VAT Manager

United Kingdom, Manchester

VAT Manager

Today Lonza is a global leader in life sciences. We are more than 15,000 employees in more than 100 locations around the world. While we work in science, there’s no magic formula to how we do it. Our greatest scientific solution is talented people working together, devising ideas that help businesses to help people. In exchange, we let our people own their careers. Their ideas, big and small, genuinely improve the world. And that’s the kind of work we want to be part of.

We are looking for a VAT Manager to join our Finance function based at our Shared Service Centre in Manchester, UK. The successful candidate will support the Corporate Tax teams to improve VAT compliance process and establishment of VAT procedures to secure VAT compliance. They will facilitate preparation and submission of the monthly / quarterly VAT returns for specific Lonza legal entities by working autonomously to follow established procedures, accounting principles and guidelines in order to maintain the organization’s VAT returns and reconciliation of turnover in a accurately and timely fashion and in line with other fillings (e.g. Intrastat).

Key responsibilities:

  • Analyze processes and provide input for ways to streamline/improve the process and implement controls to manage VAT compliance risks
  • Manage a team of five
  • Collaborate with the Corporate Tax teams and Business representatives
  • Enhance overall VAT process and procedure quality execution
  • Preparation Excel spreadsheet with the usual transactions of the business
  • List all SAP tax codes and ensure through analyses that the tax codes are used properly by all staff
  • Create SAP variants for error checks
  • Prepare a spreadsheet for input of SAP figures and output VAT return incl. the monthly / quarterly adjustments for the returns
  • Filing VAT returns
  • Reconciliation of turnover declared for VAT purposes with turnover according to income statement
  • Ensure VAT compliance tasks are executed in a timely and accurate manner.  Provide support for any audit documentation and requirements
  • Collaborate with Corporate Tax teams to assess and integrate automation tools to better enable VAT processes and drive greater quality

Key requirements:

  • Strong VAT compliance experience essential across regions
  • Thorough understanding and execution of VAT filings with an eye on quality
  • Knowledge of ERP system (SAP, Oracle).
  • Intermediate excel skills (vlookup, pivot tables, sum if)
  • Previous experience working within an SSC environment would be beneficial
  • Experience of supervision and staff management
  • Understanding and execution of VAT filings and quality
  • Ability to create and conduct presentations and trainings effectively
  • Skilled and experienced in dealing with senior business managers
  • Problem solving and root cause identification skills
  • Strong analytic and decision making abilities
  • Team management
  • Hands-on approach, self-starter mentality
  • Strong service orientation
  • Good interpersonal skills and positive attitude
  • Able to work effectively at all levels in an organization
  • Must be a team player and able to work with and through others
  • Ability to influence others and move toward a common vision or goal

People come to Lonza for the challenge and creativity of solving complex problems and developing new ideas in life sciences. In return, we offer the satisfaction that comes with improving lives all around the world. The satisfaction that comes with making a meaningful difference.

Reference: R26991