VAT Manager Job (Europe) with Zimmer, based in Switzerland

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Lead VAT role with industry leader!

Take the lead in managing Zimmer’s indirect tax function at our European headquarters in Switzerland. This newly created position reports directly to our European Tax Director and will have extensive interface with European Finance as well as with all of Zimmer’s other European business units. The Manager, VAT Europe will play a vital role in the management of the indirect tax financial reporting risks for Zimmer Europe.

Position Overview:
First 3-6 Months:

-Manage the ongoing indirect tax system set-up of Zimmer’s ongoing Pan-European implementation of SAP. Oversee Zimmer’s Big-4 VAT systems consultants in the determination of European VAT logic and coding, as well as assisting in their design of the parameters of VAT analysis/control reports, and returns, sales, and purchase lists.

-Develop a coherent and proactive Pan-European indirect tax strategy to effectively manage and address risks, including diagnostic tools to verify the integrity of VAT reporting.

-Develop documentation for SOX 404 purposes for the VAT process for Pan-Europe.


-Manage and coordinate the Pan-European indirect tax function.

-Maintain SOX 404 documentation for VAT processes.

-Liaise with Finance and Tax departments to provide indirect tax advice.

-Ensure the Company’s indirect tax and related financial reporting risk is minimized and local country compliance as well as internal control reporting requirements are met.

-Engage with the heads of European finance, logistics, systems and master data departments to help identify and mitigate potential indirect tax risks.

-Design, implement, update, and maintain an indirect tax strategy that is transparent and communicable to non-tax specialists, who fulfill key operational roles from the beginning to the end of the VAT process.

-Perform reviews of Zimmer’s Swiss and EU VAT return filings to ensure Zimmer’s European subsidiaries comply with local VAT reporting/filing requirements, and to ensure proactive indirect tax cash-flow management.

-Provide proactive advice, mentoring, and training to Finance and logistics department employees to ensure the integrity and proper recordation of indirect tax transactions.

-Review and/or liaise with Big-4 tax advisors and attorneys with respect to Pan-European indirect tax aspects of company reorganizations/acquisitions, and new or extraordinary transactions.

-Work with Compliance group to ensure VAT rules/documentation are incorporated into their procedures.

-Handle/liaise all VAT tax audits within Pan-Europe.

-Monitor supply chain changes within Pan-Europe and ensure VAT compliance with regards to such changes.


5-10 years European Indirect tax experience, preferably both at a Big 4 tax advisory firm as well as industry experience, with manufacturing and distribution companies.

University Bachelor’s or advanced degree in business, economics, or law.

CPA or European equivalent certification a plus but not required

Good English skills required. Other languages a plus, but good German skills strongly preferred.

Experience with principal and limited risk distributor type structures a big plus.

Leadership ability, strong interpersonal skills and the skill set to interface at all levels.

Excellent computer skills including Access, Excel, Word and Outlook. SAP experience preferred.

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