Unilever is proud of its Tea business, the biggest in the world, with world class purpose driven brands such as Lipton, PG tips and Pukka. Recently, Unilever decided to separate the Tea business to ensure it can best achieve its potential. Unilever is currently reviewing several options for separation, including a demerger, an initial public offering, a disposal or through partnership models. The Tea businesses in India and Indonesia, and the partnership interests in the ready-to-drink Tea joint ventures will be retained.
The balance of the Tea brands and geographies and all Tea estates, with generated revenues of €2 billion in 2019, is growing and profitable with proven potential both pre- and post-COVID-19. As a standalone entity, the Tea company remains number one in the world and is even better positioned to lead the industry and take full advantage of the opportunities in the category, with more focus and entrepreneurship driving greater growth and value.
The current vision for the Tea company is to champion a tastier, healthier, more sustainable world of plant-based drinking. Purposeful thinking will be the core anchor of the business, its brands as well as its culture, and enables simple and agile decision making, supports an entrepreneurial mindset and is driven by passion for our consumers.
As we move through this journey towards separation, we are seeking employees with a passion for exciting entrepreneurial experiences, who want to pursue unique career opportunities and have a desire to be an integral part in building the bright future of this plant-based company.
What are the main responsibilities within this role (short description)?
Responsible for building and managing the indirect tax and customs duty strategy and agenda of the Tea Division/Tea company (hereafter: the organization);
First point of contact for indirect tax and customs topics in the organization;
Responsible for indirect tax & customs governance of the organization;
Build and manage relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
Support countries globally in managing indirect tax and customs audits and queries.
Organize and maintain the technology aspects of the tax control framework for Indirect Tax purposes, by structuring, governing and enhancing processes around VAT;
Safeguard the quality of indirect tax compliance.
Monitor compliance with specific additional local taxes e.g. excise duties/green taxes.
What are the key tasks that must be facilitated within this role?
Develop and manage the indirect tax strategy of the organization and ensure that the indirect tax strategy will be adhered to. The candidate will develop and roll out the indirect tax governance framework, i.e., Indirect Tax & Customs Controls Framework in all countries and ensure that the principles and controls laid down in the Indirect Tax & Customs Control Framework are adhered to.
Acts as the tax/GPO for operational finance system/ERP initiatives in the stand-up of the separated Tea Company. Provides implementation support, is an integral member of project teams and leads tax workstream for designated ERP projects. Ensures that tax requirements are identified and implemented in company technology.
Manage the continuous improvement of the quality and efficiency of indirect tax & customs compliance (including local taxes) on global level via close monitoring and contact with 3rd party service providers, interim managed services providers and customs brokers/agents.
Provide indirect tax consultancy in relation to contemplated transactions/business models/processes with a particular focus on compliance and optimization. The candidate is required to identify and execute planning/saving opportunities to minimise indirect Tax liabilities and customs duties in general and in relation to specific transactions. Technical customs advise in terms of classification (HS codes), import tax tariffs, customs value, origin, customs broker management, record keeping, import- and export licensing and drawback- and Authorized Economic Operator schemes is also expected of the candidate.
Has the ability to understand the root cause of company technology issues. Understands configuration in order to communicate coordinate with cross-functional teams to provide solutions;
Perform and expand the (in-house) VAT Diagnostics for (mass data) VAT reviews and (live) monitoring of VAT cash flow positions. Analyze, review VAT positions and identify people / process / system gaps and improvements for Indirect Taxes.
Keep abreast of local changes and developments in indirect tax and customs/international trade laws and regulations and update relevant teams timely, ensuring all required changes to systems and processes are put in place timely and efficiently to reflect such changes.
Build and manage relationships with internal (wider Finance/Supply Chain/central tax team/legal/Tea Ops, etc) and external (Tax & Customs Authorities/industry and business group representations, etc) parties.
Provide support to countries in relation to indirect tax & customs audits and to central teams regarding M&A transactions.
Develop and deliver regional trainings, updates and workshops concerning indirect tax and customs (duty) optimization and compliance risk management.
Review and support the implementation of relevant indirect tax and customs technologies e.g. relating to the ERP system, tax analytics, Robotics Process Automation etc.
Pro-actively identify opportunities to improve efficiencies.
Develop mechanisms to enable compliance with local taxes such as green taxes, excise duties, packing taxes.
Scope/interfaces/relevant stakeholders for this role?
An individual contributor role, reporting to the Tea company Head of Tax.
Interaction with internal and external parties which will play a role in tax compliance.
Candidate expected to work closely with regional tax managers and finance/supply chain teams
Part of Central Tea co Tax team
Flexibility for this Role (Working Model, Mobility):
Fulltime role, office-based with remote/flexible options.
Limited travel expected.
Educational Background/Work History:
Deep knowledge of and more than 8 years experience on Indirect Tax Regulations (VAT and similar consumption based taxes as well as Customs) in multiple regions. Strong understanding and practical experience in FTAs and customs regimes.
Strong experience with Indirect Tax compliance/planning and Indirect tax and Customs risk Management is important. Basic knowledge of fundamental Corporate Income Tax/Transfer Pricing issues and the impact of Indirect Tax and Customs decisions thereon is highly appreciated.
The candidate should also have knowledge of Fast Moving Consumer Goods companies in general and tea operations in particular and understand the Indirect Tax issues which are normal relevant in this context.
Experience in a similar (global) role and/or Big-4 background is preferred.
Strong understanding of ERP (SAP) transaction processes and data structure
Professional Knowledge/Skill Requirements:
Fluent in English
Strong project management skills with strong financial and business acumen
Building and managing relationships, ideally cross-country & functions
A passionate Networker and driven by Innovation and strong change affinity
Have strong communication, negotiation and influencing skills with diverse, multi-functional stakeholders
End to end management, ability to understand the big picture but also comfortable with details and managing the operations
Independent, self-starter, ability to discover opportunities and grow the business
Excited about the Role?
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