Director of Tax

| Chicago, IL, USA | Hybrid
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About Flexport: 

At Flexport, we believe global trade can move the human race forward. That’s why it’s our mission to make global commerce so easy there will be more of it. We’re shaping the future of a $8.6T industry with solutions powered by innovative technology and exceptional people. Today, companies of all sizes—from emerging brands to Fortune 500s—use Flexport technology to move more than $19B of merchandise across 112 countries a year. 

The recent global supply chain crisis has put Flexport center stage as we continue to play a pivotal role in how goods move around the world. At a valuation of $8 billion, we’re experiencing record growth and are proud to have the support of the best investors in the game who believe in our mission, solutions and people. Ready to tackle global challenges that impact business, society, and the environment? Come join us.

Build and manage Global Tax at Flexport.The opportunity:

Our Finance and Accounting Team collaborates as a strategic partner to clients, partners and all internal departments.  The company transacts around the world with on-the-ground operations teams in the US, EU and APAC.  As our revenue and business complexity grows, we need a highly-experienced Tax leader to build out and maintain all things tax at Flexport.

You will:

  • Own and direct all aspects of taxation with the company, including: strategy, planning, financial reporting, and compliance
  • Prepare or review all assigned U.S. and foreign corporate income tax, indirect tax, and information returns
  • Oversee the tax returns for the Company’s international subsidiaries
  • Be responsible for accounting for income taxes (ASC 740) in the US and International subsidiaries
  • Coordinate accounting for income taxes for international subsidiaries with third party vendors
  • Head the development of effective and operationally sound tax strategies to reduce the overall tax burden of the consolidated group of companies  
  • Develop and maintain inter-company arrangements between subsidiaries
  • Be responsible for transfer pricing and management fee arrangements
  • Partner with the payroll function for all employee-related tax issues, including payroll taxes, T&E, and stock-based comp
  • Partner with the global mobility team to advise on employee relocations
  • Manage and direct outside tax consultants
  • Coordinate with external auditors

You should have: 

  • Minimum of 10+ years of experience working in a Big 4 public accounting firm, law firm, and/or multi-national public company corporate tax department
  • Freight forwarding industry experience preferred, but not required
  • The ability to think strategically while also engaging in day-to-day tactical details
  • Experience and successful performance of  international tax planning, compliance, and return preparation for both US and International locations
  • Skill in developing and execution of tax planning and risk reduction strategies
  • Strong project management skills
  • The ability to communicate clearly and concisely
  • Excellent attention to detail and strong problem solving skills
  • Strong understanding of U.S. federal direct income tax issues
  • An understanding of indirect and international tax
  • CPA a plus
  • Masters in Tax or Juris Doctor / LLM a plus
  • Passionate about tax, finance, logistics and international trade!
  • A "compliance first" attitude to keep our regulators happy and enthusiastic about Flexport since we operate in a heavily regulated industry.

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Worried about not having any logistics experience? 

Don’t be! Our mission is to make global commerce so easy there will be more of it. That’s why it’s important to bring people from diverse backgrounds and experiences together with our industry veterans to help move the global logistics industry forward.

We know this industry is complex. That’s why we invest in education starting day one with Flexport Academy, a one week intensive onboarding program designed specifically to set every new Flexport employee up for success.

The range displayed on each job posting reflects the minimum and maximum target for new hire salaries for the position across all US locations. Our salary ranges are determined by role, level, and location. Within the range displayed, individual pay is determined by work location and additional factors, including job-related skills, experience, and relevant education and / or training.

The US base salary range for this position: (exclusive of bonus, equity and benefits.)

$150,800$223,800 USD

At Flexport, our ability to fulfill our mission of making global commerce easy and accessible relies on having a diverse, dedicated and engaged workforce. That is why Flexport is committed to creating and nurturing an environment where anyone can be their authentic self. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, physical and mental disability, health status, marital and family status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

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An Insider's view of Flexport

What’s the vibe like in the office?

During pre-COVID times, the SF office was designed as a hub of innovation. You can feel the creativity from the openness of the space, the dry-erase walls, the sound of coffee in the morning, and the waves of silence broken by laughter and understanding. The office made me want to wake up every day and go to work.

Jim

Engineer Manager

How do you collaborate with other teams in the company?

Any change at scale can make a huge difference. Working with our business leaders we identify these improvements, work through solutions and evaluate their effectiveness. Always looking for ways to reduce complexity.

Raphael

Senior Product Designer

How does the company support your career growth?

Flexport has supported my career growth by continuously providing opportunities for me to explore my interests. Whether it be passion projects, internal leadership opportunities or just casual conversations, Flexport and my colleagues have invested in my long term professional development.

Natalie

Client Solutions Associate

How do your team's ideas influence the company's direction?

Flexport is growing very quickly, and so is our product -- we welcome questions and unique ideas. Our engineers are empowered to identify critical projects, strategically prioritize them, and execute them. You decide how to get us to where we want to go.

Geoff

Chief of Staff

What kinds of technical challenges do you and your team face?

Efficiency, predictability and visibility are the key ingredients missing from the industry today. Our vision guides us to identify the right steps to get there. And be the standard technology of global trade.

Yuko

VP, Product Leadership

What are Flexport Perks + Benefits

Flexport Benefits Overview

Flexport is an employee forward company. We know that life comes first and want you to take the time you need with our flexible paid time off program. We offer highly subsidized health, vision, and dental insurance, 401K, performance bonuses, stock with a 10-year tax option, commuter benefits, a generous maternity (18 weeks with a phase back program that offers reduced hours and flexible schedule during their first month back) and paternity leave (8 weeks), dog-friendly offices, pay equity, career advancement, and more.

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OKR operational model
Team based strategic planning
Open office floor plan
Flexible work schedule
Diversity
Mandated unconscious bias training
Diversity manifesto
Diversity employee resource groups
Health Insurance + Wellness
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Disability insurance
Dental insurance
Vision insurance
Health insurance
Life insurance
Pet insurance
Wellness programs
Mental health benefits
Financial & Retirement
401(K)
Company equity
Performance bonus
Child Care & Parental Leave
Generous parental leave
Family medical leave
Adoption Assistance
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Vacation + Time Off
Unlimited vacation policy
Paid volunteer time
Paid holidays
Paid sick days
Office Perks
Commuter benefits
Company-sponsored outings
Company-sponsored happy hours
Pet friendly
Recreational clubs
Relocation assistance
Home-office stipend for remote employees
Professional Development
Job training & conferences
Lunch and learns
Promote from within
Mentorship program
Continuing education stipend

Additional Perks + Benefits

We're proud that we collectively speak over 40 languages and live on 3 continents. We strive to create a workplace where candidates, employees, and all community members within Flexport’s ecosystem of connected organizations are encouraged to share their stories, celebrate their cultures, and learn from one another. Joining Flexport means joining a truly global community.

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