Job Description

Group Tax Manager

  • Kuwait City


Group Tax Manager is responsible for Kuwait tax operations as well as overseeing the tax operations of Zain entities (collectively the “Group”), including tax planning and strategy, compliance, tax audits, and tax accounting matters affecting the Group. Principal functions and major areas of responsibilities of the Group Tax Manager include the following:
• Development and implementation of:
o Group corporate tax strategy.
o Tax planning initiatives aimed at optimizing the Group’s tax cost.
• Development of tax policies, processes, and procedures designed to add value to the Group and improve the following:
o Reporting on the tax compliance processes.
o Identification of tax opportunities and threats.
o Identification and recommendation of the optimal tax position or strategy.
• Supporting the Group’s Head of Tax by examining worldwide tax legislations, including corporate taxation, withholding taxes, VAT, and other relevant issues.
• Supporting the Group Functions and Group entities’ tax departments and working with external tax
advisors and consultants.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Responsible for the preparation of tax reports, analyses and technical memoranda documenting various tax issues affecting the Group.
  • Responsible for compliance with international tax reporting requirements, including Country-by-Country reports and other BEPS requirements.
  • Advise internal stakeholders on international tax issues, such as creation of permanent establishment, foreign withholding tax (WHT) requirements, value-added tax (VAT).
  • Advise internal stakeholders on direct and indirect tax consequences of agreements and contractual arrangements between the Group’s entities and with third-party vendors.
  • Ensure completion and filing of all applicable tax returns (CIT, VAT, WHT, etc.) for the Group’s entities
  • Develop and communicate tax policies, procedures and processes, and internal control procedures and ensure compliance therewith.
  • Develop tax planning initiatives by applying international tax laws, foreign tax laws and double tax treaties to minimize WHT, foreign taxes, and domestic taxes on foreign income.

What Do You Need to Qualify

  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.S. or BBA) in Accounting, Finance, or a related field.
  • MS/MBA (in Business Taxation) or MST strongly preferred.
  • CPA certification (or CPA candidate) is a plus.
  • 5+ years of experience in corporate and international taxation.
  • International tax planning and structuring experience.
  • Technical knowledge of tax accounting.
  • Transfer pricing experience.
  • Fluent in both Arabic and English languages.

About Us

Zain is the pioneer of mobile telecommunications in the Middle East. We began life in 1983 in Kuwait as the region’s first mobile operator, and since the initiation of our expansion strategy in 2003, we have expanded rapidly. Today, we are a leading mobile voice and data services operator with a commercial footprint in 7 Middle Eastern and Africa countries with a workforce of over 7,500 providing a comprehensive range of mobile voice and data services to over 48.9 million active individual and business customers as of December 31, 2021.

Job Overview

  • Operations:

    Zain Group

  • Location:

    Kuwait City

  • Contract Type:

    Full Time Employee