Fraud Investigation Officer

7 days left

Barnet (City/Town), London (Greater)
£39,687 - £44,790 Per Annum
30 Apr 2021
13 May 2021
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

About Barnet Council

Barnet is a borough with much to be proud of. Our excellent schools, vibrant town centres, vast green spaces and diverse communities all help make it a great place to live and work. As a council we want to build on these strengths as we move into the future. We are growing and developing as an organisation to meet the challenges facing our borough, and we are committed to working with partner organisations and residents to make Barnet even better.

As an organisation, our staff are committed to Our Values – We Care, We Can Be Trusted, We Work Together, We Value Diversity, We Embrace Change and Innovation – which drive everything we do.

About Directorate

The Assurance Group is an independent and objective department within Barnet Council.  The Group is responsible for the delivery and management of all assurance functions as well as providing oversight and assurance to the Council Management Team (CMT) and Members on governance procedures and business processes.

The Corporate Anti Fraud Team supports the Chief Finance Officer (and Section 151) Officer in fulfilling their statutory obligation under section 151 of the Local Government Act 1972 to ensure the protection of public funds and to have an effective system of prevention and detection of fraud and corruption. It supports the Council’s commitment to a zero-tolerance approach to fraud, corruption, bribery, and other irregularity including any Money Laundering activity.

About the role

To investigate and prevent Fraud and Corruption within or against Barnet in order to protect public funds. To investigate other potentially fraudulent activity that becomes apparent as directed. Investigations will involve working alone for much of the time, conducting taped interviews in accordance with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, and visiting individuals in their homes. The post holder will be expected to handle cases with tact and initiative. You will be expected to be able to control a diverse case load and deal with changing priorities as directed by your manager. You will need an investigative mind and must be able to persevere in the investigation of complex cases.

Please note - this recruitment is for 4 posts, on a 12 month Fixed Term Contract basis.  These contracts will be reviewed according to the service needs and may be extended.

About you

You will be an Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist (ACFS) and/or an equivalent professional qualification.
You will have experience in all areas of fraud investigations as they effect Local Authorities (Internal/Corporate/Concessionary Travel/Tenancy).
You must have an excellent working knowledge of best practice, council policies and procedures as well as the relevant legislation that governs investigations and be able to apply them into an operational setting.
You must have the ability to reach conclusions, which are logical and sustainable from the evidence provided and be able to make decisions and recommendations on each investigation taking into account the impact of any such decisions or recommendations and that cases may lead to criminal prosecution or civil proceedings.

What we offer

  • 30 days annual leave, plus public and bank holidays
  • Work-life balance options may include flexitime, job share, home working, part-time
  • Generous Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Cycle to work scheme and season ticket loan
  • Excellent training and development opportunities
  • Employee well- being training programs

How to apply

Click on the apply button on our website where you will find the job listed. Please read through job description and person specification and complete the online application form.

If shortlisted you will be required to bring photographic ID to your interview to prove your identity.

If you would like any further information about the role before applying please contact Patrick Wright, Counter Fraud Manager on