BASEL OFFICE - Senior Manager VAT



The Senior Manager VAT will be responsible for managing the indirect tax position of the group in different countries, including overseeing the compliance and reporting delivery and identifying new requirements, with a strong focus on VAT. Additionally, he/ she will partner with the finance teams to implement and/or maintain policies, processes and administer the period end close process. You will become a pivotal member of the tax team and work collaboratively with the Tax Director on a variety of ad-hoc projects whilst promoting awareness across the business.

The Senior Manager VAT reports directly to the Tax Director.




• Provide indirect tax advice to business and finance teams

• Clarify VAT treatment of new transactions and identify Indirect tax obligations linked to activities in new markets and/or new cruises itineraries and document

• Monitor and analyze proposed and newly enacted VAT / indirect tax legislation, administrative position, rulings, court cases, for matters that impact the indirect tax position of the company, and propose strategic action steps as needed, balancing risk mitigation with costs to the business

• Manage special projects

• Oversee and accountable for the VAT compliance process including:

o Ensuring that master data are maintained and ERP VAT configuration set-up correctly

o Developing, improving, and documenting VAT compliance processes and controls

o Ensuring timely submission and accuracy of VAT filings prepared by tax accounting team and external advisors

o Documenting VAT registration status and filing position of different group entities in various countries

o Implement tax technology solutions where relevant to drive efficiency and transparency

• Maintain contact with VAT Tax Authorities and manage VAT audits

• Partner with Finance Team for the administration of period end close process, ensuring relevant deadlines are met

• Work effectively with internal and external auditors

• Collaborate with external tax advisors

• Supervise a team and support their work and development, fostering a high-performance culture and a diverse workplace




• Certified Swiss tax expert (or equivalent)

• 10+ years of total work experience in the areas of European and international VAT

• Experience with complex tax structures, compliance processes and tax technology

• Possesses and demonstrates real analytical skills and can apply a logical approach to new challenges

• Experience organizing a large volume of information and identifying and deploying automation tools/solutions

• Be a strong communicator and possess an ability to develop trusting and credible relationships at all levels of the business and across various teams

• Have a questioning and inquisitive mind - not afraid to ask questions or challenge convention, nor to drive improvements and efficiencies as appropriate.

• Be flexible and adaptable, understand the overall goals of the team and actively seek to help achieve them

• Experience in managing teams and developing talent

• Willingness to “roll up your sleeves” and perform original work

• Solutions-oriented mindset

• Ambitious, enthusiastic and looking to progress within a reputable and fast-moving organization.

• Excellent German and English skills (written & verbal)

• Experience in the cruise industry and Microsoft Dynamics is an asset

• Stress resistant, calm under pressure, team player and with a positive appearance

• Must be able to work independently




• Flexible working hours

• Onsite employee restaurant (including complimentary soft drinks, juices and coffee)

• Regular company events, e.g. sports games, barbecue, cooking classes

• A dynamic and fast-growing environment where you can drive your future

• A free cruise for you and your +1 every two years

• Discounts on cultural events and sports activities


Please apply via our website including your CV and cover letter in English.

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