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Indirect Tax Manager

Contract Type
Education, Media & Communications
Belfast, GBR
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Indirect Tax Manager Description At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are a...

Job Description

Indirect Tax Manager


At Pearson, we’re committed to a world that’s always learning and to our talented team who makes it all possible. From bringing lectures vividly to life to turning textbooks into laptop lessons, we are always re-examining the way people learn best, whether it’s one child in our own backyard or an education community across the globe. We are bold thinkers and standout innovators who motivate each other to explore new frontiers in an environment that supports and inspires us to always be better. By pushing the boundaries of technology — and each other to surpass these boundaries — we create seeds of learning that become the catalyst for the world’s innovations, personal and global, large and small.

The role of Indirect Tax Manager is to provide Indirect Tax advice and support to global Group companies in managing their global indirect compliance and filing obligations.

The Indirect Tax Manager will work as part of the Pearson Global Indirect Tax Team and will report to the Director, Global Indirect Tax.

The Indirect Tax team ultimately reports into VP - Tax Business Support.

The role will involve both compliance and demand led work, including working on a range of projects to support global tax risk management.

Main activities/responsibilities:

Responsible for management of defined global VAT & GST compliance activities including:

  • Preparation of UK, EU and non - EU VAT/GST returns and associated filings and where appropriate, working with external advisors to ensure accurate and timely submission of the returns (including MOSS).
  • Documentation and implementation of VAT compliance processes to provide continuous support and improvement on indirect tax compliance for Pearson.
  • Preparing/reviewing data analytics and trend analysis of VAT/GST return information.
  • Oversight and support of wider global VAT/GST compliance activities undertaken within Pearson Finance Services (PFS), with a view to continuous improvement in processes and controls, and supporting/driving an automation agenda.
  • Considering opportunities for further standardisation of processes using Avalara reporting tool and supporting any agreed implementation.
  • Provide support to wider Indirect tax team on VAT audits and tax office enquiries.
  • Responsible for key activities relating to VAT accounting.
  • Support any necessary Oracle E-B tax logic changes that are necessary resulting from legislative or business change.
  • Assist with global mapping exercise to identify indirect tax risks and opportunities.
  • Dealing with global ad hoc queries from the business in relation to indirect tax and working on tax projects as required.

Key interactions:

  • Working with key finance stakeholders in the business
  • Interaction with VP Tax Business Support, Director Global Indirect Tax, PFS Indirect Tax Manager, and other Tax Department members – regular contact
  • Working with Pearson Finance Services (PFS) and IBM (outsource provider)
  • Liaison with external advisors

Pearson is an equal opportunities employer. We do not discriminate against employees or job applicants and select the best person for each job based on relevant skills and experience.

We are also committed to building an accurate picture of the make-up of the workforce and encouraging equality and diversity.

The information you provide will stay confidential, and be stored securely. It will not be seen by those involved in making decisions as part of the recruitment process.



  • Qualified tax consultant or accountant with experience working with big four or tax authority.
  • Strong technical ability - fully conversant with relevant global Indirect Tax legislation.
  • Familiarity with major accounting systems.
  • Computer literate with advanced excel.

Must be able to demonstrate the use of the above skills, experience, knowledge and qualifications over reasonable period of time.


  • Accounting experience
  • Experience with and ability to work with Oracle
  • Partial exemption experience

Person Specification

  • Professional, enthusiastic and energetic
  • Able to think globally, the suitable candidate should have gained exposure to other global indirect taxes e.g. EU VAT, Sales tax, GST etc.
  • A team player with excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Self-motivated and able to carry through varied projects to a satisfactory conclusion.


Primary Location: GB-GB-Belfast

Work Locations: GB-Belfast-Millennium House Millennium House, 1st Floor Great Victoria Street Belfast BT2 7AQ

Job: Finance

Organization: Finance

Employee Status: Regular Employee

Job Type: Standard

Shift: Day Job

Job Posting: Sep 18, 2019

Job Unposting: Ongoing

Schedule: Full-time Regular

Req ID: 1912580

Pearson is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer and a member of E-Verify. All qualified applicants, including minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.