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If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right…by Tariq Siraj

Many of us use the turn of the year as a symbolic point to make resolutions, start afresh and take a new approach. Usually things we know we should have been doing anyway but, hey, you need to start somewhere.

I didn’t really make any specific resolutions this year, but I have been thinking on a broader level about improvements, about how to make things just that little bit better. How do I make processes run a little smoother at work? What new approaches can make the team perform on a higher level?, how can my wife and I find that extra time (and energy) for each other when we both work and have a toddler and a crawler at home? Read More

BLT: In-house Indirect Tax Recruitment

It’s been a particularly great six months for in-house Indirect Tax recruitment round here at BLT; we’ve successfully filled all but one of the permanent in-house Indirect Tax opportunities that we have been engaged on since March 2017!  A fair few more currently in train….but we’re delighted with how things have gone so far this year.

We’re not exactly known for blowing our own trumpet, but in an age where the temptation is for some companies is to shove an advert up on Linked In and see what happens, we’d suggest that this isn’t the most productive way of recruiting into such a niche area like Indirect Tax – you’ll save yourself time, money and an awful lot of aggravation by coming straight to the specialists. More often than not, you’ll likely get either no responses, a few of mostly dubious quality or applications from broader based tax/accounting specialists who haven’t got the deep specialist experience required! We’re regularly called upon to ‘rescue’ a recruitment assignment when direct sourcing or other larger, less specialised tax recruiters have failed. So why is this? Read More

BLT: Indirect Tax Partner/Director Recruitment

Well what an unusual couple of years it’s been. The Brexit referendum, Trump, economic uncertainties, and often terrifying news here in the UK and abroad – all have been causing havoc with making predictions for the future. Invariably, the first question that we get asked at BLT is ‘What’s been the impact on the Indirect Tax job market?’ – and its not been a simple question to answer.

Certainly, some areas of the market have been affected by the ups and down of the last couple of years: the numbers of junior VAT hires taking place, the regularity of Indirect Tax contracts, in-house roles on mainland Europe/Switzerland all spring to mind as examples. Read More

Management Consultant → Search Consultant: A well-trodden path – by Tariq Siraj

A broker, consultant, strategist and relationship manager walks into a bar. She takes a seat, orders a drink and chats away to the barman.  Actually scrap that, it’s not a bar it’s the HQ of a Fortune 500 firm, the drink is a glass of water and the barman is the COO.  It’s not a joke – it’s a true story.

Where am I going with this? Well the first obvious point is that the broker, consultant, strategist and business developer are all one person.  The second point is that there’s clearly a very successful business developer hiding amongst that skill set too. Read More

Is it worth paying over the odds for a special talent or a special brand? by Tariq Siraj

Even for non-football fans I’m sure the transfer of Brazilian football star Neymar from Barcelona to PSG in Paris caught your attention. It’s intriguing for lots of reasons, not least because the transfer fee of €222 million (£200 million, $265 million) is more than double the previous world record and at first glance completely ridiculous.

But it got me thinking; is it sometimes worth paying seemingly over the odds for a special talent?

Neymar clearly qualifies as such – he is by most expert’s view one of the best players in the world. PSG’s Qatari owners clearly agree and clearly think the investment is a sound one.

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