Connecting Talent to opportunity

Connecting Talent to opportunity

Senior Policy Advisor - VAT Knowledge


Job Description:

Summary About HMRC:

At HMRC, we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; a broad and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.

We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us, so we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make an exciting career at HMRC accessible to everyone.
Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.

About the Team:

Would you like an exciting career crafting and developing forward-thinking key government priorities?

Are you interested in using your technical knowledge to shape the future of VAT?

If you do, then Customer Strategy & Tax Design - Indirect Tax is the place for you.

We are looking for talented and enthusiastic individuals to join our friendly teams. We’ll help you develop your understanding of the relevant subject area to inform your thinking, as well as building your broader capability to help you develop your career.

Taxation and benefit issues are often high-profile, fast paced and politically sensitive so our roles offer the chance to work collaboratively across government departments, engaging with senior stakeholders, HM Treasury ministers and external stakeholders on VAT issues.

Indirect Tax Directorate are responsible for the policy which underpins the delivery of VAT, Insurance Premium Tax, Environmental Taxes, Transport Taxes (Oils and Air Passenger Duty), Alcohol, Tobacco and Gambling Duties, and the Soft Drinks Industry Levy.

We are also HMRC leads on the development and delivery of new indirect taxes, such as the Plastic Packaging Tax. Job description We are recruiting across Indirect Tax to support our key priorities across VAT. We need results-oriented professionals with the communication skills to engage confidently with stakeholders, who can apply their technical VAT knowledge to identify and analyse complex options, design effective and innovative solutions, and work with lawyers to create and defend legislation. You'll be part of a team at the forefront of country-shaping events such as UK Transition and the Chancellor’s Budgets and represent HMRC’s interests across Government, influencing and brokering effective outcomes.

On a day-to-day basis you will evaluate and monitor the operation of existing tax policy and develop new policy options as the needs of our customers, and the Government, change. You will work closely with a range of partners to ensure these policies are deliverable on the ground. Within this role, you will likely be involved in commissioning research, analysing data and information to build evidence to support policy development, creating new legislation, consulting external stakeholders and supporting ministers with some of their priorities.

Our roles are high-profile, you will need to be able to respond to a constantly evolving environment, engaging confidently with some of our most complex customers, our partners within HMRC, HM Treasury and other government departments. You'll deliver clear, succinct and comprehensive proposals across complex and inter-related areas.

We’ll support you all the way and offer you broad exposure to exciting, varied and high-profile portfolios, in a supportive and collaborative environment.

This role is suitable for existing HMRC employees who are contractual homeworkers with occasional attendance to the office.

Responsibilities We are looking to fill a variety of roles in this exercise. Below are some examples of the type of work you may be involved in and what key responsibilities are likely to include. You do not need previous experience in Policy/Government to apply for this post.

• Lead on the design, development and implementation of policy;

• Analyse policy options and manage stakeholder engagement and consultation, being able to draw conclusions and make clear recommendations from a complex evidence base;

• Manage the communication of HMRCs policy through a variety of channels;

• Work collaboratively with colleagues in HMRC as well as those in HMT and other Government Departments.

• Draft submissions and briefings for senior officials and ministers.

• Support the passage of legislation and respond to requests from Parliament.

• Manage and support projects to ensure work is delivered on time.

Some roles may include line management

Essential Criteria: The successful candidate will:

• Understand VAT laws, systems and regimes and apply this knowledge in your involvement in VAT policy development.

• Quickly develop a strong grasp of the end-to-end requirements of the piece of work/project, consider a range of options for solving problems in a creative way.

• Build and maintain effective partner relationships including senior leadership level.

• Have good communication skills with the ability to influence a wide audience inclusive of senior partners, through both verbal and written products.

• Have strong decision making and judgement skills, being able to assess complex issues at pace.
  • Job Type

    Permanent, Full Time

  • Additional Salary Info

    London (£43,432 - £47,243)

  • Work Authorisation


  • Industry Sector Public Sector & Services