- Pay Rate:
£25.22 per hour PAYE
- Hours per Week:
35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours
This opening assignment is for 5-6 months
- WOOLWICH, LONDON,
Interim Audit & Anti-Fraud Investigator
Job Ref: RQ603505
Standard DBS required
To discharge statutory Section 151 responsibilities and Accounts and Audit Regulations requirements placed upon the Council by undertaking complex audits, major reviews and special investigations to ensure probity, compliance and value for money in the operation and delivery of Council services
- Planning and undertaking management audits: To plan and undertake in-depth management audits that ensure optimum use of Council resources, producing audit briefs, audit programme, systems documentation, in accordance with the Audit plan.
- Planning and undertaking investigations: To plan and undertake investigations, including those of a complex and confidential or sensitive nature, into both internal and external fraud perpetrated against the Council, drafting investigation reports and finding solutions to obtaining evidence to establish whether fraud has occurred using a range of techniques, including data matching and mining, covert surveillance and observations, interviewing under caution, and working with external agencies on joint pro-active counter fraud initiatives. This may involve attending with the Police in the execution of search warrants and interviewing persons held in custody.
- Production of Audit reports: To undertake audit testing, evaluation of controls and draft audit reports for the review of the Audit & Anti Fraud Manager and/or the Head of Audit & Anti Fraud using all available audit techniques, including computer assisted for the purposes of undertaking audit reviews.
- Provision of “External” Audit reports / functions: Perform the duties of an “external assessor” in assessing schools within the borough against the Financial Management Standard in Schools (FMSiS) programme, reviewing the evidence provided by schools, auditing, liasing and formally notifying the school, the Council, and the Department of Children, Families and Skills of the outcome of the external assessment.
- Reporting and Liaison with Council Officers and Partnerships: To co-ordinate the client consultation process on audit reports, determining recommendations and finalising reports with the client, other relevant officers or Members as appropriate. This includes establishing and maintaining regular contact with departmental managers and other officers, third party agencies such as the police in order to assist the detection and prevention of all aspects of fraud and corruption.
- Contributing to Performance: To assist and contribute to the service planning and monitoring of the Service for the production of and the measurement of performance against the annual Audit and Anti Fraud Plan. To assist with reviewing the effectiveness and efficiency of procedures within the service to ensure compliance with quality standards, Performance Indicators, both internally and external and Investors in People accreditations as well as all statutory and audit requirements and to contribute to the risk assessment of the Council’s control systems and to assist with any review of the Audit and Anti Fraud plan as required.
- Prioritising workload and identifying fraud trends: To work, simultaneously on a varied audit and / or investigation caseload prioritising own workloads across a range of corporate functions, systems or directorate based services as allocated, to assess the effectiveness of the Council’s control processes, to identify any new fraud trends and to recommend initiatives to ensure probity and compliance and the detection and prevention of all forms of fraud and other irregularity whilst recognising the Council’s service needs and deadlines and those of departmental managers and other external agencies, e.g. the Courts and Police.
- Ensuring confidentiality: Applying judgement and sensitivity during the course of audit reviews and investigations maintaining the confidentiality of cases being investigated at all times in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1984 and in the case of a “whistleblower” under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1996, ensuring that the “whistleblower” is not subjected to harassment or victimisation.
- Investigating under PACE & CPIA: Interviewing staff or persons suspected of fraud or irregularity in accordance with professional standards of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE) and legal guidelines, obtaining witness statements, collating evidence and preparing case files for referral to the Legal Department or Police for prosecution actions in accordance with the Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act 1996 (CPIA) on cases referred or identified for investigation including completion of Investigation Officers Notebooks (QB50) at all times. Preparing reports on all cases investigated to support the Council’s statutory returns and performance indicators.
- Partnership working: To co-ordinate and undertake joint working on investigations and audit projects where appropriate with service managers, finance colleagues, external auditors and representatives from other statutory authorities and investigative bodies, such as the DWP, Police, Home Office and HM Revenues and Customs. This will include where requested by the Police attending and participating in the arrest and interview of suspects
“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:
- A Relevant qualification from an organisation such as the (Professionalism in Security) qualification of ACFO (Accredited Counter Fraud Officer) or similar
- Practical experience of planning and undertaking investigations within a Local Authority or other Government Agency including those of a complex and confidential or sensitive nature, into both internal and external fraud
- Ability to apply judgement and sensitivity during investigations maintaining the confidentiality of cases being investigated at all times in accordance with the Data Protection Act 2018 and other relevant legislation
- Ability to co-ordinate and undertake joint working on investigations where appropriate with service managers, council colleagues and representatives from other statutory authorities and investigative bodies, such as the DWP, Police, Home Office, and HM Revenues and Customs. This will include where requested by the Police attending and participating in the arrest and interview of suspects
- Ability to maintain records and statistics of all investigation work, including utilising any electronic databases or case management systems
NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.
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Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.
Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:
- Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
- Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
- Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
- Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
- Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.
Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:
- Any local authority/public sector experience
- Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.
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Interim Audit & Anti-Fraud Investigator
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