best. Whether it be the technical skills, business understanding or change leadership, we want to ensure we have the strongest team deployed throughout.

The programme seeks to deliver an elite change programme that leaves all employees with a fuller understanding of their role in the end-to-end nature of our global company. This programme will provide AZ with a driven edge, to the benefits of its employees and patients.

We are now looking for a Direct Tax Lead who will be responsible for designing and delivering the Direct Tax process and technology design. This will involve ensuring that opportunities for process enhancement and modernisation are delivered and that the overall process and technology design meets business objectives and regulatory requirements.

What you'll do:

  • You’ll be working in the tax workstream of Axial and the role will drive the design of direct taxes in the Axial programme. You will be heavily supported by other direct tax SMEs within the workstream, reporting to a Direct Tax Director within the workstream.

  • Your role will include:

  • Leading a number of collaborators across general finance, group tax and technology to design the right process and technology solutions for AZ to support the business’ next phase of growth.

  • Leading the design and the key design outputs to resolve correct technologies, process and operating model for delivering on AZ’s direct tax requirements for both internal and external partners.

  • Reviewing, understanding and assessing AZ’s current direct tax processes and solutions.

  • Understanding the new capabilities of S/4 HANA and how they can integrate, enhance or replace the current processes and technologies.

  • Designing and inputting into the new enterprise data model for direct taxes.

  • Leading steering committee/design authorities discussions as you go through the design.

  • Specific areas of focus would include: Group Tax Reporting/effective tax rate (including BEPS Pillar II), Local Direct Tax Filings, R&D Tax Credit model.

  • Leading integration efforts with our tax process areas (such as transfer pricing and withholding tax)!

Once the design phase is complete, you will move to owning the implementation of the new direct tax process and technologies. This will include:

  • Running a multi-functional group of collaborators across group tax, general finance, and technology to determine the correct implementation plan and assess the impact on our current direct tax model.

  • Maintaining an appropriate resource profile to deliver against the implementation plan drawing down on specific change, technology and direct tax specialist knowledge as you deem appropriate.

  • Leading steering committee/design authority discussions as you go through the implementation.

  • Leading the taking of the new processes and technologies live per the agreed deployment plan.

Other more general activities as part of the role could include:

  • Provide the expertise with regards to S/4HANA capability and standard process design for Tax.

  • Support the programme tax lead in ensuring that the design maximises opportunities for improvements and covers all areas for a successful transition.

  • Builds key design decisions for presentation to relevant partner groups to seek approval/feedback.

  • Clarify and complete the key global design activities that will generate the golden template; scope definition, identification of the standard process.

  • Ensure that the standard process design is based on standard SAP S/4HANA, documenting and agreeing exceptions where appropriate.

  • Develop and run “fit to standard” workshops to align and confirm the golden template with a cross section of the business.

  • Create and sustain key project artefacts required to develop a successful transition to SAP S/4HANA, including the end to end process flows and key elements of the information model.

  • Liaises with the data team to provide requirements and the guide rails for the cleanse and clear data activity.

  • Ensures that all improvement project work is carried out with regards to AstraZeneca standards and external regulations.

  • Networks with colleagues across the business and experts to identify business improvement opportunities.

  • Ensures efficient and effective leadership and management of business Improvement projects.

  • Keeps self and others up to date on recent developments and emerging trends on an internal and external basis.

  • Maintains the process and technology for identifying and tracking continuous improvement initiatives.

  • Prioritises Tax improvement issues and delivers own business improvement findings and recommendations to a multi-functional team.

Essential for the role:

  • Delivering finance change activities across a large and diverse stakeholder group.

  • Defining, designing and implementing direct tax processes for large multinational corporations, either working in house or in practice.

  • Subject matter specific knowledge in one or more of the following direct tax areas: specifically effective tax rate processes (including BEPS Pillar II), country or entity specific local filings, R&D Tax Credits.

  • S/4 HANA experience is preferred but not essential.

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?

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