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Indirect Tax Advisor | Geneva, Switzerland


The company’s dedicated in-house VAT team advise on transaction structures, manage the VAT/GST reporting obligations and cash position, and design & implement controls and procedures to deliver an efficient VAT/GST solution. Due to further expansion of the team a new vacancy has arisen in Geneva, Switzerland for an Indirect Tax Advisor, reporting to the Regional Manager, Indirect Tax.


This position is intrinsically linked to supporting the transaction structuring work to ensure structures are designed and implemented optimally, in a controlled and efficient environment such that VAT/GST does not become a cost. The team is efficient and small in number, so there is a requirement to support team members and learn/understand the roles and responsibilities of others providing a dynamic team environment that identifies issues where corroboration streamlines process improvement to ensure delivery of an efficient overall VAT/GST deliverable.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Quickly get up to speed in understanding current controls to spot process weaknesses ensuring VAT team requirements are efficiently delivered;
  • Support for existing Structure/advisory side of team to gradually take on own specific work allocation, addressing with external advisers to deliver clear practical advice to Business problems;
  • Assist in tracking and controlling the Business by clearly defining requirements and identifying gaps, while working with other teams to address or prevent weaknesses;
  • Take on specific project work as required.



  • Business or Science Degree Educated, Tax or Accountant Qualified;
  • Some 4 – 6 years in VAT dept. of Big 4 or dynamic Commodity Trading environment;
  • Solid foundation in Principles of VAT and awareness of other Indirect Taxes;
  • Experience in advising on VAT angle of specific International and domestic transactional structures;
  • Experience in implementing structure and procedures;
  • Experience in designing Processes is an advantage;
  • Commodity experience an advantage – but not a requirement.


Founded in 1993, Trafigura is one of the largest physical commodities trading groups in the world. Trafigura sources, stores, transports and delivers a range of raw materials (including oil and refined products and metals and minerals) to clients around the world and has recently established a power and renewables trading division.

The trading business is supported by industrial and financial assets, including a majority ownership of global zinc and lead producer Nyrstar which has mining, smelting and other operations located in Europe, Americas and Australia; a significant shareholding in global oil products storage and distribution company Puma Energy; global terminals, warehousing and logistics operator Impala Terminals; Trafigura’s Mining Group; and Galena Asset Management.

With circa 850 shareholders, Trafigura is owned by its employees.  Over 8,500 employees work in 48 countries around the world.  Trafigura has achieved substantial growth over recent years, growing revenue from USD12 billion in 2003 to USD147 billion in 2020.  The Group has been connecting its customers to the global economy for more than two decades, growing prosperity by advancing trade.



  • To quickly understand complex scenarios and pull out the pivotal points, while challenging the reason for structuring transactions in a particular way, so the full facts become available;
  • Ability to ask the right questions to understand how the Business operates and to knowledge share to find creative solutions;
  • Creative in finding practical solutions to technical problems – thinking outside the box, but always in consideration of basic VAT principles;
  • ERP system savvy – albeit does not require a specific experience (i.e. SAP);
  • Anticipate problems by continuously reflecting on priorities in a dynamic environment.

Apply for this position

On behalf of Trafigura we are right out looking for analytically strong personality who has a get things done attitude, who can grow and flourish in this very dynamic company. Please contact Patrick Asscher if you want to learn more about the position.


Patrick Asscher

+31 (0)6 53809235

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