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Direct Tax Lead - Advisory, Governance and Planning

About this role:

This role will report into the Head of Tax – EMEA and APAC and is responsible for overseeing the organization’s EMEA direct tax advisory, tax strategies, project and governance activities.  Additional responsibilities include working with APAC teammates on similar activities.  With respect to direct tax advisory and tax strategies, this role will provide expert advice across all EMEA jurisdictions including working with the wider business on the tax implications and governance required around new products and initiatives.  This role helps the organization by ensuring compliance with applicable tax laws and regulations and ensuring the impact of tax law changes on the business are considered.  In addition, the role is key to embedding the tax risk governance framework to adhere to wider regulatory controls within the business.

In this role, you will:

  • Serve as a point of contact for regional management, new product or business initiatives, transaction related tax considerations and regional external tax advisors
  • Provide expert advice to the Corporate Tax and EMEA Finance leadership
  • Oversee the day-to-day responsibilities for all direct tax advisory, tax strategies and project management
  • Serve as the key point of contact for all tax risk governance and control matters, including embedding all processes and controls and working with leadership on tax control matters
  • Provide advice, review and consultation as to the reasonableness of regional direct tax calculations
  • Serve as a primary tax contact for organizational projects conducted within Corporate Tax or requiring significant involvement from Corporate Tax within region
  • Be a key contact and providing technical advice and support in dealing with tax authorities, as required
  • Consult management on the potential impacts and requirements related to direct tax legislation (including OECD BEPS initiatives)
  • Serve as regional leadership supporting advice and review of permanent establishment direct tax risks
  • Provide technical income tax consultation regarding complex financial transactions and make recommendations related to income tax and accounting for income tax consequences
  • Identify opportunities requiring complex tax research, prepare memorandums and make recommendations relating to income taxes and income tax risk reduction strategies
  • Work with stakeholders to implement key risk initiatives


Required Qualifications:

  • 5+ years of relevant direct tax experience
  • Effective skills to drive value, manage risk, and promote a culture of inclusion and development while being responsible for tax advisory, tax strategies, projects and governance activities across EMEA
  • Excellent communication and analytical skills to facilitate communication and collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders on relevant and complex tax concepts
  • Highly effective at partnering and developing relationships across the organisation
  • Ability to operate independently while driving continual improvement across the function
  • Relevant experience in the financial services industry

We Value Diversity

At Wells Fargo, we believe in diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace; accordingly, we welcome applications for employment from all qualified candidates, regardless of race, color, gender, national origin, religion, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, individuals with disabilities, pregnancy, marital status, status as a protected veteran or any other status protected by applicable law.

Employees support our focus on building strong customer relationships balanced with a strong risk mitigating and compliance-driven culture which firmly establishes those disciplines as critical to the success of our customers and company. They are accountable for execution of all applicable risk programs (Credit, Market, Financial Crimes, Operational, Regulatory Compliance), which includes effectively following and adhering to applicable Wells Fargo policies and procedures, appropriately fulfilling risk and compliance obligations, timely and effective escalation and remediation of issues, and making sound risk decisions. There is emphasis on proactive monitoring, governance, risk identification and escalation, as well as making sound risk decisions commensurate with the business unit’s risk appetite and all risk and compliance program requirements.

Candidates applying to job openings posted in US: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

Candidates applying to job openings posted in Canada: Applications for employment are encouraged from all qualified candidates, including women, persons with disabilities, aboriginal peoples and visible minorities. Accommodation for applicants with disabilities is available upon request in connection with the recruitment process.


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