R&D Cost Analysis Specialist

Postgraduate degree
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R&D Cost Analysis Specialist (Associate / Manager)

A&M Taxand’s specialist UK R&D Tax Services team consists of experienced tax professionals and engineers who advise companies on the design, implementation and ongoing maintenance of methodologies to support their R&D claims. The team deals primarily with R&D claims for large companies, whether foreign-owned, privately held or listed groups.

We have a vacancy for an R&D costing specialist to join the fast-growing team at A&M Taxand. The ideal candidate will be ACA and/or CTA qualified, have experience of working in R&D tax in a professional services environment, and combine analytical ability with written and verbal communication skills.

Our costing specialists work with clients to design appropriate methodologies to robustly and efficiently quantify R&D claims. The analysis primarily uses Excel, and we are increasingly using solutions such as Alteryx.


Project teams are generally multidisciplinary, with you as an experienced tax/costing specialist collaborating with the technical team to ensure that clients’ R&D assessments are accurately translated into qualifying expenditure, and risks are managed and communicated appropriately.

You will be responsible for:

  • Working with clients to identify records to quantify R&D activities

  • Preparing claim analysis, often involving large and complex datasets

  • Structuring data to enable the technical team to gather project assessments

  • Managing and documenting risk throughout engagements

  • Ensuring clients understand their R&D claims, and the impact on their overall tax position

Qualifications and experience:

  • CTA or similar professional qualification

  • 3+ years of tax experience in a client facing role, and preferably 1+ years of R&D costing experience

  • In-depth knowledge of UK R&D tax legislation

  • Expertise with Microsoft Excel, in particular the ability to build auditable analysis efficiently

  • Experience with Alteryx would be an advantage

  • Experience of advising on patent box, and working within corporate tax more broadly, would be an advantage

Personal qualities:

  • Rigorous approach to data analysis

  • Intellectually curious and prepared to ‘roll up your sleeves’

  • Excellent communication skills, written and verbal

  • Energised by variety and motivated by delivering value to clients

  • You will be working concurrently on several projects, so managing your workload will be important

  • You will enjoy working in a dynamic team and thrive on challenge

What can we offer you?

  • Career development: A&M is rapidly expanding. The opportunity for career progression is exceptional in the UK tax market.

  • Technical development: We will support your continuing professional development through varied work opportunities and coaching from our experienced senior team.

  • Remuneration: A&M offers a competitive salary and an excellent and genuinely performance-related bonus scheme where individuals’ contribution to the team’s success is identified during the year and recognised.

  • Scope to innovate: ‘Greenfield’ environment where new ideas are welcomed, and you’ll be able to shape future practices and processes to drive growth.

Diversity & Inclusion

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Job information

Firm: Alvarez & Marsal

Location: London

Education: Postgraduate degree