Kerry Group

Indirect Tax Compliance Analyst

Kerry Group
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia/Hybrid
Not disclosed
21 May 2024
21 Jun 2024
Approved employers
Approved employer
Contract type
Full time
Experience level
Qualified accountant

About Kerry

Kerry is the world's leading taste and nutrition company for the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries. Every day we partner with customers to create healthier, tastier and more sustainable products that are consumed by billions of people across the world. Our vision is to be our customers' most valued partner, creating a world of sustainable nutrition. A career with Kerry offers you an opportunity to shape the future of food while providing you opportunities to explore and grow in a truly global environment.

About the role

Be a part of the regional corporate tax team located in Kuala Lumpur, managing tax compliance matters for internal and external requirements, and assisting in the implementation of strategic tax planning for the Group of Companies in Asia Pacific Region.

Key responsibilities

The Indirect Tax Analyst will be working with Kerry’s growing indirect tax team which is based in Kuala Lumpur. Kerry’s primary ERP system is SAP, with reporting from time to time from other systems and government portals.   The indirect tax compliance work will either be done centrally or controlled centrally.  Returns currently are mainly of a VAT/GST/Sales Tax nature.  

Indirect tax is a transactional tax and in addition to preparing indirect tax returns, the indirect tax team works with other Kerry functions to ensure that the end-to-end business process is compliant and efficient, including these responsibilities:

  • Managing the corporate tax compliance function for Kerry entities in APAC region;
  • Coordinating and liaising with the Kerry entities for their internal reporting purposes;
  • Reviewing tax returns and tax disclosures in statutory accounts for Kerry entities in APAC region;
  • Dealing with revenue audits and managing the process with Kerry entities as well as the Head Office;
  • Assisting in implementing strategic tax planning across the region;
  • Assisting in merger and acquisition activities in the region.

Qualifications and skills

  • Degree in Accounting/Finance with at least 3-5 years’ relevant indirect  tax experience
  • Good knowledge of SAP (other ERP systems also relevant).  Advanced MS Excel analysis skills needed  (Pivot Tables, Vlookup etc.)
  • Regional experience of GST/VAT/ sales tax compliance gained in an MNC or Shared Services environment would be helpful.

Key Stakeholders

  • Financial control, Compliance controllers,  Supply Chain, Procurement, Systems teams and 3rd party vendors and customers.

Key Competencies

Service Delivery

  • Prepare to review stage periodic indirect tax returns (usually monthly)
  • Prepare or review GST/VAT / sales tax GL balance sheet account reconciliations and follow up on any open items (monthly)
  • Keep Turnover Reconciliation up to date (compare between income in financial statements and sales in indirect tax returns).    Address/understand differences.
  • Organise the GST/VAT /sales tax payments and submit returns from the SSC (where possible)
  • Prepare a monthly GST/VAT/sales tax debtor report that corresponds with the VAT reconciliations
  • Support the Indirect tax Team Lead in relation to standardisation / documentation of processes and controls for Europe indirect tax
  • Ad hoc projects associated with indirect tax as needed e.g. audit preparation, process improvement, introduction of new systems e.g. new SAP deployments,  acquisitions / disposals
  • Assign GST/VAT/sales tax rates to materials / products in master data workflow
  • Review new customer and vendor set ups in master data workflow.
  • First point of escalation from data stewards in relation to tax data.   
  • Deal with AP workflows relating to vendor invoices.
  • Help to resolve transactional queries from other business functions and prevent avoidable issues for the future

Technology Enablement

  • Strong numerical skills with high level of accuracy
  • Organised work methodology and the ability to work to deadlines and generally complete tasks quickly and correctly
  • Openness to rotating periodically to the GST/VAT/sales tax compliance of different countries in the overall portfolio so that the indirect tax team is agile to meet business and governance needs.
  • Awareness of common way of working overall to the extent the different country legislations allow.   Kerry has a One Way of Working policy.  
  • Availability for international travel occasionally in relation to specific projects e.g. tax audit preparation or migration of new work to the SSC.
  • Ability to share knowledge knowledge and also learn new ways of working, both within indirect tax and when working with other functions.
  • Curious, solution-oriented mindset with an interest in identifying and developing process improvements
  • Confidence to work independently on defined projects in a supportive environment
  • This is a great opportunity to help us to develop and improve processes / systems from the ground up. Kerry is investing and growing in this region and we offer exciting career options for people who can do well in this role.

Legal / Regulatory

  • Familiarity with indirect tax compliance in one or more countries is helpful, but other skills and experiences are also very relevant e.g. GL accounting or end-to-end processes where SAP is used.
  • Development of self and others
  • Comfortable ensuring all stakeholders are engaged with indirect tax requirement and obligations.
  • Mindset to proactively help resolve system and end-to-end process issues and ensure knowledge is shared with stakeholders and colleagues

Language and communication

  • High level of English language proficiency (spoken and written) as this is Kerry's most widely used business language.   Good written, read and spoken Mandarin is highly desirable.
  • Proficiency in one or more additional foreign language would be a significant advantage (in particular Malay / Indonesian, Thai, Arabic, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish and other Eastern European languages).
  • Confident delivery of services, along with constructive and efficient interaction with Business Partners and Customer groups.
  • Ability to select and adapt the most effective means of communication for the situation and the stakeholder in order to achieve alignment.   

Beware of scams online or from individuals claiming to represent us. A Kerry employee will not solicit candidates through a non-Kerry email address or phone number. In addition, Kerry does not currently utilise video chat rooms (e.g., Google Hangouts) to conduct interviews. Refuse any request that asks you to provide payment to participate in the hiring process (e.g., purchasing a “starter kit,” investing in training, or something similar). Kerry will not ask you to pay any money at any point in the hiring process with the exception of reimbursable travel expenses. In addition, any payments made by Kerry will be from official firm accounts bearing the Kerry name. 

For further information, and to apply, please visit our website via the “Apply” button below. 

Candidates must be resident in Malaysia, or have the right to work in Malaysia.

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