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STS International Senior Director

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Location: New York, NY
Salary/Pay Rate: Competitive Salary
Employment Type: Full Time

Job Description

A STS International Senior Director is responsible for providing written tax advice to clients, evaluating and alternate courses of action to lessen tax burden and cost of compliance, recognizing potential tax risks and identifying potential changes in tax policy and regulations. In this role, the STS International Senior Director will be charged with marketing, networking and business development within his/her area of experience and specialization and maintaining key client relationships. Additionally, the STS International Senior Director is a critical part of the office's / region's Tax Services leadership team and in this capacity will act as source for guidance on complex tax questions and issues.

External Job Description - Essential Duties/Functions:


  • Identifies complex situations when research is necessary providing an outline of the issue(s) and the appropriate source of research to be conducted.
  • Analyzes researched facts and the sources utilized prior to composing a detailed report of the research findings.
  • Prepares WTA and tax returns as appropriate.

Tax Compliance

  • Ensures clients comply with applicable authorities while identifying options for minimizing the client's tax and reporting burdens.
  • Manages client engagements.
  • Conducts detailed review of T/R and other client supplied data and identifies basic, complex and advanced issues throughout the engagement.
  • Leverages compliance role to indentify additional international tax issues and opportunities.

Tax Consulting

  • Develops, recommends and implements international tax consulting specialties to provide clients with maximum tax benefits related to current and future tax obligations.
  • Ensures client service teams comply with firm policy regarding written tax advice (WTA) and assists with the implementation of firm strategies and TSIs.
  • Identifies and resolves complex taxation issues by applying multiple tax functional specialties
  • Communicates complex technical matters to clients and other appropriate audiences to ensure relevant issues are understood and resolved, as needed.

Tax Controversy

  • Represents clients before any tax authority on contested issues.
  • Responds to all questions from federal or state agencies.
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Tax Related Software

  • Utilizes Caseware, GoSystems, tax research databases and other tax-related software in the completion of assigned tasks.

Tax Specialization

  • Develops an in-depth understanding of the technical and practical issues and opportunities regarding R&D tax benefits.
  • Acts as industry expert in International tax and serves as US resource for tax matters with selected foreign jurisdictions.
  • Manages International services provided to assigned clients, including assessment of appropriate pricing structure for services.
  • Identifies opportunities for tax alerts in areas of specialty and assists in the drafting of those alerts.

ASC 740-10 / SFAS109

  • Applies standards, firm policies and our Tax Quality Manual requirements regarding FAS 109 and FIN 48.
  • Reviews tax provisions.
  • Coordinates review of application of FAS109 to foreign jurisdictions.

Strategy Development

  • Develops new or improved ideas to advance the position of clients, the firm or firm personnel through reduction in taxes or expenses or offering of non-tax benefits.
  • Researches and implements new tax strategies.
  • Leads marketing campaigns and presents complex strategies to clients and prospective clients.

Other duties as required:

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervises the day-to-day workload of STS International Managers, Senior Associates and Associates and Interns on assigned engagements and reviews work product.
  • Ensures STS International Managers, Senior Associates and Associates and Interns are trained on all relevant tax software.
  • Delivers periodic performance feedback and completes performance evaluations for STS International Managers, Senior Associates and Associates and Interns.
  • Acts as mentor to STS International Managers, Senior Associates and Associates and Interns, as appropriate.

External Job Description - Qualifications:


  • Juris Doctorate degree required.
  • Bachelors degree in Accounting preferred.


  • Ten (10) or more years of experience in International Tax.
  • Prior experience supervising tax professionals on a project or engagement basis preferred.
  • Prior experience preparing and/or reviewing tax provisions high desired.
  • Prior experience with corporate taxation, consolidations and partnerships beneficial.


  • CPA and Law Review preferred.
  • JD/LLM or MBA beneficial.


  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office Suite, specifically Word, Excel and PowerPoint.
  • Experience utilizing RIA, BNA, Lexis Nexis and/or Westlaw, beneficial.

Other Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Superior analytical and research skills.
  • Solid organizational skills especially ability to meet project deadlines with a focus on details.
  • Ability to successfully multi-task while working independently or within a group environment.
  • Proven ability to work in a deadline-driven environment and handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Capable of effective managing a team of tax professionals and delegating work assignments as needed.
  • Capacity to build and maintain strong relationships with internal and client personnel.
  • Ability to encourage team environment on engagements and contribute to the professional development of assigned personnel.
  • Executive presence and ability to act as primary contact on assigned engagements.
  • Ability to successfully interact with professionals at all levels.
  • Ability to prepare complex tax returns.
  • Advanced knowledge of sources of relevant information utilized in tax filings as well as the most widely-used filing forms and awareness of other less widely used forms.
  • Advanced understanding of the technical and practical issues and opportunities regarding one or more areas of taxation.
  • Advanced knowledge and understanding of general calculations and cause / effect for taxable conditions on clients and the potential tax issues.
  • Strong legal writing background and familiarity with the IRAC method of analysis.