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Sr. Counselor, International Tax Planning Job


Houston, Texas, US

Job Skill Group:  Finance
Date:  Mar 16, 2023


Hess is a leading international independent energy company engaged in the exploration and production of crude oil and natural gas. 

We have an industry leading position in the Bakken in North Dakota – a key U.S. shale play. Hess is also one of the largest producers in the deepwater Gulf of Mexico and a key natural gas producer and supplier to Peninsular Malaysia and Thailand. The company is engaged in exploration and appraisal activities offshore Guyana, participating in one of the industry’s largest oil discoveries in the past decade, as well as the Gulf of Mexico, Suriname and Nova Scotia.

Hess aims to attract, retain and energize the best people by investing in their professional development and providing them with challenging and rewarding opportunities for personal growth. We are always looking for talented professionals who share our values and are passionate about making a difference in the world and in their careers. We strive to meet the highest standards of corporate citizenship by protecting the health and safety of our employees, safeguarding the environment and creating a long-lasting, positive impact on the communities where we do business.

For more information about Hess Corporation, please visit our website at 




This position will be responsible for non-US tax planning and providing day-to-day tax advice for exploration, production and crude oil marketing operations for the Americas and Asia. This is a highly visible role within the company and will involve working directly with key asset-level business, commercial and finance groups.


The ideal candidate will be a self-starter and have the ambition to master complex organizational structures and business transactions, frequently changing tax laws, and an ever-evolving accounting regulatory environment.




  • Advise the company on operations, contracts, acquisitions, disposals, and farm-ins
  • Attend meetings with asset-level and commercial teams, identify structuring alternatives for a new or ongoing projects and their associated tax benefits and disadvantages
  • Analyze the indirect tax consequences of transacting in new jurisdictions including withholding tax and VAT
  • Manage implementation of projects to improve the tax-efficiency of a business unit
  • Update the business units on proposed tax changes and advise and implement strategies to mitigate negative tax impacts
  • Prepare technical memoranda to support tax positions taken in connection with business transactions
  • Coordinate with Tax Accounting group to ensure awareness of changes in tax law and/or circumstances that impact tax accounting
  • Review local income tax return positions and analysis of provision-to-return adjustments
  • Manage and negotiate settlements on income and non-income tax audits
  • Monitor uncertain tax positions and recommend the creation or release of reserves under ASC 740 or ASC 450
  • Work with Finance and Treasury groups on forming and maintaining structures funding exploration activities
  • Design and maintain structures for tax efficient transfers of cash between jurisdictions




  • 10+ years of relevant experience in a corporate tax department, host country planning required
  • Experience in the Oil and Gas industry preferred
  • Ability to clearly explain and present complex concepts to a non-tax audience
  • Demonstrated experience with managing multiple priorities at the same time and seeing projects completed on a timely basis


Must have J.D. or Masters in Taxation



The Hess Way of Working refers to competencies considered absolute pre-requisites for success. How you deliver results is as important as what you achieve. Every employee is expected to demonstrate the behaviors within these competencies to be considered an effective performer and, ultimately, earn career growth opportunities.

  • Builds Trusted Relationships
  • Develops Talent
  • Creates Effective Teams
  • Thinks Strategically
  • Inspires Innovation
  • Demonstrates Courage
  • Drives Continuous Improvement
  • Makes Quality Decisions
  • Delivers High Performance  

Hess is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information. Hess is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, click here or send an email to

Posting Notes: Lisa B Willet | Employee | Finance | United States| Texas | Houston | | |  | | No | 26586