Hot Job Title of the (Near) Future: Tax Technologist

  • July 20, 2018

Data analytics, robotic process automation (RPA) and other technology advancements are transforming how organizations conduct business. What receives less attention, however, is the fact that technology transformation is also disrupting who organizations hire and develop to design and perform increasingly data-driven business processes throughout the enterprise.

This is the case throughout the enterprise, including in the tax function where tax leaders and other executives want to add to their teams a new breed of professional: the “tax technologist.”

Traditionally, corporate tax professionals earned their jobs and promotions by becoming extremely well-versed in domestic and global tax policy, practices, trends and solutions. While traditional tax professionals often rely on supporting technology to make many decisions, they tend to leave any work or expertise concerning software and technology to their colleagues in the information technology (IT) function. When tax managers want a custom report pulled from an accounting or billing application, for example, they place a call to IT.

But times are changing, quickly. As the amount of organizational transaction and tax data soars and as more tax functions invest in powerful, user-friendly tax-data-management technology, tax leaders have a rapidly increasing need to hire more tax experts with technology skills. These skills might include deep knowledge of tax software and/or enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, an understanding of basic coding or experience selecting external technology vendors and managing those relationships.

To be clear, tax technologists are tax professionals first. They must have the same expertise tax professionals have always possessed when it comes to the intricacies of tax policy and compliance. The difference is that tax technologists also know how specific technology, in the tax function and throughout the organization, can be effectively and efficiently deployed to help address all of those tax management intricacies.

I’ve written more about the tax technologist role for Financial Executives International’s (FEI’s) site and welcome you to take a further read about this subject.

Please remember that the Tax Matters provides information for educational purposes, not specific tax or legal advice. Always consult a qualified tax or legal advisor before taking any action based on this information.

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Jen Kurtz: Chief Technology Officer at Vertex Inc. Vertex delivers the world’s most valued tax solutions for companies to connect, transact, and comply while growing their business.

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Jen Kurtz is the Chief Technology Officer focused on driving the technology strategy and next-generation products and solutions through customer innovation and emerging technologies. Jen leads the Office of Technology responsible for bringing together the technology vision, strategy, architecture, and capabilities required to drive breakthrough innovations that will propel Vertex forward in seizing new market opportunities.

Previously, Jen served as a lead member of the software development and commercial enterprise architecture teams. Prior to joining Vertex, she was a software engineer at Verizon and Platinum Technology (now Broadcom) respectively bringing large scale business applications to the market.

Jen has been honored by Oracle for Women’s History Month and Working Mother Magazine at their annual Working Mother 100 Best Companies event. She regularly speaks at local and national technology conferences and has an M.S. in Computer Science from Villanova University and a B.S. in Computer Science from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.

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