Direct Tax Manager

Role: Direct Tax Manager 

Function: Finance (Tax)

Location:  Dunstable, Bedfordshire

Position: Permanent


We have an exciting opportunity for a Direct Tax Manager based at our Support Centre in Dunstable, Bedfordshire. Reporting into the Head of Direct Taxes, delivering UK tax planning benefits and ensuring tax compliance across multiple brands including Premier Inn and Beefeater. The role will cover both corporate and employment taxes as well as being responsible for ad–hoc tax advisory work and the preparation and submission of tax returns for all Whitbread brands.

We are the UK's leading hospitality company, a FTSE 100 organisation. We own successful brands such as Premier Inn and hub by Premier Inn, we have over 750 hotels and over 70,000 rooms across the UK, Germany and the Middle East. We are also proud to own over 420 restaurants across the UK including Beefeater, Brewers Fayre and our newer brands Bar + Block and Cookhouse & Pub. We have exciting plans to deliver our strategy that innovates and grows our core UK and international business, always keeping our customers at the heart of what we do.


Working alongside and as part of a highly qualified, specialist tax team, your focus will be on:

  • Preparation of the UK corporation tax returns across the Group
  • Ensuring compliance with all UK claims, elections, returns (including the group's roll-over claims and Group Filings such as the Group Payment Arrangement, Group Relief Matrix, Corporate Interest Restrictions)
  • Preparation of R&D claims (liaison with the relevant business units and managing relationship with advisers). Review of capital allowances claims (and liaison with advisers). Preparation of partnership returns
  • Ensuring compliance with UK-UK transfer pricing legislation and the managing the preparation of the Group’s Masterfile
  • Liaising with HMRC on the group's day to day corporation tax affairs, including handling all tax enquiries and other correspondence into the group's corporation tax position
  • Managing the UK aspects of international tax but also responsible for managing the group’s overseas compliance obligations for all territories (i.e. including Middle East, Ireland, Jersey, Isle of Man, Guernsey but excluding Germany)
  • Review set up tax position of any new sites or offices
  • Managing the outsource of the year-end and interim Group tax disclosures under IFRS. This will involve providing data to our advisers & reviewing their outputs, managing the process, preparing associated technical file notes to support uncertain tax provisions, impact of tax developments etc, responding to auditor queries
  • Preparation of tax disclosures for the statutory accounts
  • Preparation of the PAYE Settlement Agreement
  • Dealing with ad-hoc employment tax issues, e.g. IR35, Global Mobility
  • The preparation of monthly Construction Industry Scheme returns
  • Delegation of work and coaching to UK Tax Analyst


What we are looking for: 

  • A qualified accountant and / or tax specialist (ACA, ACCA, CTA)
  •  Experience of working within a consultancy environment
  • A technically strong tax professional with a strong knowledge of corporate tax compliance and tax accounting, a broad general awareness of other taxes, and who thrives in a team environment
  • Outstanding stakeholder engagement and management


What we can offer you:  

  • A market competitive base salary
  • Up to 30% annual bonus  
  • A genuine flexible working policy
  • Optional contributory pension matched up to 10%
  • Up to 25% discount off our brands
  • Car or Car allowance option
  • 25 days annual leave + bank holiday pro rata