Posted: 20 Nov. 2017 3 min. read

My Career Path from Applied Physics to Tax at Deloitte

David Cobb, Partner from Tax discusses the main reasons he pursued a career in Tax, after graduating from Nottingham University with a Joint Honours degree in Pure & Applied Physics with Electronics. More, David shared with us what he likes best about working at Deloitte and his passions outside of work.

When did you join Deloitte and what is your role within the company?

I joined Deloitte in August 2002 after 16 years at Andersen. I am now a partner in the UK Gi³ practice and EMEA leader for the service line.  Our offering is to help companies secure government funding for their activities through tax credits, tax reliefs, grants and other incentives. I am also Global CTO for the service line.

What is your educational background?

I graduated from Nottingham University with a Joint Honours degree in Pure & Applied Physics with Electronics

What made you pursue a career in your field and why did you apply to Deloitte?

After a two-year spell as a studio engineer at the BBC I joined Arthur Andersen to learn more about business. I enjoyed what I was doing and after a move from from Audit to Tax and various moves around the country I was given the opportunity in 2003 to start a new business advising clients on tax credits for R&D activities.  This gave me chance to combine my tax knowledge with my love for technology and I haven’t looked back since.

What do you like best about working for Deloitte?

The ability to work with clients on their cutting-edge R&D activities and see first-hand where and how their technological capabilities are developing.

What are your interests outside of work?

Outside work I am a huge music fan with a particular interest in US jam bands and modern jazz. I spend the rest of my time watching sci-fi based TV shows and helping my three dogs to manage their Facebook page.

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