Company overview

Gabelle offers tax consultancy services to both professional firms and directly to entrepreneurs, businesses and individuals. We see ourselves as a trusted ‘Tax Partner’ and pride ourselves on supporting accountants, lawyers, trust companies and other professional firms in servicing, keeping and winning clients through technical tax know-how and practical experience.

Additionally, a vital part of the work we undertake focuses on managing wealth for entrepreneurs, individuals and families by minimising their potential tax liabilities and maximising tax reliefs opportunities.

Gabelle is a trading division of Abbey Tax and Consultancy Services Limited (ATCS). Abbey Tax is a market leader in the provision of Professional Fees Insurance and Consultancy Services to Chartered and Certified Accountants, working with over 2,500 accountancy practices throughout the UK.

Abbey Tax forms part of the international portfolio of Markel International which underwrites a diverse portfolio of property, casualty and marine insurance and reinsurance business on a world-wide basis. Markel International underwrites through Lloyds of London, and regionally through commercial insurance routes. Markel International is a division of the Markel Corporation.

About the role

We are looking for a confident, organised and motivated person to work with the director specialising in employee share schemes and reward, as part of a wider team specialising in OMB tax. The role takes in all aspects of employee share incentives, including scheme design, valuation, scheme drafting and advising clients undertaking transactions.

The successful candidate will be exposed to varied, technically-challenging work and have the opportunity to deepen and broad their existing skills and develop a genuine specialism.

Our work ranges from advising on straightforward EMIs and other statutory share schemes to structuring growth shares and assisting clients wishing to settle complex EBT structures. We have advised on projects involving companies ranging from early stage start-up companies to listed groups. We rarely advise on share schemes in isolation and will very often be involved in the clients’ wider commercial planning and tax affairs.

Duties and accountabilities

  • Provide technical advice and support to clients of the firm on employee share schemes and related issues, many of whom are accountants and fellow professionals, both verbally and via written correspondence. Provide specialist technical advice on complex situations to provide innovative solutions that add value to the client
  • Participate in the design and implementation of employee share schemes and assist with the associated reporting obligations
  • Work in collaboration with the Director to build awareness and recognition in the market of our Employer Consulting offering and to develop and grow the Employer Consulting team
  • Be able to assist and manage a range of share incentives implementation, tax consultancy and transactional work. Dealing with technical correspondence and queries, gathering input from other colleagues within Gabelle as and when necessary and discussing with Director, who will review work
  • Start to build profile and rapport with clients, whether they are accountants, lawyers, individuals or corporate clients. Develop a network of professional contacts outside of the firm by use of technology and social media
  • Make time to keep up to date with tax journals, HMRC announcements and maintain a general tax awareness
  • Assist with marketing initiatives and build knowledge and awareness of all aspects of the firm’s service to help identify opportunities to cross sell services. This may involve participation in both lecturing, the writing of articles for tax publications and delivery of webinars
  • Support business development activity with relevant technical commentary and content working in conjunction with the director. To include taking responsibility for specific business development actions and initiatives as directed
  • Be pro-active and identify opportunities to act on the interpretation of new legislation with a view to winning new work in conjunction with the director
  • Act with honesty and integrity in all dealings with clients, contacts and team members whilst respecting confidentiality and building trust

Skills, knowledge and experience

  • A suitable candidate will ideally be CTA qualified with 2 years’ post-qualification experience, although we would consider a lawyer with tax experience
  • Ideally with a background in employment taxes with knowledge of personal taxes. Some experience of corporate taxes would be also beneficial
  • Experience of dealing with employee share schemes and a keenness to expand their knowledge and expertise in this area, as well as being willing to take on some of the legal work related to employee share schemes
  • Being able to take telephone queries from fellow professionals on various tax issues involving both tax planning issues and general tax compliance relating employment taxes
  • A good understanding and awareness of tax compliance requirements
  • Business development and marketing of tax services
  • Able to use the functionality of Word and Excel to a high standard; strong, effective research skills

Competencies

Pursuit of excellence

  • Consistently provides quality work products
  • Adapts behaviour to reflect the style of others to foster effective working relationships
  • Finds the most efficient and practical means of overcoming challenges

Customer focus

  • Actively looks for solutions to customer problems
  • Seeks to further knowledge of customer needs
  • Builds relationships with customers and responds to needs by demonstrating tact, empathy and professionalism

Business results

  • Seeks the best and most direct option to accomplish tasks
  • Demonstrates effective organisation skills
  • Applies logic and draws accurate conclusions from information

Collaboration

  • Helps others succeed
  • Approaches change in a positive manner
  • Listens for and acts on key information

Strong foundations

  • Holds self and others accountable to ethical standards
  • Takes ownership and accountability for own development
  • Shows accountability and resilience in achieving goals

Apply today

If you or someone you know is interested in applying for this position, please contact the Human Resources team on +44 (0)20 7953 6873 or email recruitment@markelintl.com. Internal Transfer Application forms can be found on the intranet.