Associate Director – UK Private Client Tax Services

Location UK / Belfast

Job Type Permanent full-time, TemporaryContract

Salary Not disclosed

Updated 1 week ago

Reference 1382863

 Job Description

Associate Director – UK Private Client Tax Services

Associate Director – UK Private Client Tax Services

Grant Thornton Northern Ireland is part of the Grant Thornton Ireland partnership.  Grant Thornton is Ireland’s fastest growing professional services firm. We deliver solutions to all business challenges. Clients choose us because the breadth of financial and business services they need is available, delivered innovatively and always to the highest standards. At Grant Thornton, we are committed to long-term relationships. We are different. We are Grant Thornton.

The firm comprises over 1,350 people operating from offices in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway, Kildare, Limerick and Longford.


The role:

As an Associate Director in our growing UK Private Client Tax team in Belfast, you will be working with High Net Worth Individuals and business owners across Ireland to address their various UK tax issues.  You will demonstrate sufficient technical knowledge to develop solutions to complex technical issues and manage a team to deliver to clients on a day to day basis. Excellent opportunities exist for ambitious and driven candidates to progress within the firm. The position attracts a competitive remuneration package and ongoing career development.



  • Take responsibility, ownership and build rapport with individual clients, developing a clear and detailed understanding of their assets, personal circumstances and aspirations;
  • Manage client assignments that are sizable in both scope and scale by providing intelligent and creative solutions to client tax issues both reactively and proactively and present solutions to increasingly complex technical issues;
  • Assist clients with complex HMRC enquiries, negotiations and settlement options;
  • Proactively seek out business development opportunities;
  • Participate fully in new client pitch situations;
  • Advise on relevant IHT planning steps that clients should consider including the use of UK Trusts, capturing Business Property Relief and corporate reorganisations;
  • Write high quality tax reports, professionally presented documents, requiring minimal input from directors or partners;
  • A sound awareness and adherence to the firm’s risk management processes and procedures, including consulting with relevant subject matter experts as required;
  • Ensure bills are raised and costs are collected on a timely basis and manage work in progress to ensure recoverability targets can be met;
  • Demonstrate sound technical knowledge to supervise relevant areas of work and will be seen as a reference point on particular technical issues;
  • Work effectively with all members of the team, building the confidence and respect of peers and subordinates;
  • Demonstrate a clear appetite for self-development through the appraisal and personal development plan processes, reviewing work afterward for learning points; and
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the full range of the firm’s products, services and capabilities and seeks to participate in business development activities and contributes to sales pitches, for own team as well as the wider firm.



  • ACA/ACCA or CTA qualified;
  • Minimum 7 years’ post qualification experience of working in a tax department of a larger firm;
  • Strong technical knowledge and proven ability to identify opportunities for clients;
  • Experience of dealing with Officers of the “Wealthy” team (formerly the High Net Worth Unit) of HM Revenue and Customs;
  • Approachable and respected member of the team who takes a proactive interest in the team’s performance and wellbeing;
  • Capable of working on your own initiative while taking responsibility and ownership for wider team issues;
  • Ability to build trusted relationships with clients and the team;
  • Managerial skills with the ability to manage compliance process and compliance staff;
  • Strong interpersonal skills are essential together with proven people development skills to support the development of the more junior staff; and
  • Ambitious and want to pursue a career in practice.