Head of Tax Technology - Open to flexible working

London (Greater)
12 Jul 2022
12 Aug 2022
Contract Type

About us

Diageo is the world’s leading premium drinks company with an outstanding collection of brands, such as Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff, Baileys, Captain Morgan, Tanqueray and Guinness. With over 200 brands in 180 countries and a global network of entrepreneurial individuals, our teams blend a diverse range of experience, knowledge and skills. We connect customers and consumers to our iconic products and build innovative experiences that bring people together to celebrate life. 

About the role

The Head of Tax Technology will steer the strategy and course of our tax technology function to ensure we establish efficient and effective end-to-end management of tax compliance and reporting processes across Diageo globally with best and cost-efficient use of technology available. 

You will assist with:

Ensuring all tax processes are as standardized to the extent possible, driving simplification and efficiency

  • Providing oversight across all aspects of Tax, improving quality to reduce errors and penalties, driving effectiveness
  • Enforcing quality standards in everything we do
  • Ensuring Diageo is well prepared for the ‘digitisation’ of tax management
  • Developing standardised, controlled global process to manage increasing e-Invoicing demands.

About you

  • Manage and develop a Tax Technology team of seven people.
  • Determine tax technology priorities and use of internal and external resources.
  • Responsible for the design, build and deployment of low code technology solutions (the MS Power Suite, Alteryx and similar tools).
  • Drive the automation of the Global Tax function
  • Operate a tax technology governance function for Diageo’s enterprise systems including SAP and direct to consumer platforms
  • Handle tax technology vendors.
  • Coordinate and support the maintenance and data management of tax provision and tax compliance software.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and vendors to troubleshoot, resolve and improve deployed tax technology solutions.
  • Help establish Tax process board and governance structure, and to ensure that those boards and structures are sufficient to deliver our core commitments as a Global Tax function
  • Measure the benefits delivered in terms of exposure to compliance risk as well as both effectiveness and efficiency targets
  • Continually supply new ideas and challenge assumptions around what is possible to ensure that we set and achieve stretching targets
  • Define process performance metrics and to ensure these are delivered across end to end process.
  • Instill a digital approach across the Global Tax function and assist with the technological upskilling of the function.

What you'll bring

  • A minimum of 5 years of experience automating tax accounting processes
  • 7-10 years’ experience in project management, handling full lifecycle software development and/or implementation projects
  • Familiarity with tax software vendors, software functionalities, capabilities and weaknesses
  • Experience with data management/manipulation and technology/automation implementation
  • Ability to work with people at all levels
  • Experience training management and staff on new systems
  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal communications skills. Able to influence and build consensus appropriately. Excellent writing skills.
  • Experience crafting presentations and delivering them to Senior Management
  • Demonstrated outstanding organizational and time leadership skills
  • Ability to adapt to rapid change
  • Knowledge of a process methodology desired
  • Significant senior management experience in tax in a FMCG/Big 4 advisory environment
  • Qualified Accountant or MBA or ATT
  • Strong Financial process and governance understanding and experience at an operational and leadership level in general finance and / or Tax
  • A broad range of tax process and control experience across a wide range of territories
  • Excellent pan cultural impact and influencing skills
  • Objective, clear-headed and willing to challenge the status quo
  • Experience with process improvement and change management
  • Exemplary people management and influencing skills are prerequisite
  • Proven track record to align multiple stakeholders and engage the organisation effectively behind a strategy


  • Unique Family Leave opportunity
  • We work without border - you will work with people from all over the world
  • You will deal with world class brand portfolio
  • Wide variety of thematic events, afterwork activities organized by employee communities
  • Product Allowance to purchase company products from the staff shop
  • We won the Fittest Workplace Award, of course we have a Gym
  • Urban legend is true, we do have a Rooftop Bar

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