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Group Tax Manager – US & Americas

Job ID:
R-24771
Category:
Finance
Location:
Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Date posted:
10/20/2021

Job Title:  Group Tax Manager - ekaterra, Unilever’s Tea Division

WorkLocation: Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Job Type:Full Time

About ekaterra

Unilever is proud of its tea business, the biggest in the world, with world class purpose driven brands such as Lipton, TAZO, PG tips and Pukka. Recently, Unilever decided to separate the Tea business to ensure it can best achieve its potential and renamed it to ekaterra to facilitate its separation to a standalone entity. eka stands for unity and one purpose while terra stands for earth and nature. As ekaterra we are united in one purpose: growing a world of wellbeing through the regenerative power of plants. 

Unilever is reviewing several options for separation, including a demerger, an initial public offering, a disposal or through partnership models. Unilever will retain the tea businesses in India, Nepal and Indonesia, and the partnership interests in the ready-to-drink Tea joint ventures.

Present in more than 100 countries, ekaterra generated revenues of €2 billion in 2019. With 13 production factories in 4 continents and tea growing estates in 3 countries, ekaterra is a profitable and growing business offering a world of wellbeing with the regenerative power of plants to hundreds of millions of consumers. As a standalone entity, ekaterra is even better positioned to lead the industry with dedicated focus driving greater growth and value. 

Combining the strength and scale of its global iconic brands with speed and agility, ekaterra is brewing a ‘corporate start-up’ mindset that’s opening up new opportunities to flourish every day – both for its business and its people.

At ekaterra, we work alongside people who put consumer love at the heart of every decision. Diverse minds who celebrate new ideas, share our values and the commitment we have for the wellbeing of all. In return, we create an environment that gives our people space and freedom, where they can grow as leaders. A connected community where ideas can thrive. Where you explore new challenges. Learning all you need to master your field, and even more about yourself. 

Be part of this amazing blend. Join us and help us grow a better world of wellbeing and a better you.

The qualities we look for in you:

ekaterra is made up of a special blend of individuals which make our teams exciting and diverse. To be part of our blend we are looking for individuals who think Green and are environmentally conscious, who understand the power of simplicity and who are accountable for their actions. We want those who infuse mastery and passion in everything they do to create great products and unforgettable experiences for our consumers.

What's in it for you?

We believe that growth is for everyone, we believe in growing leaders and making space to grow an owner’s mentality and like nature we adapt, we change, and we grow. We believe in connections over hierarchies and (work)levels. We have a 'corporate start-up' approach; we act with speed and agility, and we have the strength and scale of a large corporation. We are building a better world of wellbeing and a better you.

YourRole: 

The Tax Manager is responsible for all tax matters in the defined region. Tax matters include meeting all statutory obligations for all taxes on time, meeting all (group) reporting obligations and implementing local, regional and global tax planning initiatives in line with global policy, instructions and guidelines, in order to realize a Competitive Effective Tax Rate.

The Group Tax Manager role reports directly to the Global Tax Director with dotted line responsibility to the Americas CFO and is an extended member of the Americas finance team.

The Group Tax Manager will manage all aspects of the relationship with a Managed Service Provider.

YourKey Tasks: 

Business Decision Support:

The Tax Manager advises the business on the tax impacts – across the entire range of federal, state and local income taxes of business decisions and day to day actions. The Tax Manager represents the income tax liaison in the country finance function, building relationships with key stakeholders in the business and in finance. Executes projects concerning tax planning and takes initiatives for new innovative projects in the countries, in line with Global policy and specified project goals, to realize their timely realization.

  • Business partner to the Finance Team and legal boards advising on the tax impact of business strategy, transactions, and decisions as well as day to day operations

  • Takes initiatives for projects concerning (local) tax planning in the country

  • Implements global and regional projects in the country

  • Monitors tax efficiency of the capital structure in the countries

  • Advises on cross-border tax issues (transfer pricing, America’s Regional Charge-outs, tax deductibility etc.)

  • Supports Tax Director in executing in country M&A

  • Analyses the impact of (changes in) domestic taxation rules

Tax return & compliance for federal income taxes:

The Tax Manager is responsible, with support from the country finance teams, for the delivery of tax compliance, in line with Global policy, in order to contribute to achieve timely, correct and complete compliance on behalf of the VPs/NFDs Finance. This includes, but is not limited to, design of the compliance processes for the taxes within his/her responsibility, guidelines for book to tax reconciliation, setting the tax compliance agenda and deadlines, drafting and collecting supporting documentation, advising on systems requirements regarding ERP and tax compliance software and soliciting external advice where needed.

  • Business partner to the CFO Finance for their fiduciary and reporting responsibilities, including adherence to the Corporate Policy on Taxation

  • Developing the compliance agenda, including deadlines and responsibilities regarding the following taxes federal income taxes

  • Responsible for ensuring systems and processes are maintained

  • Responsible for accurate and timely payment and lodgment of country tax returns

  • Ensures that adequate documentation / data is created and maintained for tax planning and future audit purposes

  • Understands implications of changes in tax laws and in business operations in order to ensure accurate and timely tax compliance

  • Participation in general projects/initiatives impacting -directly or indirectly- taxes (e.g. new IT platform introduction)

  • Education / awareness of managers taking decisions impacting -directly or indirectly- taxes

  • Monitors, supports and advises on transfer pricing issues in countries

  • Preparation of contemporaneous documentation for cross border transactions

  • Assist other areas of compliance (accounting for income taxes & state income tax)

Skills and Experience:

While most skills are relevant for Tax Managers, particular emphasis should be given to (domestic) Tax systems, Domestic Federal & State Direct Compliance, Indirect Tax Compliance and Tax Accounting. Regarding general skills, key skills to develop are communication, project management and business intimacy.

Who we are looking for:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required

  • Certified Tax Advisor with minimum 5 years of professional experience in tax compliance/consulting

  • Practical experience and interest in tax compliance, tax reporting, tax risk management

  • Experience in international tax law and transfer pricing useful

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Unilever is an organization committed to diversity and inclusion to drive our business results and create a better future every day for our diverse employees, global consumers, partners, and communities. We believe a diverse workforce allows us to match our growth ambitions and drive inclusion across the business. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, genetic information, or other applicable legally protected characteristics by federal, state, or local law. For more information, please seeEqual Employment Opportunity Posters

Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer Minorities/Females/Protected Veterans/Persons with Disabilities

Employment is subject to verification of pre-screening tests, which may include drug screening, background check, credit check and DMV check.

If you are an individual with a disability in need of assistance at any time during our recruitment process, please contact us at NA.Accommodations@unilever.com. Please note: This email is reserved for individuals with disabilities in need of assistance and is not a means of inquiry about positions or application statuses.

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