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R&D Tax Credits Consultant - Senior Associate

London, United Kingdom
Closing date
1 Aug 2024

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

Job Details

We are looking for a Senior Associate to join our Tax Innovation & Capital Incentives (ICI) team based within our Listed and Inbound (L&I) tax team. The team has a strong focus on growth and a wide range of clients across all industries including engineering, food & drink, manufacturing, financial services and IT & software development. We advise businesses on HMRC incentives including Research & Development reliefs, Patent Box claims and Capital Allowances claims which are effective tools to reward their innovation & technological development. Our aim is top quality client experience delivering in a way that differentiates us from our competitors.We operate as a local team (based mainly within offices in Central London and Watford) within a wider national network of ICI specialists. Our team includes individuals with, for example, general tax, audit and industry backgrounds, all bringing different skills, qualities and perspectives to ensure that we are delivering an exceptional service to our clients. The role will be client facing from the outset and you will be typically expected to start building effective working relationships with your clients from day one including leading communications yourself. Prior ICI experience is therefore essential.
The role

As a Senior Associate in our team you will be expected to get involved in a wide variety of projects covering all of the incentives we advise on.

You will be encouraged to take ownership of your own development, actively seeking new projects and making sure you are familiar with the latest HMRC guidance and legislation. Within our team the legislation and guidance are only part of the picture as you will develop and progress much quicker through your exposure to practical application. We actively encourage you to be inquisitive, ask questions and get involved in meetings from the outset to make sure you are seeing the practical application in action.

As a Senior Associate in this team you will be involved with:
  • The support and development of junior staff, sharing your knowledge and expertise through coaching and recognising the need for all levels of the team to develop through exposure to practical application of the legislation
  • Taking a lead role in managing the client relationship which can include managing deadlines, running parts of meetings, handling day to day queries and establishing your role as a trusted contact
  • Working directly to Managers & Senior Managers in the team to support them in managing client relationships and project delivery
  • Preparation of formal reports to support the numerical claims for filing with HMRC
  • Preparation of project technical summaries to illustrate the innovation undertaken by our clients
  • Assisting with the review of numerical aspects of claims and application of the rules to claims
  • Actively considering how we can add value to our clients from within the wider tax team and around the Firm from other lines of service
  • Get involved proactively with business development and looking for opportunities to win work for existing clients of the business and new targets
  • Manage multiple stakeholders including our colleagues across the national ICI network.

Key skills / experience

We are looking for a candidate with the following key skills:
  • A sound understanding of the R&D regimes and experience in the preparation of both SME and RDEC claims (specifically, reviewing claim workings, contributing to client technical calls, and preparing supporting documentation)
  • Strong interpersonal skills are a must to enable you to take a lead role with clients and also liaise effectively with our team and the wider tax team at PwC
  • Ability to be autonomous and 'lead self' as you will be required to work independently and take responsibility for your own development
  • Passion for client service and general enthusiasm is key as you will be encouraged to actively deal with clients at all levels of seniority
  • Strong organisational skills are a must in order to manage working on a number of clients across our portfolio, often with multiple stakeholders both internally and externally
  • Excellent track record of written skills
  • Excel/analytical skills would be beneficial to enable you to understand the numerical aspects of claims and compile these
  • Good problem-solving skills - you will be expected to think for yourself and come up with potential solutions/approaches


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