How did you find Haines Watts?
It was on Linkedin, a recruiter messaged me and sent me the job description for R&D Tax incentives and reliefs. I then went on to the Haines Watts website to read up on the company and I was really interested so I took him up on the interview.
My interview was with Gillian and Sam who are based in the Birmingham office and that’s how it all started!
Tell me about your career path?
I did economics at university and I’d just finished my master's at the University of Birmingham. With economics, there’s so many different topics. You study regulation, R&D, government, tax and lots of other things so I didn’t have a specific career path. I knew that I wanted to be in finance or investment banking, anything numbers-wise really but I was open to opportunities leaving university.
What is your role?
My role is working in incentives and reliefs under the tax team. So we work with R&D, companies that have been involved with R&D come to us and it’s our job at Haines Watts to come together with a report. We detail the R&D, things like payroll, subcontractors and software costs and we apportion this relevant to the amount of R&D that they do, we then submit this to HMRC on their behalf.
This means liaising with clients on a daily basis to get information. I also have to communicate with lots of different partners in the business as not every office has an R&D team.
What is the most enjoyable part of working for Haines Watts?
The people and the social activities, I must admit, in the Birmingham office, we do a lot socially. I think our next one is go-karting! It’s really nice to have downtime with the team. With my role, I’m based in Birmingham but I work with a team in Newcastle so it’s been really nice for me to get to know the Birmingham team and feel included.
What is your work/life balance like?
My work-life balance is good, it’s getting busier now with year-end approaching and also I have tax exams coming up. With this and commitments outside of work, it doesn’t leave much social time but it should calm down once I have finished my exams and I can have some more time to myself!
What has been the most challenging part of your career?
Finding the balance at the start between work and study was difficult. When you’re at uni all you have to focus on is studying, when I started working full days and then coming home to study it took some getting used to. Organising my time and finding the motivation to study was challenging but I’ve got it down now.