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Senior/Principal Tax Adviser

Role Summary

This is a fantastic opportunity in the Economic Policy team, working at the heart of CBI policymaking and influencing on tax policy domestically and internationally. Reporting into the Head of Economic Policy, the core of the role is to lead the CBI’s policymaking on international tax, including taxation of the digital economy. The role offers the individual unrivalled access to our network of tax professionals, including leading discussions on international tax at the CBI’s monthly forum of Global Heads of Tax. This involves strategic thinking and thought leadership, including CBI policy development and how to best deploy our key messages to Government, members and the media.

The individual should have a good awareness of the tax policy landscape and tax debate in the UK and a wider understanding of the international tax framework and recent developments (including the OECD’s BEPS initiative, US tax reform and tax challenges arising from digitalisation) would be beneficial. The individual will have strong written and verbal communication skills, and the ability to think strategically and work at pace.

The role is available from June. Applicants should be Senior or Principal Advisor level. 

Key Responsibilities:

Policy lead on international tax

  • Ensure CBI members’ voices continue to be heard throughout the ongoing implementation of BEPS recommendations (including both UK and EU measures)
  • Support the CBI’s Tax in a Modern Economy campaign by leading the workstream on the challenges arising from digitalisation, leading the CBI’s response to developments at the OECD, EC and UK Government
  • Work with members to address the international tax consequences of Brexit transition, working closely with colleagues in the CBI’s EU negotiations team
  • Ensuring CBI policy recommendations are credible and realistic in light of the fiscal and economic context, and that CBI tax policy recommendations are coherent with other areas of policy

Communication & Lobbying

  • Drafting clear and compelling CBI consultation responses on international tax briefs
  • Finding innovative ways of presenting and justifying our policy asks and the narrative holding them together, both written and verbally, and working with the press team to maximise media pick-up
  • Working with CBI economists to pull together economic analysis to support policy asks
  • Building strong working relationships with stakeholders in key institutions including Treasury, HMRC, OECD and EC and making a compelling case for our policy asks when lobbying
  • Represent the CBI at key international meetings, including Business Europe and BIAC

Interaction with members

  • Act as secretariat for the CBI’s International Tax Working Group of member companies and present on international tax issues at the CBI’s Taxation Committee
  • Deliver valuable insight for members on the latest developments on international tax
  • Seek broad participation of members in forming CBI policy positions, building and maintaining regular contact with a range of members

Briefing and team working

  • Providing briefing for senior CBI staff meetings with the Chancellor and other economic ministers on international tax issues
  • Work with account managers, marketing and sales teams to identify commercial opportunities and keep them up to date on engagement and opportunities for their members
  • Develop a strong working relationship with the CBI’s overseas offices

Knowledge & Experience

What an individual must know or understand to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements

  • A good knowledge of the tax policy landscape and the tax debate in the UK and a wider understanding of the international tax framework and recent developments would be beneficial
  • A keen interest in tax and economic policy with an awareness of UK politics and government
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work autonomously and manage projects
  • ACA, CTA or ATT qualified (desirable)


The behaviours and characteristics required to be able to fulfil the role’s requirements

  • Collaborative – Listening, seeking views and sharing information; constructively challenging when appropriate
  • Taking ownership – Ensuring delivery and holding others to account; can influence, irrespective of hierarchy
  • Agile – Proactive and responsive to provide a strong member service; responding positively to shifting priorities
  • Commercial – Awareness of the wider business environment
  • Innovative – Exploring, sharing and integrating best practice; generating new ideas and challenging a mind-set of “what we’ve always done”
  • Analytical – gathering information and using logic to analyse, problem solve, evaluate risk and make decisions

How to apply

For all applications please email your CV to The closing date for applications is Friday 4th May. 

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