Balfour Beatty

Head of Tax

Newcastle upon Tyne, North East, UK
Not disclosed
06 Oct 2022
13 Oct 2022
Approved employers
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Contract type
Full time
Experience level
About the role

As Head of Tax for Balfour Beatty, you'll be responsible for leading and developing the Corporate and Indirect tax teams under the shared service model, and the processes which are undertaken therein. Alongside this you'll have a dotted line into the Group tax team, where you will have plenty of opportunity to contribute to broader strategic initiatives and develop your career.

What you'll be doing
  • You will be responsible for leading a multifaceted team of circa 15 colleagues who are responsible for the delivery of:
    • Statutory accounts;
    • Year end and interim group reporting process for UK tax;
    • UK tax compliance and advisory work; and
    • Indirect tax compliance.
  • Responsible for the performance and development of all people within the team, instilling in your direct reports a good people management discipline.
  • You will form part of the Accounting Services leadership team and will be expected to contribute to wider strategy and direction and deliver programmes across the department.
  • You will be the voice of your team and as such be responsible for increasing its integration within the wider finance team in Newcastle, raising the profile of those within the team and visibility of their achievements.
  • You will be expected to work closely with Group tax and will be instrumental in developing and influencing tax strategy to mitigate risk and reduce tax leakage.
  • You will review and sign all UK corporation tax returns on behalf of the group and lead on all related compliance activities e.g. RDEC claim, capital allowances claim, group relief surrenders.
  • You will initiate and review technical analysis as required or instructed by Group tax.
  • You will be responsible for the Senior Accounting Officer process and submissions.
  • You will be required to drive standardisation and efficiency across the function in terms of both process design and organisational structure to move towards a truly agile team.
  • You will provide continued challenge to all areas of the finance function across the group to allow your team to achieve best practice with standardised, controlled and efficient processes.
Who we're looking for

The following qualities/experience are essential:

  • Experience of developing motivating and managing people of differing experience and ambition
  • Accounting qualification ACA and/or CTA
  • Proven experience as a senior tax person within an organisation, with considerable accounting and compliance knowledge
  • Strong understanding of all transactional finance processes and their impact on the tax compliance process
  • Experience in preparing and reviewing corporate tax returns, statutory accounts and VAT returns
  • Good knowledge of best practice in process management and compliance within finance
  • Well-developed influencing and assertiveness skills
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
Why work for us

Day in, day out, our teams deliver amazing projects in challenging conditions; developing, managing and maintaining the vital infrastructure and public spaces that modern economies, societies and communities rely on.

About us

Balfour Beattys Enabling Functions includes our centralised HR, IT, Procurement, Finance, Health & Safety, Sustainability and Comms teams. Together we support Balfour Beatty to deliver projects on behalf of our clients. We operate according to our Build to Last values of Lean, Expert, Trusted, Safe and Sustainable.

At Balfour Beatty we are committed to creating a diverse workforce and an inclusive culture where everyone can be themselves and reach their full potential, not only because this is the right thing to do, but because it makes us a better business. To ensure we deliver on this commitment, we have a UK Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan which sets out the wide range of targeted, proactive, measurable steps we are taking to make this a reality. You can read our UK Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan in full at

To help and support us with our desired commitment to create an inclusive culture we are members of WISE, enei, Business Disability Forum and Women into Construction. In 2020, we signed the Audeliss and Involve Open Letter to demonstrate our commitment to taking key long term and sustainable actions on Black Inclusion. Balfour Beatty is also a Gold Award holder in the Ministry of Defence 'Employer Recognition Scheme' and actively encourage applications from Armed Forces personnel, veterans and reservists.

As a Disability Confident Employer, we are committed to working with people who have disabilities and long-term health conditions to remove barriers for them in obtaining employment. We are also committed to offering applicants with a disability an interview if they meet the minimum requirements for the role.

Further information on Disability Confident can be found at:

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