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Manager Tax Counsel

Posted Mar 06
Full Time
On Site
Falls Church, Virginia
At Northrop Grumman, our employees have incredible opportunities to work on revolutionary systems that impact people's lives around the world today, and for generations to come. Our pioneering and inventive spirit has enabled us to be at the forefront of many technological advancements in our nation's history - from the first flight across the Atlantic Ocean, to stealth bombers, to landing on the moon. We look for people who have bold new ideas, courage and a pioneering spirit to join forces to invent the future, and have fun along the way. Our culture thrives on intellectual curiosity, cognitive diversity and bringing your whole self to work — and we have an insatiable drive to do what others think is impossible. Our employees are not only part of history, they're making history.

orthrop Grumman seeks to add a Managing Tax Counsel to support the Tax Planning & Controversy Group.  The Group anticipates the primary responsibility would be assisting with the IRS federal tax examination with a secondary responsibiliy for assisting with VAT matters.  The position is based at Northrop Grumman’s corporate office in Falls Church, Virginia. Work includes obtaining and analyzing source data, identifying and addressing risks and opportunities, and communicating potential risks and opportunities with stakeholders.  The Managing Tax Counsel will additionally be responsible for leading projects, reviewing work, contributing new concepts, techniques and standards.  Most assignments are complex and performed independently without appreciable direction with the ability to work as part of a team given the size of the projects invovled.

The Manager Tax Counsel will have one direct report, whose primary responsibility is to provide subject matter expertise on VAT and FATCA, secondary responsibility is assisting with the IRS exam primarily by gathering documents to respond to information requests from the IRS.  The IRS examination typically focuses on R&D tax credits, and typically involves responses related to them and analyzing workpapers to ensure the company provides correct information and develops the record to make its case.  The Manager Tax Counsel will have responsibility to develop the direct report's expertise in federal tax matter.

Position Summary/Responsibilities:

• Advising teams on various Federal and International tax controversy and planning, which would include work on workpapers, models, transaction documents, and slides and memoranda on various tax considerations.

• Teaming with Legal, Accounting, Treasury, Financial Planning, Business Development and other functions to assist in substantiating tax positions as well as identifying and implementing business transactions while managing tax considerations

• Advising on ASC 740 treatment of tax planning and controversies

• Teaming with the tax compliance and reporting groups by providing them information to ensure appropriate filings

• Assist company with amendments to prior filings, withholding and similar issues

Basic Qualifications:

• 10 years of experience in the areas of responsibility with a JD, or equivalent, i.e. 5 years directly relevant experience at a nationally recognized public accounting firm or law firm with a JD.

• Admitted to practice law in one of the 50 States of the USA or the District of Columbia, with current status as an active member of the Bar in Virginia or an ability to waive into admission.

• Experience in major tax issues from a tax controversy perspective

• Demonstrated interpersonal skills to work with internal and external stakeholders, including senior executives as well as staff, and tax and non-tax personnel.

• Ability to analyze and interpret federal, state, and international tax laws and regulations.

• Ability to perform tax research, analyze appropriate authorities and reach sound conclusions.

• Must be able to multi-task, work independently, be self-motivated and demonstrate strong judgment/decision-making skills.

• Excellent organizational, verbal, and written communication skills, as well as project management, planning, and human relations’ skills with the ability to prioritize and balance requests in a fast paced, dynamic environment.

• Proficient with Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word

Preferred Qualifications:

• Familiar with using software like SAP, HFM, or business warehouse

• Prior experience in a supervisory role

• Significant experience with tax planning on transactions, restructurings, R&D tax credits, domestic production incentives, Federal income tax accounting issues, and state tax, and compensation and benefits tax matters

• Significant experience with financial accounting treatment of tax issues under ASC 740

• Familiarity with impact of Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for purposes of tax returns and financial reporting

• Manufacturing/Aerospace/Defense Industry, Big 4 Accounting or Top 20 Law Firm, or publicly traded company experience


Salary Range: $164,300 - $246,500
The above salary range represents a general guideline; however, Northrop Grumman considers a number of factors when determining base salary offers such as the scope and responsibilities of the position and the candidate's experience, education, skills and current market conditions.

Employees may be eligible for a discretionary bonus in addition to base pay. Annual bonuses are designed to reward individual contributions as well as allow employees to share in company results. Employees in Vice President or Director positions may be eligible for Long Term Incentives. In addition, Northrop Grumman provides a variety of benefits including health insurance coverage, life and disability insurance, savings plan, Company paid holidays and paid time off (PTO) for vacation and/or personal business.
The application period for the job is estimated to be 20 days from the job posting date. However, this timeline may be shortened or extended depending on business needs and the availability of qualified candidates.

Northrop Grumman is committed to hiring and retaining a diverse workforce. We are proud to be an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, making decisions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, national origin, age, veteran status, disability, or any other protected class. For our complete EEO/AA and Pay Transparency statement, please visit U.S. Citizenship is required for most positions.

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