Senior VAT Consultant

Posted 4 years ago

Role overview

We are looking to recruit a Senior VAT Consultant with an extensive background in VAT and indirect-Tax. The role is the implementation and compliance for our clients.

The role will be heavily client-facing, working towards the expansion of the service line. The successful candidate must be driven to succeed, available for frequent travel, give seminars/training, and undertake a variety of VAT consultancy services in an efficient and professional manner.

This is an excellent opportunity to join an experienced big 4 partner team and help shape the future of the firm. The team are driven to succeed and strive to provide real value to our clients.

Key responsibilities

  • Working both independently and alongside partner and VAT Team to promote and manage the practice and VAT Consultancy services to the firm.
  • Manage and facilitate routine VAT seminars to clients and potential clients.
  • Prepare technical VAT documents and communications for clients.
  • Frequent travel to client sites for VAT work/meetings.
  • Working with finance and commercial teams to support billing arrangements. Provide internal and external training to develop the team and clients.
  • Provide VAT consultancy services to clients such as Outputs and Inputs Tax reviews and compliance; Contract reviews and; any ad-hoc work required by clients to meet their VAT statutory obligations.
  • Support the expansion of VAT Consultancy Services and generate income through the achievement of sales targets.

Essential skills

  • Comprehensive experience of the VAT guidelines and regulations in the UAE
  • Experience in dealing with clients demands and requests
  • Excellent communication, coaching and presentation skills
  • Ability to make well-informed decisions on complex raw data complying with any relevant legislation
  • Right commercial mind to make value judgments and recognize potential growth opportunities
  • Excellent IT skills – in particular, the use of Microsoft Office applications
  • Driving license and ability to travel across the UAE to client sites
  • Proven track record in meeting and exceeding sales targets

Desirable skills

  • Knowledge of different ERP systems
  • Experience in other areas of VAT and Tax


  • Will have 3+ years of progressive tax experience, including a minimum of 1-2 years of Indirect tax experience working in International Indirect tax.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Economics or Business Administration, VAT Diploma is a plus
  • Progressive tax experience with some exposure to international transactional taxes in a Big 4 public accounting firm and/or a multinational corporation
  • Experience and knowledge with UAE and International Indirect-tax are required.
  • Experience managing a transactional tax compliance function
  • Experience and knowledge in IFRS and tax regulations, laws and standards
  • Advanced data analytics skills (including proficiency in Excel)
  • Ability to understand and work with ERP systems,
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to interface with senior management
  • Ability to work independently with limited general supervision, effectively prioritizing competing demands in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to lead international tax compliance through hiring and development
  • Professional certification in taxation and accounting.

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