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R&D Software Technology Manager - UK Wide

Date: Sep 9, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

The Team
Every day we work with the UK’s most innovative companies and we are looking for people passionate about cutting-edge technology to join our KPMG R&D Innovation Reliefs and Incentives Team as a Software Technology Manager and help UK companies to grow their businesses in the UK and globally.
At KPMG we strongly encourage a diverse and inclusive workplace. We foster a culture of agility and curiosity. Could this be the perfect next step for your career!

The role

You will be working with high profile clients primarily from FTSE 350 global companies to help them claim R&D tax credits based on their innovative technology-focussed activities. You will be working within a diverse team comprised of experienced technology, science, engineering and tax specialists.
Your primary focus will be to work alongside our clients’ software engineers across a range of industry sectors e.g. TMT, Financial Services, Retail and ecommerce, Aerospace and Defence, Oil and Gas amongst others. As part of this role, you will gain an insight into the technology challenges that companies in the UK are facing, especially as businesses across a wide range of sectors look to digitise their existing business.
This opportunity is suitable for software developers or technical architects seeking to use their existing technical knowledge in a creative and analytical way and individuals who are looking to work in a consultancy environment in a client-facing role. It will require you to possess:
Strong technical knowledge across a diverse range of technologies;
Excellent communication, project management and client relationship building skills;
Proven ability and experience working as part of a dynamic team working together to deliver excellent outcomes to clients/stakeholders.

Your key responsibilities will include:
Liaise with the technical leads, 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 these discussions with the support of our technical associates to identify which of the activities undertaken meet the R&D Guidelines.
Prepare and review technical summaries describing the innovations and technical challenges within the projects undertaken by our clients to illustrate their qualifying R&D activities.
Establish and maintain strong relationships, with both existing and new clients, through proactive communication and demonstrating technical expertise to win trust with the client.
Ensure you are a strong team player and effective contributor by working collaboratively with other team members with different skills sets.
Support senior colleagues pursuing new business opportunities with companies that are pushing the boundaries of innovation and can therefore claim the R&D tax credit.
Build an internal network within the wider KPMG firm.

The Person

A degree or equivalent in IT, Computer Science or similar
Experience as a software developer or technical architect.
Experience of working on and resolving typical technical challenges faced by technologists in an enterprise environment, for example, resolving issues related to performance, scale, security or integration with other systems.
Ability to research, extract and understand complex technical information and excel in articulating the information in a concise manner (both written and verbal) for technical and non-technical audiences.
A passion for technology and possesses the ability to learn about how different technologies are developed and applied within a range of industries / sectors.
Project management experience and be able to demonstrate the ability to handle multiple tasks, switch priorities and focus as required.
Experience working collaboratively within different multi-disciplinary teams whilst being focussed on delivering excellent outcomes to a range of stakeholders.
Excellent communication and presentation skills, which enable you to actively participate in structured discussions with both technical and finance staff.
Experience / knowledge in a range of the following technical areas would be beneficial:

o Software design and development technologies: .NET, Java, C++, Objective-C, Go, Node.js, Swift, Android, Python, Lua, Groovy, Perl, Python, SQL and NoSQL databases, ERP and CRM systems.
o Data science: Predictive analytics, Stream analytics, Distributed data storage, Data mining and ETL.
o Big Data: Hadoop, Spark or Storm.
o Cloud technologies: AWS, Azure, IBM, Google Cloud, PaaS, IaaS and SaaS.
o Architectural patterns: SOA / Microservices, Monolithic, Event-driven and Serverless.
o Middleware technologies: Message brokers such as Kafka, ActiveMQ or RabbitMQ, API Gateways, JSON, REST, Protocol Buffers.
o DevOps tooling: Docker containers, Kubernetes, Virtual Machines, Apache Mesos, Puppet, Ansible, Terraform and Infrastructure as Code.



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