Director, Global Tax Operations Florida

Full time
Based on experience
florida 08/03/2019   Full time Based on experience

Direct report to the Vice President, Global Tax and responsible for overseeing Global Tax Operations across all consolidated brands (Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara Club Cruises and Silversea Cruises). This is a hands-on role which requires attention to detail, as well as ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously in a dynamic and fast paced environment. Key functions of the Director, Global Tax Operations role include (1) overseeing ASC740 process and reporting globally, including review of journal entries, preparation of review of provision workpapers, analysis of tax accounting pronouncements,(2) Oversight of global tax compliance, including (i) overseeing team members that prepare U.S. federal income tax filings, U.S. state income tax filings, U.S. sales and use tax filings, and Misc. U.S. compliance and reporting (ii) liaising with foreign finance teams who are responsible for non-US tax compliance, (iii) maintaining global tax calendar and protocols and (iv) oversight over (3) Maintenance of select SOX tax controls (e.g., tax reconciliations) for the Tax Department (or similar tax control requirements globally, e.g., UK Senior Accounting Rules) (4) Responsibility for Tax Forecasting and Variance Analysis, and (5) Oversight over local statutory financial accounts as related to tax (e.g., tax footnote disclosures). The Director Tax Operations works closely with the Director, Tax Strategy to ensure new business initiatives or tax law changes are considered in Tax Operations matters, and also works closely with other internal stakeholders, including International Finance or Managing Directors, Internal Audit, Legal, External Financial Reporting, Treasury, Revenue Management, IT, Global Tour Operations, etc.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Primary responsibility for all aspects of Global Tax Operations, including (1) global tax provision (2) global tax compliance (3) Managing SOX controls or other similar global requirements as related to tax operation function (4) forecasting and variance analysis and (5) Statutory accounts.
    • Responsible for all aspects of accounting for income taxes (ASC 740) for all subsidiaries, including quarterly tax provision workpapers and journal entries (including OneSource Tax provision workpapers), analysis of tax accounting literature, and SEC compliance n
    • Liaison with management and external auditors on tax accounting issues
    • Lead U.S. tax operations team responsible for preparation of tax return and return to provision adjustments for U.S. federal income tax filings; U.S. state income tax filings, U.S. sales and use tax filings, U.S. property tax filings and other Misc U.S. tax compliance filings as relevant.
    • Oversight of the tax returns and return-to-provision adjustments for the Company’s international subsidiaries, including active collaboration with International finance teams to ensure timely and accurate filing of foreign tax returns
    • Maintenance of global tax compliance calendar and ensure global adherence to Company Global Tax Compliance Protocols
    • Develop and maintain appropriate internal controls in place over accounting for income taxes and global tax operations matters. This includes preparation, review and presentation of all global balance sheet tax reconciliations quarterly to the Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, and well as maintenance of the UK Senior Accounting Rules (SAO) rules and control testing.
    • Lead team responsible for S. income tax forecast and variance analysis, and compilation and presentation of global variance analysis monthly to internal stakeholders.
    • Review of statutory accounts as relevant for tax, including review and tie out of income tax footnote
    • Manage, oversee and defend audits or litigation related to U.S. federal or state matters, and support Director, Tax Strategy in maintaining and supporting documentation or data necessary for global tax audits where required
    • Act as a liaison with outside tax counsel and directs projects for which such individuals are engaged, including tax return prepares.
    • Support the Vice President Global Tax in consulting regularly with internal departments such as international finance, legal, accounting, commercial development, IT, etc., as relevant to Global Tax Operations function
    • Ensures that tax positions, restructuring or new business initiatives / structures are correctly reported on timely filed tax returns and income tax provisions.
    • Develop and execute strategy as related to tax technology, including deciding what subscriptions/tools are required, managing relationships with tax technology providers, (Thompson Reuters & BNA, etc.)


Job Requirements


    • Experience: minimum eight years experience in Public Accounting or ten plus years industry experience in Tax Department, including experience in global/multinational tax operations
    • Degrees: Advanced tax degree and/or law qualification, LLB
    • Certifications: Chartered Accountant, Chartered Tax Adviser, CPA or JD (CPA preferred given tax accounting focus)
    • Spanish preferred but not required


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Strong ASC740 background and experience in an global/multinational company or environment
  • Familiarity with systems such as JDE, Essbase, Hyperion, OneSource Tax Provision preferred
  • Typical PC and software skills including Microsoft Excel, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook, tax research tools and databases (
  • Ability to work in a fast paced environment and handle multiple projects and competing priorities simultaneously
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to effectively lead team
  • Strong analytical and reasoning skills.
  • Strong technical research skills.
  • Excellent judgment and the ability to make decisions and assess acceptable levels of business risk.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with executive management, including the ability to simplify technical jargon.
  • Ability to read, analyze and interpret general business periodical, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to write reports and business correspondence.
  • Ability to simplify, condense and communicate technical information and respond to questions from groups of executives, managers, clients, customers and the general public.
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram or schedule form.