VAT Accountant  Holborn Store Support Centre

What I need to do

·   Timely and accurate production of the monthly SSL VAT Return

·   Robust and timely VAT reasonableness review undertaken

·   Ensure that the Periodic VAT journals are uploaded to GL on a timely basis, and that a robust control environment exists around the Management Accounts VAT process

·   Reconcile the VAT balance sheet accounts on a timely basis

·   Provide accurate VAT forecasting with integrity in line with the Corporate Planning, annual budgeting and latest view processes

·   Liaise with our external auditors to ensure a smooth half year and year-end process

·   Ensure all working practices across the team are fully documented and continuously reviewed to ensure they are up to date

·   Monitor and challenge manual postings to VAT accounts

·   Assist the Indirect Tax team with their request for info/queries, assist on some adhoc projects concerning the VAT return and provide accurate information to agreed deadlines

·   Prepare bi-monthly disclosures to HMRC, including all relevant documentation and assist in call with HMRC to confirm disclosures

·   Assisting with preparation and delivery of VAT training across finance

·   Manage tax admin processes such as collating elections, tracking taxes paid

·   Support the team with ad hoc requests during busy periods such as year-end.


How will I succeed?

·   Timely and accurate production of the monthly SSL VAT Return.

·   No material discrepancies with Management Accounts generated VAT figures.

·   Balance sheet accounts satisfactorily reconciled every period (no red risks).

·   Positive customer feedback from Group Tax and other SSL colleagues.

·   Improvements in the forecasting process delivered.

·   Tax admin processes well managed and up to date.


What I need to know

·   Part/Qualified CIMA/ACCA/ACA

·   Strong core accounting knowledgePrevious experience of completing VAT returns and understanding of HMRC compliance/VAT accounting would be useful but not essential

·   Strong Excel skills and knowledge of finance systems (e.g Oracle).

·   Experience in investigating and amending reported financials to remove known inaccuracies


What I need to show

·   Drive, diligence and be proactive

·   Ability to work under pressure

·   Ability to work autonomously or within a team

·   Clear communicator


Resources available to me

·   2 VAT Managers

·   VAT Assistant Manager

·   Full system Training and support


What decisions can I make?

·   Routine decisions related to VAT compliance (supported by the resources above)


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