31 May 2024

RSM is a leading audit, tax and consulting adviser to the middle market, globally. With nearly 5,000 people operating from 30 locations across the UK, we have a culture of understanding what it means to deliver value, and to value what we do.

Our people are our future. It’s their skills, energy and ideas that allow us to achieve our goals and make a change where it matters most.

Tax – get the career you want at RSM

Our Innovation Reliefs Tax 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 and other innovation incentives.

About the role

Innovation reliefs is a national team who support companies in making the most from the UK Government’s R&D funding incentives. We are a core and integrated part of the wider corporate tax department at RSM. But a career in tax isn’t just about numbers. It’s about working with people and businesses to really understand what they want to achieve, making sure tax doesn’t become an obstacle to their long-term goals and helping them support their businesses to succeed and grow.

We advise companies of all sizes and from all sectors of business, helping them comply with the complex UK tax regime and also, in many cases, the tax regime of several overseas territories.

The team has experienced rapid growth over the past years and is now looking to further expand the team to support the continued opportunities. 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 and access to other incentives. The variety of projects and impressive client list will challenge you every day, helping you expand your capabilities and grow professionally. Further to 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 culture that nurtures individuality and celebrates fresh thinking!

We are looking for a graduate with a STEM or computer science related degree, to join our Innovation Reliefs team to help our clients claim R&D incentives.

The right candidate will be involved in:

  • Communicating confidently and knowledgably with senior colleagues within the National Innovation Relief’s team.
  • Supporting meetings with clients and potential clients across the region to explain our services.
  • Writing technical descriptions of the client’s projects to include in the reports to be sent to HMRC, and also editing client drafted technical descriptions, highlighting areas for improvement and suggested changes.
  • Preparing robust documentation to support the R&D claims based on the UK BEIS guidelines and CIRD manual.
  • Coordinating and attending 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.
  • Inputting on claim methodologies development and supporting the preparation of R&D tax relief claims for submission to HMRC.
  • Liaising with colleagues across other Taxes to build an internal network.
  • Supporting with the identification of opportunities and pitching for work with both new and existing clients.
  • Assisting the preparation of documentation and liaison with HMRC in response to enquiries into R&D Tax claims.
  • Supporting R&D engagements including cost monitoring and billing, risk procedures, deliverables, and client relationships.
  • 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 your areas of project responsibility and any issues that might affect the client relationship.
  • Maintaining an awareness of the firm’s specialist services and publications, ensuring added value to clients and identify opportunities for other services lines.

What can you expect?

In Team Tax, you’ll combine work and study, gaining an understanding of tax as you build a career you love – so everybody wins! You will study ATT followed by optional CTA.

What we look for

Tax is a technically demanding discipline, so we look for graduates who are always up for a challenge and thrive grasping new subjects. While you don’t have to be a maths genius, you will need to be comfortable with numbers, have the ability to develop an analytical mindset, and enjoy the prospect of delving into tax legislation. As you grow in Team Tax, you’ll benefit from being mentored in a culture that wants you to be the best version of you, to grow and be part of RSM.

It’s our collaborative approach that differentiates us from other professional services firms. Everyone’s contributions are valued. Your voice will be heard, and you’ll be supported to bring your best self to work.

Entry requirements

At RSM, we don’t just look for good exam results. We think passion, personality and originality are just as important.

You will need:

  • 112 UCAS (new tariff) across 3 A Levels or an equivalent level 3 qualification or 104 UCAS (new tariff) across 4 Scottish Highers/Advanced Highers. Please note, RSM does not accept General Studies, AS levels or the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ).


  • A predicted or obtained honours degree from a science, engineering, technology, or information technology (IT) background is preferred.
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  • Job Type: Graduate Job
  • Area of Specialism: Tax
  • UCAS Points: 112
  • Location: We have roles available in our London (Farringdon), Stoke, Southampton and Nottingham offices.
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Start Date: August 2024
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