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(Part-time) Principal/Senior Tax Adviser

Role Summary:

The Principal / Senior Tax Policy Adviser role within the Economic Policy team is a high profile, influential and exciting opportunity at the heart of the CBI, the UK’s leading business organisation. The CBI speaks on behalf of the business community with over 190,000 businesses in its network. With a changing relationship with the EU and an uncertain global environment, the UK economy and business community faces many challenges.

You'll shape the direction and the delivery of CBI tax policy positions, leading projects of a reactive and pro-active nature. The role involves regular engagement with government officials to advocate these positions and discuss policies. The role also involves regular engagement with heads of tax, business leaders, executive boards and other business decision-makers to form CBI positions and share intelligence on the tax policy landscape. The individual will be based in our London office, reporting to the CBI Head of Economic Policy.

Working arrangements:

The role will be part-time (3 days per week) working alongside another part-time member of staff (2 days per week). The CBI operates a flexible working policy and there is opportunity for this role to include remote working practices, depending on the individual’s requirements and upon discussion with the line manager. It will be expected that the post holder will be able to manage their time flexibly around member meetings.

Key responsibilities:   


  • Lead CBI policy on key business tax issues, including corporation tax; employment tax, international tax developments including the impact of Brexit
  • Co-ordinate and draft consultation responses to relevant UK Government consultations on tax policy
  • Provide a constructive and effective voice for business in the public tax debate
  • Secretariat to CBI tax Working Groups which include international taxes and employment taxes
  • Manage senior stakeholder relations with HMRC, HMT, and professional bodies amongst others

Fiscal and economic policy

  • Contribute to the delivery of effective Budget submissions which reflect the broad views of CBI members
  • Develop strong relationships with senior government officials and CBI members on CBI policy positions
  • Lead on and assist with topical projects on current CBI policy issues


  • Building a strong working relationship with government officials and ministers, and think tanks, showing the CBI as a highly credible, trusted voice
  • Maximise our offering to CBI members and targets through our work, including exploring commercial opportunities through the products and services we provide
  • Strong outreach to CBI members across the country
  • Collaborate with policy, commercial and communications teams to support organisation-wide goals

Knowledge, Experience & Skills:

  • Tax knowledge developed as a result of working in industry, practice or policy environment (3 years +).
  • Keen interest in tax and economic policy with an awareness of politics and government
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to negotiate and reach mutual agreement with others
  • Ability to work autonomously and manage project work streams


  • ACA, CTA or ATT qualified

How to apply:

For all applications please send your CV and cover letter to The deadline for applications is Thursday 14th December. 

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