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Senior Tax Consultant

London, United Kingdom

Job Description

Company Description

McDonald's is the largest family restaurant in the world, serving approximately 69 million customers across 36,000 restaurants a day: in more than 100 countries. The UK & Ireland market is one of the most successful entities across the wider business, serving on average 4 million people a day. It has operated in UK since 1974 and the business is growing continuously with more than 1,400 restaurants and over 154,000 employees.

McDonald's UK & Ireland has a proven track record of investing in the development of its employees and offering flexibility as part of its dedication to being a modern and progressive company. Every year, it invests over £40 million in developing people, giving every one of its employees the opportunity to take part in structured training.

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McDonald's buys ingredients from over 17,500 British and Irish farmers and spends over £1.1billion annually on its food and packaging requirements. McDonald's is committed to supporting British and Irish farmers to ensure it can continue to source many of its ingredients from the UK and Ireland.

McDonald's is a market leader in its field, striving for the highest standard of quality, speed and restaurant experience. Re-generation of our restaurant infrastructure, covering digital ordering, re-imaging and dual-point service make working at McDonald's more exciting than ever!

We are dedicated to using our scale for good: good for people, our industry and the planet. From bold recycling initiatives and sustainable sourcing efforts to our partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities, we see every day as a chance to have a genuine impact on our customers, our people and our partners.

We're a people business just as much as we are a restaurant business. We strive to be the most inclusive brand in the world by building diverse teams who create delicious, feel-good moments that are easy for everyone to enjoy. Joining McDonald's means thinking big every day and preparing for a career that can have impact around the world.

Company Vision and Culture...

Our Global vision is to build a better McDonald's and, in the UK, and Ireland we are working hard to be the UK & Irelands best-loved restaurant company.

McDonald's is defined by its culture. Our culture shapes and informs everything we think and everything we do. Our culture influences the way we interact with each other, and how we interact with customers, franchisees and suppliers. Our culture motivates and inspires us to attract and retain great talent, creating positive, energising, exceptional working environment for us all.

Our values drive our culture and shape our beliefs, our priorities and our actions. They influence the decisions we make, how we treat one another and how we show up as a brand to the world.

Serve: We put our customers and our people first

Inclusion: We open our doors to everyone

Integrity: We do the right thing

Community: We are good neighbours

Family: We get better together

Job Description

The tax function is looking to recruit a new team member to support across all projects and responsibilities.

The team is part of Global Tax and sits within Finance in East Finchley, London. We support the UK and Republic of Ireland ("UK&I") business across all taxes. The varied role will have a phenomenal combination of commercial and technical aspects, and will involve responsibilities for both ad-hoc advisory work and compliance related projects.

The work will span different taxes, multiple tasks on the go and thus the role requires pro-activity, technical understanding, flexibility and a willingness to develop themselves as well as others in the team.

What Will My Accountabilities Be?

Leading the business' tax risk through working closely as a team to handle internal and external partner requirements. This covers a wide range of projects, including:

  • Running core tax areas covering projections and UK&I compliance responsibilities across direct tax, indirect tax and some employment taxes
  • Monitor developments in tax legislation and case law to find opportunities or threats
  • Pro-actively designing and implementing new processes and procedures to improve working practices and acquire efficiency gains
  • Participate in cross-functional teams within the business in order provide tax advice e.g. new products, services or policies
  • Resolving accurate VAT treatment of products and transactions
  • Building relationships with UK and Irish tax authorities and dealing with reviews and correspondence
  • Supporting Global Tax and the US on any wider initiatives and tax requirements
  • Working with external advisors to obtain tax advice, digesting the information and implementing it in a practical way
  • Developing tax processes and governance areas around tax risk e.g. SAO, SOX

Which Team Will I Be Part Of?

You will work closely with finance and other colleagues, including those in legal, shared services, property, marketing, IT, payroll and HR.

Who Will My Customers Be?

  • Leading key relationships with HMRC and liaising with HMRC staff on a regular basis
  • Building positive relationships with external parties, such as tax advisors and auditors
  • Being a phenomenal partner with US and international colleagues, such as Global Tax and US Treasury
  • Working closely with and advising Finance and other colleagues, including those in Legal, Shared services, Property, Marketing, IT, Payroll and HR.


  • Qualified accountant or Chartered tax advisor (e.g. ACA, CTA and equivalents) with a corporate tax background in practice and/or industry. Experience across different taxes is useful, otherwise a strong desire to expand tax knowledge is essential
  • Strong across key competencies, including: Leadership, Teamwork, Communication, Tax technical ability, Project management skills
  • Having a continuous improvement mind-set, able to work optimally under time pressure, being flexible in juggling multiple tasks and learning quickly on the job are key attributes for this role
  • The candidate should demonstrate curiosity, be commercially aware - understanding the connections between business and tax and communicate clearly to different stakeholders, whether internal or external
  • Being adaptable to the dynamically changing environment e.g. changing legislation, working practices or adoption of new technology
  • Self-awareness and a true understanding of their own strengths and weaknesses, and being able to adapt and compensate
  • Knowledge of accounting, accounting principles and FRS102 or equivalents
  • Experience in Excel, including lookups, pivot tables and similar functions
  • Ability to utilize and understand different software packages and finance systems

Additional Information

At McDonald's we are People from all Walks of Life...

People are at the heart of everything we do, and they make the McDonald's experience. We embrace diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive culture that means people can be their best authentic self in our restaurants and offices, which helps us to better serve our customers. We have a strong heritage of diversity and representation within our communities, which we are proud of. The diversity of our people, customers, Franchisees and suppliers gives us strength.

We do not tolerate inequality, injustice or discrimination of any kind. These are hugely important issues and a brand with our reach and relevance means we have a very meaningful role to play.

We also recognise our responsibility as a large employer to continue being active in our communities, helping to develop skills and drive aspirations that will help people to be more aware of the world of work and more successful within it, whether with McDonald's or elsewhere."

Client-provided location(s): London, UK
Job ID: McDonalds-406000115082213
Employment Type: Other