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Senior Manager, EMEA Tax Endon United Kingdom,  

Astellas (company)

Posted on : 10 July 2017

Project Description

Job Title:

Senior Manager, EMEA Tax

Job Family:

Finance > Tax, Trading & Treasury, EMEA, EMEA Tax





Verified by HR:

Y/N (inc initials)


May 2016




Organisational Fit:

Reports to:

Director European Tax, Finance Administration Europe Tax & Accounting 


‘Senior Manager, EMEA Tax’ (x2), ‘Tax Compliance Manager’, ‘Indirect Tax Team’




Purpose of the Position:

The ‘Senior Manager, EMEA Tax’ is accountable across EMEA for overseeing the provision of a secure and controlled environment for identifying and reporting tax risks across the EMEA portfolio and coordinating and managing tax controversy issues. They will have the following duties:

  • Influencing and challenging the EMEA Finance Directors to manage tax risks and tax controversy issues throughout EMEA
  • Driving adherence to both the global and EMEA tax strategy and the Global and EMEA Tax frameworks covering transfer pricing, compliance, tax reporting and risk
  • Be the lead Tax Business Partner for the Regional Finance Directors, specifically challenging the EMEA Finance Directors to ensure that all decisions are driving forward the EMEA strategy
  • Ensuring robust and effective processes are in place for risk identification, reporting and management
  • Driving forward Tax strategy, leveraging influence and understanding from the Regions, applying coordinated challenge in tandem with the API Tax team to drive tax risk optimisation through better decision making across EMEA
  • Accelerating operational excellence across the EMEA Regions leading to better systems and ways of controlling and monitoring tax risk
  • Deliver timely and accurate tax reporting and advice
  • Apply commercial judgement and initiatives to problem solve and make decisions to support tax sensitive issues and transactions
  • Contribute to the overall performance and value add of the EMEA Tax team


Core Tasks, Responsibilities and Authority:


Group Tax Control Framework covering compliance and reporting:

  • Country by country reporting in line with OECD and local legislative requirements
  • Consolidated quarterly tax accounting and reporting for EMEA
  • Management of Japanese and EMEA CFC positions including ensuring affiliates in the portfolio meet legislative requirements and adhere to governance principles
  • Identification and ongoing management of tax risk
  • Understanding, managing and reporting tax risks to API


Group Tax Control Framework covering Transfer Pricing:

  • Ensure that the Transfer Pricing agreements and policies are being applied correctly by Trading entities and affiliates across EMEA, through product P&L compilation and review
  • Ensure that all EMEA entities meet all their local legal obligations and in particular that transfer pricing documentation is up to date and in line with OECD requirements
  • Ensure that agreements are in place for all intercompany transactions
  • Implement any changes to transfer pricing strategy
  • Ensuring transfer policies are adhered to and reporting status of compliance to the API Tax team


Point of contact for regions:

  • Lead contact for all tax matters for their respective portfolio of companies
  • Working closely with external advisers and Astellas colleagues in EMEA HQ, across EMEA and globally, and in particular with the API and APUS tax teams
  • Work with affiliates in the EMEA Regions to maximise efficiencies through use of the tax tool
  • Ad hoc tax advice and assistance on global and local projects and initiatives as required
  • Work collaboratively across a number of functions – API Tax, API Finance, EMEA HQ Finance, EMEA Trading, Commercial Finance, EMEA, Legal and the other Group Trading & IP Holder companies.
  • Key liaison on Tax Risk with API Tax and the rest of the EMEA tax team to ensure an effective planning process across EMEA


Other activities:

  • Budgeting and forecasting of effective tax rates including producing a 5 year outlook for the EMEA region and identifying potential issues and opportunities
  • Responsibility for ensuring that all aspects of internal controls (JSOX) & good business practice are met
  • Continuously review the tax position of their portfolio of companies to identify risks and opportunities and to identify improvements in process efficiencies and operating cost
  • Improve accuracy, ensuring that risks & opportunities are well understood within EMEA at an Affiliate level and at API
  • Involvement in tax-related projects and initiatives


Quantitative Dimensions:

  • Turnover of Astellas Europe: ~€2,500 million
  • SG&A ~€900m
  • OP ~€1.1bn







Interpersonal Relationships:


  • Both European Tax & wider EMEA HQ Finance team
  • Other Astellas Affiliate employees – within Europe & outside Europe
  • API Tax team in Japan
  • 3rd party service providers (auditors, tax advisers, tax authorities)


Specific Physical Abilities:

  • Ability to handle multiple requests/demands, juggle priorities and handle large volumes of data and information
  • Infrequent travel


Specific Environmental Factors:

  • This role is based in the EMEA headquarters in Chertsey, Surrey, UK


Professional Profile



IT and Financial Systems:

  • General working knowledge of all Microsoft packages, including: MS PowerPoint, MS Visio, MS Word, MS Excel and MS Project



  • Strategic orientation
  • Constantly and positively challenges accepted ways of working by generating new ideas or methods
  • Good communication skills and must be fluent in English both verbal and written
  • Able to command confidence of stakeholders including EMEA Management and subordinates.
  • Ability to understand and interpret external & internal information needs
  • Results orientation
  • Displays passion and enthusiasm for his or her own development and inspires passion and enthusiasm in others.
  • Able to communicate tax related issues in a clear way at all levels.
  • Excellent analytical and reporting skills and High attention to detail.
  • Able to prioritise a heavy workload with all the reporting demands.
  • Technical knowledge, keeping up to date on Tax changes that may impact the EMEA region
  • Numerate with excellent analytical and reporting skills
  • High attention to detail to ensure high quality of work
  • Pragmatic and pro-active problem solving mentality
  • Degree qualified preferred but not essential
  • Fully qualified Accountant [CIMA, ACCA, ACA or equivalent] or Tax qualification and significant post qualification experience
  • Proven international corporate tax experience working for a large accountancy practice or in industry
  • Some commercial experience would be an advantage, ideally gained with a medium to large multinational organisation
  • Knowledge and experience of the Pharmaceutical industry is desirable but not required


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