VAT Tax Associate Director ( Happy to talk flexible working)

Full time R1022860
Reading (1020 Eskdale Road)

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VAT Tax Associate Director (Happy to talk flexible working)
Location – Reading

Job Description Summary:

We believe we’re best positioned to make a meaningful impact on the economy. Every day, we provide a diverse range of organisations with the kind of business and financial advice it takes to do this. Our ideas and insight empower our clients to make big decisions about the future and unlock sustainable growth. With a relentless focus on quality and integrity, we help businesses, communities and our people to flourish.

Grant Thornton’s Indirect Tax team in the South is made up of 12 VAT specialists and is headed up by Karen Rob (Partner, Head of UK Indirect Tax). The team operates out of three main areas: Bristol/Cardiff, Thames Valley and Gatwick, and work with a number of different sectors engaging with a mixture of business sizes, from small start-ups to large corporations. Agility and flexibility are important to the members of the team who spend their time across the different South offices as well as at client sites of course and working from home. The work is mainly consultancy and advisory, but the team also have a modest VAT compliance portfolio. We enjoy liaising with colleagues in the Grant Thornton’s global network on a very regular basis.

Job Description:

Let’s talk about the job

If you enjoy working on a wide-reaching range of projects that will help businesses and communities flourish, you’ll fit right in. Here are some things you can expect from this Associate Director role.

Making quality second nature.  This means doing what’s right even when no one’s looking. The work that you will do has a major impact on our clients and our firm. We pride ourselves on the high-level standards we have for the work that we do. 


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Key market facing role within the tax practice.
  • Leading on indirect tax business development activities in the Thames Valley to develop relationships and deliver profitable revenue growth.
  • Managing the practice in the Thames Valley to ensure the team meet or exceed key firm KPI’s.
  • Working with the wider indirect tax team to deliver high quality and commercially appropriate indirect tax advice and a distinctive client experience to new and existing clients.
  • Effective delegation to and mentoring of junior staff to enhance their professional and technical skills.
  • Integrating across the wider firm and building an internal network of colleagues from all service lines
  • Representing the firm at firm sponsored and external events.
  • Working with colleagues in other service lines to generate new opportunities and deliver seamless client service.
  • Opportunity to manage members in the team.

The minimum criteria

you’ll have reviewed work and supervised staff in a tax environment (minimum requirement)

Skills to set you apart

Here are a few more skills we are looking for. Don’t worry if you don’t tick every box. It’s important for us to support you in your role and help you to develop along the way.

  • Enthusiastic, personable, commercially minded
  • Good broad technical knowledge and proven business development skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Self-starter
  • you’ll possess working knowledge of indirect UK tax legislation

Do you care about the same things we do?

We have six values we work by. When we meet, we’ll want you to show us how they’re important to you, too.

Collaboration: We work together, share ideas and always make time to help each other out.

Leadership: Everyone has the chance to lead their own projects.

Excellence: Quality is central to our purpose. We love what we do, and it shows. We sweat the details. We see things through, no matter how tricky.

Agility: The world moves quickly. To keep up, we stay flexible – changing approaches, changing projects, working offline, online, together and alone to get things done.

Respect: A given, of course: we value each other and our clients. We listen, we understand, we care.

Responsibility: The decisions we make and advice we give affects people’s lives and livelihoods. We take that seriously and always do well by doing what’s right.

Share ideas and profits

Unlike most firms, we’re also a shared enterprise. So when the firm does well, everyone does well by taking home a share of the profits. Of course, to get those profits, we need to share ideas and share responsibility for our work, too.

Bring your whole self

Now you’ve seen our values, it shouldn’t be a surprise that we’re creating a respectful, open, diverse place to work. Building an inclusive culture, where we value difference and respect our colleagues, is not just the right thing to do, it helps our people to perform at the best of their ability and realise their potential.

“We are committed to making sure that the opportunities within our firm are equally accessible for everyone – regardless of background or gender.” Dave Dunckley, CEO

There’s more to life than work

Families, children, sports, night classes…the things you do and the people you’re with outside work matter. They can inspire, motivate and energise you. Inside the office and out. So if you’d like to work flexibly, let us know. We’re happy to look at flexible working options for all our roles, and we’ll always do our best to keep your work and life in balance.

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