Corporate Tax Lead
Job Opportunity at Spark Therapeutics, Inc

Posted on Jan 14

http://www.sparktx.com    215-220-9300

Location: Philadelphia, PA
Job Type: Full Time
Job ID: W4144578

As Spark moves towards commercialization of products and growth in international markets, The Corporate Tax Lead is a critical component for tax research, compliance, and global tax strategy.  Key areas of responsibility include:
  • Corporate tax activities 
  • Quarterly tax provisions, including the preparation of filing footnotes/disclosures 
  • Compliance with tax regulations domestically and internationally, while managing the impact of tax on the company
  • Completion, review and filing of various local, state and federal tax returns
  • Documentation for R&D and orphan tax credits in the US and internationally, where applicable 
  • Correspondence with tax authorities on inquiries and audits, as needed 
  • Assistance with the development and management of intercompany services and loan agreements between Spark US and international subsidiaries 
  • Counsel on current tax procedures and developments, including international tax law and employment tax law, as it impacts the company 
  • Accommodate and serve as primary contact for internal/SOX audits and external audits. 
  • Counsel on tax issues arising from any M&A and licensing negotiations and consummated deals, as well as other ad hoc projects


  • Prepares the calculations, analyses, accounting and public disclosures surrounding the quarterly tax provision and the annual deferred tax assets.

  • Ensures tax compliance throughout the company, responding to inquiries/audits and conducting ongoing research into present or pending tax issues/subjects

  • Conducts global tax planning and implementation

  • Assists in the preparation (and assumes initial, full review) of all applicable tax returns and filings, including property, sales/use, etc.; Ad hoc projects, as needed in the course of business change/growth

  • Candidate must have a strong breadth of knowledge and experience surrounding many areas of taxation (both domestically and internationally), including structuring, compliance, M&A, Section 382 limitations/NOLs, tax return filings (including business property), income tax disclosures, tax credit analysis, etc.
  • The position requires the ability to work collaboratively with various functions and across various geographic locations.  The position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills, a strong commitment to accuracy and the ability to work independently in a high growth environment.  The candidate should have a demonstrated history of working with tax authorities and client companies/employers to resolve tax issues, creatively, efficiently, and effectively.

  • Bachelor’s degree in Finance, Accounting, or a business-related field and a Masters degree in Taxation. 
  • Generally has a minimum of 7-10 years of progressive, broad-based tax experience in corporate activities, preferably with biotech and/or pharma
  • Demonstrated creativity and thought process surrounding tax issues and strategic initiatives
  • Extensive knowledge of tax law, including the ability to apply this knowledge to new and existing business transactions, both domestically and internationally
  • Strong knowledge of current and emerging trends and developments within the tax field and corresponding impact on business operations
  • CPA, preferred


Transforming Patient’s Lives. Spark Therapeutics is a pioneering gene therapy leader transforming the lives of patients suffering from debilitating genetic diseases by developing one-time, life-altering treatments. We are embarking on our goal to deliver the first approved gene therapy product in the US for genetic blinding conditions and have a product pipeline addressing other unmet rare genetic diseases. We have an entrepreneurial culture and are looking for talented and passionate professionals who are committed and motivated to making a difference in the lives of our patients. If you share our passion for excellence and are looking for a dynamic work environment that fosters creativity, scientific innovation and team collaboration, you may be a great fit for our team.

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