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Director of Compliance & Tax

Steptoe & Johnson

Steptoe & Johnson

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Tuesday, October 31, 2023
Steptoe & Johnson LLP, a Washington, DC-based Am Law 100 law firm, is seeking a Director of Compliance & Tax, to be based in any U.S. office: Chicago, DC, Los Angeles, New York, or San Francisco. This role is responsible for all aspects of the firm’s global tax compliance, including but not limited to, income tax, revenue tax, value added tax, state and local tax, property tax, and personal tax related to international assignments. This position will provide strategic guidance to firm leadership on tax and compliance implications of expanding markets, new acquisitions, and changes to laws and practices.

Essential Functions

  • Manage preparation of the firm’s annual tax filings, including distribution of Schedule K1 (and other similar schedules) to the firm’s partners, as well as quarterly estimates of taxable earnings.
  • Primary contact for firm partners on tax related questions. Manage the annual election process of firm partners into composite tax returns.
  • Independently maintain knowledge of upcoming and recent developments in taxation globally that may impact the firm’s tax position.
  • Implement new tax strategies to reduce the firm’s and individual partners’ tax liabilities.
  • Provide written advice to the firm’s Chief Financial Officer and Tax Matters Representative on tax positions and strategy.
  • Continuous evaluation of the firm’s global tax strategy to minimize global tax liabilities.
  • Manage the calculations of fixed asset depreciation for tax purposes and reconcile against book.
  • Provide advice on employee mobility and permanent establishment issues.
  • Ensure the firm’s expenses are managed and recorded in a tax efficient matter.
  • Manage determination of tax equalizations for partners on international assignments.
  • Coordinate with People Operations to ensure benefits and other employee programs are tax efficient. Support the People Operations team in the firm’s annual employee benefit plan audits.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor of Science in Accounting or other related field.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
  • 7 to 10 years of relevant tax experience and a minimum of three years supervisory experience. A strong preference to candidates who have previous professional services experience.
  • Deep experience performing compliance work for large multi-state and international partnerships.
  • Knowledge of complicated tax subjects and, as importantly, the ability to explain them to others who are not tax experts (firm partners) including, but not limited to, pass through entity tax, value added tax, foreign tax credits, and permanent establishment issues.
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Excel.
  • Excellent oral, written communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Strong detail-orientation and organizational skills.

Success Factors

  • Adept at handling concurrent projects and competing priorities in a high-volume, fast-paced and deadline-driven environment.
  • Ability to maintain and discuss confidential and sensitive information.
  • Demonstrated ability to drive innovation and change.
  • Strong management, organizational and interpersonal skills, including the ability to effectively interface with and build strong working relationships with firm leadership, attorneys and administrative staff.
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and ability to think critically in a pressure-filled and fast paced environment
  • Ability to work collaboratively.
  • Outstanding management, leadership, mentoring and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to interact with all levels of Steptoe employees, vendors, clients and court personnel.

Work Environment

  • Non-smoking environment.
  • Must be available to work beyond regular days and hours.
  • Must be able to work under tight deadlines and in stressful situations.

The anticipated base salary for this position is $225,000. The actual base salary offered will be dependent upon the applicant’s experience and qualifications, as well as other job-related factors, including but not limited to, relevant skills, education, certifications or other professional licenses held, and if applicable, geographic location.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP will consider qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the City of Los Angeles Fair Chance Ordinance.

Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Steptoe & Johnson LLP is an equal opportunity employer EOE/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, mental or physical disability, genetic information, or any basis proscribed by applicable statutes.