Tax touches every aspect of our lives and is one of the largest items of expense any organisation or individual has to consider. On top of that, current issues such as the reform of international taxation, tax transparency, and the way in which we and our clients are using disruptive technology mean that there has never been a more exciting time to start a career in Tax.
Our EMEIA Tax Centre (ETC) practice operates as a virtual hub of highly specialized tax professionals from across EMEIA with a primary focus of expanding our service capability. Our tax professionals help clients in the UK and overseas meet complex demands for tax reporting, compliance, planning and tax controversy; they look to us to help create value and achieve sustainable outcomes.
TFO-Alternative Investments is part of the EMEIA ETC Global Compliance & Reporting practice and the focus of the team is to provide end-to-end tax advisory and tax compliance services throughout the lifecycle of real estate, private equity and infrastructure funds as well as other similar investment products in a globally integrated approach. The team has an extensive pipeline of work and they need enthusiastic staff to help support and build out their services in the market.
The team is expanding in Belfast and are currently looking to recruit an Associate. Within this team you will develop technical tax and accounting knowledge that will equip you with the skills necessary to progress through your career, managing large complex engagements and becoming the key point of contact for your clients. You’ll be in the thick of it from day one, attending client meetings (via Skype), supporting consultants and learning how to use the tools and technology we employ daily.
As importantly, working you’ll have a unique opportunity to build networks and relationships across borders and build your career within EY.
As an Associate on the team, you will get exposure of working directly with clients’ tax and finance functions and support them in managing tax risks in their business. The role is highly practical and commercial.
You will also provide tax support to clients through the lifecycle of their investments from acquisition to disposal. In addition, you will have an opportunity to support clients on process improvements as well as driving process efficiencies within EY.
Many of our clients are seeking to centralise their own processes and systems through a finance transformation process, transferring more tasks and activities to Global Shared Service Centres. The ETC Global Compliance & Reporting (GCR) team provide large complex clients with globally integrated outsource contracts.
You will have an opportunity to work with some of EY’s largest, most complex corporate clients providing you with a continued opportunity to learn and develop.
We partner with our clients to deliver compliance across the organization. We typically work with the client’s group or regional tax function.
Many of our clients are undergoing major change and transformation in their record to report processes. You will have the opportunity to work with groups who have mature offshore models and those who need support transitioning to that model over time.
Your key responsibilities:
The below are some of the activities you will be involved with on a day to day basis:
• Support more senior team members in the delivery of exceptional client service.
• Prepare initial drafts of client deliverables with the support of the Global Delivery Service (GDS) team based in India
• Preparation of agendas and minutes for key client calls and meetings.
• Ensure correct policies, procedures and processes have been agreed and followed for client and engagement set up, e.g. budget calculations, billing schedules, client due diligence/on boarding procedures (PACE), engagement letters, new code setup etc.
• Work with our GDS team to assist on the Financial Management of the TFO- AI team engagements: timesheets review, billing/invoicing, dashboards to assess performance against targets, completing requests from client account teams for financial information for our team’s work on their accounts.
• Assist on the implementation and monitoring of team’s Tax Quality Review (TQR) policies and procedures.
• Assist team on ad-hoc operational and account administration matters.
• Assist with preparation of marketing materials and active pursuit documents.
In a rapidly changing world and tax environment, making career choices which will build your skills for the new world of work will future-proof your career.
As well as offering world-class technical training opportunities you will have the opportunity to stretch and challenge yourself with new clients, experiences and projects.
To qualify for the role you must have:
• Key skills which will enable you to be successful in this role include:
• Educated to degree level
• Good communication skills
• Organized and able to manage your work load
• Strong IT skills
• Evidence of working well under pressure
• Evidence of problem solving
Ideally you’ll also have:
• Accounting or Tax qualification (ACA/ACCA/CTA/ATT or equivalent desirable)
• Corporate Tax experience is desirable but not a pre-requisite
What we look for:
We want people with a keen interest in improving business tax functions through the use of technology and process improvement. Successful candidates will ideally have a strong affinity to problem solving via the means of technology solutions and will enjoy being challenged in a dynamic, team environment.
A background in accounting and finance is beneficial though not essential, as is an interest in technology. Ideally, you’ll be analytical and able to communicate your analysis logically. All our work is performed in teams and so we are looking for people who are good team players.
Building strong relationships with clients, tax authorities and EY colleagues is essential, so we are looking for people with excellent inter-personal skills.
EY is committed to being an inclusive employer and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. We strive to achieve the right balance for our people, enabling us to deliver excellent client service whilst allowing you to build your career without sacrificing your personal priorities. While our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, our flexible working arrangements can help you to achieve a lifestyle balance.
As a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, we’re using the finance products, expertise and systems we’ve developed to build a better working world. That starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. Whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime. And with a commitment to hiring and developing the most passionate people, we’ll make our ambition to be the best employer by 2020 a reality.
If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.
Join us in building a better working world.