Global Tax Manager

Stanford University

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Global Tax Manager
Business Affairs: Financial Management Services (FMS), Redwood City, California, United States

Schedule: Full-time
Job Code: 4556
Employee Status: Regular
Grade: L
Requisition ID: 94453


Stanford University is one of a select group of American universities that have achieved eminence in both undergraduate and graduate education and in a broad range of academic disciplines. The University is internationally recognized for the quality of its teaching and research, its distinguished faculty and its outstanding student body. Our mission is to educate future leaders and promote interdisciplinary, world-class research and teaching. This passion makes Stanford an intensely creative, rewarding, and challenging place to work.

Stanford University is aware of the privileges and responsibilities conferred upon it through its not-for-profit status. Stanford's mission of education, research and service is strongly influenced by the support and confidence of taxpayers in general,by the University's supporters and in its role as a global citizen. To this end, Stanford establishes high standards of tax compliance.

Stanford's Financial Management Services (FMS) organization brings together several groups including the Controller's Office, Procurement Services, Office of the Treasurer, Global Business Services (GBS) and others. FMS' goal is to lead, drive and model best practices in financial management for the campus community. FMS promotes a culture of continual improvement. Within FMS, Global Business Services is responsible for the regulatory compliance and maintenance of the University's various non-investment foreign legal entities. The Global Tax Manager will have a significant role in researching, developing and implementing strategy for global tax compliance.


The Global Tax Manager will manage the administration and preparation of international related components of the university's information/tax returns,and the returns of its controlled entities'. He or She will monitor, direct and oversee tax compliance and manage the provision of corporate tax advice provided by professional services firms. The role is part of the Redwood City based finance/accounting operations team within the Global Business Services department of Stanford's Financial Management Services. The role will report to the Director, Global Finance Operations, and support Stanford's growing global legal entity footprint. This is a hands-on global tax role requiring experience in international corporate tax, international accounting, financial reporting and operations; the incumbent is expected to easily transition between strategic tax planning/structuring issues and tactical operational responsibilities. The Global Tax Manager will work closely and collaboratively with the client-facing consulting and advisory function within the Global Business Services team.

  • Manage the international aspects of the university's and controlled global operating entities and registrations's tax/ information administration and returns; develop timelines, manage preparation and review, tracking and analysis of income, losses, taxes, refunds, and tax authority correspondence.
    • Maintain all tax events of the global compliance calendar
  • Supervise in-house and outside tax accountants who prepare and review the tax returns. Prepare or review parts of the tax returns, both foreign and in the US.
    • Coordinate with in-country tax advisors on remittance of PAYE and withholding payments
  • Contribute to designing, developing and delivering complex policies and procedures with both short and long term impact.
    • Manage the University's transfer pricing matters and partner with multiple stakeholders to provide support on transfer pricing related issues
      • Handle transfer pricing analysis and reporting (including CbCR and Master File)
      • Manage and prepare transfer pricing documentation to support intra-group transactions in compliance with US and local regulations
      • Conduct regular internal review of transfer pricing policies in accordance with the latest tax regulation developments
      • Provide advice on transfer pricing implications for new business initiatives
      • Support transfer pricing audits, including responding to tax authorities on matters or queries relating to transfer pricing.
  • Develop and implement controls for tax compliance across university departments and programs; conduct compliance assessments; solve compliance issues.
    • Monitor compliance with tax regulations, especially related to emerging indirect tax risks (VAT, GST, DST).
  • Educate the university community regarding tax matters; design and deliver training and website content.
    • Ensure university international tax compliance by, and provide tax advice to, specific client departments, and serve as a subject matter expert within Global Business Services on specific tax issues (e.g. VAT, Global Mobility).
    • Excellent relationship management abilities. Global Business Services depends upon information from partners across the University, and the Global Tax Manager must be sensitive to and develop these relationships.
  • Provide tax advice on designated matters or to designated departments; provide tax research and execution support.
    • Review and analyze global projects, assessing them for operating and compliance risk to both project principals and participants, and to the University. This includes global mobility tax issues relating to individuals - employees and students.
    • Develop risk mitigation strategies and advise stakeholders on appropriate in-country structuring options. Coordinate with internal and external service-providers to implement appropriate in-country structuring.
    • Research foreign tax issues and work with in-country tax advisors on the coordination and preparation of tax returns.
    • Analyze the taxation of transactions and operations, generate options for structuring transactions in a tax efficient manner, and propose solutions that comply with tax law while respecting the client's business needs.
  • Document all existing processes and maintain desktop procedures. Identify opportunities for process improvements; lead process improvement initiatives
    • Self-Starter with the initiative to constantly improve the department. Must be able to prepare returns, develop policy guidelines, and training with only minimal assistance.
  • Manage audit defense process.
    • Manage foreign tax audits and inquiries and IRS audits related to international operating entities.


Education & Experience:
  • Bachelor's degree required. Advanced degree desired: Masters Degree in Taxation, CPA or JD desired.
  • Experience preparing international tax forms and maintaining tax workpapers required. Tax experience in a high-caliber firm, and/or in another large tax-exempt organization, preferred.
  • Minimum 5-7 years of applicable work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and relevant work experience, required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • International tax expertise, both corporate and individual.
  • Expertise preparing or reviewing tax returns applicable to Stanford's global operating environment, requiring knowledge of both not-for-profit and for-profit tax principles.
  • Strong substantive international tax knowledge and legal research skills required, as well as proven ability to translate tax knowledge and research into practical advice.
    • Knowledge and experience of US tax treaties, OECD transfer pricing and reporting principles (including country-by-country reporting, master file development and maintenance)
  • High attention to detail and strong analytical skills required. The Global Tax Manager is responsible for preparing returns of the highest quality.
  • High level of professionalism and integrity required, with a demonstrated ability to work productively with, and gain confidence of, all levels of an organization.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex data, especially in preparing returns using financial statement data and reporting on trends.
  • Demonstrated ability to educate groups of tax and non-tax professionals.
  • Ability to analyze and synthesize complex data; high attention to detail.
  • Demonstrated project management skills and ability to contribute/lead as part of a multi-functional team.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to clearly and effectively communicate information to internal and external audiences and client groups.
  • Ability to communicate technical information in an easy to understand manner. Ability to prepare high-quality correspondence to client departments, in-country consultants, and tax authorities.
  • Strong organizational skills, with ability to manage a range of projects simultaneously.
  • Stay current on areas impacting international taxation (e.g. changes to VAT, GST laws, transfer pricing, OECD regulations, FATCA, etc.)
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft applications, such as Excel, Word, Tableau, PowerPoint
  • Experience managing staff a plus

Certifications and Licenses:
  • Licensed attorney, CPA.

  • Constantly perform desk-based computer tasks.
  • Frequently sit, sort, file paperwork or parts, grasp lightly, and use fine manipulation, lift, carry, push and pull objects that weigh 10 pounds or less.
  • Occasionally write by hand, twist, bend, stoop and squat.
  • Rarely stand, walk, reach or work above shoulders.

  • May work extended hours during peak business cycles.

  • Interpersonal Skills: Demonstrates the ability to work well with Stanford colleagues and clients and with external organizations.
  • Promote Culture of Safety: Demonstrates commitment to personal responsibility and value for safety; communicates safety concerns; uses and promotes safe behaviors based on training and lessons learned.
  • Subject to and expected to comply with all applicable University policies and procedures, including but not limited to the personnel policies and other policies found in the University's Administrative Guide,

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link:

Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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