shaw gibbs - accountants and business advisers
accountants & business advisers

VAT Associate -- Oxford or Farnham

Shaw Gibbs is a growing top 50 accountancy practice who provide expert solutions for entrepreneurial businesses and private individuals in Central and Southern England. Shaw Gibbs invest in their teams of high-quality specialists who work with the best-in-breed technology to create value for our clients which exceeds expectation.

Our culture is very important to us and is based on our company values of expert, respectful, innovative and collaborative. We develop high performing teams diverse in experiences, backgrounds and ideas. As a growing company, there are plenty of opportunities for development and quick progression. Our practice is known for having a friendly and supportive team culture where everyone receives training and development to increase their technical knowledge and their commercial and management skills. We put our people first and are constantly looking for ways to improve our people experience. With respectful as one of our values, we are committed to creating an inclusive culture that respects, values and celebrates cultural and individual differences.

We have several offices in Central and Southern England and have ambitious plans to expand our business. To support the organisation’s growth, we have created a new opportunity for a VAT Associate to join our VAT team in either Oxford or Farnham. This is a permanent full time role with hybrid working and flexible working options (flexing your hours on different days to suit your lifestyle).

The Role

Your key responsibilities will include:

·         Contributing to the efficient and successful delivery of indirect tax services to the client

·         Liaising with staff, assisting and advising where necessary

·         Providing technical relevant advice on a range of Indirect Tax matters, supporting your decisions with appropriate knowledge of legislation, case law, and technical analysis

·         Liaising and negotiating with HMRC on behalf of clients

·         Planning and managing assignments ensuring these are completed to a high standard and within budget

·         Providing clients confidence with their VAT systems by conducting in-depth reviews of their business tax systems to establish if their VAT is being dealt with thoroughly and accurately

·         Providing support to the wider business with demand led VAT queries

·         Assisting in promoting the VAT advisory service both internally and externally

  • Dealing with HMRC correspondence, telephone calls and enquiries
  • General support to the VAT team as required

What we can offer you

  • Exposure to a broad range of clients across many industry sectors such as healthcare, property, advertising and PR. These will include sole traders, partnerships, landlords and trusts
  • A comprehensive induction to help you get up to speed

About You

A minimum of 2 years UK practice experience, preferably within a VAT team. The following attributes would be preferred:

  • Experience of providing VAT advisory services within practice or industry
  • Demonstrate good judgement of risk & be commercially minded
  • Strong analytical skills
  • ACCA qualified or part qualified with the desire to become CTA qualified
  • Experience & willingness to network
  • Experience of communicating with HMRC
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Organised and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Strong aptitude for IT - able to pick up new technology quickly
  • Can do attitude, positive
  • Confident, tactful and discreet manner
  • Strong team spirit but also effective working independently

How to Apply

To apply for this vacancy, please send your CV to

For more information on working at Shaw Gibbs, please visit

Additional Information

Shaw Gibbs is an inclusive employer and we are committed to providing equal opportunities to all candidates by ensuring a comfortable and accessible interview experience. We understand that some individuals may have specific needs or require accommodation/adjustments during the recruitment process. If you require any adjustments to ensure your recruitment experience with Shaw Gibbs is as inclusive and accessible as possible, please let us know at your earliest convenience via email.

We believe that diversity makes Shaw Gibbs a stronger firm and we look to employ people with different ideas, styles and skillsets. This diversity stimulates a rich, creative environment – one in which our people develop, and our clients enjoy enduring results. We’re committed to recruiting, promoting and rewarding our people solely based on their ability to contribute to Shaw Gibbs’ goals, without regard to their sex, gender, race, disability, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age or marital status.

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