VAT Senior Manager

Job Title: VAT Senior Manager

Location: Dundalk / Balbriggan


Who We Are

UHY Farrelly Dawe White Limited is a leading Top 20 accountancy and taxation practice in the Northeast of Ireland and a member of the global accountancy network UHY, ranked in the Top 20 networks worldwide.

UHY FDW has evolved significantly over the past decade to become one of the most modern an cutting-edge firms in today’s market. It has significant market share and presence across the north-east which is attributed to its exceptionally talented workforce, strategic planning and adoption of new technologies & methodologies to now be labelled a trend setter within the sector.

We pride ourselves on being people focused, and we understand the importance of attracting and retaining the highest calibre individuals. Our team of over 8 directors and 75 staff deliver a first class service across 4 offices to a diverse range of clients, locally, nationally and internationally. We are committed to our purpose “Achieve a Better Future Together” and are excited to expand our team with individuals who will help us in fulfilling our purpose.


Role Overview

We are a growing accountancy firm looking for a VAT specialist (Senior Manager or Manager Level) to join our tax team. This is an excellent opportunity for someone who is looking to cut down their commute and progress their career in a growing and ambitious firm.

As the VAT Senior Manager, you will be responsible for a VAT team of three other staff members and your role will be the oversight and management of all aspects of VAT compliance and reporting for our company. You will ensure that our VAT processes are efficient, accurate, and compliant with all relevant regulations and laws. Your role will also involvement on all VAT consultancy and planning projects across the firm’s wide range of client and collaboration with various departments within the organisation, as well as external stakeholders such as tax authorities and auditors.

We are seeking an ambitious CTA qualified person with a minimum of 5 years’ experience in VAT. The firm provides career focused developmental programmes and trainings with various external experts and training partners to assist our staff with personal and professional growth at all levels to ensure their careers progress.

We put a high focus on work-life balance and prefer to promote internally, opening opportunities for fast career progression.


What We Offer

We offer a comprehensive package with many supports and benefits, some of which we have listed:

  • You will be offered a competitive salary based on your experience
  • Flexible working hours, with a four-and-a-half-day week (08:30 – 17:30 Monday – Thursday, 09:00 – 12:30 Friday)
  • Generous holiday allowance with additional company days for Christmas and Easter holidays
  • Ability to build up 5 additional days annual leave per annum
  • Additional days annual leave after 5 years of service
  • Volunteering day to spend one day each year dedicated to a cause you care about
  • Training and continuous learning
  • Funded CPD hours programme
  • Funded tuition
  • Free parking
  • CSR, ESG and Social Committees offering funded social events
  • Wellbeing programme, including My Healthy Advantage smartphone app
  • Commission for introducing new clients and new team members
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity pay
  • Great teammates
  • Diverse and inclusive culture
  • Discounts available with partners for gym membership, hotel bookings, retail and more
  • On-site games room
  • Food truck on location
  • A fun and inclusive team working environment


The Role

  • VAT Compliance: Ensure the VAT team carry out timely and accurate preparation, submission, and payment of VAT returns in accordance with local regulations.
  • VAT Planning: Develop and implement VAT strategies to optimise tax efficiency and minimise liabilities.
  • Tax Audits: Coordinate and manage VAT audits, responding to queries from tax authorities and ensuring compliance with audit requirements.
  • Process Improvement: Continuously review and enhance VAT processes and procedures to streamline operations and ensure accuracy.
  • Risk Management: Identify and mitigate VAT risks through proactive monitoring, analysis, and implementation of appropriate controls.
  • Cross-Functional Collaboration: Work closely with internal stakeholders such as audit, accounting, corporate compliance and operations teams and other UHY global network firms to address VAT-related issues and provide guidance on transactions.
  • Training and Education: Provide training and guidance to internal teams on VAT matters to enhance awareness and compliance across the organization.
  • External Relationships: Liaise with external advisors, tax authorities, and other relevant parties to stay updated on changes in VAT regulations and ensure compliance.
  • Reporting: Prepare and present regular reports on VAT compliance, liabilities, and other related metrics to the UHY board of directors.
  • The candidate will be given their own personal VAT portfolio of clients. They will work as a leader of the tax compliance team, the main responsibility will be the oversight of the VAT team and VAT elements of all consultancy projects;
  • Identifying tax/VAT planning opportunities;
  • The candidate will be introduced to other VAT specialists within the UHY global network and will have the opportunity to travel to various UHY conferences globally and to work on cross-border VAT projects within the UHY global network;
  • The candidate will report to and work alongside the tax director and will be fully supported by same;
  • The candidate will manage a team of three junior tax staff to assist with the above.
  • The role can be based in either the Dundalk or Balbriggan offices, to the preference of the candidate.


About You

  • Tax Technician or AITI;
  • Minimum 5 years experience working in VAT;
  • A good understanding and knowledge of Irish VAT and the Irish tax legislation;
  • A team player with excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Confidence in dealing with people and strong client-facing skills;
  • Self driven with an ability to implement and drive improvements and changes within the VAT practice;
  • Self-starter with the ability to use initiative and to prioritise with excellent time management skills;
  • Good attention to detail.


Our Values

Our firm and entire team are committed to our purpose “Achieve a Better Future Together” and we have aligned our core values to support us all in achieving this. Our core values are: Integrity, Teamwork, Respect, Be Engaged & Be Passionate.

If you believe our company values align with your own, we would love you to be a part of our team.


Salary Level

Salary commensurate with experience.


Submit Your CV

If you are interested in this role, please apply through our careers portal

If you would like any further information, please contact Katy Harris, People & Culture Manager

Due to the high volume of candidates, we may not be able to respond to every applicant.

UHY FDW is an equal opportunities employer.