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Job Title Senior Tax Counsel

JobID 1048073-1852

Location: New York, NY

Description *About Pfizer*

A career at Pfizer offers opportunity, ownership and impact.All over the world, Pfizer colleagues work together to positively impact health for everyone, everywhere. Our colleagues have the opportunity to grow and develop a career that offers both individual and company success; be part of an ownership culture that values diversity and where all colleagues are energized and engaged; and the ability to impact the health and lives of millions of people. Pfizer, a global leader in the biopharmaceutical industry, is continuously seeking top talent who are inspired by our purpose to innovate to bring therapies to patients that significantly improve their lives.

*Role Description*

The Global Tax Planning team is responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, and managing tax strategies to help minimize Pfizer's overall tax cost and enhance the value to internal customers and external stakeholders. The Global Tax Planning team also optimizes tax consequences of business transactions and monitors proposed legislation for impact to Pfizer and for tax planning opportunities. This role will assist with each aspect of tax planning for the company, including negotiation, management and support for the company's cross border M&A transactions and strategic global tax planning. With respect to M&A transactions, this person will be responsible for working with internal and external resources to provide appropriate tax advice with respect to all areas of taxation, including U.S. federal and international tax, as well as any state and local tax implications. This person will take a lead role in ensuring transactions are executed through all phases of a deal - including negotiation with third parties, execution, closing and integration. With respect to global tax responsibilities, this person will take on a lead role to ensure that U.S. federal and non-U.S. tax planning strategies are designed and implemented properly. This is a visible position with top levels of tax and non-tax management. The person in this position will need to manage outside counsel and accounting advisors effectively. This position will have extensive interface with multiple levels of tax professionals, as well as non-tax professionals in corporate departments and executives at the business units.


*Take a lead role in negotiating and executing cross border M&A transactions, including acquisitions, divestitures and collaborations*Coordinate and lead the tax due diligence process for M&A transactions*Work with the company's internal teams, including Legal, Business Development and Global Tax, with respect to all aspects of M&A transactions, including interfacing with outside advisors and coordinating with internal teams to ensure all considerations (tax and non-tax) are properly reflected in the deal structuring and negotiations*Under the direction of the Vice President International Tax Planning and other leaders in Global Tax, develop tax planning strategies, including post-closing integration of acquired companies into Pfizer's global structure*Assist in the management of tax planning projects for a variety of transactions*Oversee the coordination of project implementation with the tax compliance & tax accounting groups within Global Tax as well as with other groups across the Pfizer organization (accounting, legal, finance, etc.)*Meet and establish relationships with key tax and non-tax colleagues in significant business units and any assigned countries of responsibility*Become an active member of Global Tax Planning team and assist in the managing/mentoring of colleagues and developing strong team atmosphere focused on the highest quality of tax planning*Maintain knowledge of existing and proposed tax laws, rulings, regulations and litigation sufficient to provide advice to management and develop detailed advice on specific transactions and issues; understand the relevant impact, recommend and implement responsive action to manage existing positions and capture new opportunities*Actively participate, manage and oversee all income tax audits in any assigned countries*Take a lead role in coordinating local country tax planning in any assigned countries*Candidate must be able to perform the necessary background work independently, interfacing with appropriate tax and non-tax team members in order to articulate clear and timely recommendations on key tax issues*Work effectively under real-world circumstances of imperfect information and/or short timelines


*10 plus years' relevant experience with a major, publicly held corporation, law firm or big 4 public accounting firm, including a minimum of 4 years with a major law firm*A JD degree is required; an LLM or CPA is a plus but not required*Demonstrable skills in negotiating M&A transactions*Strong background and knowledge in a broad range of international tax issues including inbound, outbound and transfer pricing*Strong understanding of tax planning on a multi-national level with an emphasis on corporate mergers and acquisitions, treasury, and transfer pricing*Proven management skills backed by strong technical abilities and experience*Strong communicator both written and verbal with excellent interpersonal skills for mentoring and developing less experienced tax professionals*Strong analytical skills*Strong commercial and business awareness*Highly effective project management skills*Excellent organization and prioritization skills*Strong skills in working with tight deadlines*High level of cross-cultural awarenessNON-STANDARD WORK SCHEDULE, TRAVEL OR ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS Travel - up to 20% of time

*EEO & Employment Eligibility*

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status. Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA. Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

*Senior Tax Counsel*
*New York, New York*

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