Associate Director UK Tax, Open to flexible working

London (Central), London (Greater)
20 Nov 2020
20 Dec 2020
Contract Type


To proactively drive the UK corporate tax agenda to ensure the effective management of Diageo’s UK corporation tax affairs including management of the HMRC relationship. Lead key strategic tax projects and support the UK business strategy and operational activity to generate value, mitigate risk, and improve ways of working across functions 


  • Lead key strategic tax projects and provide specialist UK tax support on business projects
  • Build and maintain an open and transparent working relationship with HMRC’s Customer Compliance Manager and the Corporate Tax specialist
  • Take the lead on HMRC corporate tax enquiries including the management of tax disputes
  • Contribute to the overall strategy for UK corporation tax matters and ensure our approach to UK tax compliance and reporting is aligned
  • Oversee the UK corporation tax return process, provide specialist tax input on material issues and review judgements made during the preparation process
  • Lead tax interaction with the UK businesses to influence and give direction to applicable business partners, including senior stakeholders
  • Liaise with UK finance business partners to identify key tax risks, maintain a tax risk register and chair quarterly tax risk meetings
  • Provide coaching and training to develop UK tax knowledge to members of Global Tax involved in the UK tax compliance and reporting processes
  • Keep up to date with UK tax law changes and HMRC practice; identify tax risks and opportunities and recommend actions

Key interactions – internal:

  • Global Tax – collaborate with other teams responsible for UK tax reporting and UK tax compliance deliverables, and global tax strategies, policies, standards and guidelines
  • UK business leaders – develop and maintain a strong working relationship, keep up to date with business priorities and developments to identify tax risks and opportunities
  • Specialist finance and global functions - collaborate with these functions as required to deliver end to end tax services
  • Global Diageo Business Support teams - support the delivery of high quality, timely tax activities and outcomes to the business

Key interactions – external:

  • HMRC
  • External advisors – support the relationship with external tax advisors and hold them to account for the delivery of timely, cost effective and value add tax advice
  • Industry forums such as CBI – contribute on specialist areas relevant to Diageo and share knowledge and intelligence with other large corporates

Qualities and Experience required:

  • 8+ years UK corporate tax experience
  • Accounting or Tax qualifications
  • Strong UK tax technical knowledge and international tax experience
  • Experience of dealing with HMRC
  • Excellent interpersonal, business partnering and influencing skills
  • Commercially astute; analytically strong strategic thinker with a global perspective
  • Imaginative and solution-oriented
  • Able to balance a diverse and complex agenda 
  • Energy and drive to cut through and make things happen

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