VAT Senior Manager

  • Job Reference: 776
  • Date Posted: 18 November 2023
  • Recruiter: ProTalent Limited
  • Location: Bury St Edmunds
  • Salary: £55.00 to £65,000
  • Sector: Tax
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Contact: Lydia Sinclair

Job Description

ProTalent are currently working with a successful, modern and fast-growing accountancy practice in Bury St Edmunds to recruit a new VAT Manager.

The firm:

  • Well known and well-respected accountancy firm
  • Offer a broad range of accounting and business advisory services
  • Forward thinking and embrace technology
  • Great working environment


The VAT Manager role:

  • To be actively responsible for all commercial aspects of VAT work undertaken and optimising financial outcomes. Leading and managing the firms VAT advisory services provided to both existing clients and on new assignments and projects
  • To give clients confidence with their VAT systems by conducting in-depth reviews of their business tax systems to establish if their VAT is being dealt with thoroughly and accurately.
  • To advise clients on a beneficial VAT structure to make sure payments are made on time and that the clients are compliant with legal regulations
  • To contribute to the efficient and successful delivery of indirect tax services to the client
  • To contribute to the development of consultancy work and projects for the firm, cross selling to other departments and assist colleagues with general VAT advice to clients
  • To review prepared VAT returns
  • To plan and manage assignments ensuring these are completed to high standards and within budget
  • To build relationships both within the firm and externally with clients, identifying opportunities and managing expectations 
  • To contribute to winning new work by proactively managing existing clients and networking to win new clients.
  • To liaise and negotiate with HMRC on behalf of clients


You will need strong interpersonal skills with a proven ability to effectively work and communicate to enable partners and staff to enhance their VAT awareness by:

  • Liaising with staff, assisting and advising where necessary
  • Assisting the firm’s training function, as required
  • Contributing to successfully extracting maximum value for both the firm and its clients from the VAT services delivered whilst managing risk appropriately for both the client and the firm.
  • Managing the successful delivery of VAT projects, ensuring technical excellence and practical/business driven approach is taken. 



The ideal VAT Manager candidate:


  • Proven track record of professional experience in providing VAT advisory services
  • A minimum of 3-4 years UK practice experience, preferably within a tax team
  • Strong client relationship skills
  • Proven project management and collaborative leadership skills
  • Demonstrate good judgement of risk and be commercially minded
  • Hold ACA, ACCA, CIMA or CTA qualification
  • Experience and willingness to network and develop new business leads
  • Extensive experience in cooperating with HMRC
  • Strong communication skills, verbal and written
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Strong IT skills
  • A positive, confident and proactive attitude
  • Ability to prioritise and meet tight timeframes with high quality output
  • Self-motivated
  • Enjoy working as part of a team 


What’s on offer for the successful VAT Manager candidate?


  • Competitive salary (£50,000 - £60,000) and benefits package including flexible working, pension, life assurance and a retail discount scheme  
  • Generous holiday allowance + ability to buy/sell holiday to fit your lifestyle
  • Exposure to a wide range of clients across many industry sectors
  • Comprehensive induction and buddy to help you get up to speed in your first few months
  • Regular company and team social events throughout the year
  • A light and airy, recently refurbished spacious modern office
  • A wellbeing programme focusing on your physical and mental wellbeing
  • Charity fundraising events 


Thank you for your interest in this VAT Manager vacancy.