Vice President, Tax

  • Competitive
  • Hong Kong
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Societe Generale
  • 11 Dec 18

Vice President, Tax


Societe Generale is one of the leading European financial services groups. Founded in 1864, we have been playing a vital role in the economy for over 150 years. With more than 148,000 employees based in 76 countries worldwide, we accompany 32 million clients throughout the world on a daily basis. Based on a diversified universal banking model, the Group combines financial strength with a strategy of sustainable growth.

Our expertise in the Asia Pacific region ranges from Corporate & Investment Banking (Advisory, Financing and Global Markets) to Asset Management, Securities Services, Trade Finance and Cash Management Services. Leveraging on our formidable global footprint, we serve corporates, financial institutions and the public sector. With our regional headquarters in Hong Kong, we operate in 11 countries across Asia Pacific, employing over 6,600 employees. You can find us in Beijing, Seoul, Tokyo, Singapore, Mumbai, Sydney and other locations in the region.

At Societe Generale we have developed - and continue to develop - advanced programmes to support your career development. A diverse and comprehensive Learning & Development programme, a Junior programme for graduates and a Remuneration policy that stimulates your growth are just a few examples that illustrate how we help you to fulfill yourself personally and professionally, and how we develop your ability to adapt to ever-changing environments and transform challenges into opportunities.

Department Description

The Asia Pacific Tax Department is responsible for the tax security and tax reputation for all Asia Pacific entities. To that extent it provides advice and approvals in relation to tax compliance, new products, tax risks (including in relation to tax
audits and litigation).



Operational tax management

  • Piloting of files and coordination of the interventions of associates of Group Tax Department, external tax advisors and financial/tax people in charge of relevant entities (initially for India and Singapore (plus satellites in south east asia) but to be varied as necessary).
  • Studies and/or assistance to relevant locations (initially for Singapore and India) and relevant business lines (initially GLFI (Global Finance), CTY (Commodities) and GTRS (Global Transaction Payment Services)) on corporate tax, VAT/GST and all other direct and indirect taxes.
  • Validation of the tax results of relevant entities prepared by external and/or local tax experts.
  • Participation in management of relations with external and internal auditors on tax aspects relating to relevant locations including tax audits.
  • Assistance and follow-up of the tax controls concerning relevant locations, in association with the local tax advisors.
  • Follow-up of tax operational risks and tax losses reporting of relevant locations and relevant business lines in connection with the tax and administrative management team.
  • Use best practice as defined by central team in the use of tools for the supervision of entities in relevant locations.
  • Perform tax watch on FATCA and CRS including being the FATCA and CRS subject expert for the Asia Pacific region.

Tax advisory
  • Advise relevant business lines on internal restructurings, creations of entities, and acquisitions or partnerships in Asia Pac.
  • Participation in New Products Committees Working Groups for products of relevant business lines.



Academic Background and Certifications, Experience

  • An Accounting degree or double degree in Accounting and Law

  • At least 4 years experience in the tax division of a big 4 accounting firm or law firm and at least 4 years work experience in the internal tax division of an investment bank with a sound investment banking product knowledge

  • A strong knowledge of India GST and corporate income tax and experience on tax issues relating to other locations in Asia Pacific

  • Experience in interacting with Tax Authorities on significant tax matters

  • Participant in Tax Committee of Industry Bodies

  • Broad understanding of transfer pricing concepts and their application to investment banking activities

  • Strong knowledge of tax system of at least two jurisdictions (not including Australia, Hong Kong and China) in Asia Pacific

Operational Skills

  • Ability to coordinate
  • Autonomy in work organization
  • Ability to take initiatives
  • Perfect fluency in English and Mandarin or Cantonese
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Independent thinker, problem solver
  • Team player
  • Strong interpersonal skills

Behavioral Skills

  • Client - Understanding and Respect: I listen to clients and colleagues in order to understand and anticipate their needs
  • Commitment - Exemplarity: I embody the Group's values
  • Client - Client focus: I put long term relationship with our clients at the center of my actions, whatever my position
  • Responsibility - Courage: I express my convictions and make decisions with courage and respect.
  • Client - Risk: I strive to satisfy clients while taking into account risks for the company
  • Team Spirit - Synergies: I make cooperation with colleagues in and outside my team a priority
Other Behavioral Skills

  • Ability to work in a challenging environment
  • Active listener
  • Interacting with various people
  • Multi-tasking
  • Pragmatism
  • Taking initiatives