United Airlines Director - Income Tax in Chicago, Illinois

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Job overview and responsibilities

Directs the company’s tax compliance, tax audit and tax accounting activities with regard to federal, state and foreign income and franchise taxes.

  • Direct an effective and efficient income tax compliance operation

  • Direct the timely preparation of the company’s federal, state and foreign income and franchise tax returns and related quarterly estimated tax payments and extensions in a manner that minimizes the company’s income tax expense and audit exposure

  • Interface closely with senior corporate and business unit leaders to develop and implement strategies that minimize the company’s tax liabilities through sound and informed application of tax laws and regulations

  • Manage federal, state and foreign income and franchise tax audits to achieve minimum tax cost to the business

  • Recommend audit settlement strategies and direct preparation of appeals briefs. Interface with outside legal counsel during adjudication of tax controversies

  • Establish tax accounting policies and direct the preparation of the tax portions of the company’s external financial statements in a manner that ensures the company’s compliance with applicable U.S. GAAP and Sarbanes Oxley controls and requirements

  • Represent the company’s interests during financial statement reviews and audits conducted by the company’s independent accounting firm


  • Bachelor degree in business or accounting

  • Deep technical tax compliance expertise across a broad range of federal, state and international income- based taxes; and knowledge of GAAP as pertains to the tax aspects of published financial statements

  • Ability to build effective and efficient processes to ensure timely and accurate tax compliance

  • Minimum of 15 years of tax experience (including at least 5 years in a management role) in a large corporate environment or equivalent experience in a first or second tier accounting firm

  • Proven management and organization skills

  • Must be legally authorized to work in the United States for any employer without sponsorship

  • Successful completion of interview required to meet job qualifications

  • Reliable, punctual attendance is an essential function of the position


  • Masters degree in taxation