Forensic Accountant

Employer
Financial Conduct Authority
Location
UK
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
11 Jun 2022

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Sector
Accountancy
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Associate Forensic Accountant- Enforcement & Market Oversight Division, Retail & Regulatory Investigations

Do you want to help ensure that consumers that have been the victims of scams get their money back or prosecute a bank for money laundering failures? If so, take a look at these links and read on to see how you can join the FCA's Enforcement team to work on such cases:

https://www.fca.org.uk/news/press-releases/barclays-fined-agrees-voluntary-payment-premierfx-customers

https://www.fca.org.uk/news/press-releases/natwest-fined-264.8million-anti-money-laundering-failures

Background

We have a number of permanent and FTC roles for Associate Forensic Accountants in our Retail and Regulatory Investigations Directorate (RRI). In this role, you will have responsibility for investigating and taking action against serious misconduct by regulated financial services firms and their management. This ranges from conducting investigative interviews, gathering and analysing evidence for contentious regulatory and criminal proceedings. You will gain experience of leading investigations and also work as part of larger, multi-disciplinary teams.

Investigation teams have a mixture of criminal, civil and regulatory investigations and teams are likely to have a broad-ranging portfolio. Cases involve a wide range of issues including mis-selling of financial products to consumers, financial crime systems and controls and corporate governance failings. Examples of recent case outcomes include corruption in the consumer credit market, pensions transfers misconduct, prohibition of unfit individuals and money laundering systems and controls failings.

Candidates should have a background in any relevant discipline, including criminal/ fraud investigations, internal or regulatory investigations, as well as commercial disputes and litigation or audit.

What does this job involve?

Associates are involved at every stage of the investigation process, which includes:

  • Taking on differing degrees of responsibility for cases depending on their nature and complexity. This could range from running smaller cases with operational oversight, to working as part of a wider team on larger more complex cases.
  • Progressing a portfolio of demanding investigations often with competing deadlines. Obtaining evidence through the use of appropriate tools and powers.
  • Drafting all forms of documents (including witness statements, the statutory notices, settlement papers, papers before the Regulatory Decision Committee and case update papers) and correspondence with subjects, their legal representatives and witnesses.
  • Leading challenging interviews of subjects and witnesses using compulsory powers, on a voluntary basis and under caution and recommending on when each format is appropriate.
  • Analysing financial information, such as financial statements, audit working papers and management information and presenting your analysis to senior stakeholders and non- accountants.
  • Identifying and evidencing lines of inquiry based on your financial analysis and making recommendations.
  • Leading meetings with external legal advisors, which will often be challenging and require the use of sound legal and factual analysis.
  • Exploring detailed evidence and making recommendations.
  • Preparing for, and presenting cases at, internal case committees when required.
  • Building and maintaining effective working relationships with colleagues in other areas within the FCA and with external bodies.
  • Overseeing the work of others where required and escalating issues as necessary.
  • Training and coaching staff when required.


What will the candidate get from the role?
  • An opportunity to work on unique high-profile cases of public importance investigating and tackling the most serious financial services matters.
  • A challenging and varied portfolio of work that directly protects consumers and furthers the FCA's objectives.
  • A chance to develop and enhance your legal abilities and knowledge through exposure to novel problems and the opportunity to use your legal professional skills in complex situations.
  • A challenging, interesting and diverse portfolio of work, working with colleagues with varied skills from across Enforcement and in other parts of the FCA.
  • The ability to use powers creatively and innovatively to address a variety of risks.
  • The opportunity to change behaviour within the financial services industry for the benefit of consumers and the market.
  • Regular direct contact with senior management from across the organisation.
  • As an Academy business we place great value on learning and at the FCA we offer world-class development opportunities which will assist you in achieving your career aspirations.


About you

Minimum

We're a signatory to the Government's Disability Confident scheme. This means that we guarantee an interview to any disabled candidates entering under the scheme, should they meet the minimum criteria for a role. A minimum criterion needs to be measurable from reviewing a candidates CV.

