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Head of Indirect Tax and Tax Operations


Would you like to bring your experience in tax and data systems/technology and processes to use in a newly created senior tax position in a leading and fast-growing biopharmaceutical company, where you can be part of designing the future tax function?

The role
As our new Head of Indirect Tax and Tax Operations, you will be responsible for indirect tax compliance and structuring and overall responsible for tax operations related to use of financial systems, IT, technology and processes. Additionally, you will play a key role in advising the business and other stakeholders in planning, coordinating, and structuring indirect tax.

In joining Ascendis Pharma you will have an exciting opportunity to develop the management of indirect tax and use of IT and tax technology within an international pharmaceutical company with a strong growth record.

You will become part of Group Tax which is responsible for global tax affairs in the Ascendis Group. The team is situated in Hellerup (Denmark) working with colleagues in Heidelberg (Germany), Palo Alto & New Jersey (US). This is a newly created role that reports directly to the VP & Head of Tax.

Ascendis Pharmais a fast-growing, dynamic biopharmaceutical company with Headquarters in Denmark that offers you room to grow and the freedom to take responsibility and make a difference for patients every day.As a member of our global team, you will work with highly skilled and passionate colleagues to advance our exciting product pipeline.

You will be responsible for

  • Advising the business and other group functions and internal stakeholders on indirect tax issues, including processes and systems issues in finance operations, supply chain operations, a.o., and ensuring efficient indirect tax structuring.
  • Managing indirect tax compliance filings are made efficiently and timely (e.g. VAT returns, EC sales lists, Intrastat filings and indirect US tax filings, e.g. use/sales tax filings, property tax) and ensuring that the indirect tax payments are made timely; including instructing, controlling and training finance colleagues that are involved in the filing processes, and managing compliance processes with external tax consultants.
  • Coordinating closely with other finance and supply chain functions related to customs filing processes, to ensure compliance and alignment with VAT processes.
  • Managing indirect tax audits and consult on customs audits.
  • Setting up and managing a Tax Control Framework for all indirect taxes, ensuring adequate controls and processes are in place, including controlling, process descriptions and manuals/SOPs, and to create visibility and overview and manage identified risks.
  • For all taxes managed by Group Tax take responsibility for the continuous development of the Tax Control Framework and overall be the system, IT, technology and process operations owner in Group Tax, working closely with other members of Group Tax, rest of Finance and other internal stakeholders in identifying and implementing system optimization and efficiencies.
  • Monitoring legislative changes with possible impact on the Ascendis Group including impact assessments.

Your professional qualifications
You hold a relevant academic degree, probably a Master of Accounting (Cand.Merc.Aud.) or Finance/Law (Cand.Merc.(Jur)), supplemented with systems and technology training, and have 6+ years of experience with indirect tax compliance and use of systems/technology. You master MS Office and have hands-on experience in working with ERP systems, preferable Microsoft’s D365, or similar, and use of robotics, RPA, and tax tools. You are proficient in English at a professional level, both written and spoken.

You are very skilled in working with financial data and systems, ERP processes, indirect tax compliance in EU and knowledge of US indirect tax, and you have experience in managing audits and risk management. You have experience from a similar position in an in-house function in an international company or as an advisor working with international companies.

As a person, you are a highly motivated proactive person who enjoys being challenged and working in collaborative environments, and you are able to structure, follow up, and complete your tasks independently. You have a positive mindset and embrace changes constructively. You also like to laugh, and are easy-going.

Travel: Up to est. 10-15 days per year.

Office location: Ascendis Pharma’s Headquarters in Tuborg Havn at Tuborg Boulevard 12, Copenhagen, with a view to the harbor, the canals, and the sea.

For more details about the position or the company, please contact Joan G. Jessen, VP & Head of Tax on M + 45 6155 9877 or jgj@ascendispharma.com, or visit out website www.ascendispharma.com. All applications must be submitted in English and are treated confidentially.

Applications will be evaluated when received, so please apply as soon as possible.


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Ascendis Pharma is applying its innovative TransCon technologies to build a leading, fully integrated biopharmaceutical company focused on making a meaningful difference in patients’ lives. Guided by our core values of patients, science and passion, we utilize our technology platform to create new and potentially best-in-class therapies.

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