Technical, Tax and VAT Accountant

Bloomsbury, London (Greater)
£44,516 - £48,655 per annum
17 Nov 2022
15 Dec 2022
Job Title
Experience Levels
Qualified Accountant
Contract Type
Full Time

Technical, Tax and VAT Accountant
£42,804 - £46,784 per annum 
Application deadline: 12pm (midday) on Friday 2 December 2022

About the role:

The British Museum is recruiting for a Technical and Systems Accountant who will prepare returns for our key stakeholders. This includes providing technical guidance on issues such as VAT, PAYE, gift aid and foreign tax to the finance team and other departments. The post holder will also manage the investments and act as systems administrator for the Museum’s accounting system.

Key areas of responsibility:

  • Review procedures and undertake analysis to ensure that the Museum and all entities are compliant with HMRC guidance and legislation.
  • Advise other departments on the tax implications of projects and new initiatives.
  • Prepare other UK/US tax returns e.g. corporation tax returns, customs returns, and payroll related returns.
  • Compile the year end audit file for the pension scheme accounts and liaise with auditors.
  • Provide schedules to allow the preparation of the consolidated British Museum annual accounts.
  • Provide information, analysis and returns, to other bodies such as the Office for National Statistics, and for internal purposes.

About you:

  • A Levels or equivalent.
  • ACA, ACCA or related qualification is essential.
  • Experience in preparing VAT returns and good technical knowledge of relevant accounting standards and regulatory frameworks.
  • Excellent communication skills with ability to explain complex VAT/Tax rules to colleagues and other departments.
  • Ability to work under pressure, problem solve and prioritise workload effectively.  

About the British Museum:

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. The Museum is one of the leading visitor attractions and its world-famous collection includes the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Admonitions Scroll, and the Amaravati sculptures.

The Museum offers a competitive benefits package including:

  • Membership of the civil service pension scheme
  • Free entry to a wide range of museums and exhibitions
  • Participation in private and public Museum activities, including talks by leading curators from around the world and behind-the-scenes opportunities to learn how museums care for and manage their extraordinary collections
  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Interest-free travel, bicycle and rental deposit loans
  • Professional and personal development opportunities
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Discounts on food and gift shop purchases

Additional details:

For more information about this role, please see the job description.

The British Museum is committed to promoting equality of opportunity for all staff and job applicants. We aim to create a working environment in which all individuals can make best use of their skills, free from unlawful discrimination or harassment. We value the benefits that a diverse workforce brings to a Museum which represents world culture. The Museum is committed to ensuring that no job applicant suffers unlawful discrimination because of any protected characteristics. Our recruitment procedures aim to ensure that individuals are treated because of their relevant knowledge, skills and experience.

We are also currently piloting a flexible way of working that allows our employees to work remotely in a way that suits them and the organisation. We welcome questions and conversations at interview stage and how flexible working could work for you.

The Museum adheres to the HMG Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) for pre-employment screening of Civil Servants.