As the /Sr. Director, Global Tax, you’ll be an integral part of both the tax and finance organization’s drive to build a world-class operation for a newly commercial-stage biopharmaceutical company focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel therapeutics that could significantly advance the fields of thrombosis and other hematologic diseases. The Director/Sr. Director is responsible for all domestic and international tax matters involving U.S. and international tax compliance, and international tax planning projects. The candidate must have significant technical and interpersonal skills, coupled with judgment and decision making abilities, as well as the ability to communicate complex tax concepts in ways that are meaningful and useful to non-tax professionals. Knowledge of financial reporting for income taxes would is essential. This role is a highly visible and a critical liaise to senior management, the finance team and the broader business.

Responsibilities: 

  • Develop, implement and lead the global tax function including process, systems and strategy.
  • Work collaboratively as a key finance leader to manage the strategic, compliance and operational tax functions.
  • Oversee the company’s global tax provision and related disclosures, prepared by an outside tax firm (including review of quarterly and annual income tax provision workpapers, journal entries, and disclosures, documentation of uncertain tax positions, and analysis of tax balance sheet accounts to ensure compliance, integrity of account balances/financial reporting and effectiveness of business processes). Manage and support external auditors’ review of the income tax provision.
  • Oversee the company’s domestic and international tax compliance to ensure all filings (including U.S. federal and state income tax returns) are made on a timely basis.
    • Review all non-income state and local and international tax (sales and use tax, VAT, GST) returns and determine registration requirements and taxability in various jurisdictions;
    • Manage tax calendar to ensure timely filings and payments
  • Manage income tax controversy matters.  Assist with tax audits and related matters: Assist with the preparation of tax authority information requests and liaising with tax authorities
  • Build and foster strong cross-functional relationships across the business (g., Accounting, Treasury, FP&A, Legal, and Business Operations). Help the company understand how all the pieces fit together and drive performance.
  • Analyze federal, state and local and international tax planning efforts, including identification of issues, proper structuring of effective and tax-efficient strategies, and driving implementation.
  • Manage the global transfer pricing strategy and ensure compliance with US and international requirements, including documentation and intercompany agreements.
  • Monitor international and US legislation to strategically assess implications on the existing structure, as well as to develop viable alternatives where changes in tax laws have an unintended consequence.
  • Develop relevant training and communication for senior leaders and business partners to build tax acumen regarding US & international tax structures and their potential impact on business solutions.
  • Manage and direct compliance efforts for SOX 404 for all tax function controls and documentation requirements.
  • Develop management reporting and commentary that provides senior leaders with timely insights into tax related issues, trends, and risks.

Qualification:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting or Finance with a CPA, MST and/or JD preferred;
  • 15+ years of tax experience in a public accounting firm and/or multinational publicly listed company
  • 6+ years of international tax planning experience required (European experience strongly preferred)
  • Must have extensive experience with preparing and managing the international tax provision
  • Prior experience leading tax function and managing tax compliance;
  • Strong technical tax skills with emphasis on tax issues related to tax planning, indirect taxes, international tax, and transfer pricing;
  • Demonstrated tax accounting experience;
  • Strong technical tax expertise; knowledge of U.S. and international tax rules (g., corporate, federal, SALT, etc.);
  • Experience in tax accounting principles (e.g., ASC 740, FIN 48, SOX 404);
  • Bio-pharmaceuticals industry experience a plus
  • Outstanding written, oral, and presentation skills and can communicate complex tax matters to broad audiences;
  • Experience with software programs such as Oracle
  • Focus on process improvement and internal controls
  • Excellent communication and relationship building skills
  • Great work ethic and integrity
  • Big 4 experience a plus
  • Ability to travel as necessary – less than 25%
   
     

TO APPLY:

Interested in this opportunity?

Interested candidates please apply online here:
https://www.portola.com/careers/open-positions/?p=job%2Fo4ZS9fwO.

 

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