The Britax Group Overview:
The Britax Group is a global leading manufacturer and supplier of Child Safety seats, pushchairs, bike seats and accessories with operations in the US, Northern and Western Europe, Asia and Australia. Britax branded products are renowned for their quality, design and high safety standards and are market leaders in a number of regions across the Globe.
In 2020, Britax made sales in excess of EUR 300m. A debt restructure in 2020 has provided a platform for growth and product portfolio proliferation across all majority of markets and the Group is well positioned to continue with its growth story.
Global Tax Director
This role is based at the Group’s head office in Camberley, Surrey and will lead the Group Tax function, reporting to the Group CFO. In this high-profile role, the candidate will be responsible for management of Group’s international tax position across all taxes. The candidate will, additionally, be responsible for the management of Group Tax Manager who will carry out the majority of the day to day tasks, leaving this role more focussed on overall strategic and operational efficiencies.
The successful candidate will be joining a relatively small, highly motivated, head office team with and will be a visible & accessible technical resource with exposure and influence on the global finance teams and senior management. The role requires you to be dynamic and flexible to suit the evolving business strategies across the Group.
Key responsibilities of the role:
- Oversight of the global tax compliance process to ensure that all entities submit accurate returns, across all taxes, on a timely and cost efficient basis.
- Lead the tax function and develop global strategies that support the ongoing operational objectives of the Group.
- Manage and optimise the Group’s overall tax position.
- Co-ordinate tax planning and structuring projects.
- Provide leadership in supervising and developing staff.
- Develop, and monitor compliance with, tax policies, procedures and controls.
- Maintain and update the Global transfer pricing processes and review calculations to ensure all group entities are making the appropriate arm’s length returns and that documentation remains up to date and in line with Global and in-country rules.
- Evaluate, monitor and mitigate Global tax risk, via instillation, monitoring and improvement of appropriate tax control processes.
- Liaise and consult with external and internal stakeholders (e.g. shareholders, tax authorities, advisors, regional financial controllers, auditors) and build strong effective working relationships.
- Provide support and tax advice to regional financial controllers for Global tax audits.
- Review and control the 10 UK tax computations prepared in House.
- Oversight of the corporate tax calculations for forecasts and year-end financial statements.
- Provide tax advice and input for all business decisions to all functions and all companies in the Group covering direct and indirect taxes, customs duties and Employment tax matters.
- Support M&A due diligence and post-transaction integration
Technical skills & competencies required in the role:
- Recognised accounting/tax qualification (ACA, CTA or similar).
- Education to degree level.
- At least 5 years of experience in international tax in industry, preferably also with Big 4 experience. Experience in manufacturing/retail preferred but not essential.
- Strong working knowledge of UK and International corporate tax, VAT & employment taxes.
- A high calibre tax professional, who is a self-starter, who is able to make an immediate impact & deal with a multiple stakeholders.
- Proactive & confident to own workload - must be prepared to roll their sleeves up as the ability to utilise internal and external resource is not unlimited.
- Someone who is confident with the tax knowledge they do have, but has a good awareness of where their knowledge may be deficient (and therefore where external assistance or verification may be required).
- Confident with accounting, and in particular tax accounting - working knowledge of tax accounting principles under IFRS.
Aptitudes required in the role:
- Flexible, pragmatic, independent, commercially focused and able to operate effectively in a changeable, entrepreneurial, global business.
- Ability to communicate complex tax matters to a wide audience simply and effectively and work with a wide range of teams.
- Strong commercial understanding; demonstrating insight into tax sensitivities & opportunities.
- Strong motivation and drive, able to set realistic deadlines and deliver to expectations, anticipating and adapting to changing priorities.
- Have the ability to identify where tax risks need to be managed & be solutions driven.
- Have a strong sense of the role advisers play & how to get the most out of them when working on specific projects.
- Ability to develop strong relationships with, inspire confidence in & influence senior stakeholders.
- Good verbal & non-verbal communication skills.
- Accuracy & attention to detail with an analytical mind.
- IT literate with strong Excel skills.