Mars UK • Slough, Berkshire, United Kingdom

UK & Ireland VAT Accountant- Mars Corporate

1–2 days/week at home

Core hours 11–3

Dog friendly

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Job Description

Job Description:

UK & Ireland VAT Accountant- Mars Corporate

Location: Slough, UK

Hybrid Working- 50%

Our UK & Ireland VAT Accountant will ensure accurate and complete VAT returns are prepared and submitted for Mars' UK and Irish entities.You will provide ongoing training and support to associates across the UK, Ireland, and Mars Global Finance Services (MGFS) central service centre to understand the VAT implications of their transactions so that Mars fulfills its legal obligations to UK and Irish tax authorities.

What are we looking for?

  • ACA/ACCA/CTA qualified with proven relevant experience in VAT reporting or strong relevant VAT experience.
  • Experience with UK VAT is essential.
  • You will become involved with associates across all zones and all departments. We are looking for excellent interpersonal and communication skills and enjoy learning about new areas.
  • As the business comes up with more complex transactions, you will be required to use initiative to be able to design suitable processes that will ensure we can account for the VAT impact correctly.
  • You will require influencing skills to work with and train associates to understand their VAT liabilities.

What will be your key responsibilities?

  • Responsible for VAT compliance of Mars’ UK and Irish VAT registrations ensuring VAT ledgers are correct.
  • Work with all Mars UK and Irish sites to ensure VAT compliance. Provide ongoing training to Service & Finance (S&F) (including Mars Global Finance Services (MGFS)) associates who account for transactions with VAT implications so that VAT is correctly recorded and accounted for.
  • Training Service & Finance (S&F) and non-Service & Finance (S&F) associates on the VAT implications for the business to ensure that we meet our legal responsibilities and that the business activities are VAT efficient.
  • Resolve VAT queries from the business, tax authorities, customers, and suppliers so Mars is VAT compliant.
  • Communicate any changes in VAT legislation to the relevant parts of the business and work with them to understand how to meet the requirements.
  • Supervise completion, submission, and settlement of VAT returns prepared by UK and Ireland In Country Treasury Centres (ICTC), including review of VAT returns from units who prepare their VAT returns. This Includes:
    • Review VAT returns prepared by the UK VAT Specialists and decide on the appropriate VAT treatment,
    • Ensure all VAT queries are resolved, and VAT learnings are implemented in VAT and business units,
    • Regular review of VAT and business risks and processes to ensure VAT compliance,
    • Maintain technical library so that we can give up-to-date and correct advice on VAT legislation,
  • Ensure VAT returns are compliant with Senior Accounting Office requirements.
  • Drive digital efficiency Improvements to VAT process and controls.
  • Support VAT set of new businesses and Integration of acquisitions.
  • Support the In Country Treasury Centres (ICTC) community by Improving the efficiency of Ways of Working with business units and service centres and bringing learnings from other In Country Treasury Centres (ICTC) Into the UK In Country Treasury Centres (ICTC).

What can you expect from Mars?

  • Work with over 130,000 diverse and talented Associates, all guided by the Five Principles.
  • Join a purpose-driven company, where we’re striving to build the world, we want tomorrow.
  • Best-in-class learning and development support from day one, including access to our in-house Mars University.
  • An industry-competitive salary and benefits package, including company bonus.



Mars is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. If you need assistance or an accommodation during the application process because of a disability, it is available upon request. The company is pleased to provide such assistance, and no applicant will be penalized as a result of such a request.

Company benefits

Open to part-time employees
Open to job sharing
Open to compressed hours
Enhanced maternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
Enhanced paternity leave – 26 weeks at 90% pay
24 days annual leave + bank holidays
“Pawternity” leave
Pregnancy loss leave
Bank holiday swaps
Employees are very happy with their working location freedom
Employees are very happy with the flexibility in the hours they work
Employees are very happy with the benefits their company offers
Work-life balance
Employees feel that they can switch off quite easily from work
Role modelling
Employees feel that flexible working is part of the culture
Employees feel they have complete autonomy over getting their work done

Additional employee ratings
(these do not contribute to the FlexScore®)

Employees feel that the diversity is good and there are continued efforts to improve it
Employees feel that the culture supports equity and inclusivity well
Employees feel like it is a really great environment to work in
Employees feel very excited about and aligned with the company mission
Employees feel that their salary is good and matches the value they bring

Working at Mars UK

Company employees

4,000 In the UK

Gender diversity (male:female)


Office locations

London, Slough, Waltham, Castle Cary, Birstall, Plymouth

Hiring Countries

United Kingdom
United States

Awards & Achievements

1st – Large companies

1st – Large companies

Flexa100 2024
Consumer Goods

Consumer Goods

Industry awards 2023
3rd – Large companies

3rd – Large companies

Flexa100 2023
Retail & Ecommerce

Retail & Ecommerce

Industry awards 2022

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