R&D Incentives Trainee - Engineering, Science or Technology – Midlands & London - Spring/Summer '22

Job Title: R&D Incentives Trainee - Engineering, Science or Technology – Midlands & London - Spring/Summer '22
Contract Type: Graduate
Location: Derbyshire
Salary: 20000 - 21000
Reference: R&D EC
Contact Name: Lucy Dowell
Contact Email:
Job Published: November 17, 2021 12:18

Job Description

Do you have a passion for technology, engineering or physics? Biosciences or pharmacy? How about computer science or chemistry? Not sure which career path to follow? We're offering a once in a lifetime opportunity to join the world of Research and Development (R&D) incentives at Cooper Parry!

We’re killing it....

We disrupt, lead and make life count. We believe in working smart, unafraid of doing things differently if it feels right. We want work to be more than just work. It’s an integral part of our life, of who we are. We shouldn’t have to think about work/life balance. There shouldn’t need to be a balance. There is just life, and Cooper Parry is a harmonious, integral, thrumming part of it.

We are one of the fastest growing accountancy firms in the UK and we have the awards to prove it. In 2021 we were voted as the #No 1 Accountancy firm to work for in the UK and were previously voted Best Company in Europe in the European Engagement Awards and Employer of the year at the Tolley’s Tax Awards. We were also shortlisted for the ‘Specialist team of the Year’ by Accounting Excellence award 2021

Our R&D Incentives team is more like an R&D family. We are 21 strong 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 marine engineering, pharmacology, biomechanics, physicists, chemists and even an astrophysicist. 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 double the size of the R&D family over the next 3 years. Our people-focussed, family-centric approach is central to that growth. This means plenty of scope for career progression. We want everyone that joins us on this journey to retire with us. Plain and simple.

About the role...

The Government sets aside c. £6bn every year to give to UK companies to help them fund their R&D. The more R&D a company does, the more of the £6bn they can get access to. Our R&D team are experts in the Government’s rules and claim process, defined in corporation tax legislation, which companies have to follow to claim some of the money.

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 either in person or via videocall, talking with their technical/scientific staff to understand more about their R&D and pulling together their R&D incentives claim. You’ll meet clients from day one and 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 company’s corporation tax affairs.

You'll help prepare reports to go to the Government explaining how and why the company qualifies to get some of the £6bn. Once approved the company will receive the cash which can then be put back into doing even more clever things!

We deliberately ensure our new joiners have a varied role including getting involved in finding new companies for us to work with and helping with internal things such as marketing, organising socials, recruitment etc. We think it’s key for everyone to understand how the R&D business runs, top-to-bottom and inside-out. You might be running it one day so you need to know.

We provide a comprehensive training programme including the option to study for the Association of Technician (ATT) qualification.

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 they do amazing work. That’s why we offer things like:

• Competitive salaries aligned to big firms

• Open holidays

• Salary sacrifice car scheme

• No dress code - just “Wear something!”

• Incredible ongoing development and career growth

• A truly flexible approach to work balancing working from home, in office or with clients - “Work From Anywhere, Anytime Forever”

• Study support /leave and professional memberships

• Cooper Parry social/sports clubs

• Some of the most impressive offices in the UK

• Regular social events

• Volunteering / charity days

Are we a match?

Our values are at the heart of what we do at Cooper Parry and it’s really important we recruit like-minded individuals into our teams.

• Play all in – we are committed, engaged and driven

• In it together – we believe in all for one and one for all

• Be Nice – we are kind, humble and authentic

• Be Brave – we are bold, entrepreneurial and rebellious

• Keep Learning – we explore, discover and are curious

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. School leavers, graduates, change of career down the line – we want to hear from you!

A little more about life at CP….

We are challenging grey...

We are challenging boring. We are challenging status quo. Our people engagement scores are through the roof – our people are fully engaged in everything we do - from how we embrace technology and workplace design to how we create innovative and flexible working patterns that have a positive impact on the service our clients receive and on the lives of our people. Our culture is who we are and it genuinely shapes our strategy and the experience for our clients. The way in which we operate and the incredible environment we are building is hugely advantageous to those wanting to combine a career in practice with an unrivalled culture and personal growth opportunity.

We are building a truly modern workplace culture...

We’ve always believed in trusting our people to make the right decisions for themselves. From how you dress (our only rule is ‘wear something’) to when you work (we have no ‘core hours’) and how often you holiday (we have open holiday). We have just introduced another game-changing element we call ‘Work From Anywhere Anytime, Forever’ (WFAF!). We now give our people the opportunity to work flexibly, and potentially from anywhere, giving our people the trust and accountability to deliver to the required standards.

Play to your strengths, we say. Create a role you’re truly passionate about. Then, work flexibly to design a life that’s right for you.

It’s different here. Read our culture book for yourself #makelifecount