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Safaricom Limited Tax Manager Job in Kenya

Safaricom Limited is the leading mobile telecommunications company in Kenya. 

We are at the forefront of the industry and always seek to attract and retain talented, creative and innovative team players who are excited by the opportunity of pushing the frontiers of this evolving technology, growing our services, exciting our customers and contributing to our community. 

At Safaricom, we take pride in our talent and develop them to realize their maximum potential!

Manager - Tax
Reporting to the Senior Manager - Tax the job holder’s key responsibilities will be to;
  • Review tax exposure points in the business on an ongoing basis to ensure the company is not exposed to penalties for non compliance or misinterpretation of legislation;
  • Review cost  and revenue structures of Safaricom and proactively advice areas on  of tax savings
  • Follow up actively with legislative bodies i.e. KRA to ensure that new legislation has no adverse impact on Safaricom and where possible on Safaricom trading partners by taking an active role in advocacy in telecommunication industry matters;
  • Monitor legislative tax incentives to ensure that Safaricom cash resources are not unnecessarily constrained by payment of taxes which could otherwise have been avoided;
  • Provide proper guidance to technical section on wording of forecast presented to ministry of finance and how to link the same to invoices to ensure smooth VAT remission procedure;
  • Follow up import duty payment process to ensure tax payments are accurately worked out per the correct HS codes of goods imported, all import documentation filed and payments made directly to customs from Safaricom’s account.
  • Ensure that Monthly Tax returns are prepared accurately and submitted to KRA in accordance within the stipulated dates;
  • Handle tax audits and ensure that audit issues are followed up and closed in a timely manner.
  • Ensure that Tax planning and forecasting reports are prepared quarterly and availed by 15th of the first month in the quarter and liaise closely with forecasting section to provide the best estimate tax figures for senior management usage;
  • Prepare tax computation for the purposes of final audited accounts and ensure that input from external tax consultants is kept at a minimum and filling of annual returns is done on time
  • Ensure monthly reporting schedules are prepared as per timetable.
The ideal candidate should possess the following skills and competencies:
  • Bachelor degree from recognized university;
  • Full qualified Accountant with CPA (K)/ACCA/CIMA/ACA a must;
  • 6 years accounting experience of which 3 years should be post qualification experience in finance with specialization in one or two areas of financial accounting i.e. fixed assets, stock accounting, revenue reporting, profit and loss accounting;
  • Experience in tax planning and proactive management of tax issues
  • Ability to quickly implement new Tax legislation and  correct advise of  accounting implications;
  • Hands on experience working with accounting Systems e.g. Sage, Oracle, SUN system, Hyperion etc
  • Strong analytical skills and a keen attention to details;
  • Self driven, results oriented and an ability to work without supervision
If you meet the requirements and are self driven, proactive and up to the challenge, please send your resume and application letter quoting the job reference number to the address below.

All applications must be delivered on or before Friday 22nd February 2013.

Senior Manager - Talent Acquisition
Safaricom Limited
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