Microsoft Corporation Statutory and Tax Controller in Zaventem, Belgium
Area Description of Purpose
Microsoft Finance organization purpose
Global Sales Marketing and Operations (GSMO) Finance is driving shareholder value in 60 subsidiaries and carries the local accountability for the financials as well as statutory and compliance matters across all segments and products. We:
•Land the company vision around the transformation of our business, consumption and customer orientation in the subsidiaries and externally.
•Drive strategic resource allocation and investments through local insights, ensuring optimal returns aligned with our worldwide strategy. Key focus is on New Business with an industry and workload perspective.
•Build trust to lay the foundation of long-term growth from a customer and shareholder point of view in a compliant way.
Empower and inspire our people to lead and be part of top performing teams while providing diverse career opportunities.
Microsoft Belgium & Luxembourg is a developed market Subsidiary, part of the Western Europe Area and operates as a key enabler of the market IT growth through solid partnership with Governments, Enterprise, small and medium as well as IT partners and consumer partners of the region. Belgium & Luxembourg Finance team has the responsibility to partner with sales and marketing teams as well as supporting Microsoft legal entities in Belgium & Luxembourg. Microsoft Finance is a truly global finance team and you will be part of the WW community of Stat & Tax Controllers to make each other great and build on each other.
Job’s Purpose The Statutory & Tax Controller is responsible for timely and accurate completion of all statutory and tax filings, including the local statutory financial statements. Where applicable, the role involves training Finance and business stakeholders on tax or statutory requirements and working with external service providers such as Accenture, EY, or KMPG as well as external parties such as the external auditors or the tax authorities.
Culture & Behavior
You have a growth mindset, act as an entrepreneur that drives business impact, and continuously learn and innovate. You have a capability to actively contribute and build strong collaboration within diverse and virtual teams. You are action oriented and able to build and deliver strong results through others beyond the team as well. You simplify and inspire through storytelling and excellent communication skills.
Microsoft values and ethical behavior are a corner stone in our culture.
For all legal entities in the country including JV impacting MS financial statements:
•Accountable for accurate Stat records and timely annual financial statements in compliance with US GAAP, local GAAP and local statutory and tax regulation.
•Review and sign off on balance sheet reconciliations as well as variance analysis.
•Monitor, review, and oversee the Stat & Tax work of One Finance to ensure best ROI. Where applicable, manage accounting operations team to ensure financial report integrity and completeness.
•Manage external auditor relationship and year end external financial audits
•Accountable for accurate and timely tax filings, including indirect taxes.
•Support & educate the business on the applicable tax model
•Support audits from local tax authorities or other government agencies.
•Land global projects in the country of operation, as well as country-driven expansions, with proper financial infrastructure and statutory registration in compliance with local accounting, tax regulations as well as MS global processes.
•Identify all non-standard management transactions (e.g. cross-charges, accruals, commission) and review their statutory implications before any decision to proceed
•Communicate to the Corp Tax team any important changes in local tax legislation that could affect the MS business model (e.g. changes in local transfer pricing legislation)
•Responsible to maintain local transfer pricing file in line with local legislation and in collaboration with Corp tax
•Establish new/develop and drive existing internal controls, control processes and accounting procedures
Key indicators of success
•Meet local tax and statutory filing requirement – no delayed or incorrect filings
•Successful implementation of any projects to land external or internal changes in regulation of processes related to Statutory accounting or taxes
•Provide business BI from statutory Balance Sheet and Variance reviews
•No findings from statutory audit (where applicable)
•Proactively collaborate with key partners to early flag and escalate risks and issues
7-10 years of experience in Finance, accounting or audit positions
Statutory (Local GAAP, USGAAP) Accounting, Controlling, Tax knowledge (including indirect taxes)
BA/BS/MA/MS or MBA degree in Finance, Economics, CA/CPA preferred
Microsoft is an equal opportunity employer and supports workforce diversity. All applications for vacant positions will be welcomed and will be considered on the relative merits of the applicant against the role profile for the position regardless of color, race, nationality, ethnic origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, parental responsibilities, age, religion, or belief.