Tax Director - Service Line Leader - Experienced Hire, Johannesburg

  • Johannesburg
  • Salary: Market Related
  • Job Type: Permanent
  • Sectors: Accounting
  • Posted by Experienced Hire on Tuesday, January 14, 2020
  • Reference: 10695
  • Apply before Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 41 Days left

Vacancy Details

Employer: Experienced Hire


Lead the Tax Service Line in line with the firm’s strategy. To deliver quality service to our clients, live the values of SNG and align outcomes with the overall strategic objectives of SNG. To ensure maximum profit for the organisation through maximising profits on engagements. To grow SNG Grant Thornton’s Tax service line to be a significant player in the market. Build a reputable, sustainable, respected, innovative and sought-after tax practice.

General responsibilities:

  • To adhere to the organisation’s journey to achieve a performance culture and therefore a commitment to the processes and initiatives underlying the achievement of such a performance culture

  • To be aligned to the shared vision and values of the organisation

  • To inspire, motivate and develop our people and be a trusted business advisor to clients

  • To adhere to the organisation’s code of conduct as well as its rules and regulations as stipulated in the shareholders agreement

  • To hold others accountable and to be held accountable for positions and duties with which they are entrusted

  • To maintain the highest levels of ethics and integrity at all times

  • To serve the best interest of the organisation with care, skill, diligence and courage.

  • To be transparent by disclosing information that will enable stakeholders to hold the organisation to account and that provides a holistic representation of the organisation's past performance and its prospects for future value-creation.

  • To adhere to all other legislative requirements governing the organisation and the individual’s field of expertise

  • To refrain from maligning the character of colleagues whether through malicious electronic, written or verbal correspondence

  • To refrain from breaching confidentiality by disclosing to personnel and others confidential information relating to the director body discussions and deliberations and information relating to clients

  • To refrain from communicating negatively about the affairs of the organisation both internally to staff and externally to clients and other members of the public

Specific responsibilities:


    • To participate in setting direction for the service line, financial and administrative decision-taking

    • To translate service line strategy into KPI’s for self and team

    • To participate in the evaluation of the performance and management of the service line and own teams: The main purpose is monitoring activities and performance. This includes actioning interventions and the overall management of assignments.

    • To plan, monitor and implement strategic projects allocated to him/her

    • Self-Governance

    • To understand and implement the changes to the Organisational Design

    • To participate in the continuous refinement of the Operating Model.

    • To participate in the continuous refinement of the High-Performance Model

    • To lead and participate in goal setting and planning for self and mentee

    • To manage and report on performance area for which he/she is allocated responsibility by the service line leader

    • To report on culture initiatives within his/her teams


  • Growth: Contribute towards the for-Value Proposition Development and ‘’Go-To Market’’ strategies for the service line

  • Accountable, together with service line leaders and provincial heads, for co-creating, executing and monitoring provincial ‘’go-to market’’ strategies for the service lines

  • Jointly accountable for Revenue Growth, together with service line and provincial leaders

  • Drive business development and cross selling in the service line

  • Ensure financial targets set out in his/her KPI’s are achieved and report on inconsistencies to service line leader

  • Select and engage in relevant industry events nationally and internally to promote the firm and generate significant leads pipeline

  • Identify and act on opportunities to introduce new services or solutions to clients

Practice management

  • Co-accountable for - Profit, Delivery, Quality, Capability Building and Capacity Management with the service line leaders and provincial leaders

  • Monitor performance against budgets for the year and report on inconsistencies to service line leaders and MANCO

  • Enforce compliance with internal business processes and customer management processes

  • Comply with the good governance policies defined by the organisation

  • Ensure risk management practices of the organisation are complied with

  • Ensure that quality control of the organisation is embedded in all the processes


  • Drive the implementation of talent management policies and processes for his/her mentees

  • Ensure the development of his/her mentees in the organisation to be technical experts, to manage talent management processes of his/her mentees including (talent acquisition, succession planning, career management)

  • Comply with the governance structures within the organisation to achieve on the strategies of the organisation

  • Provide strategic direction to the mentees and align people to the strategy

  • Communicate the vision and strategy of the organisation to all mentees and personnel in the service line

