Assistant Forensic Accountant

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS)

The Proceeds of Crime Unit is a multi-disciplinary operational unit of the Serious Casework Group function.  The aim of the criminal confiscation provisions of the Proceeds of Crime legislation is to allow the court, following upon a conviction, to make a confiscation order requiring an accused to pay a fixed sum of money reflecting the benefit obtained from either particular criminal conduct or, in appropriate cases, from a criminal lifestyle.The Serious and Organised Crime Unit was established to ensure that COPFS can respond robustly to the threat posed by serious and organised crime and to reflect the priorities and the strategy set by the Serious Organised Crime Taskforce, which is co-chaired by the Lord Advocate and the Cabinet Secretary for Justice.

About the Role

The post-holder will be responsible for progression of their own case load whilst being flexible to the business needs of POCU and SOCU Key duties will include but are not limited to:  Case delivery and management:

Analysis and review of financial information, together with supporting evidence, submitted by Law Enforcement Agencies in relation to both criminal investigations and Confiscation proceeds arising under Proceeds of Crime legislation
Examination of reports and other evidence submitted by defence solicitors and defence accountants.
Advising own team and internal/external stakeholders on potential lines for further financial enquiries.
Providing advice and support to fellow professionals within the team/Crown Counsel in relation to internally and externally generated data and reports.
Attending court, as a witness in a professional capacity.
Examination of accounting and business records, including financial statements of business entities and their supporting books and records.
Providing accounting expertise to internal and external stakeholders to assist in complex financial criminal cases.
Providing accounting expertise to internal stakeholders to assist in cases involving quantification of fines.
Attending court as a witness in an expert or professional capacity
Line management responsibility for Financial Analyst(s)
Training will be provided to support successful candidates.

Essential Criteria Required

As well as the competencies contained within the application pack:

Applicants must be CCAB qualified with demonstrable Forensic Accountancy experience, preferably gained in an investigative/law enforcement environment
Successful candidates will require to be security vetted to SC level
Literacy and fluency in English
Sound knowledge of IT software packages
Excellent communication and engagement skills with demonstrable experience of communicating at all levels verbally and in writing
Be an effective, strong team leader and be aware of and recognise the needs, development and pressures of others
Be able to communicate effectively and sensitively with all internal and external stakeholders across the public and private sector
Analysis of complex information and drafting clear narratives and conclusions
Ability to work on your own initiative, prioritising a diverse workload across a team, showing judgement in reaching decisions and meeting challenging deadlines
Desirable CriteriaA knowledge and understanding of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002
Experience of giving evidence in court
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Additional Information

Application packs are available to download from our website

Please note that we do not accept CVs.

Selection will be competency based.

We are an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) has ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), and would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews and any other discussions in the process must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this way of working, COPFS asks all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to participate in the virtual interview and discussions as well as access to a personal device of choice by which you can undertake the interview/assessment if selected. Please ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video.

COPFS has exemptions from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (1974) and we must also adhere to strict Civil Service and Cabinet Office Baseline Personnel Security Standards regarding nationality, identity and history verification rules.

We are an Equal Opportunities and Disability Confident Employer.

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