Investment Tax Manager | London

London, United Kingdom
08 May 2022
30 May 2022
Job Function
Industry Sector
Finance - General
Employment Type
Full Time
AustralianSuper is the largest superannuation (pension) fund in Australia and one of the 25 largest pension funds globally. We invest the retirement savings of our 2.4 million members to help them achieve their best possible retirement outcome.

The Fund is experiencing significant growth and is expanding its investment capabilities in London and New York.

Sitting in London, the role will be part of the Legal and Tax department, working closely with the investment teams (Infrastructure, Real Estate, and Private Credit) on pending deals and investments, asset management, as well as the Fund's wider strategic tax duties.

Working with a wide range of stakeholders, we create meaningful value for members and our communities through our diverse workforce of highly competent and highly motivated employees.
  • High performing & dynamic Investments team
  • Flexible and inclusive work environment
  • Exciting growth plans, both locally and internationally

Your new team:

The Investment Tax team has responsibility within the Investments Department with respect to taxation rules and principles to maximise retirement outcomes for our members by ensuring that investment decisions are made on a tax informed basis.

With one other tax specialist in our London office, this role will work closely with them, managing the UK & European investment tax structuring process with investments, managing tax risks, assisting with the development of strategic initiatives for the investments department and maintaining relations with the Fund's advisors, peers and with relevant government officials.

The Tax team will work very closely with other teams that directly support the different investment teams, such as the Legal team, that has also had significant growth in the last year.

As this is a new seat in London, it will be an exciting challenge for anyone who has a passion for M&A Tax matters across investments, looking for a hands-on role with a great mix of responsibility and autonomous working, all whilst being part of a small team in an international environment!

International Team:

To support the ongoing growth of the Fund, we established a permanent team in London. This enables the Fund to expand its global investment portfolio and build our international profile by having a permanent presence in Europe and hiring local specialists who will deepen our international relationships and support implementing local best practice based on local experience.

We have also opened and are in the process of building up our teams in the New York office also, following a similar plan to our UK operations.

In a small scale office environment, you will be exposed to professionals across all of our Investment Asset classes, as well as other functions required to support them, giving you the chance to build broad relationships, gain a deeper understanding of how each of these areas operate and get involved in activities outside of your immediate role or team.

Our office is based at 2 Pancras Square in the Kings Cross which is part of the Kings Cross redevelopment project which is one of the core assets of our investment portfolio.

You will join a group of dedicated and talented individuals in an environment underpinned by trust and respect. You will feel enabled to have both an interesting career and a fulfilling life because at AustralianSuper every role is flexible.

Your new role

What makes this role unique is that it has a broad range of responsibilities and mix of work streams, including working on structuring, general tax due diligence, legal documents, and investment modelling. As you will be working with three different investment teams across the real assets space, you'll have exposure to all different types of investments.

  • Managing the tax due diligence and structuring processes for UK & European investments (both direct and indirect) at acquisition and disposal.
  • Working closely with the internal and external third parties; advisors, Portfolio Managers, co-investors, and relevant tax authorities
  • Play a significant role as part of the deal team for each new investment
  • Ensure transaction documentation achieves the intended tax outcomes of the structure identified, collaborating with the Legal team
  • Ensure proposals comply with the relevant tax law and meet all requirements of the Fund's tax risk policies.
  • Work collaboratively with the Fund's stakeholders, ensuring all tax issues covering the whole of investment life cycle are identified for optimal implementation.
  • Assist with planning for the Fund's UK & European investment tax strategy, identifying preferred models/structures for making investments.
  • Help the internal Investment Managers on day to day queries on UK & European investments and potential investments.

You'll need:

You will be a dynamic individual, with a significant career to date within the M&A and/or advisory space in an investment tax capacity. As it's a small growing team, you will also ideally enjoy engaging with a range of different stakeholders and thrive on being hands on, assisting the internal teams, with:
  • Relevant degree or equivalent in Business, Accounting disciplines or Tax Law
  • Minimum of 6 years' experience within the M&A transaction space and/or within the relevant real asset investment space (Property or infrastructure investments etc)
  • Experience working in a Big4/Professional Services firm, and/or a superannuation or funds management environment.
  • Advanced understanding of taxation legislation in relation to investment markets and securities
  • Advanced analytical skills and high-level attention to detail mindset
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to present arguments in written and verbal format.
  • Understanding of accounting and taxation principles
  • Strong rapport building skills
  • Proactive and self-starter attitude, with a hands-on approach
  • Knowledge of superannuation funds' taxation requirements in a plus

What you will get in return:

Joining our team in London presents you with a unique opportunity to be a part of establishing the London operations. You will be responsible for helping to identify new opportunities for the Fund, while developing and embedding best practices that will enable continued growth and the success of the Fund outside of Australia. You will be relied upon to share your knowledge and experience that will enable us to continue to successfully grow the Fund and provide the best possible retirement outcomes for our members.

You will also have plenty of interaction with your colleagues in Australia, but this does at times mean you will need to be flexible in your working hours, as they do the same to be able to accommodate schedules and time differences. There may also be opportunities to travel to our international offices for learning and development purposes.

Furthermore, will you have the chance to work for a growing, dynamic, and authentic business that values integrity and puts its members first, but you get a whole host of other benefits. A competitive salary is on offer and your benefits include genuine flexible working arrangements, insurances, and generous leave entitlements to name a few.

We put members first in everything we do and are committed to the recruitment, development and support of a diverse workforce that share our values of Energy, Integrity, Generosity of Spirit and Excellent Outcomes.

What next

If you would like the opportunity to work in a challenging, growing and rapidly evolving team to deliver outstanding results, please apply now!

We are committed to the recruitment, development, and support of a diverse workforce into an environment which is inclusive, embraces diversity in all its forms and is a place where you can be you. All roles can flex at AustralianSuper and we're happy to discuss what this can look like for you.

Agencies please note: this vacancy is being managed directly by AustralianSuper's Recruitment team. We will contact our preferred agency partners should we require additional support. Thank you.
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