Trade Based Money Laundering Subject Matter Expert

HM Revenue and Customs

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 4th December 2023



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£42,618 - £45,831
A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

HMRC - CCG - Fraud Investigation Service

Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking, Job share, Part-time

Number of jobs available



Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Dover, Edinburgh, Gartcosh, Glasgow, Ipswich, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Portsmouth, Salford

Job summary

HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) is responsible for the department’s civil and criminal investigations. FIS ensures that HMRC has an effective approach to tackling the most serious tax evasion and fraud. FIS is home to a wide range of people with a variety of skills and professional backgrounds – including accountants, cyber-crime specialists, criminal justice professionals, tax professionals and operational delivery support teams to name but a few. We use a range of powers and approaches to protect funding for UK public services, investigating the most harmful tax cheats and ensuring nobody is beyond our reach.    
The Economic Crime (EC) deputy directorate forms an integral part of the HMRC Serious Fraud Strategy. Working closely across the department and the wider Law Enforcement community, using specialist expertise and modern technology we put illicit finance at the centre of operations. Economic Crime collaborate across various businesses and government departments to reduce the impact of serious fraud on the UK’s tax system, recover the proceeds of fiscal crime and protect the UK against the risk of money laundering and terrorist financing.  

The successful candidate will be working within the Trade Based Money Laundering (TBML) threats team situated within the Economic Crime Strategy Unit. 

See what it’s like to work at HMRC: find out more about us or ask our colleagues a question. Questions relating to an individual application must be emailed as detailed later in this advert.

Job description

This is a key role in an interesting and high-profile part of the department which is at the forefront of tackling Trade Based Money Laundering (TBML). 

As part of the TBML Threats Team you will have co-responsibility for: 

  • Working with and through operational teams across the Fraud Investigation Service (FIS), Risk and Intelligence Service (RIS), and our overseas networks to deliver an effective and impactful operational response to tackling TBML. This will include identifying potential policy, legislative, and/or procedural issues, with a range of stakeholders and to start to address them.
  • Deputising and chairing a range of TBML specific working groups, including an international, cross Government, and internal working group to ensure effective stakeholder management, alignment, and a collaborative working approach to combat this global threat.
  • Preparing and leading on briefing documents and pre-meets to a wide array of senior leaders/ external stakeholders.
  • Co-leading and working with senior leads to report processes and to show the impact of the tactical plan actions, including linking strategy activity to operational outcomes. Reporting to and presenting at senior governance groups.
  • You will design a wide range of capability products for both internal and external audiences. You will be required to deliver products digitally and in person to national and international partners. 
  • Provide support to the TBML Threat Lead in the development, implementation, and delivery of a coordinated strategic response to key domestic and international illicit finance risks both within HMRC, and across other law enforcement government agencies and international partners.

Person specification

Essential Criteria 

  • Experience of drafting complex and challenging funding applications, understanding funding processes, timelines, management of those processes, and the ability to forecast and track spending – CSSF, ARIS, AMLAR etc. 
  • At pace drafting and producing high quality briefing documents for senior leaders in line with the HMG TBML strategy, and the Economic Crime Plan 2 
  • Must have previous experience working with international partners both in the public and private sector in relation to TBML. 
  • A sound understanding of TBML, and what opportunities there are to improve intelligence and data collection, and operational activity domestically and internationally. 
  • A good working knowledge of East Asian Underground Banking 
  • Strong leadership, and excellent interpersonal skills and experience of working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders and the ability to foster and maintain positive working relationships. 
  • Ability to design and deliver high quality training products to a variety of stakeholders through a range of platforms. 
  • Demonstrate a high level of communication skills – both written and verbal including good interpersonal skills and the ability to influence others. 
  • Excellent computer skills including TEAMS, Excel, PowerPoint and Power BI. 
  • Recent experience of working in Illicit Finance (in the last two years) and;
  • Must already hold a minimum of Security Check (SC) vetting status. 

 Desirable Criteria 

  • A good understanding of other EC threats and;
  • Strong cross Government working relationships on TBML/Illicit Finances. 


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

  • Working Together
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Leadership
Alongside your salary of £42,618, HM Revenue and Customs contributes £11,507 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.
  • Learning and development tailored to your role.
  • An environment with flexible working options.
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity.
  • A Civil Service pension with an average employer contribution of 27%.

Find more about HMRC benefits in 'Your little extras and big benefits handbook' for further information or visit Thinking of joining the Civil Service.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Ability and Experience.

As part of the application process, you will be asked to provide a CV, which should detail your previous three job roles and your qualifications.  The CV will not be scored. The sift will also include behaviours.

The word limit for the free text box of the CV section is 250 words. 

