This is an exciting entrepreneurial experience as the primary internal professional on tax matters for Leslie Rudd Investment Company (“LRIco”) that will report directly to the Chief Financial Officer. LRIco is a privately held company that includes a diverse investment portfolio of business enterprises in various industries, real estate, marketable securities and other investments. The organization is headquartered in Wichita, KS and has satellite offices, businesses, and real estate properties in Napa, CA, Phoenix, AZ, Dallas, TX, Raleigh Durham, NC, Wichita, KS and other locations in the U.S. A brief summary of the key operating companies follows:
In addition, the LRIco portfolio includes a material portfolio of passive investments (stocks, bonds, hedge funds and others). Together, the companies identified employ over 1,000 employees, with approximately one-half of these in businesses that the LRIco leadership team actively manages.
LRIco is seeking a top-flight tax professional to engage with the portfolio and the executive team on tax provisioning and planning matters in the ongoing evolution of the portfolio. The position offers an extensive array of challenges and rewards within an entrepreneurial environment. This opportunity is located in Wichita, Kansas where other leadership executives for LRIco are based.
The Senior Tax Manager will function as a key advisor and member of the LRICo leadership team and will oversee all aspects of tax. This includes working directly with the firm’s internal accounting and finance teams as well as actively managing external tax relationships with multiple 3rd party service firms.
We desire a candidate with strong financial and business acumen, extensive tax experience and a working, practical knowledge and hands-on approach for the differences between book/accrual accounting versus tax accounting concepts. Additionally, we expect the candidate to learn quickly and apply his/her learnings to their role. The ability to critically think and articulate complicated tax concepts, legal structures or recommended planning strategies is imperative. We expect the individual to be a thought leader and be “ahead of the curve” on tax matters and how they may impact LRICo and its portfolio of companies, not only on current business and real estate holdings, but also on new potential investments.
In addition to responsibility for tax strategy, compliance and thought leadership, the candidate will have the opportunity to apply and grow his/her financial acumen and responsibilities, depending on his/her performance and aspirations. We anticipate the role for the individual could evolve over time to include other financial responsibilities for the portfolio, depending on the candidate’s performance, time management skills, work ethic and capability (and desire) to assume additional non-tax specific responsibilities. This is not required but is certainly a potential career development opportunity for the selected individual.
Foundational Activities & Objectives for the position include:
This position is a superb career opportunity for someone who enjoys being in a dynamic, entrepreneurial situation grounded in its Midwestern roots/cultural values. Tax planning and provisioning is a critical element of the firm’s value creation strategy. This role will be viewed as a critical advisor to the Executive leadership of LRICo and the Rudd family and has the opportunity to step into other roles over time as the businesses and Foundation evolve.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE
Compensation is market-based dependent upon the candidate's background and experience as well as what is needed in order to attract an outstanding individual from the marketplace. The client anticipates a competitive salary and annual performance bonus package, supplemented by a benefits package consisting of major medical, dental, life, and disability insurance plus a 401(k) program, etc. Relocation assistance is available if necessary.
Geographically, this position will be located in family-friendly Wichita, Kansas – the largest city in Kansas and the 50th largest city in the United States. The metropolitan area is represented by a broad population center of 635,000 people that provides exceptional quality of life considerations (e.g., short commutes, superb schools, affordable housing, etc.).
Wichita is nationally recognized as one of the aerospace capitals of the world and is further known as one of the best entrepreneurial markets in the United States. As a hub of U.S. aircraft production, Wichita became known as "The Air Capital of the World" in the 1930s. Spirit AeroSystems, Cessna, Airbus, Learjet and Beechcraft all have a significant presence in Wichita. Koch Industries, the second largest privately-held company in the United States, is headquartered in Wichita.
Pizza Hut International and Rent-A-Center were founded in Wichita, and entrepreneurial activity remains important to the community. Freddy’s Frozen Custard is the latest company to get its start in Wichita and then expand throughout the United States.
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Job Type: Full-time