Tax Director (Accounting Firm) Nairobi, Nairobi County, Kenya Job Description Our client is a leading Audit, Tax, Advisory, and Business Services & Outsourcing services firm in East Africa. Job Purpose: Set up a new tax department with focus of blended services of compliance as well as advisory side. Provide leadership to the tax team, manage the tax practice of the firm in the most effective and efficient manner, designing and implementing best practices and consistent process improvements to reflect company values, tax legislation knowledge and compliance to promote the firm’s reputation as a preferred partner in Tax matters. Job Description: - Strategy and Leadership Oversee and ensure that all tax compliance and advisory assignments are undertaken according to company standards and to the highest standards and quality. Develop policies and procedures to ensure compliance and clear process with responsibility for the firm, including effective administration of the department. Establish direction and align people to focus effort and build commitment towards achieving the goals of the tax service line. Business Development & Revenue Growth Formulate client service plans to maximize net revenues through a combination of services. Prepare tax newsletters for clients for educational and informational purposes. Expand value-added services to existing clients by capitalising on opportunities within and across lines of service. Identify ways to leverage technology to ensure effective knowledge management and efficient engagement execution. Develop and identify capability of the firm to provide additional needed services for clients in the tax area. Establish and maintain sources of expertise outside the firm as needed to make a full range of services available to clients. Billing, collection, and management of debtors in line with company credit policy. Client Relationship Management and Engagement Negotiate and resolve engagement-related problems, (e.g., deliverables, timing, and fees). Gauge client satisfaction and define changes in products and services needed to increase client satisfaction. Manage a variety of viewpoints, e.g., manage conflicts, tension, and stress effectively to create win-win solutions where possible. Generate new solutions or methods to solve complex business problems (size, scope, difficulty, multidisciplinary solutions, etc.) that set the standards as best practices. Tax Management, Quality Assurance and Compliance Ensure all tax engagements are delivered within time, quality, and cost parameters to client satisfaction. Represent clients before the tax authorities and coordinate company tax engagements with the revenue authority and other regulators. Review and approve all tax returns and submissions to the tax authorities and deliverables to clients. Direct and coordinate tax planning for complex client situations and manage tax audits. Advise and support staff on tax matters. Develop and maintain expertise in the tax area, including but not limited to tax treaties, transfer pricing and practices in other jurisdictions and act as a resource for tax advisory. Review tax accruals and associated working papers. Assume responsibility for the smooth flow of tax returns and continuous improvement efforts. Team Leadership & Operational Support Generate a vision, establish direction, and align people to focus effort and build in commitment towards achieving the goals of the team. Review quality and number of department staff and make recommendations to the Managing Partner in relation to recruitment, training, performance appraisal, promotions and identify staff members requiring development. Plan, coordinate and conduct both internal and external training necessary to develop and maintain the competence of staff. Write articles and makes presentations to staff and external customers and prospects. Ensure staff are informed of changes and developments in the tax area. Any other tasks reasonably assigned by the management from time to time and within the required skill set. Desired Candidate Profile: - Professional qualification in Accounting and Tax (CA, CPA, ACCA, Tax Management). Post-graduate qualification will be an added advantage. 8 to 10 years of post-qualification experience in tax practice. Team leadership and management of varied and large portfolio of clients. Well versed with various software tools and applications and comfortable in a computerized environment Required Skills tax law
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