To perform at our best, we create multi-disciplinary teams and we are recruiting for candidates from a range of backgrounds. We are currently looking for candidates who have the following experience:

  • Forensic Accountants: CA, ACA or ACCA qualified (or a similar internationally recognised qualification), with proven experience in any of the following areas: financial markets; investigations involving serious fraud or other complex financial crime; regulatory investigations or proceedings; complex litigation or disputes.
  • Experience of analysing large amounts of information, drawing out key findings and producing formal written reports including making recommendations.
  • Experience of making oral and written presentations.
  • Experience of managing and progressing a challenging and varied caseload.


Essential

  • Ability to analyse complex evidence to form a view as to what action is warranted, what further evidence may be required/available and how it might be obtained
  • Strong communication skills in order to present the outcome of that analysis clearly and effectively, orally and in writing
  • Ability to make timely decisions based on relevant analysis, exercising judgement on the evidence and being able to defend those judgements where appropriate.
  • Ability to assist the investigation team in focusing the scope of an investigation and developing a case strategy, including identifying key risks and suggesting steps to mitigate those risks. Ability to draft a wide range of documents and correspondence
  • Ability to plan and develop lines of inquiry based on review of financial information, such as financial statements, management accounts and audit papers
  • Proficiency in organising and analysing large volumes of financial information, including banking data
  • Experience of analysing financial statements, identifying year-on-year trends and risks
  • Experience of reviewing and assessing internal and external audit working papers
  • Ability to present financial analysis and explain accounting concepts in a clear, concise and accurate manner
  • Experience of, or demonstrable ability to, conduct interviews and/or take witness statements
  • Strong relationship management skills to build and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues in other business units and with external bodies
  • Possesses ability to thrive in a varied multi-project caseload, maintaining appropriate progress across a portfolio of projects and workstreams
  • Works collaboratively as part of a team, valuing different perspectives and backgrounds, and working with other departments and divisions collaboratively.


Desirable

  • Familiarity with the responsibilities of, and practices of, the FCA and Enforcement.
  • Experience of challenging investigations with another regulator or enforcement agency.
  • Experience in financial services investigations involving the FCA.


About us

At the FCA, we are creating a fair and more resilient financial system. We are establishing more transparent relationships between financial services providers and their customers, building trust in financial markets and protecting vulnerable consumers.

The FCA's Values & Diversity

Our ambition is to create a diverse and inclusive workplace that reflects the society we serve, helping us to be a better regulator.

As an inclusive employer, we are open to considering flexible working arrangements. Please contact our recruiter if you wish to apply for this role on a flexible basis.

Useful Information:

  • This role is graded Regulatory - Associate 1
  • The salary range will be approximately £42,000 to £64,000 plus a competitive benefits package and non-contributory
  • Applications for this role close on May 15th 2022
  • Please provide your CV. Please ensure that your CV clearly describes your experience and/or ability to meet the criteria set out above.
  • The FCA is currently trialling a new hybrid way of working, requiring colleagues to spend 40% of their time in the office each month until the end of July. This trial period will allow us to identify the most appropriate balance of hybrid working, enabling us to benefit from the best of both working in an office environment and remotely


The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has recently set out a new employment offer designed to reward strong, consistent performance, aid career development and close pay gaps.

This follows an extensive, wide-ranging and comprehensive consultation with all FCA colleagues and the FCA's Staff Consultative Committee. The changes, including updates to the proposals consulted upon, will mean that the FCA continues to provide one of the best reward packages of any regulator or enforcement agency in the UK.

If you have any questions please speak to your recruiter or visit the FCA website (or intranet for internal colleagues).

If you are interested in learning more about the role:

For internal applications, contact Rhiannon Bodman, Rhiannon.Bodman@fca.org.uk

For external applications, contact Rhiannon Bodman, Rhiannon.Bodman@fca.org.uk

Please note, applications must be submitted through our online portal. Applications sent via email will not be accepted.

We're a signatory to the Disability Confident scheme. This means that we will offer an interview to disabled candidates entering under the scheme, should they meet the minimum criteria for a role. A minimum criterion needs to be measurable when reviewing a candidate's CV. Exceptions may apply if due to the volume of applications we are not able to interview all eligible candidates who qualify under the scheme.

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