Director, Forensic Investigations

Control Risks

Role Purpose

For this role, we are specifically seeking individuals with forensic investigations and compliance experience who are willing and able to travel internationally and across the EMEA region. You will be an integral member of the wider EMEA Forensic Investigations practice and a member of its senior leadership team, and in turn part of a global practice offering international investigations and regulatory compliance capability.

The role will require you to exhibit technical excellence, the ability to build external client relationships and the desire and capability to leverage technology to deliver efficient and innovative work. You will be expected to work with other members of the wider Forensics practice and help to build Control Risks’ reputation in the marketplace.

Tasks and Responsibilities

There are three priorities for the role:

  • Effective delivery of compliance and forensic investigation projects
  • Support business development activities with legal and compliance buyers
  • Provide coaching and mentoring to junior team members

Time in the role is expected to be divided between four areas as set out below:

Technical Delivery (40% of Role)

  • Exhibit technical expertise in the delivery of engagements and the preparation of quality proposals
  • Act as a senior executive on engagements, taking responsibility for the delivery of projects and overseeing delivery teams
  • Design, execute and adapt project plans and budgets
  • Ensure engagement deliverables address client expectations and are of a high quality
  • Have advanced knowledge of how to embed technology into engagements as both a differentiator and to improve efficiencies
  • Advisory/consulting experience as well as cross sectoral experience is mandatory

Business Development & Growth (30% of Role)

  • Build Control Risks’ visibility and credibility in the marketplace
  • Maintain and update our Client Relationship Management tool with relevant business information on our contacts, clients and opportunities
  • Strengthen and expand personal network of contacts and legal / compliance buyers
  • Innovate and identify new routes to market or new services
  • Provide thought leadership, have an online presence and regular attendance at relevant seminars and conferences

Operational & Risk (20% of Role)

  • Monitor and mitigate risk on engagements from end to end, consulting with Directors and the Partner Group as needed
  • Ensure that key decisions are recorded for future reference and that suitable quality and risk files are maintained
  • Ensure that engagements are delivered to time and budget
  • Ensure complete record keeping of engagement economics and business administration within CRM
  • Ensure timely accrual of income, raising of invoices and cash receipt

Professional Development (10% of Role)

  • Take ownership of personal development
  • Motivate and mentor junior members to achieve full potential
  • Provide strong coaching and training to enable junior members to achieve technical and operational excellence

Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience in structuring, managing and delivering forensics projects
  • Demonstrable interpersonal skills and an ability to work effectively in teams
  • Knowledge of fraud and corruption investigation techniques and procedures
  • Strong written and oral presentation skills to effectively communicate with diverse audiences of varying degrees of expertise in both English and relevant local languages
  • Client relationship and business development skills
  • Managing business development and improving engagement margin
  • The ability to build relationships internally and externally with stakeholders at all levels within an organization

Qualifications and Specialist Skills

  • Recognized professional qualification
  • Working knowledge of FCPA, UK Bribery Act and other relevant legislation
  • Experience in a consulting or professional services environment
  • Excellent written/verbal communication skills


Competencies Business Intellect

  • Apply critical and strategic thinking and create clarity from complexity
  • Work with commercial nous, driving new initiatives and profitability
  • Identify opportunities to drive efficiencies and improve margin through staff mix, extensions of scope and/or the use of technology
  • Manage client and engagement risk with a practical and commercial mindset

Solution Focused

  • Develop solutions to address technical challenges
  • Ensure deliverables are concise, clear and written using appropriate language
  • Use initiative at work, both on client engagements and internal tasks
  • Apply understanding of client and market context

Client Centric

  • Develop trusted advisor relationships with clients on engagements, building trust in sensitive, stressed and potentially high-profile situations
  • Anticipate client expectations and potential challenges and respond appropriately
  • Communicate effectively with the client and the team

One Firm

  • Collaborate closely with colleagues to achieve consensus
  • Insist on open, honest and constructive behavior
  • Build and sustain authentic long-term relationships, founded on honesty, trust, open & appropriate communication, and self-awareness

Personal Effectiveness

  • Communicate effectively and manage expectations of line managers, clients and teams
  • Exhibit entrepreneurial spirit, contributing ideas and energy to help the development of the practice
  • Develop your personal brand through strong client relationships and market presence, including thought leadership
  • Successfully prioritize and juggle multiple activities and adapt to changing priorities

Career Framework Level – Band C. Application closing date for Control Risks employees – 1 Dec 2023


  • Control Risks offers a competitively positioned compensation and benefits package that is transparent and summarised in the full job offer.
  • We operate a discretionary global bonus scheme that incentivises, and rewards individuals based on company and individual performance.
  • Control Risks supports hybrid working arrangements, wherever possible, that emphasise the value of in-person time together – in the office and with our clients – while continuing to support flexible and remote working.
  • As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage suitably qualified applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join us and are fully committed to equal treatment, free from discrimination, of all candidates throughout our recruitment process.

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