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Tax Accountant


The BES Group are the leading end to end solution provider in the Testing, Inspection, Certification and Compliance sector. Our team of experts cover an extensive range of engineering services.

We’ve gone from strength to strength over recent years, welcoming the very best risk management businesses to our Group. As a result, we’ve grown both our team of experts and our suite of solutions in line with our customer’s needs. We’re private equity backed, which means we have the flexibility and support to move quickly and grow faster than any other company in our industry. We’re innovative and forward thinking and have the awards to prove it, but most of all we’re focused on helping make sure our customers leave nothing to chance.

Our head office is based in central Manchester and is the home to many of our central functions. Due to continued business growth, we are delighted to be recruiting for a Tax Accountant to join our brilliant Finance team.

Reporting to the Tax Manager, this role is responsible for the tax accounting and administration for the BES Group.

This is an excellent opportunity to become part of fast-moving private-equity backed business, embracing a period of exciting growth.

What are we looking for?

We’ve really set the benchmark high with our people and our brilliant Finance Team are no exception. We’re looking for even more of the most highly skilled individuals to complete our world class team. As a Tax Accountant you’ll have the drive and desire to have a successful career in Finance. You’ll also communicate confidently and effectively as you will be working with a variety of amazing people from across our business.

You will be ATT, AAT (or equivalent) qualified or part-qualified and offer tax accounting experience, ideally gained within an in-house tax or finance team. You will have strong Excel skills, as well as being adept at financial systems and processes. As a proficient and experienced finance professional who isn't afraid of a challenge, you’ll enjoy our changing environment as we continue to grow at an impressive pace!

What will I be doing?

No two days are the same at BES Group. As a Tax Accountant reporting to the Tax Manager, you’ll work closely with the Group Financial Controller, the Group Finance Manager and wider Finance team and will proactively manage all taxation administration queries. The scope of this role will grow over time as you develop your skills and experience but some of your key responsibilities will include:

  • Ensuring compliance with VAT return deadlines and preparing VAT returns for the BES Group of companies
  • Preparing preliminary corporation tax computations for annual financial reporting purposes
  • Coordinating the annual corporation tax compliance cycle, liaising with external advisors and internal finance teams
  • Providing employment tax support to the Payroll / HR teams, including coordination of annual employment tax returns
  • Maintaining the Group’s tax database and dealing with administrative matters for indirect tax, corporation tax and employment tax as required
  • Preparing payment requests for indirect tax, corporation tax and employment tax
  • Providing support for the annual external audit process
  • Assisting with forecasting for all tax aspects in terms of liabilities and cash flows
  • Supporting the Tax Manager in developing the Tax Control Framework including testing and process improvements
  • Providing support for ad-hoc tax issues as and when required

What makes The BES Group a great place to work?  

Our people and our customers come before everything else. Knowing we always do the best job we can with absolutely no compromise means everything to us. Internal promotion is a regular occurrence within our company and the Finance Team is a great example of this. The team love what they do, they really make a difference that gets noticed every single day.  

If you work for us, you will get the below and so much more:  

  • Salary starting from £35,000 - £40,000 (negotiable, depending on experience)
  • Opportunity for study support towards completion of a professional qualification
  • Discretionary annual company bonus and yearly salary review
  • Up to 10% pension
  • A flexible working approach, the role will be in Manchester city centre with home based working available (you must have suitable Wi-Fi, and provide your own office set up)
  • 25 days leave per year plus bank holidays (and an extra day off on your birthday to celebrate you!)
  • Option to buy and sell extra holidays
  • Electric vehicle salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Development opportunities across the business
  • Access to lots of discounts and benefits via our company benefits portal including; retail, fitness, holiday and cinema discounts
  • The support of a superb employee assistance programme
  • Opportunities to attend volunteer days
  • Company contribution to charity fundraising you participate in; we want to support charities you are passionate about!
  • Employee Suggestion programme; because we value input from everyone in the BES Group

What experience do I need?

You will be a tax accounting professional with accounting experience gained from working within a Finance department in a similar role. We are open to different levels of experience and backgrounds but to work for us you must have the right attitude, aptitude and appetite for what we do; Keeping Britain Safe. You’ll also:  

  • Hold an ATT or AAT (or equivalent tax accounting qualification) to qualified or part-qualified level
  • Offer previous tax accounting experience (experience gained within an in-house tax or finance team is an advantage)
  • Ability and experience of dealing effectively with tax related queries and data requests from all levels of employees and Management.
  • Strong IT skills and experience working with finance software and systems
  • Strong Microsoft Excel skills
  • Possess strong numeracy and analytical skills, with the desire to learn new technical skills
  • Expert attention to detail and enthusiasm to challenge and improve processes
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to build strong internal relationships with finance and non-finance colleagues
  • Strong organisation skills with the ability to anticipate and coordinate deliverables for multiple deadlines
  • Self-motivated and proactive with the ability to work independently and as part of a team

Ideally, you will also:

  • Have experience of using Microsoft Dynamics 365 finance system (desired)

To apply for this role, simply click “Apply.” We ask for some basic contact information and a CV or your LinkedIn profile, it’s that easy! Please keep in mind, successful candidates will be required to complete the relevant background checks as part of the recruitment process. 

We want to inspire everyone to see how important safety is and we expect the same from our people. And if you’re on the same page as us about that and you’ve got the right skills, experience, and attitude, you’ll fit right in.  Simple. We’re all about diversity and inclusion and that means we want our people to be themselves.  We’re delighted to be an equal opportunities employer and that will never change!

BES Group, Your Safety, Our Focus.              

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Trinity Court, 16 John Dalton Street, 1st Floor, Manchester, United Kingdom, M2 6HY
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