Lead Tax Advisor: Insurance Cluster – Cape Town

Lead Tax Advisor: Insurance Cluster

Cape Town

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We have an opportunity available at an established company looking for a Qualified and Experienced TAX Advisor with a background in Insurance to join the team.


Responsible for various tax provisioning and tax reporting processes as well as certain tax advisory services to Life Insurance companies and other (non-life) subsidiaries in the Group.

Report to the Head: Long Term and Short Term Insurance, in the Group Tax team and will be based in Cape Town.

Assume responsibility for the following areas of tax advisory work, as well as the execution of tax reporting and compliance related processes :

  • Be the tax representative for several segments and significant entities in the Group, as well as other (non-life) subsidiaries in the Group, as the need arises
  • Provide advice on new products, and outline the tax reporting requirements for each product
  • Provide advice and guidance to business units on all significant projects and transactions;
  • Review tax reported numbers for the segments and entities in the group at required times
  • Provide tax advice to our Group Balance Sheet Management and Treasury team and in relation to Corporate Finance transactions.
  • Review tax returns and provisional tax returns for all entities in the segments that fall into this portfolio.

Tax Management And Reporting

  • Assessment of tax process and financial impacts as a result of changes to Tax legislative changes or SARS practice changes or Business structural changes
  • Assist with establishing best practice processes for interim and year end reporting, forecasting and business planning processes for tax reporting

Effective Tax Rate Analysis

  • Review and/or preparation of tax disclosure in annual financial statements for life companies
  • Monitoring and assessing key controls over TAX processes; the identification and documentation of TAX risks
  • May be responsible for the review of more complex TAX, VAT or PAYE, DWT, FATCA statutory submissions on an ad hoc basis.

Governance And Compliance

  • Assist with the development and implementation of Group Tax Policy and codes of best practice across the business and across all tax types
  • Ensure that the business complies with all aspects of tax compliance
  • Ensure that compliance of various RSA Tax Acts are regularly monitored
  • Sound business process and internal systems tax related knowledge
  • Responsible for putting together tax process and compliance guidelines and quality standards and enforcing them throughout the business
  • Responsible for identifying Operational Tax Risks and providing input into and maintaining Tax Risk Logs, dashboards and developing risk mitigation strategies

Building Relationships

  • In addition to strong relationships with colleagues in Group Tax, drive cross-functional and segment collaboration
  • Build strong relationships with SARS at the middle management and Tax Specialists subject matter experts
  • Build relationships with industry members on industry related tax compliance workgroups and sub-committees e.g. ASISA

Tax Advisory

  • Prepare opinions and motivations to justify tax positions taken by the Business
  • Prepare, review and submit tax returns, tax objections and appeals and alternate dispute resolution cases, as well as requests for tax directives to the Revenue Authority, on behalf of the Business
  • Provide advice and recommendations to the Business on the implementation of new tax processes and tax controls, new products, administration platforms and systems
  • Prepare Voluntary Disclosure submissions and requests for penalty remission to SARS
  • Seek opportunities to minimise tax payments and identify tax risk mitigation strategies for the Group
  • Prepare or assist with addressing customer tax-related (eg PAYE, IT3a/b) queries of a legislative nature escalated by Client Servicing areas, the internal or external Ombudsman, or sales advisor and brokers, as and when necessary

Qualifications, Experience, Knowledge and Skills

  • CA(SA) with at least 3-5 years core Tax advisory, Tax compliance experience and Tax reporting experience.
  • Relevant under-graduate degree plus H.Dip Tax or Tax Honours /Masters required.
  • Strong knowledge of financial services industry and understanding of Life Insurance products, an advantage
  • IFRS knowledge particularly related to deferred tax and tax disclosure is beneficial
  • Good operational understanding across the financial services industry, such as long term insurance companies, Unit Trusts, Lisps, Asset Managers and short-term insurers is essential.
  • Strong communication skills: is able to communicate large complex matters/changes using simple written, verbal and listening skills.
  • Adaptable and able to cope with a dynamic environment. Must drive matters to completion (get things done)
  • Must display emotional maturity and resilience: is able to multi-task (manage the outcomes to deadlines of multiple engagements) and work well under pressure.
  • Be reliable, have integrity and display a professional approach.
  • Maintain confidentiality of all information, both from internal and external sources.
  • Display solid business acumen.
  • Accountable for achieving results through own efforts and/or through managing efforts of a small tax specialist team (of between 1 and 2 people) including working in collaboration with the wider Group Tax team.
  • Accountable for service delivery through individual effort and/or through small team of Tax compliance specialists and in collaboration with the wider Group Tax team. Must display the ability to drive work to completion (get things done)
  • Able to collaborate effectively across functional disciplines and segments of the business
  • Adaptable and able to cope with a dynamic environment. Must be able to multitask (manage the outcomes to deadlines of multiple engagements), work well under pressure and display emotional maturity and resilience under pressure
  • Demonstrate reliability, integrity and professionalism

·  Maintain confidentiality of all information, both from internal and external sources


email detailed resume: cv@burnabys.co.za

Job Information

Status: Open Job type: Full Time Salary: Negotiable Publish date: 16 Nov 2020 Expire in: 2 weeks

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