Direct Tax Compliance Advisor




This role requires an individual with a strong foundation in UK corporate tax and tax accounting with experience of working in a multinational or professional services environment. In addition, employment tax or project-based experience will also be well regarded.

About us

Securing Energy for Europe GmbH (SEFE GmbH) is a major European energy company focused on maintaining the security of supply and generating commercial value in Europe. Its main business areas include supplying energy to customers, energy trading, gas transportation and the operation of gas storage facilities. SEFE GmbH is an internationally operating group consisting of around 50 companies in 16 countries in Europe, Asia and North America. The SEFE Group employs approximately 1,500 employees, around 200 of whom work at its Berlin headquarters.

SEFE Marketing & Trading Limited (SM&T) is an integral part of the SEFE Group. Headquartered in London, SM&T is an agile multi-commodity trader and trading partner. With deep experience in derivatives, digital and analytics and ready for the opportunities arising from the energy transition, we seek to create value, both on a proprietary basis and for its partners, in all key European gas, LNG, power and environmental products markets.

Our culture is defined by our people. Through living our values every day, we continue to create a culture that enables us all to succeed. We work as one team with our customers, our parent company and each other in order to understand each other’s needs. With an unstoppable passion for excellence, growth and learning, we’re committed to creating an environment that fosters the development of knowledge, skills and experience, so that our people can thrive and prosper in their careers with us. We believe that we have the best team in the industry which makes us a trusted partner across international capital and energy markets. Our diverse employee base, with a wealth of expertise, knowledge and experience makes SM&T a truly exciting place to work. We encourage new ideas and initiatives as innovative thinking is central to how we do business. Most importantly, we are a growing and developing business where inspired individuals can make a difference and help shape our future.

Role objectives

As part of an award winning tax team, this is a broad ranging position which is primarily responsible for supporting the Direct Tax Manager with corporate tax accounting, reporting and compliance obligations of the SEFE Marketing & Trading Group. The role is also expected to offer support on employment tax matters.

This role requires an individual with a strong foundation in UK corporate tax and tax accounting with experience of working in a multinational or professional services environment. In addition, employment tax or project-based experience will also be well regarded.


Duties & Responsibilities

• Assisting the Direct Tax Manager with managing the global outsourced corporation tax compliance (e.g. corporate tax returns, withholding tax returns, group payment arrangements, technical papers to support filing positions) of the Group

• Assisting with head-office and subsidiary tax accounting on a monthly basis and working with finance teams and subsidiaries to ensure tax is correctly disclosed in the Group IFRS statutory accounts and in the subsidiary accounts and ledgers

• Assisting with tax management reporting activities including Effective Tax Rate, cash taxes, deferred taxes, balance sheet reconciliations and providing supporting analysis & commentary

• Acting as a bridge between finance teams across the Group and external advisors in driving the corporate tax compliance process and provision of information required to prepare corporate tax computations and returns including all relevant claims and elections such as R&D and capital allowances claims

• Assisting the Direct Tax Manager in responding to any enquiries raised by the tax authorities

• Assisting with calculation of liabilities under the PAYE settlement agreement as well as support on various other employment tax matters

• Ensuring that the Senior Accounting Officer requirements are met on a quarterly basis

• Assisting the Direct Tax Manager with monitoring changes to UK legislation and providing UK corporate tax advice

• Assisting with other areas of UK and international tax such as transfer pricing, treasury matters, controlled foreign companies and employment tax matters, as required Assisting the team with process improvement initiatives, including identification of opportunities and supporting new process/system change roll outs.


Skills & Competencies



• Excellent analytical and numerical skills, with an eye for detail

• Strong corporate direct tax technical knowledge and practical experience of UK/international direct taxes and tax accounting

• A strong understanding of tax reporting under IFRS including IAS 12 concepts

• Ability to prepare tax computations and supporting expenses analyses from source documents such as financial statements, trial balances, general ledgers etc.

• Strong working knowledge of tax controls, systems and processes

• Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills

• Fluent in English. Other language skills would be a benefit (German, French, Russian)



• A driven, proactive and determined approach to work

• Ability and desire to thrive in a fast-growing environment; treats change as an opportunity

• Ability to analyse problems and apply innovative solutions (e.g. simplification of processes)

• A self-starter with a strong bias for action

• Ability to proactively build relationships with other departments (e.g. Group Finance team, Treasury, Legal)

• Ability to accurately manage workload and stakeholders in a fast-moving trading environment

• Ability and desire to develop professionally as the role, team and business grows.


• Preparation of detailed corporate tax computations & returns and supporting work papers/files

• IFRS tax reporting on a Solo & Group-wide basis; proficient in CT & DT calculations

• Tax accounting and management reporting in a large multinational company

• Experience of employment taxes preferable

• Tax advisory and/or project experience beneficial

• Energy, trading or financial services industry experience ideal Systems experience (e.g. SAP Ledger, Advanced Excel, One Source Tax Compliance) ideal


  • Degree educated (e.g. Bachelors or Masters degree in business, accounting, management)
  • Professional tax or accounting qualification e.g. ACA / ACCA, CTA, or equivalent


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