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Tax Business Partner

Location: Durham

Salary: 42-50K

Job Type: Permanent

Job ID: 168772

Durham University


The Department and role purpose   

We look to transform the Finance function through the introduction of new technologies to facilitate the next stage in the development of the Service and implement an innovative integrated planning and reporting framework.


Our objectives are

  • Provide pertinent and robust management information, financial advice and appropriate challenge.

  • Run agile, responsive and efficient services for financial transactions.

  • Ensure financial compliance and accountability

  • Provide the highest quality customer service to our stakeholders

Reporting to the Finance Director. This is a business-facing role, supporting the Executive and senior teams on all aspects of taxation, across financial planning, assessment of investment decisions, new business opportunities and development. You will work closely and build relationships with senior stakeholders including Heads of Faculties, Professional Services and Colleges. 


Core responsibilities

  • Provide expert professional subject and/or managerial and leadership expertise.

  • Manage and develop service, infrastructure and people performance across one or more teams.

  • Provide feedback on team and individual performance and identify development needs, conducting regular staff ADR and performance reviews.

  • Recruit, induct, train and develop new team members.

  • Handle the vast majority of HR issues within a team, referring more complex HR issues to appropriate support services/senior management.

  • Liaise and engage with key stakeholders in finance and other disciplines to influence opinion, delivery and reputation of services across all areas of taxation; including CT, VAT, customs and excise, international matters and payroll taxes.

  • Contribute to the scoping and resource planning across a range of activities at operational and possibly strategic level.

  • Lead on the design, implementation and monitoring of policy and quality standards, procedures and systems to ensure effective working and continuous improvement.

  • Promote and develop a deep understanding of organisational policy and external developments.

  • Implement processes to manage the integrity and security of all commercially and professionally sensitive and personal data.

  • Lead internal business meetings, working groups and sub-committees at operational service level to influence governance, organisational policy and standards for the service.

  • Responsible for allocating and monitoring financial budgets and resources, including monitoring of deadlines within the taxation department to ensure submissions are made within statutory timeframes.

  • Analyse stakeholder feedback, implementing and reviewing service provision.

Role responsibilities

Manage quality and regulatory audit process for student and staff services over-arching systems and procedures advising upon the tax implications on ad-hoc assignments; such as group reconstructions, business combinations, and inter-entity transfers.

  • Produce communications for promotion and reporting purposes, designing and structuring information and fact. 

  • Deliver professional expertise with investigative and service methodologies.

  • Maintain an oversight of the service and performance metrics to provide reports for higher level managers and committees, including the review of company tax returns.

  • Represent the service and University at promotional events and contribute to the delivery of presentations at conferences.

  • Develop external relations, identify and develop opportunities for liaising with external tax advisors and HMRC on specific technical matters.