Forensic Investigation Officer

Solicitors Regulation Authority

We are looking to recruit two field-based Forensic Investigation Officers based in either London or the North of England.

The role

Working in this high-profile role, you will manage your own portfolio of cases and investigate financial discrepancies and inaccuracies and analyse complex financial accounts and data.

You will attend law firms throughout England and Wales to determine whether there have been serious breaches of professional misconduct which includes the accounts rules.

You will gather evidence, both remotely and onsite, interview key individuals and obtain witness statements. You will compile robust, easily readable and factual reports of the findings that will inform our regulatory decisions. This could lead us to take disciplinary proceedings or to close a law firm. You will also represent the SRA in court, giving evidence of your investigation’s findings.

You will need to understand our code, rules and principles, as well as having strong accounting skills.

To be successful in this role you need to have an in-depth accounting knowledge (including solicitors accounts, client ledgers and reconciliations) and an ability to analyse complex numerical and financial information.

The role is field-based and will require extensive travel throughout England and Wales including to our main office in Birmingham. A car allowance of £5,600 per annum (subject to minimum mileage criteria) and appropriate equipment will be provided to allow you to work in the field.

What is in it for you?

Use your skills to analyse complex financial information and accounts, identify accountancy breaches and present information clearly to highlight serious professional misconduct
Enjoy a varied role – one day you could be investigating money laundering whilst the next you could be interviewing a victim of cyber fraud
Be at the front-line in protecting the public interest, where no two days are the same
Enjoy the flexibility of working in the field with the comfort of being part of a small, motivated and supportive team of investigators
Exposure to investigations that are highly sensitive in nature and may gain high levels of media interest
What we are looking for

Strong accountancy experience and/or experience in accountancy, law firms or similar regulation or investigative environments
Experience of analysing complex information
Be an excellent communicator, both orally and in writing
You should be flexible, tenacious and able to adjust your priorities at short notice
Useful and additional information

If you have any questions that aren’t answered in the advert or on our website, please email recruitment@sra.org.uk

There is a full role profile included at the bottom of this advert.

Our staff are currently working from home and all assessments are being conducted virtually.

If your application is successful one of the team will be in touch to let you know what to expect.

The closing date of this advert is 07 March 2021 at 23:55, however we may choose to close this at an earlier date. If you are interested, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible.

Assessments and Interviews for this role are likely to be the week of 22 and 29 March 2021 respectively.

To apply

Please upload a CV and cover letter. In your cover letter, please address how your knowledge, skills and experience relate to the role requirements.
The SRA is the independent regulator of solicitors and law firms in England and Wales, protecting consumers and supporting the rule of law and the administration of justice. We do this by overseeing all education and training requirements necessary to practise as a solicitor, licensing individuals and firms to practise, setting the standards of the profession and regulating and enforcing compliance against these standards.
We offer an inclusive, supportive and friendly working environment and the chance to develop your career within a professional organisation. We are committed to the health and wellbeing of staff, helping everyone to strike a good balance between personal and professional life.

Additionally, we provide a generous flexible benefits package, including gym membership with a tax only cost, an excellent defined contribution pension scheme and an additional 3% of annual basic salary upon successful completion of probation.
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Vacancy closing date: 07/03/2021, 23:55
The Solicitors Regulation Authority is an Equal Opportunities Employer.

Everyone is encouraged to bring their whole self to work because we appreciate the value that a truly diverse workforce brings to an organisation.

We are a Stonewall Top 100 Employer, a member of ENEI, a disability confident employer and we are happy to talk flexible working.

To apply for this job please visit lawsociety.tal.net.


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