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Head of Indirect Tax

Contract type: Permanent

Category: Finance

Location: Dunstable

Whitbread is the owner and operator of the UK’s favourite hotel, Premier Inn.


Our unique business model has developed over 900 hotels in the UK, Ireland, Germany, and the Middle East and employs over 40,000 people. We have a heritage dating back to 1742, something of which we are immensely proud – and a heritage that has long valued and shaped our wider contribution to society.

A responsible approach to tax is just one part of our wider ethos, namely, to do business in the right way, compliant with all indirect tax obligations whilst optimising our tax position.

This comprehensive accounting role requires a deep understanding of indirect tax laws and regulations, strong analytical and communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively with various stakeholders within the organisation.

Location: Minimum of 3 days per week in our head office, Houghton Hall Business Park, Dunstable, LU5 5XE

Why you’ll love it here:

  • Bonus: Enjoy an annual Whitbread performance incentive worth up to 40% of base salary
  • Pension: we will match contribution up to 10%
  • Healthcare: For you and your family
  • Discounts: Up to 60% discount on Premier Inn stays and 25% discount on our Restaurant brands. 

What you’ll do:

  • Manage Indirect Tax compliance process for the Whitbread group.
  • Provide advice and support to the business on indirect tax matters. In addition, work with and support Tax Manager in Germany and Finance Director in UAE.
  • Manage Indirect Tax audits, disputes, enquiries and correspondence from the Tax authorities.
  • Minimise Tax risks by ensuring there are processes and controls in place and documented.
  • Lobby HMRC and participate in consultations relevant to the Whitbread business.

What we need:

  • In-depth, practical knowledge of UK VAT, GST and sales taxes in other countries.
  • Relevant sector experience (retail and real estate).
  • Proven track record of working within business or accountancy practice.
  • Ability to advise businesses on a variety of indirect tax related issues.

Be part of our Finance team at Whitbread:

Times are changing and our ambition is bigger than ever. This means huge things when it comes to budget and forecasting, and that’s where our Finance team really springs into action. Finding the right answers to drive us forwards. With new concepts launching, new spaces secured and reams of plans in motion, there’s no more exciting time to join than right now. Get to experience career growth that moves as fast as we do and be part of framing where we are heading. #LI1-MS


We believe that everyone is unique and there should be no barriers to entry and no limits to ambition. We are committed to being an inclusive organisation that values diversity and welcomes your application whatever your background or situation.

Under-represented groups such as women, ethnic minorities, people with disabilities & members of the LGBTQIA+ community (those who identify as lesbian, gay, bi, trans and non-binary or those who use a different LGBTQIA+ term), are strongly encouraged to build a career with us. Speak to us about workplace adjustments, part-time and flexible working. Where possible we will support this.

Job ref: 829948-1629
Advertised: 04 Jun 2024

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