You will also be asked to provide a Personal Statement up to 500 words. You must demonstrate how you meet the Essential Criteria and what you and your experience can bring to the role. The Personal Statement will be scored.   

Sift and Interview

Candidates successful at sift, will be invited to the next stage, which will consist of a presentation and blended interview of behavioural and strength-based questions.  

The presentation will last 10 minutes and be based on your understanding of money laundering (specifically trade based money laundering challenges) and will provide potential strategies on complex global threats. 

In the event of a large number of applications, an initial sift may be done on the lead behaviour Working Together. We reserve the right to raise the pass mark, to manage the number of successful candidates to be interviewed. 
In the event of tied scores, the merit order will be determined on the overall score, then the scores of each competency in the order listed. 

Interview dates to be confirmed. Selection will be by paper sift followed by virtual interview.  

A reserve list may be held for a period of up to 12 months from which further appointments may be made for the same or similar roles – if this applies to you, we’ll let you know via your Civil Service Jobs account.


To check that you are eligible to apply, review this eligibility information

Important information for existing HMRC contractual homeworkers:

This role may be suitable for existing HMRC employees who are contractual homeworkers. Occasional attendance to the office will be required where there is a business need, so please review the advertised office locations for this role when applying and only select locations from the ‘location preferences’ section that you are able to travel to.   

Reasonable Adjustments 

We want to make sure no one is put at a disadvantage during our recruitment process because of a disability, condition, or impairment. To assist you with this, we will reduce or remove any barriers where possible and provide additional support where appropriate. 

If you need a reasonable adjustment or a change to be made so that you can make your application, review this information on reasonable adjustments, and contact as soon as possible.

Diversity and Inclusion

At HMRC we are committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues and creating an inclusive and respectful environment that reflects the diversity of the society we serve.

Diverse perspectives and experiences are critical to our success and we welcome applications from all people from all backgrounds with the experience and skills needed to perform this role. We’re committed to creating a great place to work for all our colleagues here at HMRC. We want everyone to feel valued and supported to achieve their potential at HMRC.

For more information on how we make this happen, review this information on our culture and values

Applications received from candidates with a criminal record are considered fairly in accordance with the DBS Code of Practice and the Recruitment of ex-offenders Policy.

We welcome applications from those who need to work a more flexible arrangement and will agree to requests where possible after considering operational and customer service needs. We can’t guarantee that we can meet all requests to work flexibly, as agreement will be subject to business ability to accommodate, and any request to work a more flexible arrangement should be made prior to your acceptance of the provisional offer.

Customer facing roles in HMRC require the ability to converse at ease with members of the public and provide advice in accurate spoken English and/or Welsh where required. Where this is an essential requirement, this will be tested as part of the selection process. 

The Civil Service runs a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy. 


HMRC has a presence in every region of the UK. For more information on where you might be working, review this information on our locations.

Security Update

For more information on the level of security checks we will carry out, review this information on security checks 

Please note: in addition to the standard pre-employment checks for appointment into the Civil Service, all candidates must also obtain National Security Vetting at Security Check (SC) clearance level for this vacancy. You will normally need to meet the minimum UK residency period as determined by the level of vetting being undertaken, which for SC is 5 years UK residency prior to your vetting application. If you have any questions about this residency requirement, please speak to the vacancy holder for this post.

Further Information

The Civil Service values honesty and integrity and expects all candidates to abide by these principles. The evidence you provide in your application must relate to your own experiences.

Any instances of plagiarism or other forms of cheating will be investigated and, if proven, the relevant application/s will be withdrawn from the process. 

Duplicate applications for the same vacancy will also be withdrawn.

Transferring into HMRC from Civil Service If you are currently working for an ‘Other Government Department’ (OGD) and would like to consider the impact on your pay when joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Combined T&C and OGD Pay English”, found at the bottom of this advert. Further information on staff transfers can be found on

Problems during the application process 

If you experience accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section. 

If you think you’ve made a mistake on a short application form (e.g. you’ve ticked the incorrect eligibility box), please contact at least two working days before the vacancy closes. After this, we won’t be able to reopen your application.   

Please use the subject line to insert appropriate wording e.g. Please re-open my application - 322875 & vacancy closing date 04/12/23. Please note that we cannot amend or re-open your application if you have submitted your full application in the interests of fair and open recruitment.

For reasonable adjustments queries or requests, please see details within reasonable adjustments section above.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must undergo a criminal record check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check (opens in a new window).

See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).
People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) checks.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service
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Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles (opens in a new window).
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans (opens in a new window) initiative.
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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : Economic Crime Recruitment Team
  • Email :

Recruitment team

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Further information

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