Forensic Accountant


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 have approximately 140 Advisory and Forensic Accountants within HMRC and by joining us you will be able to support HMRC’s drive to tackle fraud and tax evasion, 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.

We are seeking to fill 5 Forensic Accountant posts. The roles are senior leadership roles. Your work will principally support the Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) directorate which is responsible for both civil and criminal investigations in tackling the most serious tax evasion and fraud. Some experience of Money Laundering and Illicit Finance issues would be beneficial to the role.

Our Forensic Accountants enjoy a wide range of work, primarily relating to criminal prosecutions and anti-fraud interventions. They utilise their commercial and technical knowledge and breadth of experience to understand and explain financial and accounting transactions to investigators, lawyers and the courts. The team undertakes regular Continuing Professional Development and utilises this in sharing best practice.

For jobs based in Northern Ireland, applications are welcome from all sectors of the community, but members from the Protestant community are particularly welcomed, as this group is currently underrepresented in our workforce.

Please refer to the attached Candidate Pack for further information on Forensic Accountants within the Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) within HMRC, and details of new Terms and Conditions for all HMRC Colleagues, including salary information.
Job description
As a Forensic Accountant you will give objective, independent and professional advice relating to criminal investigations and anti-money laundering interventions. You will provide clear and concise analysis of relevant accounting, financial and transactional information to clearly communicate complex financial issues to non-accountants including investigation teams, lawyers and the Courts. You will demonstrate your abilities to utilise your accounting knowledge and commercial experience to identify risks, critically assess financial evidence and provide expert opinion.

You will support litigation, acting as an expert witness or witness of fact and will proactively assist others involved in criminal prosecutions of tax fraud and Proceeds of Crime (PoCA) interventions including confiscation orders and cash seizures. You will prepare and review professional reports with both factual and opinion evidence, attend case conferences, meetings and court acting with professionalism, integrity and independence.

A visible leader, within and outside HMRC, you will share knowledge, develop and provide quality accountancy training to accountancy colleagues, investigators and tax professionals.

The ideal candidate will be a qualified accountant who has trained and spent a few years in the profession or industry. Some experience of Money Laundering and Illicit Finance issues would be beneficial. This could be in the public sector or private sector.

You will:
– Provide objective and independent accounting advice relating to criminal investigations and anti-money laundering interventions, including acting as an independent expert witness.
– Prepare clear and concise reports for a range of stakeholders
– Support activities targeting alcohol, supply chain and duty evasion fraud utilising your commercial experience.
– Communicate, meet with and advise internal and external stakeholders including case teams, policy experts, other accountants, tribunals and Courts.
– Develop and provide quality accountancy training to accountants, financial investigators and tax professionals. Tailor training materials and offer follow up support to delegates.
– Coach and mentor colleagues and trainees, using own skills and experience to aid their development.
– Share knowledge and best practice, using innovative methods and digital tools.
– Assist delivery of strategic objectives, matching resource to risk, through prioritisation, work planning and national/cross directorate work sharing.
– Display expertise and experience at a sufficient level and authority to appear credible to courts, tribunals, accountancy firms, policy colleagues, customers and senior HMRC officers.

Essential criteria

• 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).
• Strong financial accounting experience gained in either practice, industry, public sector or private sector and specifically including:
(1) Experience of analysing and interpreting a range of financial records; and
(2) Experience of preparing or reviewing financial statements; and
(3) Experience of considering the appropriate accounting treatment of a variety of specific transactions; and
(4) Experience in communicating orally and in writing with a variety of audiences.

Desirable criteria
Some experience of Money Laundering and Illicit Finance issues would be beneficial.

Part qualified accountants are not eligible for these posts.
Full and complete qualification from one of the professional accounting bodies listed above in “Essential Criteria” is mandatory.
Full and complete continuing membership of one of the professional accounting bodies listed above in “Essential Criteria” is mandatory.
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Communicating and Influencing
Working Together
Delivering at Pace
We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

Communicating and Influencing
Technical skills
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

An accountancy based technical test (to be included in the interview process). A list of potential technical topics for this will be provided prior to interview. Marks are available in relation to your presentation and communication skills.
A written test focussing on risks utilising commercial knowledge and experience (to be made available online for a period of one week around the interview dates). Marks are available in relation to your presentation and communication skills.

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