VAT Team Manager

The Embark Group journey began in 2013 and we have grown to become one of the UK's largest retirement savings providers. Our capabilities span all types of pension, platform, investment research and consulting, property investment administration, employee benefits and actuarial services.

We have a strong track record of applying the very latest technology to our businesses, alongside smart capital and even smarter people to help each of our businesses grow.

How will you make an impact as a VAT Team Manager

You will be responsible for leading a team of VAT Assistants to provide an industry leading competent and technical customer service within the property function of the business.

A key part of your role will be liaising with HMRC, members, business partners and other parts of the business in relation to all VAT matters.

You will be responsible for collating, reviewing data and completing complex member VAT returns, as well as reviewing the returns prepared by others in the team. This also includes responsibility for processing VAT registration, deregistration and option to tax applications.

What your day will look like as a VAT Team Manager

  • Ensuring timely and accurate provision of data to external advisers for the preparation of complex member VAT returns.
  • Preparation of, and ensuring timely and accurate completion and filing of, complex member VAT returns including liaison with business partners, members and HMRC.
  • Reviewing payment instructions prepared by other members of the team and proactive management to ensure on time payment of VAT liabilities and managing complex payment arrangements (e.g. time to pay and default surcharges).
  • Promptly responding to VAT queries from members and their advisers, business, external advisers, HMRC, auditors etc.
  • Ownership of mapping VAT processes and looking for areas of continual improvement.
  • Reviewing analysis on a daily and weekly basis of performance of VAT team against KPIs and SLAs and reviewing and escalating where appropriate issues in the issues log.  Reviewing weekly management report.
  • Acting as people manager for the VAT Assistants, conducting half yearly and annual reviews.

Who you are and the experience we’re looking for

  • ACCA/CIMA/AAT qualified accountant
  • Significant comparable experience working within a Financial Services organisation or Accountancy firm.
  • Proven track record in a VAT accounting/book keeping role including having prepared and reviewed VAT returns is essential.
  • High level of technical skills, in MS Excel and general ledger applications.
  • Knowledge of current VAT legislation (in particular land and property).
  • Proven experience in a team leadership role is highly desirable.

What's in it for you as a VAT Team Manager

We're committed to ensuring we offer our people a great place to work, with competitive salary, contributory pension plan, life assurance and flexible benefit scheme to allow you to select benefits that are most appropriate for your lifestyle and personal circumstances.

Our Culture

Embark Group is a growing, vibrant and exciting place to work, we have many social and wellbeing initiatives which ensures we keep our sense of community alive even during challenging times. Our culture is described by our employee’s as one that communicates, listens and involves its people at every level. 

We enable our people to work with a positive joint purpose and go the extra mile. We know each other, share information and stay connected. Our people are proud to be part of a culture where we do the right thing by everyone who we are connected with. Our DNA is what makes the Embark Group a great place to work

Embark Group is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees

Next Steps

Apply by 23rd September to join us on our journey.

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