Vice President of Taxes

Location Name CT, Greenwich
Date Posted
1 year ago(10/8/2019 2:01 PM)
W. R. Berkley Corporation
Primary Location

Company Details

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"Our Company provides a state of predictability which allows brokers and agents to act with confidence."


Founded in 1967, W. R. Berkley Corporation has grown from a small investment management firm into one of the largest commercial lines property and casualty insurers in the United States.


Along the way, we’ve been listed on the New York Stock Exchange, seen our revenue soar well past $7 billion, and become a well-respected Fortune 500 Company.


Today, the Berkley brand comprises 53 Berkley companies worldwide. Still managed by our founder and largest shareholder, W. R. Berkley Corporation is well-positioned to respond to opportunities for future growth.


In April 2017, W. R. Berkley Corporation celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding.



The VP of Tax will report to the EVP, CFO and Treasurer of a Fortune 500 Insurance Company. This individual will be responsible for overseeing and managing the tax function and all internal and external relationships relating to tax.  In addition, this individual should be a hands-on tax professional that will lead the development and implementation of global tax planning strategies, tax compliance, tax audits, financial reporting for tax, and special projects.


  • Collaborate with functional and operational areas within the organization, including Corporate Finance and Actuarial, Investments, Human Resources, Legal, Corporate Development, Insurance Risk Management and operating units.
  • Build strong relationships with business leaders and gain the trust of the senior management team by continually adding value to minimize tax liabilities and the overall success of the business.
  • Manage and develop resources within the tax function.
  • Develop and implement tax planning strategies across the domestic and international operations of the group in connection with numerous areas, including but not limited to M&A, investments, internal structuring, employment tax matters, etc.
  • Prepares complex tax returns and tax research with the support of the tax function and external advisors
  • Manage all tax audits and examinations, and negotiates settlement of disputed issues with all taxing authorities.
  • Advises senior leadership on new legislation and trend impacting the company
  • Annual and quarterly tax provisions including tax footnote disclosures for U.S. GAAP and statutory accounting purposes.
  • Reviews tax information supplied by the company’s operating units, both domestic and international.
  • Recognizes, anticipates and resolves tax issues; makes recommendations.
  • Coordination and management of multiple external advisors.
  • Strong team approach when working with colleagues.


  • A minimum of fifteen years of corporate and public accounting experience.
  • Extensive background and technical understanding of corporate insurance tax, as well as taxation relating to investments, partnerships and M&A transactions.
  • Relevant experience in federal, state and local tax laws with concepts in property and casualty insurance industry.
  • Ability to analyze, interpret, and utilize significant data to make sound business decisions.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with senior management at the corporate and subsidiary level.
  • Exceptional leadership skills with the ability to lead, collaborate, develop and mentor staff.
  • Ability to apply critical decision making.
  • Experience in a tax department of a large multi-entity corporation is a plus.

Education Requirement

  • Bachelor’s in Accounting
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designation and/or MST Degree preferred


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