Associate Director, Tax Solution Architect (Tax Accounting), Tax Management Consulting

Job Description


The tax landscape is undergoing significant change; with changes to tax legislation, increased media focus and scrutiny, technology advancements, and the increasingly global reach of clients, all coming together to shape an exciting and challenging future in the market for tax services. Deloitte’s Tax Management Consulting Team (TMC) has a market leading reputation; bringing together a unique blend of consulting, technology, tax technical and tax reporting experience to help businesses meet the challenges of multi-jurisdictional tax operations, including compliance, reporting, tax technology and tax risk management. Within TMC, sits our S/4HANA Tax Value Proposition, with a fast growing team and a super-growth ambition. We will undertake an unprecedented wave of S/4HANA and other cloud ERP implementations over the next few years and these will need specialist SAP/ ERP Tax knowledge and solution design capabilities. This proposition is uniquely positioned to be a key differentiator for the firm-wide SAP/ERP-enabled business transformation practice across UK and Europe. As a Tax Accounting-focussed solution architect, you will have plenty of opportunities to work on large-scale S/4HANA/ ERP Tax advisory projects as part of complex business and finance transformations. You'll work with a wide range of colleagues and clients, exposing you to cutting edge tax technology work in a strategic, commercial and business context. You will find opportunities to apply an impressive range of broad consulting and functional skills that will enhance your career.  The Tax Accounting focused element of your role will allow you to combine expertise in tax accounting technical and process improvement with technology and systems capability building a deep understanding of how data flows and is used to generate tax accounting outputs. You will be supporting clients that are using their S/4HANA implementation to take a fresh look at their group tax reporting process that feeds in the current and deferred tax balances into external financial statements and internal management reporting and forecasting. We are proud to offer flexible working arrangements which allow our people to choose the most suitable working arrangement that works for them. Whether this is working 4 days per week, taking the summer months off work, or more flexibility around your working pattern, we consider both formal and informal working arrangements that allow our people and our clients the best outcome. If you would like to hear more about our flexible working arrangements, please let us know.  Are you looking to return to the workplace after an extended career break? For this role we can offer coaching and support designed for returners to refresh your knowledge and skills, and help your transition back into the workplace after a career break of 2 years or more. If this is relevant for you, just let your recruiter know when you make your application. Your roleWe are looking for an innovative Tax Accounting Solution Architect to design, develop and implement Tax Accounting solutions as part of the over-arching SAP/ ERP implementation to ensure that our clients are getting the most from their data, processes and systems for their tax processes. Your role will entail gathering requirements (both tax/ legal and business), analysing supply-chains and business processes to assess the required functional specifications, evaluating the current systems landscape and proposed future state in order to identify gaps and improvement areas, along with overseeing development/ managing junior team members. You will also be expected to regularly update the practice/service line on any new development in SAP tax functionalities or modules in future releases. You will also be expected to regularly update the practice/service line on any new development in SAP tax functionalities or modules in future releases.To be successful in this role, you should be able to align the global Tax, Accounting and Legal landscape with the business’ activities and proposed wider business processes. You will be the lynchpin between the Tax Function, Finance/Accounting Function and IT Function, ensuring that we build the best Tax Technology solution design for the client. This will require the ability to explain complex terms to a variety of different stakeholders, and in a way that is relevant to each stakeholder group. You will also need to continually assess the available Tax Accounting solutions on the market, including the new solutions that continue to be offered by SAP and other ERP providers.You will also need to integrate with the wider client project team (whether that is delivered by Deloitte Consulting or another Systems Integration partner). This will involve an understanding of how the tax design interacts with other process flows and also the inter-personal skills to build the required relationships.In order to build and maintain your tax accounting domain expertise and credentials, you may also be involved in other tax accounting projects where we are supporting clients to improve their systems and processes landscape including choosing and implementing tax accounting technology solutions. This may expand into supporting their tax accounting needs through technical advice, training and outsourcing where you would work with the wider team to meet their needs. Responsibilities:• Evaluating the client’s tax and business requirements to build the optimal SAP/ ERP Tax design and/ or supplement with the right mix of alternative tax technology solutions (for example tax accounting solutions such as Longview, OneSource Tax Provision, CorpTax and other similar tools)• Design, build and integrate tax requirements and processes into SAP/ ERP systems architecture (or wider tax technology solutions) to meet clients’ requirements• Assess systems architecture (SAP/ ERP and other tax systems) currently in place and work with technical staff to recommend solutions (SAP/ ERP or alternative solutions) to improve it or fill the gap• Assess business impact of technical choices made• Resolve technical problems as and when they arise• Develop/ maintain good working relationships with key client and internal stakeholders and keep them informed of challenges/ risks/ issues with technical solutions being implemented• Provide regular updates to key stakeholders on product development processes, costs and budgets, achievements against plan etc. • Provide supervision and guidance to development teams and manage junior resources/ team members • Continually research current and emerging technologies (SAP or others) and propose changes as part of Deloitte’s SAP/ ERP Value Proposition Your work, your choiceAt Deloitte we believe the best impact is the value we add, not the hours we sit at our desk. We carefully consider agile ways of working, both formal and informal, that allow for the best impact for our people and our clients. Please speak to your recruiter about the working pattern that works best for you. Location:Your home office will be London, but this client-facing role provides lots of opportunity for travel in the UK and overseas (subject to the projects that you are working on). Work pattern: Full-time position (other flexible working arrangements can be discussed on individual basis) Your professional experience• Proven experience in Tax Accounting solution architecture design• Previous tax accounting, compliance and/ or tax advisory experience or tax accounting systems implementation capability• Previous project management and delivery experience as well as leading systems implementations• In-depth understanding of data, and business process design that impacts into the tax accounting process, and achieving automation through technology• Understanding of SAP/ERPs and how they should be integrated into a tax accounting solution is advantageous• SAP/ ERP tax solution architecture design beneficial but not required• Efficient communication and stakeholder management skills • Strong organisation and leadership skills

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