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Direct Tax Manager

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Role: Direct Tax Manager  Function: Finance (Tax) Location:  Dunstable, Bedfordshire Position: Permanent

Role: Tax Manager

Function: Finance (Tax)

Location: Dunstable, Bedfordshire. Flexible working available  

Employment Type: Perm, Full - Time - Flexible working available 


We have an exciting opportunity for a Tax Manager, reporting into the Head of Direct Taxes, delivering UK tax planning benefits and ensuring tax compliance across multiple brands including Premier Inn and Beefeater. The role will cover both corporate and employment taxes as well as being responsible for ad–hoc tax advisory work and the preparation and submission of tax returns for all Whitbread brands.



What you will be doing:


  • Preparation of the UK corporation tax returns across the Group
  • Ensuring compliance with all UK claims, elections, returns (including the group's roll-over claims and Group Filings such as the Group Payment Arrangement, Group Relief Matrix, Corporate Interest Restrictions)
  • Preparation of R&D claims (liaison with the relevant business units and managing relationship with advisers). Review of capital allowances claims (and liaison with advisers). Preparation of partnership returns
  • Ensuring compliance with UK-UK transfer pricing legislation and the managing the preparation of the Group’s Masterfile
  • Liaising with HMRC on the group's day to day corporation tax affairs, including handling all tax enquiries and other correspondence into the group's corporation tax position
  • Managing the UK aspects of international tax but also responsible for managing the group’s overseas compliance obligations for all territories (i.e. including Middle East, Ireland, Jersey, Isle of Man, Guernsey but excluding Germany)
  • Review set up tax position of any new sites or offices
  • Managing the outsource of the year-end and interim Group tax disclosures under IFRS. This will involve providing data to our advisers & reviewing their outputs, managing the process, preparing associated technical file notes to support uncertain tax provisions, impact of tax developments etc, responding to auditor queries
  • Preparation of tax disclosures for the statutory accounts
  • Preparation of the PAYE Settlement Agreement
  • Dealing with ad-hoc employment tax issues, e.g. IR35, Global Mobility
  • The preparation of monthly Construction Industry Scheme returns
  • Delegation of work and coaching to UK Tax Analyst



As a leading British business of more than 275 years standing, we have experienced turbulent times before and adapted and evolved to remain one of the hospitality sector’s most successful companies. Built on such robust foundations, our expertise has meant we responded decisively throughout this year with our teams, guests and the continuity of our business at the heart of every decision we made. We acted quickly, to ensure we were prepared for the future, whatever it may hold. 


What continues to set us apart are our excellent products and people. We have much loved brands such as Beefeater, Brewers Fayre, Bar + Block alongside exciting up and coming propositions such as Cookhouse & Pub. And in Premier Inn, we have the UK’s favourite budget hotel chain, currently outperforming the market and ambitious for more as we execute our plans in both the UK and Germany. At Whitbread, we remain true to our values and put our people at the centre of everything we do.


Why we’d love you to apply:


  • A qualified accountant and / or tax specialist (ACA, ACCA, CTA)
  •  Experience of working within a consultancy environment
  • A technically strong tax professional with a strong knowledge of corporate tax compliance and tax accounting, a broad general awareness of other taxes, and who thrives in a team environment
  • Outstanding stakeholder engagement and management

 In return, we will offer you:

  • A market competitive base salary
  • Up to 30% annual bonus
  • Car or car allowance option
  • Sharesave scheme
  • A collaborative work culture that focuses on enabling your success and continuing your personal development
  • A genuine flexible working policy
  • Individual BUPA healthcare
  • Optional contributory pension matched up to 10%
  • Free parking across our Head Office campus
  • Subsidised restaurant
  • Up to 25% discount off our brands
  • Perks at work

Whitbread is an inclusive employer, strongly believing that everyone is unique and there should be no limits to ambition. We welcome your application whatever your background or situation. We are open to flexible working and, where possible, will try to support this.

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07 Sep 2020

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