National role in the tax technical team of a large accountancy firm. As a standards manager your role is to ensure that the work undertaken by the tax practice is of high technical quality and meets clients’ needs, as well as meeting Institute and other regulatory requirements.
Whilst other members of the National Tax team are involved in standards and risk management, this newly created role will be unique in focusing entirely on this area, reporting to the National Tax Director.
The tax standards manager will be responsible for ensuring the firm's policies and procedures are continually reviewed and updated as necessary to reflect best practice and reduce risk. The person will also have day to day responsibility for running our quality control programme to monitor that these have been adhered to by the practice. The role will also encompass involvement in wider standards issues that have a bearing on the tax practice (e.g. data protection) and operational issues, such as maximising efficiencies through the use of standardised processes or software and agreeing protocols for new working practices (e.g. paperless working).
Day to day this will include:
Ensuring that the firm’s policies and procedures for tax are kept up to date in the Tax Compliance Manual, including devising new policy as necessary, whether in response to internal or external changes, or to improve risk management.
Rolling out changes to ensure the tax practice is aware of them.
• Being a champion of quality, organising and taking part in tax quality control visits,
Providing help and advice to partner reviewers to ensure the process runs smoothly and consistently, including drafting reports and liaising with the moderator.
• Helping to devise and implement a new self-assessment process of quality control reviews.
• Being a key point of contact both for the tax practice with questions in relation to tax standards and risk management and for members of the Quality & Risk Management team.
• Being a key point of contact to discuss potential disclosures under DOTAS.
• Maintaining and improving our suite of tax templates and checklists, in order to improve efficiency and manage risk
Ideally you will have a background in corporate tax and some experience of broader personal tax issues. You will need to have a relevant professional qualification (ACA, ICAS, CTA etc). Salary in the range £48,000 to £57,000 + bens. Part time or flexible working considered also a range of locations considered, Manchester, London, Leeds for example. Some travel between offices and some home working is possible. Its likely that you will already be manager level and will have the gravitas to review work of people at a more senior grade.