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Director, Tax

Company: Unum
Location: Chattanooga
Posted on: January 15, 2020

Job Description:

Job Posting End Date: 01/16Unum is a company of people serving people. As one of the world's leading employee benefits providers and a Fortune 500 company, Unum's financial protection benefits help protect more than 36 million working people and their families from the financial impact of illness or injury. Unum's three distinct, but similarly focused US businesses - Unum US, Colonial Life, and Starmount Life - are each a market leader in making disability, life, accident, critical illness, dental, and vision insurance accessible in the workplace.

Headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Unum has significant US operations in Portland, Maine, Worcester, Massachusetts, and Glendale, California with over 35 field offices nationwide. Colonial Life is headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina with over 40 field offices nationwide. Starmount Life is based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and is the dental and vision center of excellence for Unum in the US.General Summary:This position performs financial analysis and accounting specializing in Tax. The position will provide financial analyses working individually or with others that serve to inform and ground business decisions. Specifically, the position assists in the tax provision (ASC 740 and SSAP 101) process for both quarterly and annual GAAP and Statutory financial statements, collaborating with our Financial Reporting team to convey amounts and disclosures to stakeholders. Candidate will coordinate with other business areas to identify GAAP and Statutory treatment of transactions in order to apply the correct federal, international, and state tax treatment.Principal Duties and Responsibilities


  • Seek out and maintain cooperative, productive cross-functional partnerships throughout the global enterprise
  • Model positive change management, leading individuals and teams through new operating models and methodologies, creating opportunities for discussion and deliberation
  • Build agility and resilience within teams and broader Finance organization to drive transformation
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to assist individuals in achieving their full potential. Build bench strength and core competencies for the organization
  • Seek out opportunities to increase business knowledge and create visibility within the organization
  • Maintain a comprehensive working knowledge of Unum Group's finance functions, processes, reporting systems, and requirements.
  • Directly or indirectly lead a team on accurate completion of all reporting, analysis, and manages the day to day activities of the team including the GAAP and statutory accounting, general ledger processes, and reporting for specified financial area.
  • Direct maintenance of various systems and data assets that support the specific financial area(s) of responsibility
  • Act as an expert consultant providing financial support to business areas regarding conformance to corporate policies and procedures, technical inquiries, planning and forecasting process, and various tax and accounting issues
  • Review existing accounting, financial reporting and administrative processes and procedures in an effort to streamline activities to increase productivity
  • Maintain compliance with corporate policies, procedures and controls and external regulatory requirements
  • Lead business initiatives and projects
  • Research, recommend, and implement new technical solutions to functional area(s) of responsibility
  • Present reporting and analysis to senior management; Proactively identify and research unusual trends and make recommendations; Lead detailed analyses and forecasts complex aspects of financial performance
  • Monitor industry trends and issues in support of business needs and assesses impacts

    Job Specifications

    • Bachelor's degree required
    • CPA strongly preferred
    • At least seven years relevant work experience in the finance department of large corporation
    • Comprehensive knowledge of finance at practical and policy levels and the technical skills required to support it
    • Proficient in technology necessary to carry out responsibilities
    • In-depth understanding and application of financial services and/or insurance sector accounting preferred
    • Strong negotiation and partnership skills, across all levels of management, with ability to influence and challenge decisions and processes
    • Ability to frame up issues, options, and solutions using financial data for business decision-making
    • Experience navigating change in a positive manner with both individuals and teams
    • Experience working with all corporate levels including senior management and external contacts
    • Proven ability to work in fast-paced, detailed, and deadline-oriented environment by balancing multiple priorities and resources simultaneously
    • Excellent conflict resolution and facilitation skills
    • Operates with strong conceptual thinking rather than strictly in a 'rules' framework

      -IN1

      Unum and its family of businesses offer world-class training and development, generous compensation and benefits packages, and a culture built on employee ideas.

      Unum is an equal opportunity employer, considering all qualified applicants and employees for hiring, placement, and advancement, without regard to a person's race, color, religion, national origin, age, genetic information, military status, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or protected veteran status.

      Company:Unum

Keywords: Unum, Chattanooga , Director, Tax, Accounting, Auditing , Chattanooga, Tennessee

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