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FS-Research and Development - IT Specialist - Senior Associate

London, United Kingdom
Closing date
21 May 2024

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Accounting - practice
Salary band
Contract type
Full Time
Where will they be working
Hybrid - mostly office

Job Details

A career in our Financial Services Tax practice, within Private Client Tax, will provide you with the opportunity to help our clients meet their tax obligations while managing the impact tax has on their cross jurisdictional affairs. You'll advise clients on their US and UK tax affairs, while acting as a trusted advisor feeding in on any tax consideration to be had when making financial decisions. You'll also help individuals understand where the primary right to tax lies in different scenarios, as well as providing advice on tax implications of movement of funds. Our team helps our private clients navigate the frequently changing and complex landscape of having exposure to both US and UK taxation, and manage the international tax environment related to stringent reporting requirements. You'll help our clients with their tax structuring while helping to address the challenges of the continuously changing tax world, both where they are resident and where their citizenship lies.

PwC's National Innovation and Capital Incentives (ICI) team are passionate about helping clients obtain the R&D incentives available to support their investment in innovation. Based in London, our Financial Services ICI team is a diverse group of specialists, with a strong focus on growth.

We are looking to recruit an individual with a background in IT/Software at Senior Associate level with good experience of UK R&D tax incentives to take a supporting role in helping our clients understand the definition of R&D for tax credits, guide them through the process of making R&D eligibility assessments and manage the preparation of robust, high quality documentation to support their claims.

The role

We are looking to recruit an individual at Senior Associate level with experience of R&D and are keen to hear from people who are passionate about innovation, getting to know a broad range of businesses and having a direct role in growing our FS R&D practice.

We are particularly focussed on candidates able to support us in:
  • Providing support on claim preparation and technical advice across the FS sector from a R&D perspective
  • Supporting Managers and Senior Managers in delivering workshops with clients to brief them fully on the R&D incentives regime, taking responsibility for managing the input of the client technical teams to facilitate the quantification of the claims and managing the preparation of supporting documentation, developing strong relationships with both our clients and internal stakeholders
  • Preparation/ review of documentation for submission to HMRC, including descriptions of R&D activities and detailed project summaries to support the R&D claims
  • Assist in the preparation of R&D claims, including ensuring R&D eligibility assessments are appropriately reflected in the quantification of the claim
  • Preparing responses to or liaising with HMRC with regard to queries they have on R&D claims on behalf of our clients
  • Working collaboratively with a strong team focus

Essential skills and experience
  • Experience of working in a tax environment, specialising in R&D as an IT specialist
  • Working knowledge of tax incentives and experience in preparing R&D claims and a keen interest in developing further
  • Excellent communication skills - the candidate will be expected to be the point of contact on the projects they manage supporting a range of stakeholders including client contacts, PwC staff in the incentives team and also in the wider tax practice
  • Coaching and delegation - the successful candidate will help to develop a growing team of associates supporting the R&D team, helping them grow their technical expertise alongside their soft skills
  • Good written skills including report writing, technical memo drafting and concise advice notes for sharing with clients
  • Analytical skills for numerical analysis of client data


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Opportunities are at the heart of a career with us.   Opportunities for you to sharpen your skills, collaborate with experts, build lasting relationships and make an impact in a place where people, quality and value mean everything.

Our offer to you...

·         Be part of the world’s leading professional services network and enjoy the benefits that come with that.

·         Meet and collaborate with highly talented people from diverse backgrounds, developing new ways of thinking, creating value for you, for PwC and for our clients.

·         Work in a challenging and stimulating environment where you’ll be inspired to reach your full potential.

·         Identify and develop your skills, build on your existing strengths and discover new ones you didn’t know you had. Watch your expertise and influence grow with us.


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What you need to bring to us

Your intellect, willingness to learn, ability to build relationships, put yourself in others’ shoes, while always making a positive impact with our clients and each other.

The skills, insights and connections you develop at PwC are career defining wherever your career may take you. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime. Take it.



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