Tax Manager – Dobbies
Rutherford Cross
May 17, 2022
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Job Type
- Edinburgh
Industry and Commerce
Financial and Statutory Accounting


The company

For 150 years, the Dobbies name has stood for quality horticulture. During this time Dobbies have been proud to provide the very best products and expert advice to gardeners throughout the UK.

Today Dobbies is the UK's largest Garden Centre retailer with stores across Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. Naturally, Dobbies have one of the biggest and best ranges of quality plants and gardening equipment around. Dobbies currently have 74 stores across the UK, 69 of which are the well-known garden centre format encompassing our plants and gardening, home and food ranges, restaurants, and in some locations, soft play areas. Dobbies also have a number of concessions partner stores in most locations that complement the brand. Dobbies other five stores are little dobbies, which is a concept launched in 2019 with the opening of a smaller format store in Stockbridge, Edinburgh with others following in Bristol and London. This format store offers a miniature garden centre and gifting range in city centre locations.

Gardening remains one of the most resilient and fastest growing segments within the broader UK Retail sector. As a private equity backed business, Dobbies have doubled their garden centre estate in the last three years and have plans to sustain this going forward through both organic growth and further acquisitions. With over 3,900 employees, this is an exciting and vibrant place to work.


The role

Dobbies Garden Centres are seeking to recruit a Tax Manager. This is an excellent opportunity for a qualified tax professional to support the Finance Team in co-ordinating tax services and managing all aspects of tax reporting and compliance.

  • General
    • Formalisation of tax compliance processes and controls
    • Supporting tax compliance for the Senior Accounting Officer
  • Corporation tax
    • Liaising with our external tax advisers in preparation of tax accounting for statutory accounts and annual tax comps
    • Providing tax analysis to support this
    • Tax forecasting as required
    • Liaising with external tax advisers to prepare capital allowances claims
  • VAT
    • Liaising with HMRC on all aspects of VAT
    • Working with the wider team to support VAT compliance in our processing
    • Preparation of the quarterly VAT return
    • Settlement of monthly VAT liabilities
    • Liaison with HMRC on bespoke retail scheme queries and reviews
    • Forecasting of VAT for cash flow purposes
  • Employment taxes
    • Monthly settlement of PAYE liabilities
    • Preparation of P11Ds
    • Liaising with the payroll team on any employment taxes queries
  • Other taxes
    • CIS compliance and reporting
    • Customs duties
    • Co-ordination of Northern Ireland import/export declarations


The individual

  • A professional qualification (CTA or similar)
  • Strong planning, prioritisation, presentation and problem-solving skills. You'll need to be comfortable managing multiple tasks with tight deadlines
  • Strong interpersonal skills – you will be building relationships with colleagues and stakeholders across the business
  • Excellent written and communication skills
  • Highly numerate
  • Thirst for knowing a business and its drivers
  • Articulate and driven to gain additional knowledge



  • Attractive package commensurate with background and experience required for the role.

What to do Next

  • To find out more on remuneration, the role or to see a full Position Profile, please contact their retained advisor, Amy Ferguson at Rutherford Cross by emailing [email protected]

Please note that any direct or third party approaches will be sent to Rutherford Cross for review and assessment.

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