Tax Manager

Finance & Accounting Kings Cross, London Req. UMG-5529


Job title:
Tax Manager
Responsible to: Head of UK Tax
Department: Finance
Location of work: 4 Pancras Square, Kings Cross

Music is Universal

It’s the passionate and dedicated team at Universal Music who help make us the world’s leading music company. From A&R to finance, legal to digital, sales to marketing, Universal Music is the place to grow and develop your career within a truly commercial and innovative business that leads in everything it does.

Everyone is welcome to apply for our roles, and we are determined to ensure that no applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment because of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation, religion, belief, age, marital status, background, pregnancy or caring responsibilities. We also recognise the importance of diversity of thought within our teams and are fully committed to embracing the talents of people with autism, dyslexia, ADHD and other forms of neurocognitive variation.

We will always seek to make appropriate adjustments to recruitment, workplaces, and work processes to be fully inclusive to people with different needs and working styles. If you need us to make any reasonable adjustments for you from application onwards, including alternatives to the online form or to disclose a neurocognitive condition, please email [email protected]


The A Side: A Day in The Life

The primary responsibility of the Tax Manager will be the management of compliance with Tax reporting requirements for Universal Music Group’s business units (BU) in the UK as well as providing advice on tax issues where required. The Tax Manager will establish and maintain strong relationships with the Global Tax and BU Finance teams to help effectively address business issues.


The B Side: Skills & Experience

Be Knowledgeable 


  • Responsible for the delivery of mixed tax portfolio covering corporate, employment, VAT and international taxes in order to ensure the Group’s compliance with Tax reporting requirements
  • Support tax audits of entities and deal with enquiries and/or requests from HMRC
  • Keep abreast of changes in tax legislation and where planning opportunities arise, participate in their analysis and implementation
  • Assist in maintaining relevant tax regulations (including transfer pricing, SAO, CIR, CBCR, Tax Strategy etc) on an ongoing basis
  • Understand the businesses, so that future tax developments can be transitioned in a timely manner
  • Provide tax advice to the business as required


Be Collaborative 


  • Support the Head of UK Tax in the Group’s relationship with our CCM at the Large Business Office to maintain the desired risk level
  • Be a main point of contact and responsible for managing the relationship with Tax authorities and consultants in relation to all taxes
  • Provide support to the Group in respect of tax aspects of acquisition/disposals, restructurings or commercial arrangements
  • Build effective working relationships with other departments and functions


Person Specification




  • Proven experience of mixed tax compliance experience likely gained in-house or in an accounting/consulting firm
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work well in an international team
  • Self-sufficient (able to work with ambiguity and complexity but without supporting infrastructure), whilst also being a good team player
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and an ability to build win-win working relationships internally and externally
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Robust and able to manage in a rapidly changing environment and challenge the status quo
  • Act with integrity and credibility




  • Knowledge/Experience of the Music & Film Industries or business
  • Good communicator - must be able to convey tax technical issues in layman's terms  


Bonus Tracks: Your Benefits

  • Group Personal Pension Scheme (between 3% and 9%)
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • 25 paid days of annual leave
  • Interest Free Season Ticket Loan
  • Holiday Purchase scheme
  • Dental and Travel Insurance options
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Salary Sacrifice Cars
  • Subsidised Gym Membership
  • Employee Discounts (Reward Gateway)

Just So You Know…

The company presents this job description as a guide to the major areas and duties for which the jobholder is accountable.  However, the business operates in an environment that demands change and the jobholder's specific responsibilities and activities will vary and develop.  Therefore, the job description should be seen as indicative and not as a permanent, definitive and exhaustive statement.