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Sr. Director, Tax Counsel - Controversy & Policy

Sr. Director, Tax Counsel - Controversy & Policy

Beaverton | Oregon | United States

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NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world's best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders and visionaries. At NIKE, Inc. it's about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

Today, the opportunities for growth across NIKE, Inc.'s business portfolio offer more potential than ever. Nike Finance employees play a key role in that progress by identifying and capitalizing on opportunities to drive value for every Nike shareholder. They manage accounting and reporting for Nike's multi-billion-dollar global investment portfolio, debt and equity instruments, and other Treasury activities. They strategize, forecast, audit, analyze, budget, research and lead important decisions. Across Nike's diverse geographies and businesses, Finance employees deliver far more than just the numbers.

NIKE, Inc. does more than outfit the world's best athletes. It is a place to explore potential, obliterate boundaries and push out the edges of what can be. The company looks for people who can grow, think, dream, and create. Its culture thrives by embracing diversity and rewarding imagination. The brand seeks achievers, leaders, and visionaries. At Nike, it's about each person bringing skills and passion to a challenging and constantly evolving game.

With an aggressive long-term growth strategy, Nike is counting on our Global Finance organization to thrive in its mission: to drive and deliver value to every Nike shareholder. Nike's Tax Team is an innovative and strategic expert function whose mission is to create, optimize, and protect tax value in support of Nike's finance, business, and shareholder objectives. We are looking for leaders, influencers, collaborators, and experts who can champion change as we evolve and help build our blueprint for the future.

As Nike's Senior Director, Controversy, you will be responsible for directing and developing and executing the overall strategy for Nike's Tax counsel function. This role will oversee domestic controversy, business development, and work in a matrixed organization to support international controversy. Additionally, you will be responsible for developing and executing public policy and advocacy priorities on a federal and state level, interacting with taxing administrators, legislatures, and other policymakers.

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES:
  • Develops tax risk management strategy and provides vision and direction to the federal tax audit, tax planning, tax appeals, credits and incentives, and tax compliance teams to minimize the overall tax liability.
  • Directs and develops the overall strategy for the state and local tax audit defense process within the organization with respect to state income taxes, state gross receipt taxes, state capital taxes, state franchise taxes and state and local miscellaneous taxes.
  • Support global tax controversy matters, including State Aid investigation and local country audits through maintenance of a Global Controversy Play Book.
  • Provides strategic support to the Indirect Tax team in the areas of sales and use tax and property tax controversy.
  • Works collaboratively with Business Development, providing tax support to transactions.
  • Advises senior management on tax planning strategy and in the formulation of company policies and procedures pertaining to tax legislation and regulation.
  • Directs and approves the flow of information to government auditors from audit team members. Maintains the relationships with government auditors to control the scope and direction of the audit. Handles the closing process of the audit from the preliminary audit liability to the final audit assessment, closing agreement, settlement agreement, appeals ruling and/or court order. Leads external advisors.
  • Work collaboratively with our Government and Public Affairs counterparts, Legal, and other internal teams to ensure alignment between business priorities and public policy goals.
  • Tracks and monitors legislative activities, assess and communicate potential government activities to internal stakeholders, and develop mitigation or enhancement strategies and positions.


WHAT YOU BRING TO NIKE:
  • Juris Doctorate Required. CPA Preferred.
  • At least 12 years of experience with interpreting federal, state income and sales/use tax laws, regulations, technical documents and case law and applying same to a complex business model.
  • Experience with directing the audit defense process, aligning business and tax strategy.
  • In-depth knowledge of complex tax laws and regulations and audit procedures.
  • Experience with filing protests, appeals and lawsuits.
  • Experience with negotiation and execution of settlement agreements.
  • Extraordinary oral and written communication skills with ability to interact professionally with diverse groups.
  • Dedicated to deployment of process improvement to mitigate risk and add value.
  • Advanced computer skills including experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, Visio, and Outlook.
  • Highly motivated, detail-oriented self-starter with ability to engage in, prioritize, and perform multiple ongoing tasks.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with demonstrated understanding of complex tax concepts; must be flexible, adaptable, and resourceful.
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment.


NIKE, Inc. is a growth company that looks for team members to grow with it. Nike offers a generous total rewards package, casual work environment, a diverse and inclusive culture, and an electric atmosphere for professional development. No matter the location, or the role, every Nike employee shares one galvanizing mission: To bring inspiration and innovation to every athlete* in the world.

NIKE, Inc. is committed to employing a diverse workforce. Qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or disability.

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