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Tax Director


Cleveland, OH, US, 44115

Company:  1100-Applied Industrial Technologies


  • This position is responsible for the Company’s tax compliance, tax planning and accounting for income taxes. Directs and oversees tax policies and objectives.
  • Effective interface with management, accounting and internal audit staff and external auditors and service providers to in order to execute position responsibilities.
  • Active involvement in the Company’s Quality Management process, as evidenced by continuous improvement of processes in order to reduce AIT Tax function spend, improve efficiencies and minimize AIT’s tax liability while maintaining compliance within all applicable taxing jurisdictions.
  • Continuous personal and team development.



  • Develops and executes AIT’s tax policies and procedures. 
  • Reviews and manages the company’s consolidated income tax provision.
  • Oversees timely and accurate completion of US Federal, international, state and local income tax returns including all related analysis and support.  Identifies opportunities to minimize the organization’s tax liability each year while maintaining compliance with current tax laws.
  • Oversee and ensure compliance and timely execution of sales, use and property tax obligations.
  • Coordinate with taxing jurisdictions and outside resources as applicable on audits of Federal, international, state and local filings.
  • Responsible for accounting for income taxes in the US and International subsidiaries and coordination with local AIT staff and third parties. 
  • Responsible for transfer pricing and management fee arrangements.
  • Manage and develop team and build successor candidates.  Participate in formulating and successfully implementing goals and objectives.
  • Liaise with operating management on tax issues and accounting staff on tax accounting issues.
  • Ensures that appropriate internal controls are in place over accounting for income taxes.
  • Departmental liaison with IT staff on all technical matters relating to tax applications.
  • Coordinates with Treasury on tax planning and cash management issues as required.
  • Manages and conducts research and planning on current tax laws, advises senior management on the impact of current and proposed company activities and transactions.
  • Represents the company on tax audits conducted by outside regulatory agencies.
  • Directs and oversees the retention of tax records and other required reports.
  • Responsible for procedures to ensure that transactions are executed in accordance with general or specific authorization and maintenance of accurate, complete and timely records of business transactions.
  • Leverage technology and operational process improvement tools to drive efficiencies in execution of departmental responsibilities.





  • Bachelor’s Degree (B.S.) in Accounting or Tax. Master’s Degree in Business Taxation and / or CPA preferred.
  • Ten years of related experience (including international tax) with 2-4 years of this experience gained in a public accounting firm.
  • Experience with ERP systems, SAP a plus, along with familiarity with tax preparation and provisioning software packages.
  • Must have a demonstrated hands-on approach and success in working in a team-based environment




    Finance leaders of Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc. or any of its subsidiaries hold an important role in corporate governance.  They are uniquely capable and empowered to ensure that stakeholders’ interests are appropriately balanced, protected and preserved. Accordingly, financial managers are expected to adhere to and advocate the following principles regarding individual and peer responsibilities, as well as responsibilities to the company, the public and other stakeholders. 

  • To act with honesty and integrity, avoiding actual or apparent conflicts of interest in personal and professional relationships.
  • To provide constituents with information that is accurate, complete, objective, relevant, timely and understandable.
  • To comply with rules and regulations of federal, state, provincial and local governments, and other appropriate private and public regulatory agencies.
  • To act in good faith, responsibly, with due care, competence and diligence, without misrepresenting material facts or allowing independent judgment to be subordinated.
  • To respect the confidentiality of information acquired in the course of Company work except when authorized or otherwise legally obligated to disclose. Confidential information acquired in the course of Company work is not used for personal advantage.
  • To share knowledge and maintain skills important and relevant to constituents’ needs.
  • To proactively promote ethical behavior as a responsible partner among peers in Company work environment and community.
  • To achieve responsible use of and control over all assets and resources employed or entrusted to the associate.

Applied Industrial Technologies (NYSE: AIT)  is a leading industrial distributor that offers more than 6.5 million parts to serve the needs of MRO and OEM customers in virtually every industry. In addition, Applied® provides engineering, design and systems integration for industrial and fluid power applications, as well as customized mechanical, fabricated rubber and fluid power shop services. Applied also offers storeroom services and inventory management solutions that provide added value to our customers.


We are an equal employment opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, protected veteran status, marital status, medical condition or any other characteristic protected by law.


If you need accommodation for any part of the employment process because of a disability, please send an email to or call 216-426-4389 to let us know the nature of your request.

Nearest Major Market: Cleveland

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