Indirect Tax VAT – Assistant Manager

Cape Town

For a sophisticated global business, managing international tax has never been more important. With international tax making front-page news, confirming tax affairs are handled appropriately plays a vital role in planning efficient and sustainable tax strategies, and maintaining a strong brand reputation. Our clients look to us to do just that, and as an Indirect Tax Assistant Manager, you’ll be at the heart of that goal. The Assistant Manager role is highly collaborative and analytical. You will support our teams from a diverse range of industries and sectors in navigating a dynamic and complex global tax environment.


We are seeking a talented self-driven individual to provide support and add depth to our Indirect Tax (VAT) team. The individual will be responsible for delivering high quality VAT audits and growing the business by networking and managing key relationships with our clients and our Assurance business. In addition, the successful applicant will from time to time execute on VAT health checks, due diligence reviews and general VAT consulting.


Key Responsibilities

You’ll be heavily involved at all stages of the project life cycle, making this a high-profile opportunity to take on a wide range of responsibilities and diversify your skills and experience. You will also work effectively as a member of a worldwide network of professional advisors, sharing responsibility, providing support, maintaining communication and updating senior team members on progress. You will be expected to conduct VAT audits and interpretation of the VAT Act and to be able to identify exposure in respect of VAT audits. You’ll also be the consultant and liaison with SARS & clients, providing opinions on VAT scenarios for clients

Skills and attributes for success

Ability to collaborate with a team of indirect tax professionals to combine diverse cross -border experience with local tax knowledge across a broad spectrum of industries
Ability to drafts technical opinions
Financial services experience
Exposure to controversy and appeals
An ability to actively maintain and develop distinct relations with clients and our Assurance business
An ability to network and grow the business by working closely with our Assurance business
An excellent communicator, analytical, organised, structured and result orientated approach to work
Current relevant knowledge of the VAT Act and relevant case law
Attention to detail
Strong planning and organizational skills
Ability to tolerate pressure
Self-starter with high energy levels
An ability to work with people and always maintain a work / people skills balance
An effective time manager, planner who is extremely client focused
Team player
To qualify for the role, you must have

CA(SA), relevant Legal Degree or a related field with strong academic credentials
3 – 5 years of experience
PC proficiency
Ideally, you’ll also have

MBA, Masters of Tax, JD and LLM a plus
What we look for

You’ll proactively maintain your technical knowledge by keeping abreast of developments in Indirect Tax trends and issues so that you can better advise our clients. In return we’ll provide investment in the right sort of training and offer you the opportunities that will develop and challenge you so that you’re in the best place to develop your career.

The types of project you’ll contribute towards may include:

Expansion into new markets
Organisational structure rationalisation
Business model redesign
Managing the risk arising from global law changes
What working at EY offers

As one of our valued employees in EY, you get to work with inspiring, meaningful and challenging projects. Our focus is education and coaching alongside practical experience to ensure your personal development. At EY we value our employees and you will be able to control your own development with an individual progression plan. You will quickly grow into a responsible role with challenging and stimulating assignments. In addition to these, you will be part of an interdisciplinary environment that encourages high quality and knowledge exchange. Furthermore, we offer excellent working conditions, in a stimulating, inclusive and enjoyable environment. We offer:

Support, coaching and feedback from some of the most engaging colleagues around
Opportunities to develop new skills and progress your career
The freedom and flexibility to handle your role in a way that’s right for you
About EY

As a global leader in assurance, tax, consulting, strategy and transaction services, we hire and develop the most passionate people in their field to help build a better working world. This starts with a culture that believes in giving you the training, opportunities and creative freedom to make things better. So that whenever you join, however long you stay, the exceptional EY experience lasts a lifetime.

If you can confidently demonstrate that you meet the criteria above, please contact us as soon as possible.

Join us in building a better working world. Apply now.