Tax Director

Company: Shakespeare Martineau
Closing date: 05/04/2024
PQE: 8 years +
Term: Permanent
Working hours: Full-time
Team: Tax
Location: West Midlands
Meet the team

Our specialist Tax division offers full and integrated tax advice on all aspects of tax to companies, business and individuals and the transactions that they enter into.

The division is led by both Julia Rosenbloom and Huw Witty. Julia provides bespoke tax advice to a wide range of clients, including businesses and their stakeholders, real estate owners, trustees in both the UK and offshore, and high net worth individuals. Advising clients that are both UK and internationally based.  Huw specialises on advising on the tax aspects of corporate finance, venture capital, property finance, property and capital market transactions and funds, and international private wealth. 

Collectively they have a wide variety of direct clients who they service, whilst collaborating with the firms legal teams supporting and offering advice and generating additional business via internal referrals.  Our team has the rare ability to offer comprehensive tax advice and legal services for implementation.

The opportunity

As part of this dynamic team we are seeking an individual who is keen to embrace the opportunity and join the team at this exciting part of the journey.  You will be energised by identifying new business opportunities as well as continued relationships with your established client base, working on a variety of projects that provide challenging and exciting opportunities.

You will be responsible for providing comprehensive tax advice, and developing tax strategies for a wide range of both domestic and international clients.

This role offers an attractive growth opportunity and we welcome applications from individuals who aspire to grow professionally and who are enticed by the vision for the future, ultimately reaping the benefits and rewards of their successes.

Key responsibilities will consist of:

  • Provide intelligent and creative solutions to client tax issues both reactively and proactively, taking an active approach to cross-selling wider solutions for other teams around the SHMA and Ampa network.
  • Lead and assist on pitch/proposals. You’ll actively grow the business by being present in the market and demonstrating our capabilities to clients and targets
  • Advising a variety of clients on a range of tax issues, covering a broad range of  advisory projects
  • Be actively involved in client meetings, concisely and confidently answering client queries or supporting the partners where appropriate
  • Identifying opportunities to introduce and cross-sell the firm’s services to new and existing clients.
  • Representing the company at networking and business events, identifying new business opportunities.
  • Setting an example as a hands-on leader

Skills and experience

The minimum criteria you’ll need is a professional qualification (CTA/ACA/ACCA or equivalent) with post qualification experience of a minimum of eight years, and to be confident managing a portfolio of entrepreneurial business and private clients. 

Previous skills and experience for the role:

  • to possess strong knowledge of UK tax legislation.  
  • a working knowledge of international concepts would be a distinct advantage but not essential
  • worked in a professional services environment 
  • an eagerness to develop deep knowledge of the firm’s services and capabilities
  • demonstrable business development experience
  • you'll have reviewed work and supervised people in a tax environment

Key competencies

  • Organised and methodical approach
  • Open to new ways of working and happy to challenge to drive improvements
  • Ability to be flexible to support both colleagues and clients
  • Excellent communication skills
  • High levels of emotional intelligence and empathy
How we work

We embrace agile working and offer a blended approach to where and how we work. 

This role is being offered as a “hybrid” opportunity from any of our UK hubs with the requirement to travel to London and Birmingham on an ad-hoc basis for team meetings.

We have hubs in Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, Leicester, London, Lincoln, Milton Keynes, Nottingham, Solihull, Stratford-upon-Avon and Sheffield.

It’s the people at Shakespeare Martineau that make us so special. By understanding what our people want, giving them the support they need, recognising everyone’s contribution and realising the unique power of teams, together we win.   As a firm we are focused on proactively building and developing diverse teams, bringing different backgrounds, personalities and perspectives together. We play to our strengths, pushing ourselves to be consistently better than yesterday and deliver amazing solutions for our clients. We empower our teams with a high degree of individual responsibility; we self-manage and encourage everyone to be responsible for their own learning, knowing it makes us even better at what we do!    

We believe in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves, from when and where you work, to how you dress; we focus on outputs.  

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Additional information

Please be aware, for some vacancies, where we receive high numbers of applications we may need to bring the close date forward.

Due to the nature of the work undertaken, confirmation of employment will be subject to a variety of checks which will be carried out once an offer of employment is accepted. Details of the checks can be found here.

Equal opportunities

Shakespeare Martineau is a committed equal opportunities employer. We seek to attract, develop and retain talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures. We value and respect individuality and encourage a culture within our business where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths and experiences. Everyone who either applies to or works for the firm is treated equally, regardless of their gender, age, ethnic origin, nationality, marital status, sexual orientation or religious beliefs.