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Saputo produces, markets and distributes a wide array of dairy products of the utmost quality, including cheese, fluid milk, extended shelf life milk and cream products, cultured product and dairy ingredients. The company has grown organically both domestically and internationally as a result of innovation and new product development. However, it’s impressive track record of exponential growth has been driven by strategic acquisitions successfully integrated in numerous international markets. Global revenues are approximately $14 billion and the total workforce now numbers some 15,000 employees on four continents.
The tax function is vital to Saputo‘s continued financial success and growth strategy. The global Tax Group interacts and collaborates closely with virtually every geographic operating division as well as all corporate functions ranging from Human Resources, to Legal, Sales, Manufacturing and M & A. The Tax function oversees all global activities related to ongoing compliance, tax planning and the development of tax strategies related to M&A activities.
The recently announced retirement of the present incumbent in this role has resulted in the decision to conduct a thorough search of the external market to identify potential candidates for this key corporate function.
THE ROLE OF SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT TAXATION
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The Tax Group’s growth mirrors that of the corporation over the last 15 years. While Saputo‘s revenues have increased more than threefold during this period, the tax group has grown from 5 to 20 professionals with teams located in Canada, the US, Australia and the UK. Notwithstanding this impressive growth rate, the tax group has been very stable, highly engaged and has continually provided value added advice and service to senior management as well as ongoing monitoring of all of the company’s activities where there are tax implications.
The Senior Vice President, Taxation will report to the Chief Financial Officer and manage a geographically dispersed group of some 20 professionals. This role has ultimate responsibility for providing stewardship, advice and recommendations for the executive team on all tax related matters.
Following are several key priorities for this position:
The ideal candidate for this position will be fluently bilingual and possess an appropriate educational background (CPA, CFA, M. Taxation). This is a senior role at Saputo which requires at least 20 years of relevant experience within large complex organizations operating internationally. Alternatively, candidates may have gained their experience within the context of tier 1 professional services firms, with a significant track record of having serviced large clients operating globally.
In addition to the aforementioned technical competencies in international tax and a career progression that has ultimately led to a current role in senior management, the ideal candidate must demonstrate the following attributes: