Director, Tax Planning

Job title: Director, Tax Planning

Company: FirstEnergy

Job description: FirstEnergy at a Glance

We are a forward-thinking electric utility powered by a diverse team of employees committed to making customers’ lives brighter, the environment better and our communities stronger.

FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE) is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, FirstEnergy includes one of the nation’s largest investor-owned electric systems, more than 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions, and a regulated generating fleet with a total capacity of more than 3,500 megawatts.

About the Opportunity

This is an open position with the FirstEnergy Service Company, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp [SC00]

The Director, Tax Planning is a high-visibility tax executive with responsibility for evaluating the U.S. federal and state income tax consequences of strategic business transactions and legislative developments, making well-informed recommendations to senior management, and creating value through responsible but creative tax analysis. The director is a trusted advisor to senior management, a team player, and promotes an atmosphere of ethics, compliance, and innovative thinking.

The ability to work remotely within the United States may be available based on business need. This option is not available in the states of California, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon or Washington at this time.

Responsibilities include:

  • Analyzing existing and proposed tax statutes and regulations
  • Conducting complex tax research
  • Documenting and defending tax return positions
  • Delivering positive financial results through the design and implementation of tax planning strategies
  • Collaborating with departments and business units throughout the company, including Controllers, Legal, Business Development, Ethics & Compliance, External Affairs, and Rates
  • Providing tax analysis and recommendations for scenario planning, strategic transactions, and sensitive compliance issues


  • Bachelor’s degree and JD or CPA is required
  • Minimum 10 years related work combined corporate tax experience is required in large law firm, Big 4 accounting firm, and/or public company corporate tax department
  • Demonstrated experience leading/managing direct reports
  • Demonstrated project-management skills and the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Demonstrated experience implementing tax planning strategies
  • Able to build effective working relationships and collaborate with all levels of employees and management across the organization
  • Experience working as part of multi-disciplinary teams on large projects or transactions
  • Skill to master both the big picture as well as the details
  • Broad experience in federal income tax, including consolidated returns; reorganizations and restructuring; net operating losses; tax credits; and capitalization vs. expense issues
  • Firm understanding of state income tax apportionment methods, federal conformity issues, and unitary filing concepts
  • Highest standards of business conduct and ethical behavior
  • Exemplary leadership skills
  • Role models and reinforces the FE Values & Behaviors
  • Exceptional verbal communication skills – able to synthesize and explain complex tax concepts; persuasive writing skills
  • Experience writing tax opinions or technical memoranda to document tax positions and/or reserve analysis, preferred
  • Tax controversy / audit defense experience, preferred
  • Experience speaking / presenting tax issues to key stakeholders, such as clients, management team, committees of the board of directors, etc., preferred
  • Understanding of ASC 740 income tax accounting concepts, including FIN 48 uncertain tax position reserve analysis, preferred
  • Experience with utility / energy industry tax issues, preferred

Benefits, Compensation & Workforce Diversity

At FirstEnergy, employees are key to our success. We depend on their talents to meet the challenges of our changing business environment. We are committed to rewarding individual and team efforts through our total rewards philosophy which includes competitive pay plus incentive compensation, a company-sponsored pension plan, 401(k) savings plan with matching employer contribution, a choice of medical, prescription drug, dental, vision, and life insurance programs, as well as skills development training with tuition reimbursement. Please visit our website at to learn more about all of our employee rewards programs. FirstEnergy proudly supports workforce diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, status as a protected veteran, or status as a qualified individual with a disability. No recruiters or agencies without a previously signed contract. Unable to sponsor or transfer H-1B visas at this time.


Safety is a core value for FirstEnergy and is essential to all of our business activities. We ensure employees have the tools, information, and processes to perform their duties in a manner that assures safety for themselves, their co-workers, our customers and the public. Our goals are to provide a safe work environment, to maintain an accident-free, injury-free workplace, and to promote and maintain public safety. To meet these goals, we dedicate ourselves to achieving world-class safety standards.

Position Classification


FirstEnergy Human Resources Team

Expected salary:

Location: Akron, OH

Job date: Sat, 16 Apr 2022 07:16:48 GMT

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