Hillingdon Council: Putting our Residents first.
About the role
We are looking for a dedicated and enthusiastic Accredited Financial Investigator to join our Trading Standards and Proceeds of Crime Team, supporting the criminal investigations of enforcement teams across the Council. You will report to the Trading Standards & POCA Manager.
You will use Proceeds of Crime Act powers under parts 2 and 8 in order to recover criminal assets, drafting witness statements for restraint orders and section 16 statements of information as appropriate. You will actively promote the use of the Proceeds of Crime Act across the Council.
You will take the lead in financial investigations, in particular criminal lifestyle offences. You will investigate offences and pursue opportunities where confiscation, forfeiture and restraint of assets are suitable.
You will engage in every stage of the court procedure as an expert witness. You will develop financial profiles on subjects utilising a variety of sources. You will be a point of contact and support for colleagues conducting investigations with a financial element. You will support development and understanding by delivering financial investigation training to the council's enforcement teams
You will be located at the council offices in Uxbridge, West London which has excellent tube and bus connections, and is close to the M25, M40, and M4 motorways.
You will be currently accredited as a Financial Investigator by the National Crime Agency with part 2 and part 8 powers (minimum), and will have a proven track record in applying for restraint orders, obtaining confiscation orders and the later enforcement of those orders. You will have experience of preparing and giving evidence at court.
You will have excellent interpersonal skills as well as a sound judgement and knowledge of proceeds of crime legislation. You will have a flexible and adaptable approach to your work and have the willingness to exercise your own judgement and initiative. You will have solid analytical and investigative skills, a "can do" attitude and the ability to work under pressure and meet challenging deadlines.
You will need to be highly organised in overseeing and dealing with a busy caseload and have excellent written and oral communication skills and must work well within a team. You must be proficient using IT systems. You will work independently with the minimum of supervision. You will deliver a culture of continuous improvement and top performance and be motivated to deliver results and take ownership of personal and team development.
What we offer
We offer a range of Company benefits. These vary according to the business area and role but may include:
- local government average salary pension scheme
- free parking (4 days a week) if based at the Civic Centre
- a 36-hour week for all full-time staff
- generous holiday entitlement: a minimum 25 days a year (plus bank holidays), rising to 28 days after five years' service. For more senior positions holiday entitlements can rise to a maximum of 36 days
- career breaks
- flexible working hours
- season ticket loan
- access to a Credit Union
- access to a wide range of training and courses
- discount on a variety of Adult Education courses run by the Council
- payment of professional fees where these are required
- discounts at council-owned leisure centres and swimming pools at Hillingdon (Uxbridge), Queensmead (South Ruislip), Highgrove (Ruislip) and Botwell Green (Hayes)
- cycle purchase scheme
- car sharing scheme
- 30% discount on green fees at council-owned golf courses
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults. Applicants should be aware that the post will only be offered to successful candidates subject to an Enhanced DBS check as well as other employment clearances.