VAT Assistant Manager – Cambridge or London

Role Overview

Price Bailey, a Top 30 UK Accountancy Practice and a Times Top 100 Employer, has a fast growing VAT Team consisting of 4 people which is headed up by Daphne Hemingway, the direct line manager for this position. A separate business team does the VAT compliance so this is a purely a VAT consultancy role for someone with considerable VAT knowledge (at least two years preferably in an accountancy practice.

The Assistant Manager will take direct responsibility for resolving client queries within an existing portfolio and will require little partner involvement beyond final review, this means that this person will have full autonomy in their role. Due to the rapid growth of the VAT and wider Tax teams, this role will also provide fast-track opportunities to Senior Manager level.

He or she will take responsibility for WIP control, billing procedures and debtor control and supervise the effective production of work within the team, including mentoring, assisting with team organisation and  team appraisals.  He or she will be commercial and proactive in fee development


Principle Responsibilities:

  • Continuous review of UK indirect tax developments to identify risks and opportunities for the business
  • Joining and supervising of a team of VAT professionals
  • Advising the business on VAT impacts of new legislation including Brexit implications
  • Providing technical review of VAT advice of other team members
  • Proactively engaging with key stakeholders to identify areas where indirect tax advisory support is required
  • Managing relationships with senior members of the business
  • Resolving queries from HMRC
  • In depth research on technical VAT queries
  • The typical sectors of our current VAT clients are as follows: Property and construction, Charities, Large manufacturers operating in the UK and overseas, Telecoms providers, Digital services providers, Education providers, Academies, Universities, Tour operators, Auctioneers, Health providers


Person Specification:

Work based competencies

  • Ideally CTA qualified
  • An assertive and confident communicator
  • An effective team leader, producing reliable results and commanding respect from the team
  • Strong IT skills
  • Great commercial awareness with the ability to capitalise on opportunities
  • Pro-active identification of opportunities to refer clients to PB specialists
  • Able to influence decision making

Behavioural competencies

  • Effective team leader; produces reliable results and has respect of the team.
  • Communication skills enabling the individual to not only command the respect of colleagues at all levels but also to influence decision- making within portfolio/office.
  • Positive energy and team player.
  • Effective problem solver and creative thinker.
  • Well organised and self-motivated
  • Efficient and encourages efficiency in others
  • Shows excellent judgement


Training & Development:

  • CPD programme including compliance and broader technical skills training
  • Performance reviews every 6 months

Benefits Package:

  • Smart Working (see link for further details
  • A relaxed and professional environment       
  • Social Activities/Charitable Events
  • Competitive Salary and Benefits Package
  • 25 days Holiday (ability to purchase up to 5 extra days annually under our flexible benefits scheme)
  • Life Assurance
  • Private medical insurance
  • Contributory Pension Scheme
  • Retail Discounts as part of UK 200 Group

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