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R&D Incentives Trainee - Technology Specialist -Immediate start

Cooper Parry London

Job description

Do you have an interest in emerging technologies and how it is shaping the future? Can you imagine working with rapidly growing start-ups and scaleups in the tech sector?

Do you have a passion for technology, computer science or data?

Keen to continue studying and gain professional qualifications?

We are part of the Tech & High Growth team in Broadgate, London, working together as a unit to put fast scaling companies in the best position to fly! We see our clients’ success as our success, and we are looking for people just as ambitious as us to join the THG family.

A bit about CP....

We are the fastest growing team within one of the fastest growing accountancy firms in the UK and we have the awards to prove it. We were voted as the #No1 Accountancy firm to work for in the UK by the Best Companies awards 2021, along with a host of other awards as well… so what makes us so special?

Our THG R&D team is more like a family. We are currently 8-strong (and growing fast) and we take care of each other. We’re building something special that will endure. A high-performance unit comprised of people from a wide range of backgrounds including, physicists, chemists and IT specialists. We place a huge focus on training and career development. In short, the family is doing fantastically well, by every measure.

We have growth aspirations to triple the size of the R&D family over the next 3 years. Our people-focussed, family-centric approach is central to that growth.

About the role...

The Government provides incentives to businesses of all stages (and in all sectors) to encourage them to innovate, ensuring the UK remains home to some of the world’s best ideas. In no sector is this relief more valuable than the scaling tech space, where businesses are racing to get an idea they’ve had to the market. To do this, they have to burn a lot of time, effort – and cash, which has to come from somewhere.

Without this incentive, a significant proportion of scaling tech businesses would run out of money and be forced to stop – or sell to an investor at a low price because they haven’t been able to prove the value of their idea fully yet. Our team helps our clients – all of which are in the scaling tech space – apply for these incentives; in the last two years, we’ve helped scaling companies achieve over £30m of benefit from the regime, which has been ploughed back into the tech ecosystem to make the UK truly a home for innovation.

On a day-to-day basis you'll do a variety of different things but a big focus of the job is meeting all sorts of companies (by videocall or possibly in person), talking with their technical/scientific staff to understand more about their R&D and working with the client’s finance team to understand what costs can be attributed to the claim. Ultimately, you'll be helping prepare reports to go to the Government explaining how and why the company qualifies is entitled to the incentive.

We’ll have you meeting clients from day one and you’ll get a ringside view of some of the most innovative developments happening in the UK. You’ll also develop your understanding of how R&D incentives claims interact with a companies’ corporation tax affairs, as well as how they fit within the goal & purpose of the wider business as part of our Tech & High Growth team, which offers many other services to companies in this space.

We will provide you with a comprehensive training programme, which includes the option to study for a professionally-recognised qualification, the “Association of Tax Technicians” (ATT).

What we're looking for

  • Able to demonstrate a keen interest in working with Tech & High Growth companies
  • A passion for technology.
  • Like working to pace with an insatiable hunger to succeed
  • Able to deliver a brilliant client experience through clear effective communication
  • Want to stretch themselves and go above and beyond the norm
  • Great attention to detail, a passion for numbers and a knack for following processes within guidelines.
  • Comfortable approaching clients and asking questions.
  • Curious about growth companies and see our work as part of their success.
  • We’ll make sure you’re challenged and supported every step of the way with your career development.

To help set people up for success we prefer students to have a minimum of 112 UCAS points, however – drive and ambition is just as important! As such we welcome applications from all backgrounds. We would consider both graduates (any subject) and school leavers.

What's in it for you...

At Cooper Parry, our mindset is simple. We only do things if we believe we can be No.1. We start doing that by putting our people at the heart of our culture. Why? Pretty simple really… if our people love working here then then they do amazing work. That’s why we offer things like:

  • Open holidays
  • No dress code - just “Wear something!”
  • Incredible ongoing development and career growth
  • A flexible approach to work balancing working from home, in office or with clients
  • Study Support /leave and Professional memberships
  • Cooper Parry Social/Sports Clubs
  • Regular Social events
  • Volunteering/ charity days

Play to your strengths, we say. Create a role you’re truly passionate about.

We know everyone performs their best when they feel welcomed and supported to bring their whole selves to work. As an equal opportunities employer, we will work with you to ensure you have all you need to achieve your best.

Get in touch if you have any questions about our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion or about accessibility/accommodations during your application process.

Interested? If you’d like to be considered for this role, please click apply, upload your CV and answer our application questions. One of our Early Careers Team will contact you.

Job type


  • #Tech&HighGrowth
  • #graduate
  • #London
  • #Technology
  • #Finance
  • #Careerchange
  • #Tax
  • #Computer-Science
  • #ATT
  • #Accountancy