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Qualified Forensic Accountant

Recruiter
Ellacotts
Location
Banbury or Birmingham, UK
Salary
Competitive + benefits
Closing date
17 Jul 2024
Reference
EP1033635BirQFA

Job Details

Purpose of the Role

As a Forensic Accountant, you will play a crucial role in uncovering financial irregularities, analysing complex financial data, providing expert testimony in legal proceedings, and supporting the Director of Ellacotts Forensic Services in report writing for a range of clients. This vacancy is for either our Banbury or Birmingham office. 

Responsibilities

Financial Analysis

  • Conducting in-depth analysis of financial records, transactions, and statements to identify discrepancies, fraud, or misconduct.
  • Utilizing forensic accounting techniques to trace funds, uncover hidden assets, and detect financial manipulation.
  • Assessing financial damages and quantifying losses in legal disputes or insurance claims.

Investigation

  • Gather evidence and obtain information relevant to financial investigations.
  • Collaborating with law enforcement agencies, solicitors, and other professionals to support criminal or civil investigations.
  • Examining electronic data and conducting digital forensics to uncover evidence of financial crimes or fraud.

Reporting and Documentation

  • Preparing detailed reports documenting findings, analysis, and conclusions in a clear and concise manner.
  • Presenting findings and expert opinions to clients, legal counsel, and regulatory authorities.
  • Providing support and assistance in the preparation of exhibits, and other legal documents for use in court proceedings.

Compliance and Risk Management

  • Assisting clients in implementing effective internal controls and procedures to prevent and detect financial fraud.
  • Conducting risk assessments and audits to identify vulnerabilities and recommend corrective actions.
  • Staying informed about changes in accounting standards, regulations, and industry best practices related to forensic accounting.

Critical Skills Required

  • Excellent problem-resolution skills and ideas generation ability
  • Strong computer literacy
  • Strong active listening skills
  • Ability to review and prepare client accounts, tax, or VAT quickly and efficiently.

Critical Knowledge Required

  • Knowledge of Accounting systems including, Xero and other software as required.  Knowledge of their uses and benefits
  • In-depth accounts preparation knowledge

Qualifications Required

  • Essential:    ACA or ACCA qualified
  • Desirable:   Degree or equivalent experience

Experience Required

  • Essential:    Minimum of 2 years proven accounts experience within a practice environment
  • Desirable:   Experience with cloud accounting software such as Xero

Personal Qualities      

  • Strong presence
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Quickly builds rapport and trust
  • Highly confidential
  • Good networker
  • Attention to detail
  • Resilient and energetic
  • Achiever and self-motivated
  • Organised
  • Creative
  • Analytical – quick thinker

Job Requirements

  • Live within commuting distance of Banbury or Birmingham
  • Work outside normal hours as required.

Company

Ellacotts is one of the largest independent accounting and business advisory firms in the UK and is ranked as a Top 100 Accountancy Firm by Accountancy Age. We provide accounting services and business advice across Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Cambridgeshire, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Hertfordshire, Warwickshire and beyond.

With offices in Banbury, Birmingham, Kettering and London, we now have a team of over 95 people. They are our most important asset and we support their professional and personal development every step of the way. Our comprehensive programme for Trainee Accountants and Tax Advisers allows them to put their theory into practice and gives them the best possible start to their career in accounting and tax.

We are committed to giving our staff an excellent working environment with structured routes to progress their careers. Many of our Trainees have gone on to become Managers and beyond. We are proud to have been accredited with Investors In People Silver and to have achieved a NPS score of 67 in our latest People Engagement Survey.

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