Deputy Head Fraud Defence - Operations

City of Westminster, London
02 Jan 2019
15 Jan 2019
Qualification Level
Fully qualified
Seniority Level
Head Of

Job description

Fraud Defence is the central counter-fraud function for the MOD. It takes the strategic lead for fraud, corruption and other economic crime matters across Defence, it represents the MOD as the victim of fraud and drives the MOD’s coordinated response to fraud. Fraud Defence provides subject expertise to inform risk decisions by Defence senior stakeholders on fraud & corruption; is the single reporting gateway for economic crime and whistleblower concerns, undertakes investigations and coordinates training and awareness. 
The team’s work is high profile and demanding, and requires highly motivated and talented individuals to support the continuous improvement of MOD’s counter fraud and corruption maturity. The work is challenging and varied but is extremely rewarding, and provides an excellent insight into the workings of the MOD as a department of state. 
The team is risk and intelligence led, driving innovative solutions to fraud and corruption challenges. 
Collaboration is at the heart of how we work. The team works closely with a wide range of diverse stakeholders across MOD, UK Government, across Defence Industry and internationally. 
Fraud Defence requires an experienced Deputy Head to lead and develop its operational counter fraud work, leading the MOD’s Confidential Hotline and Investigation teams to deliver excellence. You will be based in London, but operating across the UK. 
The position will provide the successful candidate with excellent experiences across a range of SCS Competencies and therefore provide a good spring board for promotion. 

Specific responsibilities: 
You will be a qualified forensic accountant with deep subject matter, management and organisational skills and experience. Working to the SCS Head of Fraud Defence, you will lead the development and delivery of Fraud Defence’s operational outputs, including the Confidential Hotline and Investigation team. 
Experienced in managing multiple, demanding stakeholders, you will lead MODs response to allegations of fraud, corruption and unethical practice. 
You will lead collaboratively across MOD, UK Government, internationally and with Defence Industry to develop and share leading practices in counter fraud and corruption. 
You will have responsibility for the teams delivering complex, high profile investigations, the response to whistleblower allegations and the Confidential Hotline service. 
You will be comfortable with developing innovative solutions to novel challenges and providing advice to senior leaders on major, complex and nuanced problems. 
You will provide input into the strategic direction setting for the MOD’s response to complex investigation or ethical challenges. 
You will drive the continuous improvement of MOD investigation and whistleblowing methodologies. 
You will support the Head of Fraud Defence on ad-hoc counter-fraud and corruption projects and initiatives. 

Person specification

The following experience and skills are highly desirable: 
You will be an accountant with deep forensic experience. 
You will be an inclusive leader, embracing challenge and diversity of thought to achieve the best outcomes for MOD. 
The role will be a high profile and demanding one. It is desirable that you are a qualified accountant (Chartered or Certified) with at least 5 years forensic accounting experience. The key skills and experience required are: 
- Deep experience of fraud, corruption, whistleblower and ethics investigations in a corporate or government environment; 
- Deep experience of building and maintaining strong stakeholder relationships; 
- Being confident and comfortable with working under your own initiative and taking the lead in complex matters; and 
- Very good written and oral communications required. 
You should ensure that, when demonstrating your behaviours, you use examples that relate to your experience of investigating fraud, corruption or unethical behaviour. 


Qualified Accountant


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

  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving

Benefits Pensions

Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Please be advised that the Department is conducting a review of all pay related allowances which could impact on those allowances that the post currently being advertised attracts. 

This position will attract the relevant London weighting. 

This post does not offer any assistance with relocation allowances.

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Sift/interview dates and location

Sift to be carried out w/c 21st January 2019 and Interviews will commence in February 2019.

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