Advisory & Forensic AccountantHM Revenue and Customs
We are the UK’s tax, payments and customs authority
At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues; an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.
We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.
Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role.
It’s a very exciting time to join HMRC.
HMRC is the UK’s tax, payments and customs authority. We have a vital purpose, now more than ever, as we collect the money that pays for public services and help families and individuals with targeted financial support.
We couldn’t do all this without our dedicated and very important, workforce. We’re one of the largest organisations in the UK, and we pride ourselves on our diverse and inclusive working culture.
We have approximately 150 Advisory and Forensic Accountants within HMRC and by joining us you will be able to support HMRC’s drive to tackle avoidance, whilst making a positive difference to the nation’s finances. You will play an active role in high-profile issues and ultimately your work will touch the lives of everyone in the UK.
The role involves supporting the following directorates:
i) Fraud Investigation Service directorate, responsible for both civil and criminal investigations in tackling the most serious tax evasion and fraud.
ii) Wealthy and Mid-sized Business Compliance / Individuals and Small Business Compliance, responsible for delivering operational compliance work nationwide across the full range of taxes and duties for businesses and individuals.
iii) Counter-Avoidance, which leads in HMRC’s drive to tackle tax avoidance, combining operational and policy work on marketed avoidance.
Our Advisory and Forensic Accountants enjoy the range of work they undertake utilising their commercial and technical knowledge and breadth of experience to understand and explain a wide range of transactions and issues. The team undertakes regular CPD and utilises this in sharing best practice both within the team and with internal customers.
Are you looking for a new challenge?
Do you enjoy analysing and interpreting financial information and data, and explaining what this shows to others?
Can you build good relationships with a range of people?
Do you thrive on a variety of work?
If so, you could be just the person we are looking for.
As an Advisory & Forensic Accountant you will give accounting advice which is objective, professional, clear and concise to include analysing relevant customer facts and financial information and challenging customer’s accounting. You will utilise the appropriate accounting frameworks, accounting standards, and company law. And demonstrate your abilities to pay attention to detail, identifying and analysing the relevant data, and using your commercial experience, to identify risks and substantiate your advice.
You will provide litigation support to others and progress your own cases preparing professional reports with factual information, and attending meetings and court as required.
Key in this role is sharing knowledge amongst Advisory and Forensic accountants and more widely with customers, as appropriate.
• Analyse facts and assess information to demonstrate your understanding of the underlying nature of transactions.
• Have appropriate digital skills for research, interpretation and analysis, with good digital literacy to support efficient working and learning.
• Document your findings in advice notes and reports complying with appropriate legislation.
• Understand and explain accounting matters to both accountants and non-accountants in a simple and articulate way.
• Communicate effectively – both orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.
• Manage your own workload, competing priorities and take ownership of your own outcomes.
• Actively promote the work of the team working cross directorate.
• Participate in projects to promote continuous improvement in the team and more widely.
• Provide accountancy advice and support to colleagues for example, in relation to Proven Financial Solvency and supply chain investigations.
A fully qualified accountant you will enjoy working with others and be looking for an opportunity to increase your wider accountancy skills in a supportive and interesting environment.
• Full and complete qualification from, and continuing membership of, one of the following professional accounting bodies: the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) or the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).
• Accountancy experience gained in either practice, industry, public sector or private sector.
• Experience of analysing and interpreting a range of financial records.
• Proven experience of contributing to the preparation of financial statements, or reviewing financial statements.
• Experience of contributing to the consideration of the appropriate accounting treatment of a variety of specific transactions.
• Experience in communicating orally and in writing with a variety of audiences.
Part qualified accountants are not eligible for these posts.
Please confirm which body you are a full member of within your Personal Statement.
Our Profession has recently launched a new SO Talent Programme designed to encourage, develop and stretch AFA SOs keen to progress their career. This provides the relevant training, case work and support to build skills and experience and facilitate progression.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Communicating and Influencing
Managing a Quality Service
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
An accountancy based technical test (to include both a presentation and a written output).