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Lawyer, Investigator, Forensic Accountant

Enforcement and Market Oversight Division

Location: London

Programme: Supported hire into permanent roles

Are you looking for intellectually challenging, meaningful work? There are few jobs where you can make a real difference to the 2 million people who work in the UK Financial Services industry, the 40 million consumers of financial products and the stability of the economy as a whole.

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) welcomes professionals who have taken an extended career break to apply for these permanent roles. Successful hires who have taken a career break of 2+ years will receive coaching support through the transition period from Women Returners. As an inclusive employer, the FCA is open to considering flexible working arrangements. Please state if you wish to apply for the role on a flexible basis.

About the Roles

The FCA’s Enforcement function (part of the Enforcement and Market Oversight Division) is responsible for conducting investigations into suspected misconduct and, where appropriate, pursues and remedies misconduct by firms and individuals through criminal, civil and administrative sanctions and orders.

The Enforcement function aims to:

The FCA is seeking a number of Associates and Advanced Associates for their investigation teams, who may be Investigators, Lawyers or Accountants with a background in any relevant discipline, including criminal law enforcement, regulatory enforcement, and commercial litigation or financial markets. There are vacancies in the following areas of Enforcement:

Retail and Regulatory Investigations – focuses on regulated firms and their management and how they engage with consumers. Typical investigations cover a wide range of issues including mis-selling, anti-bribery and corruption, money laundering, systems and controls failings, individual misconduct and corporate governance failures.

Wholesale Department – conducts investigations into regulatory breaches and criminal offences by firms and individuals operating in the wholesale arena. Typical cases include insider dealing, market manipulation, misleading statements and systems & controls failings in authorised firms.

Unauthorised Business Department – conducts investigations into firms and individuals who are not authorised under the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000. Typical investigations include the investigation of pyramid or Ponzi schemes, land banking, share frauds operated by boiler rooms and pension liberation schemes.

What does the job involve?

The key responsibilities will be:

You will benefit by gaining an insight into the workings of the financial sector at a considerable time of change, with the opportunity to do meaningful work that makes a real difference. You will work on unique, interesting and often high profile cases and related enforcement action.

 Qualifications, Skills & Experience

The FCA is a signatory to the Government’s Disability Confident scheme, and guarantees an interview to any disabled candidates entering under the scheme, should they meet the minimum criteria for a role.


About the FCA

The FCA is the conduct regulator for 56,000 financial services firms and financial markets in the UK. The work is intellectually stimulating and rewarding, offering the opportunity to make a positive impact on individuals and the UK economy. You will be part of a thriving professional community and will enjoy a challenging and diverse environment with a range of opportunities for personal and professional development. You will also be supported to develop your career through relevant internal and external learning and training.

Read a recent interview with Mary Starks, FCA Director of Competition, who works as a job-share.

Other Information

Salary will depend on experience. The salary range will be approximately £50,000 to £85,000 plus a competitive benefits package and non-contributory pension.

This role will be based in London, Canary Wharf, with a planned move in 2018 to a new site in The International Quarter, Stratford.

Selection process

Stage 1: Please submit your CV using the FCA online portal here: Apply for role. Note: The FCA is looking for Associates and Advanced Associate for all 3 disciplines; although this role links through to an Investigator role only, your application will still be tracked correctly.

Stage 2: Screening – your application will then be forwarded to the recruiting managers.

Stage 3: Selection & assessment process (could be subject to change)

Retail and Regulatory Investigations & Wholesale – Technical and competency based interview.

Unauthorised Business Department – Case study with a technical and competency based interview.

Closing date: Applications for this role close on Sunday 26th November 2017.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Lawyers – Kavi Vadera on kavi.vadera@resourcesolutions.com

Forensic Accountants – Tanzina Begum on Tanzina.begum@fca.org.uk

Investigators – Shazna Chowdhury on shazna.chowdhury@resourcesolutions.com

Please tell the FCA that you found out about the opportunity from Women Returners.