Director. Global Operations and Compliance

Pennsylvania, United States
14 Feb 2019
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14 Apr 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The Division of Finance is responsible for an array of centralized financial functions of the University. Our various departments are responsible for administrative services that support financial accounting and disbursement activities, research administration, external and internal investments, cash and debt management, risk management and student registration and financial aid.

Reporting to the Executive Director, Global Support Services and coordinating with the University tax office the Director of Global Operations and Compliance will provide a ‘one-stop’ approach for comprehensive in-country international tax and business advice for ongoing and proposed international activities, ,operational implementation, as well as facilitation of regulatory compliance and operational risk mitigation. The Director will participate and coordinate with Tax and third party providers in managing the global tax and operations function, including analyzing information to formulate and support policies and strategies and compliance requirements, monitoring federal, state and local laws and regulations as they relate to international activity. Lead and perform activities necessary for planning and managing any foreign tax law and regulatory compliance associated with Penn activity abroad.

Duties/ Responsibilities:

Assist with strategic planning and implementation of programs overseas, including contracting for revenue-generating activity and financial consequences, PE exposure, and tax compliance requirements.

Coordinate best practices for budgeting, operations and risk management for global programs, working with School/Center business offices as well as Central administrative offices to ensure overall compliance with US and foreign regulations as well as Penn policy.

Develop and maintain website, manuals or other guidance related to tax, legal and compliance policy outside the US for international business activities, including coordination with third party experts in the local jurisdiction. Maintain awareness of tax and business issues and develop risk management strategies on a country by country basis.

Manage, track and perform the activities (including oversight) for foreign tax and business filings, registrations or response to inquiries from local governments related to Penn entities and/or Penn activity abroad.

Provide guidance and coordinate with UPHS finance and tax personnel to address international activity issues related to Health System foreign entities or personnel conducting business or engaged in activity outside the US.

Direct and/or coordinate with Penn US Tax and third party providers, activities related to international audits performed by foreign tax jurisdictions or related to foreign activity.

Manage ad hoc operations working groups tasked with specific global business process improvements or development of global operations policy. Mange content and track progress, project mange and coordinate, with ED, GSS the Global Operations & Support Council initiatives as well as contributing to relevant quarterly meeting content.

Master’s degree and 5 years to 7 years of experience (or Bachelor’s degree and 7 to 10 years of experience) in tax, administration and/or financial management; or equivalent combination of education and experience, are required. MBA or CPA preferred.

Ideal candidate will have demonstrated leadership and supervisory skills including conflict resolution. Excellent planning and organizational skills and communication skills. Attention to detail and accuracy. Ability to multi-task and mange deadlines. Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Ability to interpret complex research and educational policies and assimilate information from a wide range of resources in order to provide advice and consultation to faculty and staff. Experience with Penn financial systems preferred. Experience in multi-national business operations preferred.

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.