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PKF is the 11th largest accountancy brand and the 9th largest audit practice in the UK. We are also an active member of PKF International, a global network of legally independent accounting firms that gives us an on the ground presence in 150 countries around the world with access to more than 20,000 people across 440 offices globally.

We provide a full range of audit, accountancy, tax and advisory services, and are experts at simplifying complexity. We are particularly well-known for working with complex clients with challenging issues in fast-moving and highly technical areas, such as the insurance industry, the global capital markets and the not for profit sector. Our aim is to understand people, the organisations they run, and what matters to them, so we can simplify complexity and help them achieve their ambitions.

Introduction to Tax

Our tax service line covers five key areas: Corporate Tax, Human Capital, Indirect Tax, Private Clients and Tax Disputes. The team has grown significantly in recent years and has ambitious plans for the future.

We work across all sectors, with specialisms in insurance, property, technology, international businesses, high net worth individuals and globally mobile individuals.

Our corporate clients include everything from family businesses and start-ups, to listed clients and international businesses. We provide specialist corporate and business tax advice on both a local and international level, which includes senior accounting officer and large business compliance, transaction services, due diligence, R&D tax relief, employer solutions and global mobility. We also support both the personal and business affairs of partnerships and LLPs


Purpose and aim of the role

The role requires an ambitious, confident individual, with a strong academic background to join the growing Corporate Tax Team as a Transfer Pricing Associate.

The successful candidate will be a member of the Team, responsible for assisting colleagues in the Transfer Pricing and Corporate Tax Teams in servicing clients, covering the complete cycle of transfer pricing advisory and compliance work.

Transfer pricing projects can involve:

  • Planning and design of transfer pricing policies for all transaction types (including tangible goods, services, intellectual property and financing) covering various business operating models
  • Preparation and review of transfer pricing documentation including benchmarking studies e.g. Master Files, Local Files and Country-by-Country Reporting
  • Review and guidance on implementation of transfer pricing policies e.g. financial and operational testing of policies, comment on agreements prepared by legal advisors
  • Review pricing of intercompany financing arrangements
  • Thin capitalisation reviews
  • Transfer pricing risk reviews of cross-border operations and remediation advice
  • Advance Pricing Agreement and Mutual Agreement Procedure cases
  • Dispute resolution with tax authorities
  • Awareness of broader tax considerations of transfer pricing policies and cross-border operations e.g. withholding taxes, VAT/customs duties and permanent establishment risks

The team has an entrepreneurial culture and offers accelerated learning with high exposure to client relationships. Training and coaching will be provided to support ongoing professional development.

The team is growing and promotion opportunities will be available in the future for a successful and ambitious candidate.

Client Responsibilities

The tax team deals with a broad range of transfer pricing advisory and compliance work, emanating from a wide variety of clients.

Key responsibilities to be carried out are:

  • Liaison with the wider tax team, tax audit and accounting teams and other service lines in respect of upcoming work and delivery timetable
  • Management of deadlines in a timely manner in respect of client work allocation
  • Responsibility for adherence with the firm’s risk management procedures and some administrative tasks

Special work/ad hoc assignments

Work may include the following:

  • Tender proposals support
  • Tax audit support
  • Due diligence support
  • Assistance in defence and resolution of tax authority enquiries
  • Liaison with PKF International
  • Assistance in team and firm marketing initiatives

People Management

PKF Littlejohn believes strongly in encouraging the personal development of each member of staff and the firm supports and provides internal and external training courses as well as professional updates on technical and non-technical subjects.

Person Specification

  • Minimum of a 2.2 degree, attained or expected
  • Minimum of 112 UCAS points (2017 tariff), from three A Levels (excluding general studies), or equivalent
  • GCSEs Grade 5/B in Maths and English Language

Personal Attributes 

  • Analytical thinking
  • Ability to generate workable solutions to problems
  • Takes responsibility
  • Completes work to a high standard of accuracy
  • Questions existing ways of doing things
  • Completes tasks on time
  • Uses initiative
  • Able to cope with the pressure of high and varying workloads
  • Willing to take advice
  • Flexible in approach to work and willing to learn new skills
  • Good written skills
  • Able to communicate effectively and keep others informed
  • Job Type: Graduate Job
  • Area of Specialism: Tax
  • Degree Result Required: 2:2
  • Location: London
  • Salary: £Competitive
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