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International Tax Advisory - Wealth and Asset Management - United Arab Emirates

Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Closing date
Aug 4, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
International Tax Advisory - Wealth & Asset Management

Our globally coordinated tax professionals offer connected services across all tax disciplines to help our clients thrive in an era of rapid change. We combine our exceptional knowledge and experience with the people and technology platforms that make us an ideal partner for all their tax-related needs. In Tax, we equip clients to make better business decisions by bringing insights to the forefront. We help companies understand the tax policies and tax laws of governments around the world to plan and comply accordingly.

Our teams leverage transformative technologies to deliver strategy and execution, from tax and regulatory obligations to operations and workforce management, to reduce risk and drive sustainable value. Tax has six sub-service lines which cover a wide range of issues: Business Tax Services, Global Compliance and Reporting, Global Law, Indirect Tax, International Tax and Transaction Services and People Advisory Services.

Are you committed, thorough and outgoing - and do you have a good understanding of business and experience of international tax? If so, please read on.

The opportunity

This is an excellent opportunity for an experienced Tax professional to join a growing team in an emerging market. As an International Tax Advisor, your primary focus will be advising global companies on the various regional and international tax implications of their operations. With a multitude of offerings, you will have the opportunity to develop your career through a broad scope of engagements, mentoring and formal learning. Our Tax service line in MENA is experiencing a period of significant growth so now is an excellent time to join.

Your key responsibilities

You will be participating in the successful delivery of international tax engagements and assisting managers or above with identifying and pursuing new business opportunities. You will contribute to building and maintaining client relationships by delivering exceptional client service and collaborate with a team of International Tax professionals across the MENA region and globally to combine diverse cross-border experience with local tax knowledge across a broad spectrum of industries.

You will work as part of a multi-jurisdictional / disciplinary team within tax and across other service lines (including working with colleagues from Transfer Pricing, Transaction Tax, Indirect Tax, People Consulting etc.) in terms of pursuing, and delivering engagements and assist in managing engagement economics by suggesting engagement budget, tracking fees and communicating issues to project managers.

You will be building internal relationships within international tax team and across other service lines and coaching more junior staff through delegation and on the job training whilst taking ownership of continuous technical knowledge development through on the job learning and self-development.

Skills and attributes for success

If you are a client driven, strategically and commercially aware, excellent communicator in a range of situations both written and oral, enthusiastic with flexible attitude to work strong motivator and interested in developing career in international tax, you will be perfect for the role.

To qualify for the role you must have:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Tax, Economics, Accounting, Finance or a related field.
  • LLM / MA / MSc / MBA / PhD in a taxation related field, or a professional tax qualification.
  • A minimum of 4 to 5 years of relevant Tax experience, out of which at least 3 years in a Big 4 consultancy firm (or equivalent).
  • Tax experienced that is focused on international taxation, with an emphasis on inbound and outbound investments and tax structuring.
  • Prior experience working with global and international clients.
  • Prior exposure to the professional asset management industry in an advisory capacity (i.e. not purely limited to tax compliance or reporting).
  • Strong organisational, project delivery, analytical and verbal/written communication skills
  • Proven track record with a leading professional services firm.
  • Experience of delivering on international tax projects and on the job coaching of more junior team members

Ideally, you'll also have

  • Proficiency in the Arabic language both written and spoken.
  • 1 to 2 years in industry (i.e., tax manager or equivalent position in a global / regional asset management firm or large-sized family office) will be regarded as an element of added value to the profile considered.
  • Experience working at a dedicated Financial Services Organization tax team (or Wealth and Asset Management tax team) will be regarded as an element of added value.
  • Prior knowledge of UAE Corporate Tax is a plus.

What we look for

You'll support our UAE based growing International Tax practice with the set-up of a dedicated team of professionals focused on the Fund and Wealth and Asset Management Industry.

We will require individuals with a solid tax advisory background and good understanding of the industry / sector that our Tax team is currently targeting to further expand on.

You will be required to
  1. proactively maintain your technical knowledge by keeping abreast of global developments in international tax landscape so that you can better advise our clients.
  2. demonstrate ability to master different areas of taxation (direct / indirect) as relevant for the execution of our projects - as well as proficiently interact with other service providers and client's key stakeholders.
  3. demonstrate industry knowledge and understanding of key structures, operational models adopted by professional operators in the Fund and Wealth and Asset Management space.
  4. support go-to-market as well as internal development activities and trainings.

In return we'll provide investment in the right sort of training and offer you the opportunities on projects and assignments that will develop and challenge you so that you're in the best place to develop your tax career.

The types of projects you'll contribute towards may include:

  • Set-up and/or re-organization of Fund / Investment management structures in the UAE or wider MENA region.
  • Group structure reorganization and / or rationalisation.
  • Review of operating models and agreements from a tax standpoint (Investment Management Agreements, Investment Advisory Agreements, Private Placement Memoranda, Limited Partnership Agreements, etc.) that are commonly encountered in the industry when approaching tax set-up / re-organization projects.
  • Agency Permanent Establishment risk assessment and application of specific exemptions for the professional fund / investment advisory sector (Investment Manager exemption rules).
  • Review of holding structure, capital structure and financing arrangements.
  • Development of tax risk management guidelines and review of governance structures from a tax standpoint.

Whatever the projects and assignments you work on you can be confident that you're contributing towards helping our clients to develop and execute their international tax strategy ensuring technical excellence and providing the highest levels of client service.

What we look for

Highly motivated individuals with excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to prioritize shifting workloads in a rapidly changing industry. An effective communicator, you'll be a confident team player that collaborates with people from various teams while looking to develop your career in a dynamic organization.

What we offer

We offer a competitive compensation package where you'll be rewarded based on performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. Plus, we offer:
  • Continuous learning: You'll develop the mindset and skills to navigate whatever comes next.
  • Success as defined by you: We'll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.
  • Transformative leadership: We'll give you the insights, coaching and confidence to be the leader the world needs.
  • Diverse and inclusive culture: You'll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.

If you can demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

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