Manager, Tax Strategy in Miami, FL at Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd.

Date Posted: 9/17/2019

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Position Summary:

Responsible for supporting the Director, Global Tax Strategy in overseeing global tax strategy, including tax planning,  enabling business initiatives and expansion tax efficiently, minimization of tax risk globally, select forecasting and variance analysis, and audit examinations by taxing authorities.  This is a hands-on role which requires attention to detail, the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a dynamic and fast paced environment, the ability to effectively collaborate across multiple departments, internal and external stakeholders, and cultures (given the global nature of the role), and the ability to communicate complex tax rules to business partners/stakeholders in a simple and concise manner.   As a number of the assignments in this role are project based or open-ended outcome, the job requires a high degree of critical thinking and problem solving skills (i.e., how can we enable the business to achieve its objective, within the parameters of the global tax laws? How can we best present a position or defence under a tax audit?)  Although tax compliance and tax accounting are overseen by the Tax Operations team, the Manager Tax Strategy is required to work closely with Global Tax Operations team to ensure that tax positions and new business initiatives are correctly disclosures on tax returns and provision. 


Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Support Director, Tax Strategy in advising executive management of the tax implications of business activities and initiatives.
  • Analyze, develop and implement strategies for transactions, acquisitions and other initiatives to minimize tax risk and maximize tax efficiency, and communicate those strategies, including risks and implications to operational stakeholders and senior management
  • Monitor case law and tax legislation, and advice and document potential impacts they may have on the Company. 
  • Conducts research to determine the international direct and indirect tax impact and consequences of proposed business activities internationally.
  • Enable and monitor compliance with key tax strategies implemented (e.g., Section 883 monitoring, UK tonnage tax compliance; other credits and incentives). 
  • For assigned countries or companies, manage transfer pricing documentation and policy
  • For assigned companies, prepare income tax forecast, and performs variance analysis monthly.   
  • Act as a liaison with outside tax counsel and directs projects for which such individuals are engaged, including global transfer pricing documentation.
  • Support the Director, Tax Strategy in consulting  regularly with internal departments such as  legal, accounting, commercial development, Corporate Development, Treasury, Corporate Strategy, Finance, Foreign finance teams and Operational teams in order to enable business initiatives, transactions, contracts, business arrangements, etc.,
  • Support the Director, Tax Strategy in formulating audit strategy and managing global tax audits.
  • Support the Director, Tax Strategy in tax aspects of M&A related transactions (due diligence, structuring, divestitures, etc)
  • Team with Tax Operations to ensure tax positions or new business initiatives / structures are correctly reported on timely filed tax returns and income tax provisions.  


Job Requirements


  • Bachelor Degree in Accounting/Business and Master's Degree in Taxation or Juris Doctorate [JD] with specialization in International Tax required.
  • Minimum 5 year at a national or international public accounting firm or law firm or 5-8 years large in-house corporate tax department preferred.
  • Certified Public Accountant,  JD required or Tax  Specialization required
  • Strong analytical and reasoning skills, excellent judgment and the ability to make decisions and assess acceptable levels of business risk.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with senior management, including the ability to simplify technical tax jargon.
  • Ability to analyze, and interpret general tax periodicals, professional tax journals, foreign countries tax laws and regulations. 
  • Ability to write technical tax memos and business correspondence.
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint,  Tax Research Tools (CCI, RIA Checkpoint, Lexis Nexus, IBFD) plus in-house experience with tools such as JDE, Essbase, Hyperion
  • Strong plus if familiar with RPA  tools such as Altyerx, Blue Prism and data visualization tools such as PowerBI, Tableu

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