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Graduate Programme 2019 - One Year Business Placement - Tax R&D Incentives

Date: May 3, 2019

Location: Reading, UK

Company: KPMG UK

Programme: Graduate Programme 2019 - One Year Business Placement - Tax R&D Incentives
Job Function: One Year Business Placement - Tax R&D Incentives
Location: Reading
Country: UK
Intake Year: 2019

Our people are at the heart of our continued success. Being part of KPMG is being part of a community of talented and innovative people, working together to have a positive, lasting impact on clients. No one type of person succeeds at KPMG; a diverse business requires diverse personalities, characters and perspectives. Whoever you are, there is a place for you here.


About the programme


KPMG's Tax practice is a dynamic and successful area of our business. The Tax team works with a wide range of organisations and individuals, helping them to implement the tax approach that suit their needs. A constantly changing and increasingly high-profile field, Tax can offer a surprisingly broad range of quality career paths to ambitious people.


The Innovation, Reliefs and Incentives (“IRI”) team is part of the wider Corporation Tax department and consists of engineers, scientists, accountants and tax professionals.  They focus on assisting companies access tax relief through the R&D Incentive Scheme, which is a government regulated program supporting companies that work on innovative projects in science and technology.  The IRI team work with companies from a wide range of industries including IT, construction, automotive, retail, financial services, energy and technology and includes:


- Working with the engagement team to develop claim methodologies and prepare R&D tax relief and Patent Box claims for submission to HMRC for both SMEs and large companies

- Managing overall client engagements, including liaison with KPMG and client staff

- Advising client technical specialists on the application of the R&D guidelines to their work 

- Building an internal network within the wider tax practice of the firm 

- Helping to establish and maintain strong client relationships with both existing and new clients 

- Working with the KPMG finance and tax specialists to ensure that eligible R&D Tax expenditure and Patent income is correctly identified

- Assisting in progressing business development opportunities and to pitch for work with both new and existing clients


What your job will involve


- Working collaboratively and assisting with the delivery of client engagements

- Drafting and finalising technical project descriptions

- Preparing R&D tax claims including both supporting calculations and a claim report for submission to HM Revenue & Customs

- Assisting management in the preparation of proposals

- Assisting in the preparation of technical queries from other parts of the firm

- Sharing knowledge with the national IRI team


Key skills required


- Excellent communication skills in a range of situations with internal team members and senior staff at the client. In particular having an ability to explain complex technical concepts in simple language 

- The ability to deal with technical and finance staff on a one to one to basis, conducting structured discussions. 

- Capable of producing documentation to a high level of quality for submission to HMRC 

- Ability to manage competing deadlines.

- Excellent problem solving skills 

- Team player and willingness to investigate areas where you may have no prior knowledge


What are we looking for you to show us? 


During the recruitment process, you will need to demonstrate KPMG's Global Behavioural Capabilities, which will give us confidence you’ll be successful in the firm. By this, we mean the skills and behaviours that every person here at KPMG shares. To us, ‘behaviours’ are more than the way you act – they represent the set of values that underpin our business.


KPMG's Global Behavioural Capabilities are:


- Career Motivation

- Delivers Quality 

- Drives Collaboration and Inclusion 

- Strives for Continual Improvement 

- Exercises Professional Judgement 

- Makes an Impact

- Seizes Business Opportunities 

- Demonstrates Innovation and Curiosity 

- Resilience 


Further information on these behaviours can be found at


What do we look for? 


Within our recruitment process, we look for more than just your academic results. This wider perspective helps us ensure that we are giving you the best opportunity to demonstrate your potential. We assess your application against KPMG’s Global Behavioural Capabilities and a number of other metrics to build our confidence in whether you will be a success at KPMG. 


As a general rule, you'll be expected to meet the following requirements:


- Minimum grade B GCSE* Maths

- Minimum grade B GCSE* English Language

- Minimum of 300 UCAS Tariff points*

- On track to achieve minimum 2:1

- Ideally work experience in a professional environment

* or equivalent


Please note that we only consider a candidate's 'top' 3 A-level grades and do not accept General Studies.


Additional details


Salary is competitive


Your KPMG experience 


At KPMG, your long-term future is every bit as important to us as it is to you. That’s why our aim is to give you experiences that will stay with you for a lifetime. Whether it’s great training and development, the chance to move around the business or volunteering opportunities – you’ll gain a wealth of experiences on which to build a rewarding career. We’re proud of our culture – it’s one that recognises hard work, encourages new ways of thinking and embraces diversity and inclusion. We also have an innovative spirit which inspires what we do and how we do it – striving to be better lies at the heart of who we are.


We’re at our best when you’re at your best – that’s why we’ve created ‘Our Deal’ and ‘The Academy’. They’re our way of recognising and rewarding our colleagues for giving their best at work. Through ‘The Academy’, you’ll have access to communities which will support and develop you so that you build your skills and career. From secondment programmes and preferential banking to cash towards student loan payments and your birthday off, we’re making sure that our people have an amazing experience.


Applying with a Disability

KPMG are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunity employer and we seek to attract and retain the best people from the widest possible talent pool. As a member of The Employers’ Forum on Disability we’re committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the Recruitment Process. Should you be successful after the initial application stage, please discuss with your recruitment contact any reasonable adjustments to our Recruitment Process that you may require.

KPMG’s commitment to diversity:

KPMG consistently features in the Sunday Times Best Big Companies to work for, which has been recognised with a special achievement award to mark our 10 years in the Top 25. We pride ourselves on being a place where your individuality is valued; you can be yourself and still achieve your potential. We believe that your individuality helps us to deliver the best results to our clients. Diversity of background, diversity of experience, diversity of perspective - that's the KPMG difference. But, don't take our word for it, find out more about diversity at KPMG here.

Policy for Agencies
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