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Direct Tax Accountant

Spire Healthcare
Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Job Role
Tax Compliance
Contract Type
Full Time
Direct Tax Accountant

Reading (with occasional travel to London) - Hybrid home working.


We are one of the UK’s leading independent hospital groups and the largest in terms of revenue. From our 39 hospitals and 33 clinics, medical centres and consulting rooms across England, Wales, and Scotland, we provide diagnostics, inpatient, day case and outpatient care in areas including orthopaedics, gynaecology, cardiology, neurology, oncology, and general surgery. We also operate a network of private GPs and provide occupational health services to over 700 corporate clients. We are the principal independent provider by volume of knee and hip operations in the United Kingdom.

The group was founded with the acquisition and re-branding of 25 Bupa hospitals in 2. Since then, Spire Healthcare has made significant capital investments in its estate and continues to deliver successful and award-winning clinical outcomes and high levels of patient satisfaction. Spire is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a member of the FTSE 250. We were the first private hospital provider to publish outcomes data on our website and we have received awards for our clinical quality and high levels of patient satisfaction.

Spire Healthcare is committed to the highest quality of patient care. Working in partnership with over 8,760 experienced consultants, we delivered tailored, personalised care to approximately 926,500 inpatients, outpatients, and day case patients in 2022.

Patients, consultants, and general practitioners trust Spire Healthcare to deliver the high-quality care they expect from a leading private healthcare provider. For us, its more than just treating patients, its about looking after people.

Were looking to appoint someone to manage and enable Spire Healthcare to meet its various statutory and regulatory obligations and to promote best practice with respect to direct tax, ensuring compliance with latest legislation and best practice. To ensure the tax accounting for Group and single entities accounts are accurate and complete.



  • Delivery and ownership of the Corporation Tax Compliance cycle including preparation of tax returns, QIPs
  • Delivery of tax provisions under IFRS as part of the half year, Group year end and single entity reporting cycle including liaising with the external auditors
  • Ownership of forecasting tax and effective tax rates for future years
  • Responsible for maximising capital allowances / deductions within the scope and spirit of tax law
  • Driving process improvement from a corporation tax perspective, including tax accounting for year end and half year reporting
  • Ownership of the tax balance sheet accounts and preparation of balance sheet reconciliations in respect of deferred tax and corporation tax payables
  • Maintain accurate transfer pricing documentation
  • Review of R&D claim opportunities
  • Assist in alignment of any acquisitions for direct tax
  • Tax technical research and drafting responses to ad hoc enquiries from the business covering direct and employment taxes
  • Responsible for the proactive education of the Group for relevant direct tax changes and their impact
  • Go-to person for direct tax queries from the hospitals and other central functions
  • Ownership of tax strategy, SAO and CCO (shared responsibility)
  • Key partner for IR35 managing the BAU process and the annual audit and compliance reviews (shared responsibility)
  • Review the preparation of PAYE compliance (e.g. PSA, P11D, and Form 42) (shared responsibility)
  • In addition to the above, ad hoc project work will also be available.

Key Requirements:
  • Qualified ACA / ACCA / CTA
  • Strong tax accounting skills
  • Experience in a tax-based role in-house (preferable)
  • Strong skills in SAP highly desirable
  • Good tax technical skills, with a solid background in compliance.
  • Microsoft Excel skills to a good standard (e.g. competent in pivot tables, vlookup, “IF” formulae etc).
  • Previous experience using Alphatax and business objects are desirable.
  • Naturally inquisitive, challenges in positive manner and has a track record of delivering change through a collaborative approach.
  • Ability to work through continuous improvement of processes
  • Proactive and enthusiastic approach to their work with the ability to work to deadlines with an attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to form strong relationships with key stakeholders, including HMRC, external auditors and external advisors, as well as the ability to articulate complex tax issues to non-tax professionals.
  • An ability to and desire to keep up to date with changes in the tax arena and to communicate and educate across a variety of stakeholders.
  • Ability to work well in a team where co-operation is crucial.


We commit to our employees well-being through training, support and reward. We offer employees a market competitive salary as well as a comprehensive benefits package which includes but is not limited to:

• 27 days holiday plus bank holidays

• Contributory pension scheme

• Life assurance

• Private medical insurance

• Wellness screening

• Eyesight tests

• Discount portal (including cash back and reloadable cards)

Join us, share our values and invest in your future. With opportunities to learn and develop your own skills, you can help us build on our reputation for excellent service.

Spire Healthcare is committed to creating an environment that will attract, retain, and motivate its people. We are an equal opportunities employer, committed to the health and wellbeing of all our colleagues and consultants.

We firmly believe that it is our people that make the business successful, and everyone should have the opportunity to work in a motivated team, free from discrimination on any grounds. We, therefore, are keen to receive and review applications from all candidates of under-represented groups who feel they offer the requisite skills.

For further information about this role or for an informal conversation about the range of career options available with Spire please click apply.

For us, its more than just treating patients; its about looking after people.

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