LatAm Tax Director
Smith & Nephew
Alajuela, Coyol, CR
hace 2 días

Smith & Nephew is a UK-headquartered FTSE 50 company, specialising in orthopaedic, sports medicine and wound management products, with subsidiaries in approximately 50 countries around the world, and generating global revenues of almost $5 billion per annum.

The Group wishes to design a more effective, efficient and agile tax function capable of adapting to an increasingly challenging, connected and digital environment.

This will be aligned to other process improvements and changes that are taking place across the worldwide group in Finance and other areas, including the establishment of a number of internal offshore support services centres, including in Costa Rica for the Americas.

Group Tax will continue to be led from the Group's UK headquarters, from both a strategy and compliance and reporting perspective.

Responsibility for tax returns and statutory accounts, which has previously been predominantly run on a de-centralised basis with local countries taking individual responsibility, will be centralised going forward.

This role will be responsible for this activity for the Americas, working with internal finance colleagues (mainly country finance controllers in the Costa Rica centre and the Colombian regional finance leadership team) and an external outsource provider.

The role will also require close working relationships with other stakeholders across the Group, including Group Tax, Group Finance, and other colleagues across the region.

The role will provide opportunities to ensure tax return and statutory accounts filings are up to date, improve the consistency of and control over our tax compliance processes and risks, and mitigate any potential tax compliance failures.

It will also be responsible for ensuring information and documentation is appropriately available if and when tax audits arise, and leading the defence of such audits.

The role will also need to have a focus on how the Group is responding to the digitisation’ of tax authorities, focusing on bolstering our tax data and analytics capabilities to ensure readiness for future audit challenges.

The role will also have opportunities to participate in and contribute to activities relevant to business and tax planning and structuring from a regional perspective, working under the guidance and supervision of the Group Tax department.

The role's principal and critical responsibility in its first year will be ensuring the timely and effective transition of the existing statutory accounts and tax return set-up to the new model.

Role Overview : The role will be responsible for : - Reviewing and ensuring the accuracy and on-time filing of the tax returns and statutory accounts, drafted by an external outsource provider, for the Group's subsidiaries in Colombia, Mexico, Canada, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica and Curacao.

  • The above includes ensuring that all tax returns accounts are compliant with local tax and accounting laws.- Ensuring that all tax audit enquiries are dealt with promptly and accurately, and exercising appropriate judgement.
  • Ensuring that tax payment deadlines are monitored and complied with.- Liaising and developing relationships with, and managing the performance and costs of, the external outsource providers who are responsible for drafting and assisting with the tax returns and statutory accounts.
  • Working with and overseeing, on a dotted line basis, the Finance personnel located in the Costa Rica Global Business Services centre, who are responsible for collecting and formatting the data required for the statutory accounts and tax returns preparation process;
  • reviewing that data and approving it for transmission to the external outsource compliance provider, as well as being involved in developing the information templates and helping to make improvements and drive standardisation;
  • and ensuring clear, effective and efficient allocations of responsibilities.- Ensuring records are kept in a sufficient, clear and coherent form in the event that they are required for the purposes of tax authorities, the external statutory auditors, internal audit, etc.

  • Reviewing, commenting on, and approving, both the statutory accounts and tax returns for each regional company, including ensuring that the numbers reported in the statutory accounts and disclosure notes accurately reflect Group tax, transfer pricing and intercompany policies and positions.
  • Identifying errors and process improvement opportunities in the existing tax returns, statutory accounts and associated processes.
  • Monitoring and reporting on progress against targets and performance metrics- Establish and maintain a clear understanding and record of the main tax uncertainty, risk and exposure areas across the region.
  • The role will include involvement as required in tax planning and transfer pricing elements of group initiatives, restructurings, M&A, etc, from a regional perspective, insofar as they will impact the local country tax returns and statutory accounts preparation and reporting.
  • Maintaining relationships with the regional Finance team in Colombia, and the Costa Rica regional and country Finance Controllers and indirect tax manager.
  • Be available to Americas country teams to provide or procure local tax support as necessary.- Maintaining relationships and dialogue with other relevant regional business contacts, to maintain business communication and ensure awareness of developments.
  • Maintaining awareness of developments and changes in tax and accounting laws and practices across the Americas region.- Ensuring all local country tax and statutory accounts reporting, filing and compliance obligations are being adhered to.
  • Reporting progress and relevant regional business, tax and finance updates to the EMEA / Americas Group Tax Director on a weekly basis.
  • Working closely with other members of the Group Tax team, including but not limited to around the half year and year end reporting processes.
  • Identifying areas for improvements and efficiencies, and making recommendations through the EMEA / Americas Group Tax Director, Head of Group Tax or the Regional CFO.
  • The role will likely involve some regular travel within the Latin America region.
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