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Senior Tax Associate (Reward & Employment), PwC Edinburgh and Glasgow

About the role

The key issues that the individual will look at are in relation to management shareholders and often involve working with our national network. The individual will work closely with the rest of our tax team in Scotland, and in particular our Reward and Employment, Private Business and M&A tax teams, as well as colleagues in Corporate Finance, Transaction Services, Business Recovery Services, Valuations, and Legal teams.The role would involve working on the set up of new share option plans and other share plans (both tax-advantaged and non-tax-advantaged) or advice in relation to existing plans for example if the company has outgrown EMI share option qualifying conditions or advising on the sale of a company with employee shares and share options and ensuring the expected tax reliefs are obtained. Knowledge of employment related securities legislation, disguised remuneration and use of Employee Benefit Trusts and of employment tax and national insurance legislation is required. Our main clients include the management shareholders of a company, the company directly, or Private Equity houses. You would be working in teams on projects which are generally demanding and fast-paced.

There is a lot of interaction with other parts of PwC and you will need to able to build relationships quickly and work with colleagues across lines of service.You will be preparing technical work with the support of senior colleagues.Development of yourself and others is an expected part of the culture at PwC.This is a fantastic role for someone who is looking to build valuable front line transaction and commercial experience and enhance their technical and client handling skills. Proactivity and willingness to support senior managers and P/Ds and drive propositions to market will be rewarded. Excellent promotion prospects as we grow the proposition in the market.

Who we’re looking for

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Associate to provide specialist advice as part of our Reward and Employment team. The individual will work as part of our local team and will liaise closely with members of our MTAG (Management Taxes Advisory Group) national network.

The MTAG market segment works closely with Chief Officer-level directors of privately-owned and Private Equity-backed companies, key contacts within Private Equity houses or other potential purchasers. The objective of this work is to ensure that the management team’s equity or other incentives are structured in a commercially and tax efficient manner, in order to align interests between management and the investors and to motivate and retain key executives of the business. Often the work is time pressured, fast moving and confidential so requires some flexibility from our team.


We are looking for people that are either CTA qualified and/or ACA qualified with experience of working on projects involving the selection and implementation of management incentive arrangements. People with a legal qualification with relevant tax experience will also be considered.You will need to be confident and proactive and have a high level of emotional intelligence, both in order to develop trusted relationships with those around you but also in terms of your own self-awareness in order to build resilience. We ask that our people reflect on their core values and communicate their non-negotiables which the team will endeavour to respect as far as possible.

Edinburgh, Glasgow

We help organisations and the people who run them answer the big business questions. How should we raise finance? Where should we be based? How should we reward our people? With some 3,300 experts whose expertise covers every conceivable area of taxation, we’re one of the UK’s leading tax practices.

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