BLT handle a wide range of opportunities in Indirect Tax & Management Consultancy. Have a browse of current live vacancies, or if you don’t spot anything that would suit, do feel free to send us your CV at or give us a call on 020 7405 3404 to discuss your specific requirements – bear in mind we don’t advertise all of the roles we handle!

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VAT MANAGER: Big 4 firm’s Consumer Products Team, London – £Appropriate

  • This Big 4 firm has a clearly defined slot in their team that advises clients in the consumer products and life sciences space
  • The likely recruit will have strong VAT advisory experience, and will likely be an existing VAT Manager in a professional services firm (or the equivalent in industry).
  • Aspirational Assistant Managers who can prove their capabilities at Manager level will also be considered.

There is a palpable drive to develop the VAT offering in this firm, as evidenced by some heavyweight joiners this last year. It’s a great place to be – a real collaborative team environment in which to maximise your potential.

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VAT COMPLIANCE MANAGER (Spanish or Portuguese Speaker), Brighton, UK – up to early £30’s + Benefits

This is an ambitious, fast-growing VAT services firm, characterised by collaborative team working, and an entrepreneurial outlook. They pride themselves on their relaxed, friendly and supportive working environment, and look to marry the integrity of the top professional services firms with the dynamism of an independent boutique. Supporting their clients with cross-border VAT Compliance is at the core of their offering, and their sizeable compliance team is diverse, multicultural, fast-paced and dynamic.

  • Clients drawn from all over Europe and beyond
  • Based in Brighton – a vibrant, cosmopolitan seaside town, less than an hour from London.
  • The Compliance Manager role involves submitting complex VAT returns for their largest clients. Responsibilities include:
  • Submitting declarations i.e. VAT returns, EC Sales, Intrastat as required
  • Maintaining and developing relationships with agents & tax authorities
  • Peer review to ensure accuracy and consistency of returns and declarations submitted
  • Providing Account Management services for key clients
  • Researching and confirming legislative changes.
  • The successful applicant will have at least 2 years’ plus experience of working in VAT compliance (either in-house or in professional services roles). They will possess the ability to consider risks involved when submitting VAT declarations and can apply sound judgement and logic.

The firm is especially interested in candidates who have experience of VAT compliance in the Mediterranean countries; this role requires the ability to work in English at a proficient level and fluency in Spanish and/or Portuguese would be advantageous but is not essential.

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VAT MANAGER or ASSISTANT MANAGER: Top 20 practice, London – £35,000 – £60,000 depending on experience

  • Growing VAT practice, where you’ll join a Partner led existing team of two VAT people
  • Client-wise it’s a complete mix across a range of different sectors

Your role will include:

  • Providing an advisory service to clients and develop relationships with internal referrers and existing clients
  • Preparing VAT registration applications, complex VAT returns, and research under the guidance and supervision of the Indirect Tax partner
  • Liaising with clients and HMRC
  • Monitoring deadlines and client obligations.

If you like the idea of being a key cog in the development of the VAT service line, then look no further.

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VAT ASSISTANT MANAGER / MANAGER: Mid-tier firm, Reading – £to attract

  • Great opportunity to work as part of this national VAT practice.
  • You’ll be joining a well-established local VAT team in Reading, and will work closely with your VAT colleagues across the region as well as nationally.
  • Client base is a great mix of multinationals as well as smaller clients; the firm is part of an international network.

This firm’s VAT practice is really going places, having taken on a number of senior Indirect Tax hires over the last few years. If you like the idea of playing a part in helping them meet their aspirations, then do give us a call to discuss.


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UK CUSTOMS MANAGER, Port Talbot – £40,000 – £60,000 + bens

