Leading Payment Solution Provider
Our client is a large, payment solution provider, based in the Middle East, covering the MEA region.
Lead the development and implementation of the overall tax governance framework for the group, incorporating tax strategy, tax risk management, and on-going compliance and policies.
Responsible for managing and monitoring the group’s tax affairs spreading across multiple countries, liaising with taxing authorities, and engaging with external advisors on tax compliance and specific projects.
Provide advice to different internal stakeholders on tax matters including risks and opportunities relating to the global operations of the business.
Develop an appropriate tax strategy and operating model (including specific policies, allocation of roles and responsibilities, use of tax technology, etc.) for the group, both in the UAE and in overseas territories.
Take responsibility for the successful implementation of the strategy by putting in place the necessary procedures and controls and building in flexibility to adapt to the rapidly changing business environment.
Identify and prioritise areas of tax risk and tax planning opportunities for the group.
Work with external advisors to implement and manage on an ongoing basis the group’s Transfer Pricing Policy.
Ensure optimization and simplification of the legal entity structure for the group from a tax perspective.
Work with external advisors to conduct a tax health check of all the business and legal entities from a direct and indirect taxes perspective and put in place the required mitigants.
Work with the group companies’ finance teams to develop a reporting, monitoring and review framework to manage the overall group tax positions, ensure tax compliances and obligations are being met , manage potential exposures and mitigating actions, and local tax requirements.
Be the first point of contact for queries relating to tax matters at the group level and have the ability to research and provide a clear and precise response where possible, or to seek advise from professional advisors where needed.
Support the legal team in negotiation and drafting of relevant tax clauses for various customer and supplier contracts and the business development team for evaluating the tax impact of various transactions and business decisions, as well as provide inputs for pricing decisions.
Oversee and provide advice on mergers and acquisition transactions, including overseeing the tax due diligence performed by external advisors
Stay up to date with the latest relevant tax legislative changes and prepare the group for implementation of changes in tax regimes like VAT in the GCC and Corporate Tax in the UAE.
QUALIFICATIONS, EXPERIENCE, & SKILLS:
Professional accounting or finance qualification (e.g. CA / CPA / ACCA) with 8-10years’ prior experience in a similar role.
Significant experience in direct and indirect taxes, particularly corporation tax and VAT preferably in GCC region
Ability to manage the tax affairs of the business across multiple jurisdictions, and a strong knowledge of transfer pricing principles
Experience in the financial services sector
Experience of working with complex international businesses to implement international tax planning concepts
Strong verbal and written communications skills
Detail oriented and organized; Strong planning and prioritization abilities
High energy levels
Must maintain confidentiality and discretion in all aspects
Comfortable with flexible working schedule to meet the needs of the Company and its executives
Ability to work under pressure to tight deadlines
Excellent Excel & Power-point presentation skills
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