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Vice President, Regional Tax

Singapore, Singapore
Closing date
Aug 8, 2024

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Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
ING Wholesale Banking in Singapore

We began operating in Singapore in 1987 where we host the regional Asia Pacific headquarters. With over 300 financial experts, we are the largest wholesale banking branch in Asia. ING stands out in the Asia Pacific region because we go a step further for our customers. We look at things from the client's perspective which allows us to construct tailor-made solutions to fit the needs of every company we serve. This mentality underpins all our client relations and has produced various prestigious awards.

The Team

ING's global tax function is based in Netherlands. The Wholesale Banking tax team in Asia currently comprises three staff based in Singapore who report into Head of Tax, Asia.

ING is now seeking to replace one of its Vice President to support the Wholesale Banking business. The new hire will be based in Singapore and will report to the Head of Tax, Asia based in Singapore.

Main Responsibilities

The candidate will be responsible for providing tax advisory support in relation to Wholesale Banking activities in Asia. Assistance can be sought from the two managers in the team in carrying out the advisory role, but there will be no staff reporting functionally to this position.

  • Approval of new product proposals and tax driven structures. This will involve doing research on tax implications and working with the front office, other ING departments and external tax advisors for obtaining information on the products/structures.
  • Providing advice to the Business Units on tax implications of various deals including withholding taxes and treaty benefits.
  • Advising Business on global transfer pricing policies and documentation requirements, handling all TP questions/projects (BEPS Pillar 2) and ensure transfer pricing documentation is in place for all locations. The work will require close co-operation with the Head of Transfer Pricing based in London, as well as working with Business Management and Finance within Asia.
  • Lead discussions with Group Tax and relevant stakeholders in relation to regional / global recharges (i.e. HOC, Regional charges) and be the single point of contact for all questions related to such charges.
  • Reviewing and providing comments on the tax clauses in agreements with clients.
  • Implementation and testing of controls (including Sox controls) for tax processes in Asia.
  • Assessing and advising MLRO on the Client Tax Integrity Risk as part of KYC process.
  • Advising on and monitoring tax issues in case of liquidation / setting up of entities.
  • Providing tax advice and reviewing agreements for ad-hoc projects e.g. setting up of JVs, etc.
  • Keeping abreast tax developments in Asia, assessing and communicating their impact to the various CFOs/Businesses and assisting them with mitigation of additional taxes arising from these developments.
  • Providing tax advice to the local CFOs (in Japan, Korea, China) on tax compliance matters, tax audits, tax litigation, and help manage the tax risks in these countries.
  • Reviewing quarterly IFRS tax figures reported to HO for Japan, Korea and China to ensure Group Tax objectives are met.
  • Reviewing Singapore Tax Returns (Corporate tax and GST), quarterly IFRS tax figures and applications for renewal of Singapore Tax Incentives and GST ACAP status.

Your Profile
  • The successful candidate will be a graduate with a recognised tax or accounting qualification with Singapore and international tax experience, preferably in a taxation role with another Bank. The candidate should have at least 10-12 years of working experience in taxation field.
  • The candidate should be able to demonstrate a good academic background and success in their career to date with strong technical and analytical skills. The candidate should be confident in dealing with senior management and front office staff, have highly developed interpersonal and communication skills, good business sense, a pragmatic approach to problem solving and excellent organisational skills.
  • Fluent written and spoken English is essential. Fluency in Mandarin will be an added advantage, especially in dealing with China tax matters. The candidate must also be prepared to travel (5%).

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