A newly created role with a large multinational business.  Working as part of the Group Tax Team you will be the sole UK based Customs resource for the business and will be responsible for internal and external relations regarding customs and import issues.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Providing customs expertise as necessary to support the AEO Project and should the business become AEO certified, responsibility for maintaining the AEO certification.
  • Designing and implementing processes and procedures to facilitate the importation of goods from 3rd party countries and ensuring all import and export customs requirements are met.
  • Making an active contribution in centralising and optimising UK processes currently performed by different departments as well as (partly) outsourced to 3rd parties.
  • Acting as a point of expertise to advise and instruct the business on all customs related matters, including dealing with ad hoc customs queries and supporting internal departments such as purchasing, sales and logistics with advice, information and instructions on relevant (legislative) changes.
  • Keeping abreast of new and emerging (European) customs legislation, court rulings and guidelines and taking a proactive approach to implement changes throughout the business to ensure activities are carried out in an efficient and compliant manner.
  • Taking responsibility for stakeholder engagement, including raising awareness of customs requirements throughout the business and providing internal training where required.
  • Working with the business to optimise internal administrative systems, including IT processes, which are necessary in order to support customs compliance, including defining and supporting implementation of the solutions required to meet requirements and reviewing performance of vendors used to deliver the service.
  • Ensuring robust and efficient systems are in place to ensure compliance with all requirements, including taking an active role in the selection of vendors used to deliver customs brokerage services and assisting with system changes.
  • Working with VAT colleagues to, manage intrastat activities with foreign VAT compliance obligations.
  • Liaising with HMRC and other regulatory bodies including supervising and handling physical and administrative checks by customs authorities
  • Contributing to relevant consultations and participating in industry focus Groups to represent the interests of the business
  • A priority will be dealing with customs consequences of Brexit and ensuring that compliance obligations are understood and systems/processes are in place to ensure additional requirements can be met.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Extensive demonstrable experience in a customs or international trade support position and with an in-depth knowledge of customs laws and regulations relevant to a multinational manufacturing company supplying international markets.
  • Change management/project management experience.
  • Highly Proficient with IT software, including experience in relevant Windows packages (word, excel, powerpoint) is essential. Familiarity with SAP and customs-related software is desirable.

Please get in contact for a confidential discussion and for a full copy of the job description.

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CUSTOMS & EXCISE MANAGER, Lancashire – c£53,000 + bonus + bens

A new role with this major player in the drinks industry.  Reporting to the Indirect Tax Manager and joining an established tax team you will be responsible for maintaining and developing Customs and Excise processes whilst ensuring compliance with HMRC regulations.

Key tasks:

  • Sustaining knowledge of Customs and Excise regulations and how they impact company operations
  • Responsible for accurate Excise Tax reporting
  • Maintain Excise Duty Management System SOPs
  • Conduct internal and external warehousing compliance audits
  • Managing compliance to EMCS and Import/Export obligations
  • Provide training in systems and processes, and provide routine guidance to internal stakeholders
  • Manage testing of any excise related systems enhancements
  • Assist in the development of Customs & Excise related projects

Essential requirements for the role:

  • Experience of working within an excise controlled environment
  • In-depth working knowledge of Customs and Excise regulationsand a strong compliance mindset
  • Computer literate to include a thorough understanding of SAP/Microsoft Office tools
  • Ability to manage time effectively and work unsupervised
  • Able to demonstrate good communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Excellent team player building relationships across functional areas

The role will involve travel to various locations in the UK.  For further information including a full job specification please get in contact.

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CUSTOMS MANAGER, London – £Attractive

A newly created opportunity to join a large team of Trade & Customs specialists, based out of the London offices but working with clients across the whole of the UK and beyond. Within the team they have deep specialists in areas such as valuation, classification, origin and suspension /reliefs. They work closely with colleagues in Indirect Tax, other areas of Tax such as Transfer Pricing, and the wider Advisory business and offer a wide range of services including pure advisory, reviews and preparation of reclaims.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Working closely with directors and partners who will provide you with the support and opportunities to assist you in realising your full potential.
  • Providing high quality Indirect Tax advisory services on a broad range of indirect tax issues to a range of clients
  • Maintaining, developing and ultimately managing strong relationships with clients
  • Developing innovative solutions and opportunities for clients
  • Assisting in the implementation of business development initiatives
  • Leading and managing large client projects
  • Delegating work to and reviewing work carried out by junior members of the team from both a technical and commercial perspective
  • Developing and managing more junior members of the team from both a technical and commercial perspective
  • Advising on technical issues
  • Developing and managing more junior members of the team

Experience and Background

  • Takes personal responsibility and accountability for their work;
  • Is driven and committed;
  • Is ambitious and motivated to grow personally;
  • Seeks out feedback and development opportunities; Identifies and pursues business opportunities;
  • Sustains a high level of drive, shows enthusiasm and a positive attitude when coping with pressure at work

To apply you will need to have gained Customs and International Trade experience in consulting or in-house environments and have a good technical understanding of the main technical areas.  A great opportunity to expand your technical knowledge and progress your career in a supportive environment.

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