Jim Purdie is part of the leadership team for the operational and technology side of processing R&D claims at LinkStep. His expertise and knowledge is hard to match for advising on R&D claims and managing HMRC enquiries, having held leadership roles in both the KPMG and Deloitte specialist R&D tax teams between June 2003 and March 2012.
At KPMG, Jim led the specialist R&D team that claimed over £11bn in qualifying costs and over £250m in relief and benefits on behalf of clients from 2005 to 2011.
Underpinning his expertise in R&D tax is his experience of technology development in the engineering and electronics fields. After achieving BSc Engineering at University of Aberdeen (1990), Jim entered the engineering profession with Ford Motor Company, where he took his MSc in Electronics and Computer Control at University of Loughborough & Wayne State University, Michigan USA (1994).
Jim has held senior executive/engineering roles for over 20 years, with international experience including the development and management of a wide range of automotive engineering projects, and of course the delivery of specialist research & development (R&D) tax relief services. The countries Jim has worked in have been very diverse including Belgium, Germany, Spain, Argentina and India, as well as the UK.
He is a commercially astute agent of change with an impressive record of leading large multi-disciplined and multi-cultural teams in the implementation and oversight of complex assembly manufacturing projects.
Key career milestones include:
- KPMG R&D Tax Services – Director (2008 to 2012)
- KPMG R&D Tax Services – Senior Manager (2005 to 2008)
- Deloitte (R&D Tax Services) – Senior Manager (2003 to 2005)
- Ford Motor Company / Visteon – Engineer and engineering manager (1990 to 2003)
“From soup to software, Financial Services to Formula-1, if you have technical people solving technical problems there is a very high probability that the work being done will meet the test. Why not ask us? What is the worst that could happen?”
Specialisms: Engineering, R&D Tax, Computing, Motorsport