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Director/Associate Director, Tax Planning

Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG

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Director/Associate Director, Tax Planning

Director/Associate Director, Tax Planning

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With around 30,000 people working in approximately 70 countries we are a truly global partner for better health. Takeda is dedicated to pharmaceutical innovation and tackling diseases for which there is currently no cure. We are expanding continuously into new fields of treatment and therapy. By always putting people first, we empower employees so everyone can develop to his or her full potential. We are looking for colleagues with the right skills and experiences to support us in improving the quality of the most precious thing we know: life.

We are looking for a strong candidate for the position of Director/Assoc. Director, Tax Planning. The position reports to the Head of Tax Strategy & Planning and is based in Zurich, Switzerland.

The purpose of this position is to direct the global tax strategy of Takeda mainly comprising tax planning and research projects. By serving as an internal tax consultant, this individual will provide advice to the different departments and help educate employees on the various tax laws and regulations which affect Takeda's day-to-day operations and contribute to the decision making processes on Takeda’s global tax strategy and strategic tax transactions

You will be responsible for:
  • Develop and provide analysis of potential corporate tax planning initiatives which are competitive, defensible and aligned with Takeda’s operating model, provide advice to the different departments and help educate employees on the various tax laws and regulations which affect Takeda's global day-to-day operations.
  • Monitor tax impacts and documentation of Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG’s business model, build and maintain relationships with relevant stakeholders and maintain and adapt Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG’s legal entity corporate governance framework to ensure compliance and audit ready documentation is available.
  • Monitor, evaluate and advise on the tax consequences of material (organizational) changes in relation to Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG’s business model. Monitor, evaluate and advise on the tax consequences of M&A/Licensing transactions, profit repatriations as well as other non-routine transactions.
  • Responsible for directing the identification/generation of new tax strategies as well as monitoring to ensure Takeda achieves its targeted tax rate/cash goals.
  • Support the Global Head of Tax, Head of Tax Strategy & Planning & BU/Regional Heads of Tax in advising Business Units as well as Business Partner Functions on tax implications of strategic business decisions. Maintain relationships both within and outside of the tax department in order to ensure awareness across the organization of tax issues impacting the organization.
  • Participate in tax structuring for major transactions such as acquisitions, mergers, partnerships, joint ventures, licensing transactions, post transaction integration as well as business restructuring efforts.
  • Communicate/present complex strategic tax planning and issues in a clear, simple and effective manner across all levels of the company and support communication with senior management.
  • Monitor changing global tax policy initiatives and law changes to determine the impact to the organization; advise management on appropriate course of action to be taken.
  • Supervise and lead the implementation of tax research and planning projects.
  • Manage the investigation and resolution of technical tax/accounting problems.
  • Provide direction and support on significant global tax audit matters and support all notification/reporting matters for tax risks arising from strategic tax planning initiatives, reorganizations or acquired through M&A.
  • Liaise with and participate in developing staff of highly skilled tax professionals, including those where no direct reporting line exists in all regions comprising Takeda’s business.
  • Manage, either directly or indirectly, a team of domestic and international tax professionals. Ensure that the team is aligned with company values; maintains coordinated communications and efforts among global tax functions; recruits, develops, coaches and retains high quality professional staff; demonstrates ownership and responsibility for succession management and talent development.

What you should bring:
  • Master Degree in Economics or Law Degree with focus on Taxation. Qualification as Certified Public Accountant, Certified Tax Adviser, or similar preferred.
  • Minimum 12 years of international corporate tax experience with a big four accounting firm and/or in a large corporate tax department of a multinational, preferably in the pharmaceutical industry.
  • Strong tax research skills, experience in accounting.
  • Adequate English communication skills, both verbal and in writing appropriate to a person able to interact in an English speaking work environment. Additional proficiency in second language preferred.
  • Ability to work independently, keeping management advised as to appropriate matters and issues.
  • Open-minded person who enjoys working in a dedicated team in an international environment. Proven track record of working across different global regions, accommodating cultural differences 
  • Ability to effectively communicate complex and/or controversial topics and concepts to a wide and diverse audience.
  • Result oriented, analytical and strategically minded.
  • Ability and willingness to travel 30+ days per year.


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