Software Technology Associate

Tilney Smith & Williamson is the UK's leading integrated wealth management and professional services group. With £56 billion of assets under management (as of November 2021), we rank as the third largest UK wealth manager measured by revenues and the sixth largest professional services firm ranked by fee income (source: Accountancy Age 50+50 rankings, 2021).

We are driven by our purpose to place the power of good advice into more hands for both individuals and businesses. Our purpose is supported by our 3 core values:

Personal - we treat you as an individual

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Performance - we strive for more

Software Technology Consultant / Associate

At Smith and Williamson, we spend the vast majority of our time working with the UK's most innovative businesses, to assist them with their R&D tax relief claims. R&D Tax Relief is a government-funded scheme to encourage innovation in the UK economy. We are currently looking for individuals who are passionate about cutting-edge technology to join our R&D Incentives Advisory team as a Software Technology Consultant and help UK companies to grow their businesses both in the UK and globally.

The role

You will be working with high-profile clients to help them claim R&D tax relief / credits based on their innovative technology activities. You will be working alongside a diverse team comprised of experienced technology, science, engineering and tax specialists helping our client's successfully claim R&D tax credits.

Your primary focus will be to work alongside our client's technologists e.g. software developers, technical architects across a range of industry sectors e.g. TMT, Financial Services, Retail and Ecommerce, Aerospace and Defence, Construction, Manufacturing, Oil and Gas etc.

Key responsibilities

* Liaise with the technical leads, developers, and architects within our client's technology divisions to discuss their project portfolio with a view to identifying the key technology challenges faced during a specific claim year(s). Assist the technical leads to identify which of these activities meet the R&D Tax definition.
* Prepare supporting technical documentation describing at a technical level both the innovations and technical challenges within the projects undertaken by our clients to illustrate their qualifying R&D activities.
* Establish and maintain strong relationships, with both existing and new clients, through proactive communication and demonstrating technical expertise to win trust with the client.
* Ensure you are a strong team player and effective contributor by working collaboratively with other team members with different skill sets.
* Support senior colleagues pursuing new business development opportunities with companies that are pushing the boundaries of innovation and can therefore claim the R&D tax relief.
* Build an internal network within the wider Smith and Williamson tax practice.

Your experience

This role will suit a recent graduate or an IT professional with several years experience with a previous employer.

Our ideal candidate will have:

* A degree in Computer Science or similar
* Experience as a software developer or technical architect.
* Experience of working on and resolving typical technical challenges faced by technologists in an enterprise environment, for example, resolving issues related to performance, security, data science or integration with other systems.
* Ability to research, extract and understand complex technical information and excel in articulating the information in a concise manner (written and verbal) for a wide variety of audiences.
* Project management experience and demonstrate the ability to handle multiple tasks, switch priorities and focus as required.
* Experience / knowledge in a range of the following technical areas would be beneficial:

* Software Development Technologies: .NET, Java, Objective-C, Go, Node.js, Swift, Android, Python, Lua, Groovy, Perl, SQL and NoSQL Databases.
* Enterprise Software: ERP systems, and CRM systems.
* Big Data: Predictive analytics, Stream analytics, Distributed data storage, Data mining, Hadoop, Storm. and ETL processes.
* Machine Learning and AI: OpenCV, Spark, PyTorch, neural networks, Monte Carlo methods, Natural Language Processing.
* Cloud Technologies: AWS, Azure, IBM, Google Cloud, PaaS, IaaS, SaaS.
* Architectural Patterns: SOA, Microservices, Monolithic, Event-driven and Serverless.
* Middleware Technologies: Message brokers e.g. Kafka, ActiveMQ, RabbitMQ, API Gateways, JSON, Rest, Protocol Buffers.
* DevOps Tooling: Docker containers, Kubernetes, Virtual Machines, Apache Mesos, Puppet, Ansible, Terraform and Infrastructure-as-Code.


As a colleague here at Tilney, Smith & Williamson you will have access to benefits that include:

* Competitive salary
* Private medical insurance
* Life assurance
* Pension contribution
* Hybrid working model (role dependant)
* Generous holiday package
* Option to purchase additional holiday
* Shared parental leave

We value the differences that a diverse workforce brings, representative of our society and clients. We are committed to providing a work environment where all colleagues, regardless of identity, background, or circumstance, feel respected as individuals and feel that they can achieve their full potential and work in a safe, supportive, and inclusive environment.

If you need any reasonable adjustments for your application process, please let your recruiter know.

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