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Global Tax Manager

Irwin & Dow

Dubai, UAE

Ref: NP447-1326

Job description / Role

Employment: Full Time

This role is a unique opportunity to provide highly complex tax expertise to a leading organisation specializing in the provision of staff to challenging countries across the globe, post humanitarian disaster and political turmoil. Based at the Head office in Dubai, the company continues to win awards annually for its efforts and particularly within the empowerment of women. The CEO is also involved in many advisory and philanthropic Senior Leadership Committees and Boards.

With manpower in countries predominantly across the Middle East, Africa and Asia, the successful candidate will possess extensive tax and finance knowledge of each country in order to improve the efficiency of all payments, transactions and relationships with the relevant county’s banks. You will therefore work closely with the wider finance and legal teams to ensure due diligence and signatory protocol is established within approximately 25 conflicted countries. A highly complex role, you will also establish strong relationships with the personnel and local partners on the ground in order to gain insider knowledge to enable rapid reporting mechanisms that are in line with the overall finance requirements, via the use of Sage ERP. The Tax Manager will work side by side with the Finance Controller (also based in Dubai) and oversee the finance teams in the relevant countries on a daily basis. Therefore, communication at all levels of seniority across all functions is a key aspect of this diverse role. Travel is not an overly frequent requirement, but flexibility in this regard is expected, particularly when information is difficult to obtain and relationships become challenging, impacting transactions and tax compliance due diligence.

This exciting role is not a traditional industry or corporate Finance and Tax Manager, and therefore the successful candidate will possess strong communication skills and exceptional knowledge of complex tax and banking issues in highly challenging regions. These challenges must not only be fully understood, but constantly improved upon through the development of strong relationships with all stakeholders (both internal and external) involved in the process.


It is mandatory that you hold a finance degree and additional ACCA financial qualifications. The number of years of experience is not essential, but an ability to understand the challenges of this role and improve overall transactional protocol in countries with little or no banking infrastructure is absolutely required. The successful incumbent should also possess the ability to understand the business very quickly and implement change with maximum impact.

About the Company

Irwin & Dow was established by two highly experienced recruitment professionals, Tracey Irwin and Jocelyn Dow. We provide a refreshing approach by working in close partnership with clients and candidates within the Business Support, Secretarial, HR & Finance sectors.

Good staff are key to every business. We recognise and appreciate this, having over thirty years combined recruitment and executive search experience within the region.

Our main aim is to provide a specialist service to clients preferring to work with a bespoke consultancy.

Our values of discretion and diplomacy are paramount and our ultimate goal is to become a partner of choice for all our clients and candidates.

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