About the firm and department
Asone of the world’s largest networks of audit, tax and consulting firms, RSM willhelp you reach your full potential. Our Innovation Reliefs Team works with a range of companies, from start-ups to multinationals, to assist them in the preparation of claims for Research & Development tax relief.
We work with companies across all sectors, most notably manufacturing, engineering, life sciences, software and digital technologies to assist them to identify and prepare successful tax relief claims.
The variety of projects and impressive client list will challengeyou every day, helping you expand your capabilities and grow professionally.
Furtherto this, with access to a global team that spans more than 120 countries,you’ll have plenty of opportunity to broaden your horizons.
Discover a culturethat nurtures individuality and celebrates fresh thinking!
About the role
An exciting opportunity to work in an actively growing, specialist Innovation Reliefs tax team at RSM within the Central Region.
The role involves working directly with the IT specialists in many different businesses who are at the forefront of their technology, whilst also experiencing a role in a global professional services firm.
We are looking for a computer science specialist to work within our existing Innovation Reliefs team to help our clients claim R&D incentives.
The existing team is very experienced in these tax reliefs, but would benefit from more specialist input for claims in software / IT.
Managing R&D engagements including financial management and billing, staffing, risk procedures, deliverables and client relationships.
Meeting with clients and potential clients across to explain our services.
Determining an appropriate scope of work and budget for each client and propose a fee quote.
Developing claim methodologies and manage the preparation of R&D tax relief claims for submission to HMRC.
Coordinating and leading interviews with clients’ technical and finance teams to advise on the R&D tax relief and to assist with identification of qualifying R&D activities and expenditure.
Writing technical descriptions of the client’s projects to include in the reports to be sent to HMRC, and also edit client drafted technical descriptions, highlighted areas for improvement and suggested changes.
Preparing robust costing and technological documentation to support the R&D claims based on the UK BIS guidelines and CIRD manual.
Building an internal network within the wider parts of the firm and an external network with intermediary companies.
Identifying, leading on and progressing business development opportunities, pitching for work with both new and existing clients.
Preparation of documentation and liaison with HMRC in response to enquiries into R&D Tax claims.
Acting as a point of contact on specific R&D projects for any queries from the business.
Reviewing work completed by junior staff for accuracy and completeness, and to provide constructive feedback.
Ensuring tax quality at all times by adhering to the firm’s quality standards.
Ensuring that the R&D engagement team are fully updated on progress and any issues that might affect the client relationship.
Communicating confidently and knowledgably with other Managers, Senior Managers, Directors and Partners within the firm.
Perceiving the needs and concerns of clients and adapting approaches to meet these needs, whilst maintaining effective and professional working relationships with key client personnel.
Maintaining an awareness of the firm’s specialist services and publications, ensuring added value to clients and identify opportunities for other services lines.
About the ideal candidate
The ideal candidate will have an in-depth knowledge of computer science and software development with a knowledge of Research and Development.
Computer Science (or similar) degree or post graduate qualification.
Prior experience working in the software / IT industry.
Good level of tax technical knowledge of the UK’s R&D tax incentives.
Experience in preparing and submitting R&D tax relief claims in the sector.
Clear and concise writing style.
Experience in responding to HMRC enquiries.
At RSM we work hard to create an environment where our people can make a difference - to themselves, their career, their teams, and to thesuccess of our firm and clients.
We support all our people to work flexibly, to manage their family and other responsibilities alongside their work commitments;
we believe this is key to achieving an inspiring and fulfilling working environment.
Diversity and inclusion at RSM
At RSM, inclusion and diversity are central to our values. We have an authentic focus on intentional inclusion, enabling our people to feel they can bring their whole self to work and ensuring everyone feels supported, respected and confident to make a valuable contribution.
To find out more, please visit our Diversity and Inclusion page on our Careers Website.