Advisory and Forensic Accountant

27 Nov 2020
19 Dec 2020
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Summary HMRC is the UK's tax, payments and customs authority and we have a vital purpose: we collect the money that pays for the UK's public services and help families and individuals with targeted financial support.

Advisory and Forensic Accountants Team

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 avoidance and criminality, while 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.

The role involves supporting the following directorates:

i) Fraud Investigation Service directorate, responsible for both civil and criminal investigations in tackling the most serious tax evasion and fraud; ii) Wealthy and Mid-sized Business Compliance / Individuals and Small Business Compliance, which is responsible for delivering operational compliance work nationwide across the full range of taxes and duties for businesses and individuals; and iii) Counter-Avoidance, which leads in HMRC's drive to tackle tax avoidance, combining operational and policy work on marketed avoidance.

The Role

The ideal candidate will be a qualified accountant who has trained and spent time in the profession or industry. This could be in the public sector or private sector. You will be joining a team who share their wealth of knowledge and breadth of experience and apply this to commercial situations, both on an advisory perspective as well as a forensic perspective (i.e. for court).

As a key member of the team you will:

• promote the work of the team working cross directorate • give accounting advice which is objective, professional, clear and concise to include analysing relevant customer facts, accounting frameworks, applying precedent and, where appropriate, challenging customer's accounting analysis. • support litigation, including preparing professional reports with factual information, attending meetings and supporting others involved in litigation • communicate effectively - both orally and in writing to a variety of audiences. • understand and to be able to explain accounting matters to both accountants and non-accountants in a simple and articulate way. • analyse facts and assess information to show understanding of the underlying nature of the transaction. • have appropriate digital skills for research, interpretation and analysis, with good computer literacy to support efficient working and learning. • manage own workload, expectations of multiple stakeholders and take responsibility for own outcomes. • Share knowledge amongst Advisory and Forensic accountants and more widely, as appropriate.

Responsibilities Essential criteria / experience:

• Full and complete qualification from, and continuing membership of, at least 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).

Accountancy experience gained in either practice, industry, public sector or private sector, including:-

• Experience of analysing and interpreting a range of financial records; and • Experience of contributing to the preparation of financial statements, or reviewing financial statements; and • Experience of contributing to the consideration of the appropriate accounting treatment of a variety of specific transactions, and • Experience in communicating orally and in writing with a variety of audiences.

Part qualified accountants are not eligible for these posts.

Please confirm which body you are a full member of within your application.

These posts are full time however applicants who wish to work alternative working patterns are welcome to apply. The preferred working pattern may or may not be available, agreement will be subject to business need, and any request to work an alternative working pattern should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.

Qualifications Please see essential criteria above.

Memberships Please see essential criteria above.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Making Effective Decisions

Managing a Quality Service

Delivering at Pace

Communicating and Influencing

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

Managing a Quality Service

Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

Accountancy skills via an online technical test (please see Selection Process Details below).


• Learning and development tailored to your role • An environment with flexible working options • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity • A Civil Service pension

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