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WD128501 - Global Head of Customs

Job Details

  • Permanent, Full Time
  • Greater London
  • Closes 25th September 2017
  • Requisition ID: WD128501
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Basic qualifications:

Degree level education (any discipline) plus a professional Tax/International trade/accounting qualification (e.g. CTA or equivalent)
Customs technical knowledge, particularly in the area of the international movements of goods, plus and understanding of the interaction of Customs Duties with VAT, transfer pricing and corporate income tax
Experience of working in Customs in a multinational manufacturing/distribution business, offering proactive decision support to the business, particular as regards the management of Customs risks
Experience of an organisation with a shared service for key elements of Customs responsibility and the deployment of offshore and outsourced tax compliance resource, combined with a working knowledge of the issues around standardizing and streamlining Customs processes, and designing the appropriate controls for that process.
Knowledge of ERP systems (particularly SAP) how systems are used in the management of Indirect Tax accounting
Knowledge of wider trade compliance issues and how they interact with Customs specific activities
Indirect Tax ERP/Tax accounting software knowledge is required to understand the impact that good Indirect Tax system design can have on risk management and control and the consequent deployment of tax and compliance resources.
Project management skills are required to enable the proper implementation of both Customs driven projects and the Customs implications of broader projects, both of which will require the co-ordination of resources across multi-disciplinary teams.

Preferred qualifications:
Problem solving skills and the intellectual agility to understand and analyze complex business circumstances from a Customs perspective to identify all the issues and the potential P&L effects; impacted areas and the co-dependencies involved in designing a solution
Proven communication skills
Negotiation and mediation skills
Demonstrated ability to design and deliver Customs technical training to staff executing Customs decisions
Ability to influence functions outside Global Tax in order to secure resource input to execute on Customs management priorities (e.g. Finance Directors, Logistics teams, CBS Process owners etc.)
Proven leadership skills to manage, motivate and develop a team of Tax technical specialists

As Global Head of Customs you will report directly to the Global Head of Trade Compliance.
This is a role that will lead the development, communication and execution of an effective Customs strategy across the GSK enterprise. This will include operating an effective risk management process that provides full visibility on all risks and issues and a strategy for managing those risks;

Manage and continually develop a robust governance framework that ensures all aspects of Customs are appropriately controlled and prioritized.

Evaluate and manage the effective implementation of Customs optimisation opportunities.

Provide timely, relevant, practical and proactive business decision support within the framework of the Customs Strategy.

Actively manage Customs resource across geographies and business units to cost-effectively deliver the above and you will need to co-ordinate resources from a number of teams (Global Tax/CBS Finance/IT/Supply Chain and external consultants) to deliver on objectives.

Closing date for applications: 25th Sept 2017

When applying for this role, please use the 'cover letter' of the on-line application to clearly describe how you meet the competencies for this role, as outlined in the job requirements above. The information that you have provided in your cover letter will be used to assess your application.

Thank you for your interest in this opportunity.


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