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Manager, Tax Planning & Strategy

Liberty Global
London, United Kingdom
Closing date
Jun 9, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
We're looking for a Manager, Tax - Strategy and Planning to join us in London.

Job purpose

The Manager will directly support the Senior Manager and Director in the UK, as well as working with the wider team in the Netherlands and US. This role involves understanding and applying tax legislation to advise on complex group initiatives, M&A and restructuring projects. As the group is UK headquartered, the candidate should have a strong UK tax technical background, whilst also understanding international tax matters to advise on cross-border transactions. They will also:
  • Support the Tax Director and Senior Manager in execution and delivery of the tax planning and strategy objectives of the Liberty Global (LG) group to ensure the tax position of the group is optimised.
  • Work with a wide range of multi-discipline teams and senior stakeholders to ensure the UK planning and strategy team can provide tax analysis and solutions on multiple complex projects, transactions and business initiatives across the LG group;
What will you be doing?
  • Support the Tax Director and Senior Manager to evaluate and implement tax planning strategies. Identify tax risks to the LG group's tax position and design and implement strategies to optimise the position.
  • Support and deliver in providing tax input on multiple projects, transactions and business initiatives across the LG group as assigned. This will include business and finance projects at Virgin Media and complex Finance Operations projects.
  • Assist with tax aspects of projects related to M&A transactions as assigned, including acquisitions / dispositions, establishment of JV arrangements, relevant tax due diligence, acquisition and integration tax structuring, whilst ensuring efficient use of internal and external resources.
  • Assist the Senior Manager, where appropriate, with the UK tax aspects around complex Treasury and Finance positions, transactions and structures for the group.
  • Take responsibility for the work required to ensure the group is fully compliant with its obligations to report to HMRC under the UK's International Movement of Capital (IMOC) rules, involving ongoing and timely analysis of loan and share transactions across the LG group.
  • Play a key role in ensuring the team manages the group's position in relation to the UK Controlled Foreign Company (CFC) rules, ensuring that exposures are minimised. This will include providing real time advice and decision making on relevant group-wide transactions, corporate restructuring and complying with the CFC tax compliance requirements in this complex tax area. This will include leading the annual CFC review for the group.
  • Have a working knowledge of the UK Anti Hybrid rules, Corporate Interest Restriction, and Diverted Profits Tax. Monitor new developments or changes to legislation in these areas and consider the impact for the group.
  • Proactively monitor new UK tax legislative developments and consider their impact on the tax position of the LG group. Provide an initial assessment of the impact to the Tax Director and Senior Manager.
  • Lead certain aspects of the quarterly tax reporting process for some of the LG UK corporate entities.
  • Assist the Senior Manager with updates and sign off of UK tax forecasting. Understand and have knowledge of areas of UK tax volatility and use this knowledge to keep other members of the tax team up to date.
  • Maintain a strong and professional relationship when interacting with the Tax Authorities and assist with managing HMRC correspondence and formulating responses to enquiries.
We tend to look for people who are/have:
  • Professional tax/accounting qualification
  • Substantial relevant experience in a large international group tax environment or Big 4 team with strong tax experience in the following areas - complex tax planning and optimisation in an international context, including restructurings, CFCs, treasury tax matters, M&A and good awareness across all the taxes.
  • Strong technical knowledge and judgement regarding international tax compliance principles
  • The ability to work independently and to drive a project forward as a self-starting, energised individual
  • Strong judgement and problem solving skills, with an ability to identify workable solutions in a dynamic complex business environment and collaborate with team members to take solutions and ideas forward
  • Excellent personal and interaction skills; able to communicate well and explain tax concepts in an appropriate way for stakeholders and contacts in the wider business
  • Good understanding of the underlying business and commercial matters and an ability to interact effectively with senior members of the Tax team and members of other stakeholder teams (for example Legal, Treasury, Finance Operations)
What's in it for you?
  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days annual leave with the option to purchase 5 more
  • Access to wellbeing and mental health benefits such as the Calm app, personal medical, critical illness cover and dental insurance
  • Matched pension contribution up to 10%
  • Access to our car benefit scheme
  • Access to our online learning platform to continue to develop and grow your career with us
  • The chance to join an innovative, fast-paced and passionate team
Who we are:

We're building Tomorrow's Connections Today, bringing people together through the power of our technology.

Liberty Global is a world leader in converged broadband, video and mobile communications and an active investor in cutting-edge infrastructure, content and technology ventures.

With our investments in fibre-based and 5G networks we play a vital role in society, currently providing over 85 million fixed and mobile connections and rolling out the next generation of products and services, while readying our networks for 10 Gbps and beyond.

We're creating national champions, combining the best broadband and mobile networks under brands such as Virgin Media-02 in the UK, VodafoneZiggo in The Netherlands, Telenet in Belgium, Sunrise in Switzerland, Virgin Media in Ireland and UPC in Slovakia.

Liberty Global Ventures, our global investment arm, has a portfolio of more than 75 companies and funds across content, technology and infrastructure, including strategic stakes in ITV, Univision, Plume, Lionsgate and the Formula E racing series.

Our scale enables us to transfer knowledge and expertise across our operations and investments, creating a dynamic family of brands united in the pursuit of innovation and excellence.

And we're prioritising diversity, equity and inclusion in our workplace and communities, while reducing our impact on the environment. We are using technology as a force for good; for our people, our partners and the planet.

Liberty Global is an equal opportunity employer. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for our people. We will ensure that individuals with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodation to participate in the job application or interview process. We're 100% committed to having a workforce that represents every part of our society. So we're keen to hear from candidates of all background and circumstances.

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