Michael Page Suisse

Tax / Tax consulting


Senior tax manager

16 October Genève, Geneva Perm

My client are a global commodity trading business based near to the airport in Geneva. Successful growth has generated the demand for further added value from their Tax function.

The Senior Tax Manager Switzerland plays a key role within my client. The Swiss operations currently consist of EMEA HQ activities, regional and global trade activities and finance structures. Therefore the candidate is required to interact on all levels within the organisation. The candidate will work closely with the Tax Director EMEA identifying and implementing -European tax strategies and will be expected to proactively identify and recommend tax strategies for Switzerland and my client as a whole.
The candidate will be responsible for managing US GAAP Tax reporting, local CIT/TP and VAT compliance of all Swiss entities and organisationally linked trade offices.
The candidate will further manage correspondence with local tax authorities including coordination of tax audits and rulings and will also assist in tax audits within the EMEA region.

Your position will involve:

*Works closely with the Tax Director EMEA identifying and implementing European tax strategies.
*Identifies opportunities for maximizing cash flow and minimizing effective tax rate and financial statement tax expense while maintaining highest standards of compliance and integrity.
*Partners with business personnel to identify and eventually implement approved tax opportunities and other key business initiatives.
*Works with finance personnel to record tax consequences consistent with assumptions underlying tax planning and compliance initiatives.
*Monitors tax legislative and regulatory developments at Swiss and relevant international levels.
*Manages US GAAP Tax reporting requirements including FIN48 and FAS5 positions and documentation and periodic forecasts.
*Participates in defining and implementing compliance programs and initiatives.
*Drafts or reviews and critiques tax-sensitive documentation (including non-standard terms and conditions of contracts and agreements).
*Manages the development of tax policies and provides technical advice with respect to areas of assigned responsibility.
*Manages Swiss transfer pricing documentation and tax related document retention policies.
*Advises and counsels about contemplated tax return positions and supports defence and settlement of audited tax return positions.
*Qualifies and Manages external tax consultants and relationship with Local Authorities and Company Auditors

A highly desirable new post exists for a strong and ambitous Senior Tax Manager

Opportunity to add value at local, regional and global level.

The successful candidate will have a minimum of eight/ten years of tax management experience, working full time as tax professional in a multinational environment (preferably trade business). In-house experiences in a Swiss HQ of a (U.S.) multinational is a plus.

The candidate preferably has an economic background (Master's degree tax economics), strong financial skills and is able to interact with both commodity traders as well as financing specialists.

Below is a non-exhaustive list of skills that my client will look for:

*Strong knowledge of Swiss tax laws and regulations and International Tax Planning.
*Familiarity with US GAAP tax reporting regulations.
*Language skills: Fluent in English and good knowledge of French, other language skills are considered a plus.
*Willingness to travel.
*Strong communication skills, ability to present complex structures in a simple fashion and to report to senior management.
*Self starter, independent with strong intellectual curiosity, strong process focus, passion for simplification and process improvement.
*Natural ability to partner with and support other functions (e.g. Trade, Controllership, Treasury, Legal).
*Ability to evaluate complex proposals and anticipate, identify, and resolve tax-related risks and opportunities on a local, regional and global level.
*Strong project management skills.
*PC proficiency (experience with HFM/SAP is a plus).

Excellent Re-numeration package and career path