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Date: Aug 11, 2017

Location: San Francisco, CA, US

Company: Williams-Sonoma Inc.

Requisition Number: SS-11342
Area of Interest: Accounting - Audit
Organization: Corporate
Brand/Division: Shared Services
Position Type: Full-time

JOB DESCRIPTION

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 a Tax Accountant to join our Tax Department. This position will report to Manager of Indirect Tax, and will be responsible for a wide range of tax related functions in the sales, use and other tax audits and compliance for U.S., Canada and international. This position will compile, extrapolate and analyze data in Excel, assist with audits, and assist with special projects and data requests.

Specific Responsibilities

* Audits

* Prepare and provide documentation to support sales and use, GST,VAT and other audits
* Manage relationship with internal, external and IT contacts for data files and information
* Engage and provide auditor with supporting documentation using various internal systems
* Reconcile data to trial balances and analyze differences
* Compile, extrapolate, analyze and evaluate audit exposure, provide recommendations
* Assist in tax planning and reserve activity

Compliance

* Review, research, monitor and maintain store and various tax rates on a monthly basis
* Maintain tax codes
* Assist in review and research of invalid data transactions
* Review, research, document and maintain tax classification of products
* Prepare monthly use tax accrual, journal entry and supporting documentation
* Maintain SOX compliance deadlines and requirements, desktop procedures and key controls
* Assist in researching tax regulations and tax rules
* Other

* Monitor new upcoming store openings to identify and determine new filing requirements
* Coordinate and register other sales, use and excise taxes in all jurisdictions where required
* Provide support and respond to sales, use and other tax questions
* Determine validity and correct responses to tax documentation (W-9 and tax-exempt) requests
* Assist with critical clerical functions of the tax department (check requests, scanning, filing, opening mail, Power of Attorneys, etc)
* Assist with other tax related analysis, research and special projects

REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS

Qualifications

* Bachelor's degree in Finance or Accounting
* 1 - 2+ years of experience working in corporate tax or Finance department
* Prior experience in retail industry a plus
* Excellent computer skills
* Proficiency in Excel required
* Ability to understand and analyze data/information
* Basic knowledge of sales and use tax preparation, laws, use tax accrual, and research
* Experience conducting research, interpreting, and documenting resolutions
* High energy and highly motivated with the ability to simultaneously handle multiple projects in an efficient manner
* Work well under pressure, ability to meet tight deadlines and adapt to changing priorities
* Detail oriented, ability to plan, extremely organized, complete work with minimal supervision
* Independent thinker, self-starter and experienced in problem solving
* Excellent oral and written communication skills

Personal Competencies

* Global Business Acumen -- Understand the complexity of business on a global scale. Embrace cultural and individual differences with empathy. Work with the nuances of specific local cultures to make informed decisions.
* Strategic and Analytical Capability -- Ability to think globally, strategically, and objectively. Effectively translates data into actionable insights, strategies and financial plans.
* Leading Teams -- Attracts, develops and motives the talent needed for current and future business requirements. Articulates an inspiring vision for the future, establishes high performance expectations and sets example through own behavior. Ensures alignment of individual goals with overall business objectives. Coaches team members to success and holds individuals accountable for achieving results.
* Drive for Results -- Credibility earned through delivering results. Balances urgent and effective action, commitment to excellence, taking initiative to resolve problems and work quality. Demonstrates high initiative and provides leadership in a project-oriented environment.
* Effective Communication -- Communicates clearly and effectively with associates at all levels, external partners and customers. Strong verbal and written presentation skills including the ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple way and to tailor key messages and presentation style to multiple audiences.
* Influence and Collaboration -- Builds and sustains collaborative relationships at multiple levels in the company. Able to work through complex disagreements and conflict to achieve resolution. Builds trust by including others and by keeping the cross-functional teams focused on the success of the entire company.

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.


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