Senior VAT Compliance

Job id:  33250
Job location: 

Madrid, ES

Colt provides network, voice and data centre services to thousands of businesses around the world, allowing them to focus on delivering their business goals instead of the underlying infrastructure.

Reporting: Indirect Tax Manager

Location: Madrid, Spain



Role purpose

The primary responsibility of the role will be to support the VAT Manager with ad hoc advisory and compliance deliverables.

You'll acquire experience in process governance and controls, preparing and reviewing both in-house and outsourced VAT returns.

Furthermore, you'll handle statutory/internal audits and reporting requirements to both internal and external stakeholders interacting with cross-functional teams and dealing with multi-locational customers across Europe.

You'll be joining a global team of 6 people between VAT and transfer pricing team.


Key accountabilities

  • Support and coordinate compliance deliverables provided by Colt’s outsourced VAT provider.
  • Handle statutory/ internal audit and support VAT audits
  • Drive process Governance within the VAT team
  • Identify and implement process improvement opportunities
  • Identify and timely escalate potential issues to the Reporting Manager
  • Assist Indirect Tax Manager with Tax queries from the Business desirable but not essential
  • Support such other projects as may be assigned from time to time
  • Carry-out monthly/ quarterly/ annual variance analysis


Role specific requirements


  • Understands what ‘service’ must be provided to customers and delivers this flawlessly.
  • Follows through on customer enquiries, requests or complaints – making sure that the customer has received a response even if not responding in person.
  • Keeps all promises they make, always delivering to agreed deadlines.
  • Hands over work that is complete, accurate and of high quality, to ensure that no re-work or questioning is required, minimising disruptions in our ability to deliver.
  • Drives own personal development to gain the right skills and experience to be able to perform their job to the highest standard.
  • Exhibits honesty, openness, integrity and ethical behaviour
  • Punctual and prepared for meetings, contributing opinions, ideas and questions to improve the outcome of the meeting.
  • Develops and uses methods to share information on their role with others within their team, ensuring that everyone understands how to work together.
  • Shares responsibility and provides support when necessary.
  • Be aware of Colt information security, business continuity, quality and other ISO or equivalent policies/ industry standards and discharge duties against them as appropriate.
  • Identify risks related to process and information security and treat/ mitigate the same as appropriate.




  • Newly or Part qualified Chartered Accountant.
  • Minimum of 3 years’ work experience handling EU/UK VAT Compliance / Advisory.
  • Must be able to work with a high deal of accuracy.
  • Analytical bend of mind.
  • Good written and verbal communication, as well as presentation skills.
  • Should be able to relate to multi-cultural European customers.
  • Ability to work under significant pressure and commitment to meet stringent timelines.
  • Must possess the skills to work cross-functionally, identify best practices and ensure standardisation.
  • Keen to take up extra responsibilities.
  • Mind-set of excellent process execution and continuous improvement.
  • Good command of Word, Excel and Power Point.
  • Must be inquisitive, open to learning and keen to pursue any opportunity for self-development.


In addition to offering competitive salaries and incentive plans, a range of benefits and local rewards packages are offered to staff. Colt recognises the importance of a work life balance.

Some benefit examples are:

  • Flexible working and relaxed dress code
  • Two days annually to spend on volunteering opportunities
  • Flexible benefits scheme
  • Access to a virtual business school for on-going learning
  • Business mentoring


Inclusion, and valuing diversity of thought and experience, is at the heart of our culture here at Colt. From day one, you'll be encouraged to be yourself as we believe that’s what helps our people to thrive. We welcome people with diverse backgrounds and experiences, regardless of their gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, religion, disability, neurodiversity, age, marital status, pregnancy status or place of birth.

Please speak with a member of our recruitment team if you require adjustments to our recruitment process to support you. For more information about our Inclusion and Diversity agenda and activities, please click here.


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