Associate - R&D Tax - Life sciences

Job Title: Associate - R&D Tax - Life sciences
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: London
Salary: Negotiable
Reference: JN -122020-1730088_1610029294
Contact Name: Anna-Marie Tucker
Contact Email:
Job Published: January 07, 2021 14:21

Job Description

My client is a top 10 Accountancy firm who are recruiting within the Tax R&D team.

Client Details

The Corporate Tax department provides bespoke taxation services to its clients and deals with all queries from basic compliance through to high-level advisory work. It prepares tax returns and computations, carries out tax planning / consultancy work, and deals with HMRC, clients and third parties.

The firm's specialist Innovation & Technology Group, based in the London, comprises engineers, software programmers and scientists as well as specialist finance professionals such as auditors and tax accountants all of whom are experienced in claiming R&D tax relief.

The Innovation and Technology team provide the following services:

  • Claiming R&D tax relief

  • R&D Allowances (RDAs)

  • Grants

  • Patent Box

  • International R&D relief

This is a client facing role where the consultant will be working with customers from a wide range of industry sectors undertaking development activities within the field of Life sciences. A key aspect for this role will be the ability to translate complex ideas into non-technical concepts and communicate these to a broad client base.


  • Undertaking the technical assessment of claims and producing the technical summary

  • Identification of qualifying R&D projects and expenditure through participation in technical discussions with clients

  • Ensuring R&D claims meet the requirements of the relevant tax legislation and guidelines

  • Liaison with our technical tax staff on the preparation of tax documents comprising these R&D claims for submission of claims to HMRC

  • Supporting R&D Tax Relief claims in the event of HMRC R&D enquiries

  • Supporting actively the promotion both internally and externally of the BDO R&D tax offering

  • Continuously developing own knowledge and skills and to keep technical knowledge up to date

  • Representing the Firm at seminars and computer sciences related events


  • A holder of a recognised Life Sciences university degree (MSc and / or PhD). This in combination with a business degree would be an advantage.

  • Ideally proven experience of working on several projects and experienced in working within a business unit with internal (and external) clients

  • Excellent communication (both spoken and written)

  • Strong numerical ability

  • Curiosity, awareness and an interest in the fields of science, technology and innovation

  • Be highly proactive in the approach to new work opportunities

  • Team player and ability to work on own initiative

  • Able to project a professional, credible image

  • Trustworthy and able to maintain strict confidentiality

Job Offer

Competitive package