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Head of Tax UK (Centre of Expertise – Finance)

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Head of Tax UK (Centre of Expertise – Finance)

  • NE03211
  • Bristol, England, United Kingdom

About us

We're a truly international company, fourth largest in our industry and operating across 120 markets. An inclusive, innovative global FMCG business supported by over 27,500 employees. As we embrace a new era of growth, we are transforming. Our ways of working and culture are driven by a challenger mindset, constantly questioning the status quo. Our agility and entrepreneurial spirit, alongside award winning development programmes, enable innovation and success while creating exciting and rewarding career choices.

As we move forward, our customers will be at the heart of what we do, evolving to needs and expectations and committing to a more meaningful contribution to harm reduction by building a successful NGP business. Integral to our long-term success is our sustainability strategy, behaving responsibly and supporting our ambitions, all underpinned by high governance.

Encouraging inclusion at local levels and supporting a developing and robust diversity agenda globally, we’re fully committed to creating and maintaining an environment that celebrates and respects difference.

The Role

Working as part of the Tax Centre of Expertise within the wider Finance Centre of Expertise (CoE), the role of the Head of Tax UK is to act as an advisor and point of escalation to the Tax and Stats Centre of Capability (CoC) which sits within the newly built Global Business Services Team and the local market Finance Business Partners. 

Effective and efficient management of all in-scope tax activities remains the accountability of the local market Finance Business Partners. This is governed by CoE, with the majority of the activities carried out by a 3rd party managed service provider(s) and supported by the GBS CoC function.

The overarching responsibilities of the CoE includes setting and communicating a clear and concise strategy and framework of policies and guidelines, supported by expert guidance, advice & coaching, to be followed by the Global Business Services (GBS) Team and the Finance Business Partners (FBP) within the markets. In particular the CoE is responsible for:

  • Developing frameworks & strategies for areas of responsibility.
  • Under those frameworks & strategies, developing policies, guidelines and setting standards for the FBPs and GBS to operate within.
  • Providing the appropriate risk management frameworks
  • Governing the provision of services of GBS and third parties.
  • Provides functional expertise and acts as a consultant and coach to Business Partners and the CoC to support tax optimisation and tax authority interactions.
  • Executing highly complex / specialist tasks and managing Board level interactions & requirements.

Further details of the role are defined below, but this is a new role established to provide the necessary resources and capability to support the implementation and continued growth of the CoE across all areas of international tax including M&A, financing and business restructuring projects, working closely with the Transfer Pricing and Group Reporting teams.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Responsible for and monitors all tax matters of all UK entities, abiding by all legal requirements and guidelines of the Tax CoE. Tax matters include corporate income tax, trade tax, withholding tax, real estate tax, real estate transfer tax, VAT and to a certain extent wage tax. Custom duties and tobacco tax are excluded.
  • Drives country level tax planning and strategy for new and existing flows, commercial and vendor contracts, and corporate initiatives.
  • Act as a trusted and proactive advisory board for the CoC to monitor UK legislative and regulatory changes; assess and advise management on tax impacts and practical mitigation strategies.
  • Supports UK related M&A activity through due diligence and integration processes
  • Build and maintain a trusted and proactive tax team that works collaboratively with the Tax and Stats Centre of Capability.
  • Identify tax risks and bring them to the attention of the Head of Tax within the CoE and the Board as appropriate and in a timely manner.
  • Provide tax support to the Tax and Stats CoC and Finance Business Partners outside of immediate responsibilities and country, as required
  • Responsibility, in conjunction with the Imperial Brands Head of Tax, for maintaining an efficient legal and financing structure for UK as well as maintaining strong relationships with experienced external tax advisers.
  • Accountable for the management of UK tax audits and controversy (including tax authority disputes, litigation and settlements) to drive efficient and timely audit resolution. Provide strategic insight into tax audit approach and process and consult with external advisors as required.
  • Deep knowledge of transfer pricing policies and close cooperation with the Head of Transfer Pricing.
  • Responsible for all tax compliance work for all UK entities (tax returns, y/e tax charge and tax packs, assessment checks, appeals, transfer pricing), ensuring tax filings incorporate legislative and regulatory changes, includes necessary disclosures and are in line with internal policies
  • Design and implement a programme of local tax training to the business to support understanding of local tax process and compliance with tax policies and standards
  • Support transformation and business change activities with tax expertise and guidance

Key Relationships


  • Head of Tax
  • Head of TP
  • Head of Tax (DE/ES/US)
  • Head of VAT
  • VAT Manager (CoE)
  • Tax Centre of Capability
  • Group Finance Team
  • Regional Finance Team
  • Cluster Finance & Leadership Teams


  • Outsourced tax providers
  • Tax authorities
  • Auditors

Role Requirements


  • 10+ years of experience in the field of taxation in an international group or in a “Big Four” tax advisory firm
  • Experience in working in and leading cross-functional and international project teams
  • Very good understanding of data flows and accounting principles allowing for effective review of the data processes supporting preparation of data for the completion of tax computations and statutory accounts by external advisors
  • Very good knowledge of UK and International tax law
  • Ability to review and identify process enhancements relating to the extraction & analysis of financial information.
  • Ability to work collaboratively across an organisation and externally in order to resolve issues.
  • Great people skills – able to work with team members at all levels
  • Is naturally curious and has a continuous improvement mindset. Able to react to changing circumstances (both internally & externally).
  • Strong organisational skills and capable of handling a variety of tasks & prioritising accordingly to meet deadlines.
  • Attention to detail, project management and problem-solving attitude
  • Degree in Economic or Law
  • Certified UK tax advisor
  • Methodical and team-oriented working method
  • Willingness and ability to learn new systems and processes


  • Experience in complex financing structures and/or M&A would be a significant plus
  • Previous experience in a multinational in-house tax department would be a plus
  • Previous experience / knowledge of accounting systems SAP / CFIN and tax returns and or trial balance
  • Computer literacy with a focus on database software
  • Advanced MS Excel literacy
  • Alteryx knowledge
  • Other languages (UK, German, French)
  • Master’s degree (preference for accounting or tax law)

What we offer

Imperial Brands offer a competitive package of salary, bonus scheme, pension and 25 days holiday (with an additional 4 days on top to cover the Christmas period and bank holidays) and hybrid work.

Next steps

Interested applicants should apply with their CV highlighting their suitability for the role.

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