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Director of Tax & Treasury


Imperial College is a global top ten university with a world-class reputation in science, engineering, business and medicine. We are a thriving, dynamic organisation with over 20,000 students, 8,000 staff and a turnover of around £1 billion. The College are seeking to appoint a Director of Tax and Treasury. This is a newly created position that will be a key member of the Finance leadership team, shaping the direction and strategy of the wider function and providing key strategic support to senior management. This is a challenging role with a broad range of deliverables; these will provide the successful applicant with the opportunity to make a significant impact on the way in which the College finances and supports its academic mission. Selected responsibilities include: Be responsible for providing strategic leadership in the areas of tax and treasury, advising on the structuring of the College's £500 million debt portfolio and supporting the College's £500 million Investment and Endowment portfolios. Evaluate and recommend the optimal capital structure for the College in order to deliver its strategic objectives. Oversee cash and liquidity management for the College in both the short and long term, ensuring all cash forecasts are sufficiently robust. Manage, coach and mentor the tax, treasury and investment finance teams (11 roles at present). Negotiate funding arrangements including corporate credit facilities and public & private financing with the overall aim of minimising the total cost of funds. Providing expert tax and structuring advice on the College's long-term real estate development plans (with £1 billion investment anticipated over the next decade). Oversee the College's banking relationships and maintain external communication with banking counterparties and third parties including HMRC. NOTE: The value of the financial transactions within the scope of the role is material, though the frequency is not high, so high-quality analytical support is required rather than a trading mindset. Candidate Requirements The successful candidate should possess: A finance qualification, possibly supplemented by a tax and / or treasury qualification. Significant PQE advising senior managers on tax and / or treasury matters. Experience of arranging financing transactions and effectively negotiating / influencing external counterparties. (Exposure to real estate transactions would be an advantage). Excellent analytical and communication skills. Strong people management skills, with the ability to develop and motivate staff. The ability to "look outside the box" and come up with novel, workable ideas. A proven ability to deliver results, with the skills to multitask and prioritise effectively. Strong team-working skills with the ability to work effectively with colleagues across different functions.