Full Time, Permanent
The Council has been going through a period of significant change and transformation which is seeing a significant change in the way the organisation operates and delivers services to the community. The Council needs an effective, efficient, innovative and flexible Counter Fraud function to proactively identify and investigate potential irregularities to support the Council’s zero tolerance stance in relation to fraud and to protect the public purse.
You will manage the delivery of the Council’s Counter Fraud function reporting directly to the Head of Audit & Investigations, as well as key stakeholders such as the Operational Director of Finance and Corporate Director of Resources
Key activities will include:
• To deliver an independent, effective and efficient Counter Fraud and Corruption service to the Council (and relevant partner/external bodies)
• To review, continually develop, implement and maintain the Council’s Anti-Fraud and Corruption Strategy.
• To support all aspects of relevant investigation casework, whistleblowing and manage the investigators within the team to ensure that cases are investigated effectively and in line with relevant legislation
• Develop working practices relating to the fraud investigation process
• Lead, manage and approve the Financial Investigations and Financial Investigators which are roles created by the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.
• Lease on and co-ordinate the effective development and management of intelligence and the operation of this within Redbridge.
• Lead on and co-ordination and investigation of the National Fraud Initiative (NFI) for the Council and relevant partners.
• Design and deliver training to improve fraud awareness.
• Promote improvement in the Council’s proactive and reactive mitigation of the risk of potential and actual fraud.
• You will be an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) and/or Accredited Counter Fraud Manager (ACFM) or hold an equivalent qualification.
• You must have an excellent up-to-date knowledge and understanding of financial investigation powers and the current legislation including Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and Money laundering regulations.
• You will have experience of managing a team to deliver high quality customer focused services in the investigation of fraud, corruption and irregularities as well as proven track record in meeting relevant performance targets.
• You will have comprehensive knowledge of the operations of local government and social housing providers, the housing and national benefits regimes, and the types of fraud and irregularity that the council and its partners could encounter.
• You will have an excellent knowledge of investigation casework methodology as well as effective analytical ability and attention to detail.
• You will have the ability to present complex information to a wide range of stakeholders, including the preparation of high quality, clear and concise reports.
This is an excellent opportunity to help shape a growing and increasingly important Counter Fraud service working in a dynamic environment.
If you feel you meet the above requirements and have good knowledge of local government, then we would like to hear from you.
Interview date to be confirmed
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