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Head of Development and Architecture - Tax Centre of Excellence

Date: May 25, 2019

Location: Glasgow, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

AutoReq ID144189BR
Job TitleHead of Development and Architecture - Tax Centre of Excellence
CountryUnited Kingdom
Service LineTax Central
Service Line InformationKPMG's Tax Centre of Excellence carries out the vast majority of the tax compliance work across the whole UK Firm and comprises over over 300 qualified tax compliance experts and supporting staff. Our vision is to become the most respected compliance team in the UK and help our clients cope with their rapidly changing tax compliance needs. We have 3 main locations in Glasgow, Manchester and Birmingham, but also support a large number of remote workers, in short we offer flexibility in our ways of working. Over the next 2 years we are looking to increase both our scope of specialisations and our service offering as well as deploying class leading tax technology to deliver a great service to KPMG's clients.

KPMG OverviewKPMG is part of a global network of firms that offers Audit, Tax & Pensions, Consulting, Deal Advisory and Technology services. Through the talent of over 16,000 colleagues, we bring our creativity and insight to our clients’ most critical challenges.

With offices across the UK, we work with everyone from small start-ups and individuals to major multinationals, in virtually every industry imaginable. Our work is often complex, yet our vision is simple: to be the clear choice for our clients, for our people and for the communities we work in.

Job Description
The Team

You might think of us as one of the world’s largest accountancy firms. But there’s so much more to what we do. These days, our clients regularly call on us for all kinds of digital solutions. We are looking to transform the way that we offer tax services to our clients, with you at the forefront

We have ambitious growth plans to expand from a team of 35 technology professionals to 90. We are looking for the right candidate to lead that growth, to shape our delivery of custom technologies and to ensure we make the most of licensed technologies.

The Role

You will help lead our transition from a primarily staff based model, to an automated platform business.
Working directly with the Director for Technology and Operations, you will have a key role in disrupting the tax business and reshaping our business for years to come.

Your primary responsibilities will be to lead a team of 30 developers (in India and Glasgow) and defining our standards across a diverse range of technology. Alongside this you will provide mentorship to a team of automation specialists delivering solutions in data analytics and robotic process automation.

You will be the primary escalation for all technical decisions, deep technical expertise is a must for this role.

We will ensure that there is some opportunity to keep your skills up to date, but the role is primarily to ensure that our development teams are empowered to deliver the best possible solutions for our clients.

Alongside the team leadership responsibilities, you will lead the architecture of our technology platform. You will work closely with our team of expert product owners to design cutting edge solutions and ensure the delivery of these solutions.

Finally, whilst there is no expectation of existing knowledge of tax, we would expect in time you to develop a degree of domain knowledge. You would be required to interact with your technical counterparts at HMRC as the government implements its own technical transformation strategy.

Our technology

Our core competency is the .NET development stack (C#, WebApi) and Azure cloud services (Azure Service Bus, Azure Service Fabric). We pride ourselves on delivering highly modular, testable, scalable, SOLID code with continuous integration and deployment to cloud environments. We follow agile methodologies and a Git workflow.

We welcome developers with experience in other environments (AWS, Google Cloud Platform) who are happy to bring their experiences on board. As part of our rigorous recruitment process, we’ll thoroughly test your ability to code and design scalable systems with peerless precision, quality and clarity.

As a member of the team, you’ll be expected to keep up to date with the tech field. We gladly sponsor certifications and training courses.

The Person

Essential Technical Experience and Skills
- C# and .NET 4.5+, including async
- ASP.NET WebApi
- Publish and Subscribe architectures and platform level integration
- SOA / Microservices architecture
- Agile and XP methodologies
- SOLID code design
- An understanding of cloud environments and deployment strategies
- HTTP-based REST services
- Secure software development principles in line with standard Information Security frameworks

Essential Management Skills and experience
- Project Management
- Financial Management
- Performance Management
- Communications and Stakeholder Management

The best of both worlds

We might be world leaders, but in many ways the department feels like a start-up, with a twist. There’s the dynamism of scrum working, the thrill of shaping compelling experiences, the chance to surprise and stretch yourself in response to a fresh challenge. And then there’s all the resources, technology and high profile projects of a major corporate entity. Crucially, we also offer the benefit of clear career progression.

Our Deal

Flexible WorkingWhile some of our client-facing professionals can be required to travel regularly, and at times be based at client sites, we are supportive where possible of helping you to achieve a balance between your home and work demands.

We are happy to discuss individual requirements and our range of flexible working arrangements could be of interest. Furthermore, as part of the recruitment process, we can put you in touch with people who work flexibly so you can understand from them what our culture is like.

Applying with a DisabilityKPMG are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. As a member of the Business Disability Forum we're committed to ensuring that you are treated fairly throughout our Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss any reasonable adjustments that you may require, with your recruitment contact.

KPMG's commitment to diversity

We are proud of the value we place on individuality; we want you to bring your full self to work and truly maximise your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results for our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference. But, don't take our word for it, find out more about diversity at KPMG.

Returning to work after a break
At KPMG, we appreciate that returning to work after an extended career break can be daunting. We understand that those with experience who have taken a career break have a wealth of experience and knowledge to offer our organisation, which helps us to achieve our business goals. We will support you to refresh your skills, develop your confidence and provide a supportive network across the firm to help you best integrate into the working environment. This role welcomes applications for individuals who have been out of work for 18 months or more and who have previous relevant experience.

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