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(Senior) Manager VAT - Financial Services

Location:  Diegem
Other locations:  Anywhere in Country
Salary: Competitive
Date:  29 May 2024

Job description

Requisition ID:  1459359

EY is the only major professional services firm with a dedicated financial services practice (EY FSO) integrated in the EMEIA region. An international team of over 16.000 professionals is working across borders for our clients in the financial sector: Banking, Insurance, Payment Institutions and Wealth & Asset Management, in all service lines: Consulting, Tax, Transactions and Assurance. As we consider our people as the heart of EY, we hire and develop the most passionate people in their field to build a better working world. This starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. So that, whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime.

The Opportunity

Our Tax & Legal financial services practice in Belgium is growing fast, and our team members are dealing with the most diverse tax and legal matters. We have a large client base and we offer tax services to a significant number of top financial institutions, both in Belgium and abroad. 

 We provide technical tax advice and managed services to financial institutions and end users in the following areas:  
•    Business Tax Services (general tax advisory);
•    Global Compliance and Reporting;
•    Customer Tax Operations and Reporting Services (FATCA, QI & CRS);
•    Indirect Tax (VAT, Insurance Premium Tax, …);
•    International Tax and Transaction Services (restructurings, M&A, …); 
•    Transfer Pricing;
•    Operational Taxes (Withholding Taxes, Financial Transaction Tax, Tax on Stock Exchange Transactions) – including technology-enabled services (net asset tax returns, withholding tax reclaim packages, breakdown reporting for funds and investors); and
•    Tax Technology and Transformation services (review and/or (re)design of tax policies, processes, technology and operating model).


We are currently seeking a (senior) Manager VAT to further expand our team!


Key Responsibilities

•    Deliver VAT technical advice on complex transactions;
•    Assist clients in implementing adequate and efficient VAT processes and compliance framework; 
•    Provide assistance with respect to the obtention of tax rulings; 
•    Provide support in relation to tax audits and litigation;
•    Help in developing and deploying tax technology tools to improve the operational effectiveness of our clients’ tax function and the efficient delivery of our tax technical services (in particular in the framework of EY’s VAT 2.0 campaign);
•    Assist tax functions to transform themselves to cope with rapid regulatory and legislative changes and pressure to do more with less;
•    Detect and develop new business opportunities;  
•    Prepare and attend meetings on an international level with key-decision makers, to discuss the clients' business and tax needs;
•    Be responsible for maintaining an excellent relationship with your clients;
•    Act as first-line contact for a variety of top-class financial services clients;
•    Manage various projects and workflows thoroughly and accurately;
•    Supervise and manage assignments by consultants and seniors in the group;
•    Contribute actively to the development of client-oriented cross-border ideas and policies;
•    Participate in and contribute to attaining team goals;
•    Have the opportunity to go on assignments abroad and/or accompany senior people on in-country visits to broaden your international network.

Skills and Attributes for Success


•    Master’s degree in law, or economics or commercial engineering with relevant experience;
•    At least 5 years of professional experience, with VAT expertise;
•    Fluency in Dutch and/or French and English; 
•    An additional postgraduate degree in taxation is an asset;
•    Knowledge of the financial sector is considered an advantage.


Most of all, it is the attitude that matters! We are keen to grow our team with like-minded professionals, real team players with a focus on quality and on delivering the best service to our clients.
What working at EY Offers

•    You will be part of a leading global professional services firm.
•    You will be part of the EY family where everyone is willing to offer support and senior management is very accessible. 
•    You will join a dynamic and growing team with a great mix of young and experienced professionals focusing on financial services.
•    You will get extensive trainings  on technical matters, as well as soft skills and project management, and you will have access to new technologies and innovative equipment.
•    We are proud of our flexible working arrangements, and we will support you to build a successful career and deliver excellent client service, without sacrificing your personal priorities. 
•    While our client-facing profession might require part-time working at client site and business traveling at times, we are committed to helping you achieve a lifestyle balance.


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