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Financial Services Forensic Manager – Forensic in the Audit

Date: Oct 20, 2021

Location: London, United Kingdom

Company: KPMG UK

Financial Services Forensic Manager – Forensic in the Audit

We are seeking a Manager to join our Financial Services Forensic team with a focus on Forensic in the Audit (FITA). Our team is based in London, but covers the entirety of the UK and also has client engagements throughout Europe and occasionally further afield.

This is an exciting opportunity to help build a new proposition both internally and externally and increase your expertise of fraud risks, controls and shadow investigations. There is a clear pipeline of work and this is a recognised growth area for the firm.

Role and responsibilities

We are looking to build our FITA team for a number of reasons:
- To support our Audit firm in their assessment of fraud and fraud risk and improve Audit quality in this area;
- To increase our knowledge base in identifying, assessing and analysing fraud risks and fraud controls;
- To develop and sell an external proposition to support non-audit clients with their fraud risk management controls and frameworks.Audit support will include working as part of a Forensic FITA team:
- Proactive fraud risk reviews for audit: Reviewing the Audit team’s assessment of fraud risks, understanding audit procedures mitigating those identified risks and reviewing Audit’s assessment of laws and regulations, in particular anti-bribery and corruption and money laundering. The role may also involve assisting the Audit teams with specific procedures relating to fraud risks.
- Shadow investigations: Supporting the Audit team in responding to actual and/or suspected frauds, including undertaking shadow investigations on behalf of/in conjunction with the Audit team. This will include scoping the shadow investigation, liaising with the client’s management and external parties such as lawyers and third party investigators, reviewing the investigation undertaken by the clients and/or third party investigators, working with the audit team to identify the required additional audit procedures and reporting back to the Audit team on findings.As a manager, you will be expected to build relationships with the Audit team and be prepared to challenge their assumptions, analysis and existing ways of identifying fraud related risks alongside more senior members of the FITA team aiming to develop your skillset sufficiently to run smaller FITA investigations more independently.

You will build up your knowledge of the different fraud risks (general and industry specific) impacting companies, the challenges in identifying them, case studies of identified frauds and how they were perpetrated and exposed.

The role will also require you to be involved in FITA business development activities, including marketing, knowledge sharing and practice development.

There will also be an element of project management in terms of allocating out work and ensuring completion. You will be involved in designing, preparing and running training for the Forensic team and Audit teams.

We embrace flexible-working practices. The individual will have a designated home office but will need to display a flexible attitude to working and be prepared to travel to/work at other locations within the UK.

Qualifications and skills

A professional accounting qualification, or equivalent experience, is required.

To succeed in this demanding role you will need to demonstrate the following experience and skills:
- A broad range of Forensic experience, covering investigations, fraud risk management, and regulatory compliance
- Experience of managing projects or large workstreams
- Commercial awareness and experience of managing the risk and financial aspects of client engagements
- Strong team-working skills and experience of supervising the work of others
- Strong written skills, including experience in drafting significant sections of reports, submissions and other deliverables to a high standard, suitable for presentation to clients
- Ability to articulate complex and technical findings in both written and oral presentations for a variety of audiences
- Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, self-motivation and an enquiring mind
- Ability to work efficiently and accurately under pressure
- Confidence and ability to quickly establish credibility with clients (including internal clients ie Audit teams) and senior colleagues
- Strong stakeholder management skills
- Strong people skills, including an ability to inspire and develop junior colleagues
- Demonstrable experience of building a personal network and/or involvement in marketing activity


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