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As the Corporate Tax Senior Director, you will be the single point of contact for all tax matters for the Upwork cross functional team as well as with our 3rd party tax firms. With assistance from the tax firms, you will partner with leadership and key stakeholders across the broader organization to design, implement, and manage both domestic and international transactional tax in the marketplace space. Once you are up to speed on how we operate today and how to best align your function to Upwork’s strategies, you will have the opportunity to scale and expand our tax department to support the future of Upwork with a hybrid workforce model.

  • Minimum Qualification: Degree
  • Experience Level: Senior level
  • Experience Length: 10 years

Job Description/Requirements

Your Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement tax strategies to minimize the company's tax liabilities while ensuring compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.

  • Manage all aspects of the company's tax compliance, including the preparation and filing of tax returns, ensuring accuracy and timeliness.

  • Oversee all aspects of indirect tax compliance, including registration, filings, and reporting requirements in multiple jurisdictions.

  • Work closely with cross-functional teams, including finance, legal, customer support, marketing, product and engineering to provide tax requirements supporting new initiatives, product launches, and changes in tax laws and regulations, all to be implemented on our platform

  • Lead global tax operation and compliance, including coordination of the timely and accurate preparation and filings of the federal and state tax returns as well as income tax provisions by working with 3rd party tax firms 

  • Stay informed about changes in tax laws and regulations that may impact the company and provide guidance on how to adapt accordingly

  • Manage all tax-related projects, R&D study, and international tax structure planning

  • Provide advice to the internal business partners on indirect tax matters which freelancers and/or clients on our platform may face, including a review of the enterprise contract for the tax related matters.

  • Responsible for tax accounting and reporting in accordance with applicable US GAAP, including non-income tax related matters under ASC 450

  • Responsible for designing tax processes and SOX compliant controls 

  • Manage relationships with external tax advisors and authorities, ensuring timely and accurate responses to inquiries and audits.

  • Lead and develop a team of tax professionals, providing mentorship, guidance, and support to drive excellence in tax compliance and planning.


What it takes to catch our eye:

  • CPA required 

  • Extensive tax experience at a multinational company and Big 4 or equivalent

  • Experience in online Marketplace, FinTech or SAAS Industry

  • In-depth knowledge of tax laws and regulations, with expertise in corporate taxation and international tax issues, as well as indirect tax principles, including sales tax, VAT/GST, and digital service taxes.

  • Proven track record of developing and implementing successful tax strategies to optimize tax efficiency and mitigate risks

  • Familiarity with third-party indirect tax systems such as Vertex

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills, with the ability to research complex tax issues, develop practical solutions, and communicate at all levels in simple terms

  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously, meeting deadlines with strong sense of ownership and delivering high-quality work under pressure

  • Self-starter with builder mindset, great attention to detail, results driven with high level of integrity

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively interact with internal and external stakeholders at all levels of the organization

  • Excellent written communication skills and the ability to tailor presentations for the audience

  • Ability to lead and develop high-performing teams, managed a distributed workforce (e.g., multi location and hybrid)

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities, with experience managing teams and driving results in a fast-paced, global environment.

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