Sales Tax Manager - Canada

Lafarge North America - Mississauga, ON (30+ days ago)

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Why work for Lafarge?:
Lafarge in Canada is proud to provide construction solutions in the buildings, infrastructure and industrial segments. These solutions are built with high performance products from our cement, aggregates, ready-mix concrete, asphalt and road construction, and concrete products divisions. From the use of alternative materials and recycling to renewable energy, Lafarge's focus is to develop innovative products that can contribute toward sustainably constructed building solutions. Lafarge takes personal growth and development to heart, and provides resources for our employees to take control of their own careers. Through our commitment to communities, to the health and safety of our employees and their families, or through the many volunteer hours of our employees, Lafarge demonstrates our care for people. If you want to work in an environment that values hard work, entrepreneurship, and collaborative teamwork, Lafarge is for you. Building Better Cities is what we do. Come Build a Better Career with us! More information can be found at www.lafarge.ca/en/careers .

Overview:
Reporting to the Canadian Director of Tax, the Canadian Sales Tax Manager will

Manage all aspects of Lafarge Canada’s Sales and use tax and Excise tax compliance and audits, tax planning, business advisory, and the business processes (SAP Tax engines);
Manage the annual GST/HST pension plan computations and annual insurance excise tax returns;
Lead multiple Federal and Provincial sales and use and excise tax audits, as they arise and negotiate issues / settlements (issues up to $1M+);
Manage and ensure corporate compliance for sales and use and excise tax for the Lafarge Canada group of companies (timely and accurate filings of 40+ returns per month to avoid fines and penalties; total annual sales tax liability $300M+)
Monitor, and develop tax policies and procedures, including field-training company personnel on best practices;
Act as a specialized subject matter expert for and advise senior management in Canada of the sales and use and excise tax impact of acquisitions and divestitures and day-to-day transactions, including identification, development and implementation of best practices to reduce cash tax exposure and liability;
Supervise, mentor and develop staff; and
Lead and manage other special projects as assigned.

In addition, the Sales Tax Manager – Canada will work closely with and provide back-up to the Canadian Income Tax Manager during peak working periods.

Responsibilities:
Manage the preparation and filing of approximately 40 federal and provincial monthly sales and use tax and excise return filings;
Manage all Canadian sales tax audits including the negotiation of minimum settlements;
Manage and direct the ABS (Americas Business Services) tax analyst;
Be a specialized subject matter expert on Canadian sales & use and excise tax for the business, ABS and NASC (IT group);
Assist in the resolution of P2P and O2C Canadian sales tax issues;
Develop recovery and exception tools in conjunction with ABS;
Minimize Lafarge Canada’s sales and use taxes through development of tax planning solutions, ongoing communication and training for business units and ABS;
Advise management on the sales tax effects of their business activities, investments and divestitures, including tax due diligence. Propose strategies to minimize tax liability;
Manage sales tax reviews in conjunction with external experts to identify and obtain tax refunds;
Overall responsibility for the direction and maintenance of SAP Canadian sales tax tables;
Ensure adequate internal controls are in place to protect the organization from non-compliance with taxing authorities;
Analyze all new tax legislation or changed administrative practises and communicate to affected parties as appropriate;
Research and develop reasonable, supportable positions in writing for all tax-sensitive transactions;
Work closely with the Tax Director, the Income Tax Manager and others on indirect tax and other tax-related projects that have a high dollar impact to the company’s P&L and balance sheet;
Demonstrates a commitment to communicating, improving and adhering to safety policies in all work environments and areas;
Maintain personal and corporate integrity in all actions.

Relationships with Others Jobs:
The Sales Tax Manager reports to the Director of Tax, Canada who in turn reports to the VP Tax
Close interaction with Business Units, Regional Finance Staff as well as the North American Business Services group
Close interaction with other members of the tax team

Number of subordinates

Indirect: 1 ABS employee

Qualifications:
Education and Work Experience:
Undergraduate degree in Finance, Accounting, or Business
Professional accounting designation required (CPA or Equivalent)
Minimum 6-8 years of progressive Canadian sales and excise tax experience in public accounting and/or industry; including participation in tax research and planning projects.
Exposure to British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan Provincial Sales Tax is an asset
Exposure to Canadian income tax legislation and compliance is an asset
Completion of CPA Canada in-depth GST/HST course

Knowledge and Skills:
Excellent Canadian sales and excise tax knowledge (Federal and Provincial laws, rules and regulations)
Experience in the building materials industry an asset
Experience with SAP Canadian sales tax management
Exceptional organizational and supervisory skills
Demonstrated strong judgment abilities
Excels as an individual contributor, is curious and overcomes knowledge gaps effectively
Ability to evaluate, analyze and prioritize work under tight timelines and problem solve a variety of tasks simultaneously to ensure timely and accurate completion
Able to work as a member of diverse teams including members from different functional areas (including Treasury, Accounting and Finance) and locations and the ability to function as a team leader of such teams
Experience with online research tools
Experience with automated sales tax solutions
Excellent written and verbal communication skills as well as presentation skills
Good negotiating skills an asset

Job Specific Competency Profile (Lominger):
Action Oriented
Business Acumen
Customer Focus
Developing Direct Reports and Others
Drive for Results
Interpersonal Savvy
Problem Solving
Process Management
Technical/Functional Skills

LafargeHolcim:
Why work for us?

Working for Lafarge offers a wide variety of career opportunities that utilize your abilities and skills to contribute to a better world. In addition to local and global developmental opportunities, we provide employees with competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits plan, a health & wellness program with financial incentives, an extensive global e-learning platform and much more! More information can be found at:

www.lafarge.ca

We thank you for your interest. Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. Lafarge is committed to the principles of employment equity and encourages the applications from women, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities.

Lafarge Canada Inc. welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. In Ontario, our organization/business is committed to fulfilling our requirements under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.