Head of Tax

Job Locations UK-Homebased - UK
Posted Date 4 months ago(17/8/2022 7:27 AM)
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Mercia Group

Company Outline


Mercia logo Nov 2020


Job Role: Head of Tax

Location: UK Remote with some UK travel as required

Salary:  Highly competitive package 


Why do we want you?

You are a tax professional who really knows their UK tax.


You are qualified to ACA or CTA standard or equivalent and you have a passion for and up to date technical knowledge, in the field of UK tax


You have demonstrable leadership and people management experience and you are able to translate technical tax knowledge into compelling, written and verbal practical guidance and presentations for accountancy practitioners.


A bit about us.

Wilmington plc is a company with a difference. Over the years we’ve grown by acquisition and as such we have many unique businesses in our portfolio.  Mercia Group is one of them!


Mercia Group is one of the leading providers of training and support services to the UK accountancy profession, working with over 8000 firms nationwide. 

Main Purpose of Role

In this role you will be the owner of the technical quality of Mercia's tax content, including: in courses, marketing support products, manuals, reviews and technical query services, and to support the tax technical team.  


Along with being the custodian of our tax content, you will perform regular technical work including writing and presenting high-quality technical presentations, answering the tax technical query helpline, supplying technical content and/or undertaking high quality independent and objective file reviews to evaluate accountancy practices' compliance with regulatory standards.


You will also be a key representative of Mercia with regulatory bodies and communities.



  • Be the face of Mercia's tax division (internally and externally) and help raise and maintain its profile.
  • Owns (in conjunction with the technical director) the technical quality of Mercia's tax products and services.
  • Support, coordinate and lead the recruitment, retention and training of team members, which will include promoting further training when skills gaps have been identified.
  • Operating technical quality control processes overall tax output.
  • First point of call for planning the effective use of the tax technical team resource.
  • Production of high-quality training materials that are technically correct, up to date and practical and valuable for our clients.
  • Presenting agreed topics in the medium and location has been determined to best suit the client and achieve Mercia's strategic direction.
  • Work closely with and support our Product team. This includes contributing to the technical, client and competitor intelligence used to make Product decisions and liaising with the Product Director and Managers when updating or creating a product to ensure that client needs are met and product solutions can be iterated to our Sales and Marketing teams.
  • Brand advocate for Mercia.

If this sounds like the type of role you could both do and enjoy, why not submit an application and see where it takes you.

Skills and Experience Required

We always support colleagues to develop their skills but to be successful in this job you really do need to already be able to tick most of these boxes...


We know it’s not a skill, but the successful candidate must have permission to work in the role’s location by the start of their employment.


You will also need;

  • Excellent technical knowledge in the field of taxation, with an ability to grasp changes and have the required skill to translate your knowledge into written and verbal practical guidance to meet the needs of accountancy practitioners.
  • Qualified to ACA or CTA standard or equivalent with sufficient post qualified practical experience in a professional environment.
  • The ability to undertake a high degree of research to stay abreast of the changing regulations.
  • Excellent commercial awareness of the UK accounting profession.
  • Ability to apply technical knowledge clearly and practically to a range of client firms and situations.
  • Experience of presenting courses or undertaking file reviews in the accountancy profession is desirable. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and above-average competency with the English Language to tackle sophisticated writing assignments. Must be able to effectively liaise with clients, staff and external parties.
  • Ability to map quality control systems and monitor their operation.
  • A high degree of organisational and project management skills.
  • Good people manager to get the best out of the senior team and support their development.
  • Tax product development experience is desirable.

You need to be the kind of person who …

  • Is highly skilled and knowledgeable in the field of taxation
  • Has advanced verbal and written communication and presentation skills (relating to all kinds of people, forming effective relationships, using diplomacy and tact)
  • Is an organised self-starter, able to work without direct supervision.
  • Has a desire to understand the overall Mercia strategy and ability to align themselves to that strategy.
  • Is always looking to learn and remain technically up to date.
  • Loves to work with clients to give great service and deal with issues quickly.
  • Is a team player. Always happy to help and support colleagues and go the extra mile.
  • Has the ability to forge relationships and demonstrate the Wilmington and Mercia values
  • Is used to working to tight deadlines and under pressure.
  • Is a confident and competent presenter.
  • Is keen to look at different ways of working and not afraid to implement changes. 

Before you go....

We are Wilmington plc

Wilmington plc is a portfolio made up of a specialist brands providing custom solutions to customers across the globe from over 10 different offices. We provide a wide range of products including specialist information and data, and high quality training and education, to help professionals manage Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC) and Regulatory Compliance challenges. Find out more about our core purpose and how we help our customers do the right business in the right way.


Our two divisions, Intelligence & Training, are underpinned by the work of experts in their field, including data and technology specialists and highly skilled practitioners who deliver our training and education solutions.


Our ambition is to have the best people work with us at Wilmington, delivering their best work because we care about them, include them and empower them. We will  support you, develop you and recognise you.


Why join us?

We are a dynamic business, providing a huge number of products to a wide range of customers. Therefore we understand the power of diversity, and we celebrate the innovation and creativity that can be achieved through our own unique experiences, knowledge, and perspectives. We love to build teams that showcase our individuality and creativity, building our positive culture across our organisation.


Our work provides variety, development and the opportunity to be part of a committed community of over 700 colleagues in 8 countries worldwide. Our environment is encouraging, supportive, and committed to individual, business and team growth; one where people love to join and make an impact. We embrace new ideas and fresh thinking, we overcome challenges together, and we rely on each other to bring innovation to life. At Wilmington, we work hard to help each other grow and succeed.


What do we offer?

Joining Wilmington means you’ll be part of a dedicated team, committed to providing high quality services and support to our customers. Our people are empowered to learn and develop themselves, and being part of our team, we provide the opportunities for you to grow.


We offer a great core benefits package which includes performance related bonus, pension and life assurance. We also offer a flexible benefits package so you can tailor your benefits to suit you ie additional holiday purchase, healthcare, subsidised gym memberships, cycle to work schemes and discount vouchers.


We have a hybrid working framework that balances flexible working with providing the space for collaboration and learning from each other.


We care about the physical and mental health of all our colleagues. We provide an extensive range of wellbeing resources so that everyone feels supported, and has the best opportunity to do their best work.



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The Legal Bit!

The statements above are intended to describe the general nature and level of work performed by employees assigned to this role. Statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities and skills required for this position.


*Please note that this role may remain advertised until an offer of employment has been made.



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