Senior Customs and Excise specialist EMEA/Benelux
Advise Businesses and Functions in high risk issues with respect to Excise and Customs Duties (import duties/VAT, export controls and other customs matters).
Provide Customs and Excise Duty advice to projects initiated by the Businesses and Functions. Secure business processes are compliant with the respective national and EU Excise and Customs Duty regulations. Negotiate Customs and Excise issues with local and regional fiscal authorities. Defend businesses against challenges of Customs and Excise Duty auditors. Appeal against unjustified Customs and Excise assessments. File for Customs and Excise Duty refunds and equitable relieves. Apply for and advise on required Customs and Excise Duty approvals/ licenses necessary to operate the Businesses and Functions. Make Businesses and Functions aware of Customs and Excise Duty issues with high risk to avoid tax claims and penalties. Manage and provide Customs and Excise and Duty training for the Businesses/ Functions. Deep knowledge of Customs and Excise/ Energy taxes relating to refineries/chemical plants is key as the organization owns one of the major refineries and chemical plants in Europe. Comply with the Global Indirect Tax Practice Notes. Secure and maintain tax integrity of technological and business processes; secure compliance of the organizations processes with national and EU Customs and Excise Duty laws. Safeguard Excise Tax processes comply with SOX 404. Contribute to reporting and analysis of tax savings and tax exposures. Establish and maintain good relations between the organization and the fiscal authorities.
Customs AEO certification (Authorized Economic Operator). It is agreed with the authorities that (at least) in NL 2 the organization entities will be AEO certified by May 2016. Filling the application for such certification is a lot of work that has to be concluded by end of 2015 as the authorities demand appr. 4 months for their review of the requested AEO certification;
New customs legislation in line with the new Union Customs Code applicable in Europe. This results in changes in the organizations current authorization portfolio e.g. in NL. real time notification instead of retro-active notification towards the customs authorities. This needs to be in place before April 2016. This will require application for new licenses and change of current working processes. On the longer term, the new Union Customs Code will enforce further changes than just the aforementioned authorizations portfolio. It is expected that we will need to review and reshape our current IT structure and the customs processes;
At the moment an internal project is ongoing, investigating whether it is feasible to replace the organization self-build EMCS and ECS application. Input from the tax function (customs and excise advisors) is required.
Requirement & Qualifications
Bachelors or University degree in Customs and Excise preferably in Tax or similar
Knowledge of Customs & Excise Duty, legislation within Europe and respective EU directives and regulations
Appropriate experience in the co-operation with fiscal authorities
Effective communicator; both written and verbal
Effective task prioritization skills
Good negotiation skills and effective at influencing others within and outside of the organization Tax
Ability to adapt to new or changing circumstances and ambiguous or pressured situations
Demonstrates imagination and creativity in the evaluation of issues and development of possible solutions
Ability to evaluate Customs and Excise Duty risks, balance risk with Business objectives, and make recommendations that are objective practical, technically appropriate, and supportive of the Business
Highly effective team player
Languages: English written and verbal fluency
1 November 2015 - appr. 31 May 2015 with the flexibility to end the contract in an earlier stage (2 weeks notice).
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