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Tax Technology Director, R&D (Claims & Incentives, Corporate)

Date: Sep 11, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

KPMG's Tax practice is a dynamic and successful area of our business. A constantly changing and increasingly high-profile field, Tax can offer a surprisingly broad range of quality career paths to ambitious people.

KPMG’s national Claims and Incentives (C&I) team is part of our wider Corporate Tax service line, where our staff have the opportunity to develop relationships with clients, help develop clients’ tax strategies and help manage the amount of corporation tax they need to pay. This involves working with clients on complex tax claims, computations and returns for HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC), giving advice on corporate planning and restructuring projects and finding ways to manage their effective rate of tax as appropriate to their business.

The C&I team is looking to expand with the appointment of a Director to work primarily in our Corporates coverage group on R&D Tax Incentives work; the successful candidate will also support the wider national practice. R&D Tax Incentives provides an incentive to UK businesses carrying out qualifying R&D activities. The team works with businesses from almost every sector of the economy to identify their qualifying R&D activities, quantify the expenditure incurred and obtain the R&D Tax Incentives for them. The team also

work with clients to best leverage the Patent Box, Grants and Capital Allowances regimes.

Roles and Responsibilities

This Director level role is for a technologist with deep experience in the application and operation of the UK R&D Tax Incentives regime. We are specifically seeking someone with experience applying these rules to Information Technology (IT) and Software Development projects across the wide and diverse range of industries in which our clients operate.

It will require you to work with our Corporates coverage group and within the national team to accelerate the growth of our business. The Corporates coverage group comprises some of our highest profile clients, primarily the FTSE 350 global companies and largest UK inbound organisations.

You will be required to use your IT and Software Development

knowledge and experience to help our clients make R&D Tax Incentive claims. Knowledge of Patent Box and Grants claims will be an advantage.

You will also be required to:

- Lead engagement teams and develop claim methodologies to support R&D Tax Incentive claims that will be submitted to HMRC. This will include managing the overall client engagement, identify and mitigate any inherent risks and overseeing the technical and costing aspects.

- Work with our client's technical and tax teams to prepare and submit robust R&D Tax Incentive claims.

- Liaise with the technical leads (e.g. software developers and architects) within our clients’ companies to discuss their project portfolio with a view to identifying the key technology challenges faced during a specific claim year(s). Lead/guide these discussions with the support of our technical team to identify which of the activities undertaken meet the R&D Guidelines.

- Review technical documentation describing the innovations and technical challenges within the projects undertaken by our clients to illustrate their qualifying R&D activities.

- Work with our client service and delivery teams to respond to HMRC enquiries into R&D Tax Incentive claims.

- Build an internal network within the wider tax and advisory practices of our firm, and in our global networks.

- Establish and maintain strong business relationships with both existing and new clients.

- Lead business development initiatives, identify new opportunities for claims for R&D Tax Incentives, Patent Box or Grants, and pitch for work with both new and existing clients, potentially both domestically and internationally. The TMT sector will be an area of particular focus amongst other industries.

- Contribute to the leadership of the team, specifically develop our IT and Software Development team’s capabilities.

Our ideal candidate will have:

- A degree in IT, Computer Science or similar, to 2.1 level.

- Significant IT and/or Software Development industry experience. This includes a solid grasp of the

typical technical challenges faced by technologists in an IT and Software Development environment, for example, resolving issues related to performance, scale, security, or integration with other systems.

- Extensive experience of leading engagement teams and developing methodologies to support successful IT related R&D Tax Incentive claims that will be submitted to HMRC across multiple sectors.

- Strong attention to detail, to enable you to review complex technical information before submission to the client and/or HMRC, whilst maintaining an overall strategic and customer service focused perspective, for all deliverables we produce for our clients.

- Excellent communication skills, with the ability to quickly adapt to a range of situations and audiences from both written and oral perspective.

- Experience providing clear and constructive guidance to the teams with which you work to ensure the efficient delivery of high-quality work to our clients and HMRC.

- Experience of successfully building and leading a team of specialist R&D Tax Incentive advisors (e.g. IT and Software Developers) as well as potential alternative delivery models including technology.

- Experience working collaboratively within different multi-disciplinary teams whilst being focussed on delivering excellent outcomes to a range of stakeholders.

- Excellent internal networking skills with the ability to communicate with other Managers, Senior Managers, Directors and Partners confidently and knowledgably within our professional services environment.

- Strong business development and client facing skills with a proven history of being able to identify and convert R&D Tax Incentive opportunities within the field of IT and Software Development (e.g. TMT).

- Knowledge of wider innovation incentive regimes (e.g. Patent Box and Grants) would be advantageous.

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