New Opportunity: Director of Tax at Les Schwab



“Our business is earning your trust” – Les Schwab, Founder

Founded in 1952 by Les Schwab, this organization has grown into among the largest independent tire retailers in the US with operations in 10 Western states, 500 locations and over 7,000 employees. We continue to grow and innovate in both products and services. Les Schwab Tires offers a unique opportunity to help us continue to grow through the addition of this Director of Tax role, a strategic contributor to our strategies for, and execution of, growth plans, and a critical role in organizational succession planning.


As our Director of Tax, you will be responsible for leading tax risk assessment and planning, compliance, and accounting for all areas of tax, including but not limited to income, SALT, credits and incentives, and business taxes.

The Director of Tax will report directly to the VP of Tax, and will work closely with Accounting, Finance, Real Estate, Legal and other departments as needed, as well as with third party public accounting partners.


  • Lead tax compliance process; lead third party advisors and external auditors for all tax engagements; lead all aspects of tax audits and coordination with taxing authorities.
  • Prepare the tax provision and tax footnote for annual audited financial statements. Support the Accounting team with close procedures, including the preparation of tax provision and journal entries and reconciliations.
  • Quantify and advise on tax considerations for entering in new domestic jurisdictions. Act as a key participant in assessing nexus and evaluating income/non-income tax issues, risks and opportunities, including legal entity creation, registrations and filings, and tax impact of growing service offerings. Develop a plan to address the requirements, implement solutions, and monitor the ongoing process.
  • Engage with leadership to align tax strategy with the business objectives and priorities. Communicate complex tax issues and solutions in a clear and concise manner.
  • Assist on special tasks and projects as needed, including but not limited to the treatment of special partnership allocations, inventory valuation (e.g., 263A and LIFO), fringe benefits, and M&A activity.


  • BS/BA in Accounting with strong knowledge of technical tax and GAAP required. Masters or LLM in tax and/or CPA license is required.
  • 10+ years in tax required.
  • Public Accounting / National or regional public accounting tax experience is preferred.
  • Knowledge of GAAP, SALT, M&A, inventory methods, sales tax, Netsuite, BNA Fixed Assets, and Private Equity Structures is beneficial.
  • Strong analytical, research and critical thinking skills as well as decision-making skills.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to plan and accomplish goals.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and use time effectively to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to maintain strict confidentiality.
  • Ability to compose written tax advice.
  • Frequent sitting and use of keyboard.
  • Office environment, non-manual work, remote work available one day per week.

Interested in learning more? 180one is a retained search firm engaged by Les Schwab to conduct this search. If interested in learning more about the opportunity, please contact Matt Oltmann at 180one at: 971.235.6236 /

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