Who are you and what do you?
Hi, I’m Rachel Wickham and I’m the Head of Indirect Tax. My team is responsible for understanding the taxes that apply to the group and filing the relevant tax returns. My role involves monitoring global tax changes to ensure that we understand what those changes mean and the potential impact for PPB.
For example, if a jurisdiction introduces a regulation and tax regime we need to understand how that applies to us. I also spend time talking to the business to understand new products or initiatives and provide advice on their potential tax implications.
What’s the best bit of your job? And the most challenging?
Paddy Power Betfair is such a fast-paced company with a focus on getting to market quickly that no day is ever the same and there’s always something new to consider. We get to work with lots of different departments and people as tax generally impacts most areas of the business. The most challenging part is probably trying to keep up with all the new initiatives!
Would you say Paddy Power Betfair is a great place to work?
I really like it here. And I think a lot of it is the people. Everyone is smart and good at their job, but generally people don’t take themselves too seriously and are fun to work with. Good people do really well at PPB.
Aside from the culture, I think the career progression is a big reason to work here. There are always new things happening and interesting situations arising. There are also lots of opportunities to move across departments and this is something that Paddy Power Betfair is really good at.
Did the merger impact your career at ? Has it opened up new opportunities?
The tax team is a larger combined team and we are now responsible for a much larger business. The greater focus on international expansion allows me to work with more jurisdictions and lots of different tax issues.
If you could choose a superpower what would it be?
Invisibility [But she wouldn’t tell us why! – Ed.].