  • Implement and monitor performance management processes for his/her mentees including the responsibility for managing out poor performers

  • Set clearly defined KPI’s for his/her mentees

  • Manage the capacity requirements of his/her assignments to ensure that the optimal capacity resulting from the engagement planning and strategy process is not exceeded

  • Coach mentees and ensure they become effective business leaders

  • Ensure the development of high performing teams in the service line Assist the service line leader to Identify a strong leadership pipeline

  • Ensure that gearing (Partner to staff) ratio is appropriate on assignments

  • Implement organisations reward and recognition policies

  • Manage the performance of the engagement team

  • Set example to staff by living values of SNG Grant Thornton and lead from the front


  • Drive business development by growing the client book

  • Conversion of ideas to new products, new market strategies and new efficiency strategies

  • Generate, in conjunction with relevant persons, new client business

  • Sell across industry to secure sustainable business

  • Manage portfolio of clients

  • Implement the Client Management Framework on his or her assignments and in the service line

  • Engage clients and build sustainable relationships that he/she is able to leverage off and translate into revenue for the firm and networks off which the firm can leverage

  • Manage client expectations

  • Build relationships and deliver services to clients on an on-going basis to grow the business

  • Provide clients with an integrated business solution

  • Be a strategic account leader

  • Innovation to distinguish firm from the competition in the marketplace

  • Provide relevant information in strategic meetings to clients, management and potential clients

  • Develop high impact relationships with priority clients - Manage relationships with CEO’s of priority clients, CFOs, Directors, and Chairs of Audit Committees

  • Ensure compliance of client acceptance procedures

  • Inculcate a culture of service excellence within the organisation

  • Engage with service line leaders and high priority clients to run thought leadership sessions

  • Ensure projects are properly planned and staffed

  • Follow good governance policies

  • Investigate the latest updates and developments in industry

  • Review reports to ensure that they meet the quality standards of the firm

  • Quality check and sign off proposals prior to them being released to clients

  • Sign off deliverables and approve relevant expenditures and disbursements

  • Comply with internal business processes and customer management processes

  • Ensure work in progress is updated timeously, billings performed timeously, and debtors timeously collected

  • Ensure quality review processes met in respect of internal review processes

  • Planning, Organising and Controlling all operations


Stakeholder engagement

  • Engage with Service line leaders on matters relating to his/her portfolio

  • Engage with internal Policy committee, EXCO and Extended Exco on matters for which he/she is allocated responsibility as required


  • Innovation fundamental to distinguish firm from the competition in the marketplace

  • Create developmental opportunities

  • Work with service line leaders to engage in necessary research and formulate strategic approaches

Qualification and Experience

  • Honours degree in Tax (BCom Hons\Law degree or equivalent)

  • M degree will be an advantage

  • Relevant certification\designation e.g. CA(SA) will be an advantage

  • Minimum 10 years’ experience as a tax practitioner at a senior level. Exposure in a combination of corporate tax, indirect tax, transfer pricing, customs, etc, is a requirement

  • Experience in a Professional Services firm essential

  • Experience at a Director level in a Big 4 or med tier audit firm

  • Business Development, Presentation and Influencing Skills

  • Relevant Performance Management experience

  • Integrated and industry knowledge imperative

  • Organisational skills to delegate and receive appropriate feedback


  • Client relationship building

  • Innovation

  • Strategic thinking

  • Developing Others

  • Leadership and inspiring others

  • Manage complexity

  • Good business acumen

  • Business development and innovation

  • Attention to detail

  • Drive for result (Market analysis and identify gaps in current client portfolio)

  • Brand Eminence

  • Stress management

  • Dedication / commitment

  • Service orientation

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SizweNtsalubaGobodo was born out of a merger between SizweNtsaluba VSP and Gobodo Incorporated on the 1st June 2011. We are currently the fifth largest firm of professional accountant and business consultants in South Africa and the largest indigenousness firm of accountants and business consultants in the country.

A firm with more than 800 staff members, a footprint throughout South Africa’s nine provinces, a reputation and experience that traverses both private and public sectors and a member firm of Morison International giving us global reach