Tax Manager

Federations & Major Events
Wembley , United Kingdom
Full Time
8 / 06

Full description

Finance means investing big in people...

Are you an experienced finance professional looking for a new challenge?

The FA are excited to be searching for a Tax Manager who will manage the Group's tax affairs. The successful candidate must be a qualified Accountant or Chartered Tax Advisor, who has previous experience in a tax department of a medium, to large practice.

About the Team

The Finance team works with every part of the FA, managing all things money. That means ensuring business plans and budgets are kept on track, getting the right suppliers on board - and enabling investment in the game where it needs it most. From strategy and insights to day-to-day, this team's about more than numbers. They're helping decide the game.

What will you be doing?

Compliance & Reporting:

  • Manage tax in accordance with The FA's Tax Strategy and Tax Governance Framework and keep these up to date.
  • Support Commercial Finance in the preparation of corporation tax forecasts for the annual budget, medium-term financial plan and scenario analysis as required.
  • Preparation and submission of UK corporate tax computations and quarterly instalment calculations.
  • Responsible for year-end tax provisioning and disclosures in the statutory financial statements.
  • Perform detailed review and analysis of quarterly VAT returns, including preparation of cleardown journals.
  • Review of internal processes/databases to ensure tax compliance in all areas is efficiently managed so that comfort can be provided for SAO sign-off.
  • Support the Payroll team with ad-hoc employment tax compliance, including reviewing annual PSA returns.
  • Build and maintain a comprehensive permanent database of tax information and establish project files for specific tax advice that can be easily referenced.


  • Manage all the tax affairs of the Group, covering corporation tax, VAT and PAYE/NIC and ensure advice across all taxes is consistent, giving consideration to both UK and foreign taxes.
  • Manage exposure to and assess risks of major taxes to the Group and proactively initiate tax projects.
  • Ensure the group is proactive in its tax planning and review material contracts/projects to ensure they are set up in most the tax-efficient way.
  • Be the main point of contact for the business on tax issues and proactively partner with the rest of the business (Legal/HR/Procurement/Property etc.) to support decision-making making, providing relevant and practical advice.
  • Assess the impact of new and proposed UK tax legislation and update the business accordingly.


  • Build and manage strong relationships with HMRC and HMT and professional tax advisors for FA Group and County FAs.
  • Build and manage the relationship with key stakeholders including payroll, commercial finance, financial operations, financial accounting, and the external auditor etc.


  • Executes additional tasks as required to meet FA Group changing priorities.
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures to ensure the highest standards of health, safety and wellbeing can be maintained.
  • As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.

What are we looking for?

Essential for the role:

  • Qualified accountant (ACA/ACCA) or Chartered Tax Advisor (CTA) - minimum 2 years PQE.
  • Experience in tax department of a medium to large accounting practice.
  • Building and managing strong relationships both internally and with external organisations.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to disseminate technical information clearly and concisely to a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to cope under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
  • Understanding of the broader impact of decisions and ensuring all stakeholders are appropriately engaged.
  • Proficient skills in Microsoft Office, particularly Excel.

Beneficial to have:

  • Relevant operational finance experience.
  • Good understanding of the football/sports industry.
  • Thomson Reuters OneSource Tax experience.
  • Microsoft Great Plains (GP) Accounting system experience.

What's in it for you?

We are committed to ensuring everyone can flourish in their roles, to achieve this we have unique office spaces under the arch of the iconic Wembley National Stadium, which is the home of English Football. We are also delighted to offer a world-class, Elite Performance Centre, St. George's Park in Staffordshire which is an exceptional setting to develop and inspire high-performing England teams and leaders.

We pride ourselves in offering a competitive salary as well as great opportunities to develop and grow in your role. But that is not all; we also have a range of exciting benefits, some of which can be found below:

  • Access to event day tickets at Wembley Stadium, alongside a host of regular internal events throughout the season encouraging you to connect and learn with your colleagues and look after your mental health and wellbeing.
  • Free, nutritious lunches, at Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park.
  • Free private medical cover.
  • A contributory pension scheme.
  • An additional Thank You days leave, volunteering days as well as 25 days annual leave.
  • A hybrid working model offering flexibility on where you work.

For more information on what it is like to work at The FA, please visit our FA Careers page,

Our Organisation

The Football Association [The FA] is the not-for-profit governing body of football in England. It is responsible for promoting and developing every level of the game, from grassroots through to the professional game, and generates significant revenue to support investment into English football each year.

The FA oversees England international teams across men's, women's, youth and disability football, as well as running the National League System and FA Competitions including the Emirates FA Cup, Barclays FA Women's Super League, FA Women's Championship, and Vitality Women's FA Cup, and the world-class facilities of Wembley Stadium and St. George's Park, all with a purpose to Unite the Game and Inspire the Nation.

We currently work within a hybrid working model whereby the expectation is to work from your contractual location for part of the week, and as and when required by the team. The remaining days can be worked remotely. We will continue to monitor this model and it may be adjusted in future if deemed necessary.

Your contract with The FA will specify a fixed location of either Wembley Stadium, St. George's Park or our Processing Centre, unless the role is advertised as a homebased contract. The contractual location of this role can be found at the top of this advert on our FA vacancy page.

The FA, For All, For You

Our equality, diversity and inclusion strategy forms an integral part of our long-term commitment to using our influence across English football to create a game free from discrimination.

A Game For All outlines three key strategic commitments - Lead the Change, Be the Change, and Inspire the Change - which will ensure tackling discrimination remains a core priority for English football for years to come.

We are a diverse workplace, aspiring to represent football across the country. The Football Association actively promotes inclusion and diversity, encouraging you to be the best version of yourself at work.

We welcome applications from everyone and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. If you have any particular requirements in respect of the recruitment or interview process, please mention this during your application.

As part of The FA's commitment to ensuring a safe environment for everyone in football, every employee will be required to complete a DBS check. The level of the check required will be based on the activity of the specific job role and in line with legislation and government guidance.


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