Job Title:  SVP, Tax

Department:  Finance & Accounting
Location: 

Santa Monica, CA, US, 90404

Summary of Position

Senior level international and transactional tax executive and/or attorney to manage tax planning issues for a multinational film, television, and network business. This is an exciting tax planning position in a highly dynamic entertainment company with an extremely effective tax department, working side-by-side with Management, Corporate Development, Legal and Operations to accomplish the company’s objectives. Join a talented tax group that is completely engaged in business decisions and is viewed as a high-impact profit center instead of overhead. This is a position at LIONSGATE Entertainment in Santa Monica, California, an NYSE publicly traded Canadian multinational company.

Responsibilities

International Tax

  • Address the international tax issues of a Canadian multinational company that has offices in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia
  • Foreign tax examinations strategy and support
  • Corporate governance for foreign affiliates
  • Structure foreign production activities
  • Intercompany agreements, and related transfer pricing documentation
  • Review and negotiate third party licenses, services, and financing agreements
  • Support treasury international cash management function

 

Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Perform tax due diligence and communicate key findings to senior management in a concise manner
  • Tax review and oversight of key acquisition documents (LOI, SPA, disclosure schedules, etc.)
  • Negotiate tax deal points with sellers/buyers
  • Provide tax support to the financial deal model
  • Acquisition/disposition structure design, including internal financing arrangements when appropriate 
  • Provide comprehensive tax support to post-acquisition integration workstream, including all tax-related aspects involving post-acquisition legal entity structure, IP ownership, functional deployment and intercompany transaction flows

International Tax

  • Address the international tax issues of a Canadian multinational company that has offices in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia and Australia
  • Foreign tax examinations strategy and support
  • Corporate governance for foreign affiliates
  • Structure foreign production activities
  • Intercompany agreements, and related transfer pricing documentation
  • Review and negotiate third party licenses, services, and financing agreements
  • Support treasury international cash management function

 

Restructuring, Mergers & Acquisitions

  • Perform tax due diligence and communicate key findings to senior management in a concise manner
  • Tax review and oversight of key acquisition documents (LOI, SPA, disclosure schedules, etc.)
  • Negotiate tax deal points with sellers/buyers
  • Provide tax support to the financial deal model
  • Acquisition/disposition structure design, including internal financing arrangements when appropriate 
  • Provide comprehensive tax support to post-acquisition integration workstream, including all tax-related aspects involving post-acquisition legal entity structure, IP ownership, functional deployment and intercompany transaction flows

Qualifications and Skills

  • 10+ years progressive experience (preferably obtained in both the entertainment industry and with the tax department of a Big 4 accounting or international law firm) 
  • Strong grounding in US domestic and international taxation, including Subchapter C, Subchapter K, transfer pricing, withholding tax, US tax treaties and partnership compliance, including familiarity with the financial statement impact of tax matters
  • Experience managing domestic and foreign tax matters, including corporate taxation, partnership taxation, accounting methods, tax treaties, permanent establishment and VAT (planning, compliance and disputes), and withholding taxes 
  • Extensive experience leading M&A transactions, especially in partnership and JV transactions, and M&A post-acquisition integration
  • Proven ability to lead tax support of corporate initiatives from inception, planning, approval, execution, and review by external auditors and tax authorities
  • Proven ability to build strong cross-functional relationships, including across tax, legal, controllership, treasury, HR, and the company’s business lines
  • Strong communication skills, with the ability to effectively convey tax issues to non-tax personnel and distill critical take-aways for senior management to enable well-informed decision making

Nice to Haves

  • Extensive experience in modelling, understanding and communicating to senior management the financial impacts of tax planning
  • Undergraduate degree in economics, accounting or finance 
  • CPA, MS Tax, JD, and/or LLM (Tax) Partnership tax expertise
  • Contract drafting on tax matters involving IP production and licensing arrangements
  • Proven ability to build effective and efficient working relationships with external advisors
  • Experience managing the transfer pricing aspects of IP, distribution, and financing businesses

About the Company

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF.A, LGF.B) encompasses world-class motion picture and television studio operations aligned with the STARZ premium global subscription platform to bring a unique and varied portfolio of entertainment to consumers around the world.  The Company’s film, television, subscription and location-based entertainment businesses are backed by a 17,000-title library and a valuable collection of iconic film and television franchises. A digital age company driven by its entrepreneurial culture and commitment to innovation, the Lionsgate brand is synonymous with bold, original, relatable entertainment for audiences worldwide.

Our Benefits

  • Full Coverage – Medical, Vision, and Dental
  • Work/Life Balance – generous sick days, vacation days, holidays, and Impact Day
  • 401(k) company matching
  • Tuition Reimbursement (up to graduate degree)

EEO Statement

Lionsgate is an equal employment opportunity employer. All employees and applicants are evaluated on the basis of their qualifications, consistent with applicable state and federal laws. In addition, Lionsgate will provide reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities. Lionsgate will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and federal law.  


Nearest Major Market: Los Angeles