Senior Associate - Tax Controversy
Auckland, NZ
3d ago

At EY Law, you’ll have the chance to build a career as unique as you are, with the global scale, support, inclusive culture and technology to become the best version of you.

And we’re counting on your unique voice and perspective to help EY become even better, too. Join us and build an exceptional experience for yourself, and a better working world for all.

The Opportunity

We are looking for a Senior Associate / Senior Manager to join our high performing and growing Tax Controversy team. We provide an end-to-end Tax Controversy service to our clients, which enables the role to have a lot of variety.

As a Senior Associate you will help the Lead Partner build the practice further, as well as advise clients on a broad range of tax matters with a focus on the technical and tactical management of all things tax.

This includes tax administration, complex tax matters, transfer pricing and the anti-avoidance rules. You will also assist our clients in all stage on the tax lifecycle including tax governance and controls testing, tax advice, binding rulings, voluntary disclosures, audits, disputes and court.

Your key responsibilities

Drawing on your tax experience, in your role as a Senior Associate you’ll :

  • Lead the management of tax disputes and other contentious tax matters (including audits, disputes and litigation).
  • Work with both existing and new clients to help achieve a positive client experience.
  • Play an active part in growing the practice and continuing to build on its success.
  • Analyse research and deliver high quality legal advice that is commercially focussed.
  • Manage our client’s tax risk by developing and testing governance frameworks bespoke to the organisation, seeking binding rulings from Inland Revenue, making voluntary disclosures and using other tax risk mitigation techniques.
  • Keep up to date with the latest tax developments and develop thought leadership - identifying relevant issues for our clients and deliver that information to them in a comprehensive and comprehensible manner.
  • Work with staff to develop their technical and business acumen and help staff achieve their career objectives.
  • Skills and attributes for success

    To qualify for the role, you must

  • Be admitted to the New Zealand High Court as a barrister and solicitor.
  • Have proven problem solving abilities and be able to deliver commercially driven solutions.
  • Be technically curious and enjoy getting involved in a range of cutting-edge projects.
  • Have a demonstrated ability to assimilate complex tax concepts into everyday business language.
  • Ideally, you’ll also have

  • Experience in a Big 4 Accounting firm in tax compliance and / or tax advisory.
  • Proven leadership experience and experience in managing staff on multiple engagements.
  • Strong and broad relationships with current and prospective clients and established relationships with Inland Revenue.
  • An ability to work with a number of different clients and internal stakeholders on multiple deadlines delivering a high level of client service.
  • A proven ability to manage engagement metrics and generate revenue by having a strong market presence.
  • What we offer

    We’ll provide the tools and flexibility, so you can make a meaningful impact, your way.

    personalised career development including coaching, experiences and formal learning so you’ll develop the mindset and skills you’ll need to thrive in the future.

    You’ll be embraced for who you are and empowered to use your voice to help others find theirs.

    At EY Law, you’ll be rewarded and recognised based on your performance and our comprehensive package can be tailored to your individual needs.

    We hold a collective commitment to foster an environment where all differences are valued and respected, practices are equitable, and everyone experiences a sense of belonging.

    If you require any adjustments to the recruitment process in order to equitably participate, we encourage you to advise us at the time of application via or phone + 64 9 300 7044 (option 4).

    We understand the importance of social distancing at this time so our recruitment and onboarding process may be managed virtually so we can continue to prioritise the safety and wellbeing of EY people, clients, guests and the broader public.

    The exceptional EY Law experience. It’s yours to build.

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