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Williams-Sonoma Inc. | San Francisco, California
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Job Description

Requisition Number: SS-10686
Area of Interest: Accounting - Audit
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Shared Services
Position Type: Full-time


Our Company

Founded in 1956, Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is the premier specialty retailer of high-quality products for the kitchen and home in the United States. Our family of brands are Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, PBteen, West Elm, Williams-Sonoma Home, Rejuvenation, and Mark and Graham. These brands are among the best known and most respected in the industry. We offer beautifully-designed, stylish and functional products for every area of the home, including the kitchen, living room, bedroom, home office, closet, laundry room and even outdoor spaces. We've seen some big changes since our first brick-and-mortar store opened more than half of a century ago. What hasn't changed is our passion for high-quality products, functional design, outstanding customer service, and enhancing the lives of our customers and the communities where we operate. Today, we're a multi-brand, multi-channel, global enterprise supported by state-of-the-art technology and some of the most talented teams in retailing - and we're always looking for new energy and ideas.

Position Summary

We are seeking an energetic and self-motivated Tax Manager to join our Tax Department. This position will report to the SALT Director and will be responsible for managing the development and implementation of indirect tax processes which affect compliance and audits. This position would play an integral role to support the company's growth in providing tax guidance for current and future projects.

Specific Responsibilities

* Identify, develop, design and implement processes and methodologies to address gaps in tax compliance and mitigate future audit risk in support of day-to-day retail company operations
* Enhance, improve and update existing processes to increase efficiency, streamline team workload and reduce manual processes based on understanding of current business processes
* Work with other internal project teams to define tax requirements, communicate needs to technology teams, monitor progress and validate implementation of changes
* Manage and coordinate with tax team to establish strategic data extraction and gathering plans, understand and develop meaningful reporting needs
* Assist Senior Manager and SALT Director with developing and/or refining business objectives, project scope, and timeline for tax implications for strategic business ventures under consideration
* Analyze reports and present complex data with in-depth detail to support recommendations for future tax systems; anticipate questions and responding to questions logically and concisely.
* Establish, review and test new data files, formats and validations to provide rules and guidance to third-party tax return preparers; analyze impact of information to company on a broader scale based on understanding of various systems
* Manage various tax projects to include planning, budgeting, developing timelines, interacting with internal and external resources, executing, and ensuring that all project parameters are met.
* Prepare or review and approve changes to existing tax compliance issues (e.g. registrations, template updates, notices) to ensure the company is compliant on a timely basis and analyze potential impact to audits and balance sheet reconciliation
* Manage and oversee indirect tax compliance and relationships with third-party tax service providers
* Review and approve monthly use tax accruals, journal entries and related supporting documentation
* Manage and maintain SOX compliance, desktop procedures and key controls
* Provide guidance and lead indirect tax team to improve efficiency and identify, research and resolve problems
* Manage outsourced property tax and gross receipt tax compliance
* Support the full lifecycle of ad-hoc special projects from inception to completion



* Bachelor's degree in Finance or Accounting required
* 5+ years of experience working in corporate tax or Finance department
* Experience in sales/use tax preparation, tax research within a retail organization
* CPA license or CMI designation required
* Advanced computer stills and advanced Excel proficiency required
* Excellent project management and strong analytical ability to identify, provide solutions and resolve problems
* High energy, high motivation and strong ability to collaborate with cross-functional teams
* Works well under pressure and adapts to changing priorities
* Detail oriented, has ability to plan and is extremely organized
* Efficiently prioritizes to accomplish and manage multiple projects and/or deliverables and meet tight deadlines effectively
* Independent thinker, self-starter and works with limited guidance
* Ability to lead, motivate and develop staff
* Excellent oral and written communication skills


Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.

About Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. is a specialty retailer of products for the home. The retail segment of the Company’s business sells its products through five retail store concepts: Williams-Sonoma, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, West Elm and Williams-Sonoma Home. The direct-to-customer segment of the Company’s business sells similar products through its seven direct-mail catalogs and through six e-commerce Websites. The Company’s Williams-Sonoma stores offer a selection of culinary and serving equipment, including cookware, cookbooks, cutlery, informal dinnerware, glassware, table linens, specialty foods and cooking ingredients. The Company has two segments: retail and direct-to-customer. The catalogs reach customers in the United States, while the five retail concepts, as of February 1, 2009, operated 627 stores in 44 states. (Source: 10-K)

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