Eddie Bauer

  • Manager, Indirect Tax

    Location US-WA-Bellevue
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  • Overview

    Act as hands-on expert, interacting and collaborating with business partners in various departments, while working on key initiatives directly with Tax Director.  This job contributes to Eddie Bauer’s success by supervising and reviewing complex indirect returns (S&U, Property).  This position will lead the multi-state sales, use, property and escheat tax work for the department.  The position will also perform tax research, project implementation, tax planning and audits to ensure compliance with tax laws and to minimize overall tax liabilities.  This position currently supervises and is supported by one tax staff person.  


    Core Accountabilities:

    • Supervises the preparation of complex returns and prepares supporting schedules.  (All indirect tax types: sales, use, gross receipts, property, withholding and unclaimed property tax in US and Canadian jurisdictions).  Emphasis of this position is on multi-state indirect tax.  The company outsources the preparation of most sales and property tax returns.
    • Reviews tax returns prepared by staff and outsourcing vendors.  Provide written and verbal review points, technical tax instruction, and professional development guidance to staff, when working in the lead role.
    • Manages complex tax audits and controversy issues.
    • Researches tax issues and writes memos.  Assists Tax Director with tax planning.
    • Communicates with internal partners and tax authorities regarding tax issues and requirements.
    • Prepares certain complex adjustments, reviews other FAS 109 calculations and schedules and provides other support for tax analysis related to financial statement tax provision.  Reviews recurring tax-related journal entries and reconciliations.
    • Develop and lead staff in “best practice” standards for the preparation of accurate and timely indirect tax returns, and in the preparation of complete and uniform tax return work papers. 

    Leadership Expectations:

    • Operate with the highest level of conduct, integrity, and confidentiality; setting the example for leaders and associates.
    • Develop and nurture strong cross functional partnerships; driving business results and inspiring a culture of transparency, collaboration, and accountability.
    • Serve as an Eddie Bauer advocate in the industry and marketplace.
    • Recruit, identify, develop, and retain talent that delivers performance excellence.
    • As a manager, serve as a leader of company culture, norms, and conduct.
    • Ability to balance a strong management presence with a high level of approachability, encouraging and eliciting associate feedback and interaction.


    Education/Experience Required:

    • BA or BS in Accounting, Finance, related area, or equivalent industry experience (Masters of Tax or CPA, a plus)
    • Tax return preparation experience, either in industry or in public accounting
    • 5+ years of sales and use tax, property tax and gross receipts tax experience
    • Previous experience managing teams preferred
    • Knowledge of GL software (Mainframe Extra a plus), experience with vendor-outsourced returns also a plus
    • Tax research and analytical skills (CCH is used, experience with any similar online tax resource is fine)
    • Strong understanding of Multi-state sales & use tax and Canadian GST/HST
    • Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing
    • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
    • Attention to detail, organization and ability to meet strict deadlines
    • Proficiency in Microsoft Excel
    • Proven ability to work as part of a team and supervise staff


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