Advisory & Forensic Accountant

HM Revenue and Customs

Apply before 11:55 pm on Thursday 21st October 2021


Reference number



£40,175 - £47,243
National (£40,175 - £43,708) London (£43,432 - £47,243)


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

HMRC - CCG - Fraud Investigation Service

Type of role


Working pattern

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

Number of posts



Birmingham Regional Centre- 3 Arena Central, Broad Street, Birmingham, B1 2DE, Croydon Regional Centre- 1 Ruskin Square, Croydon, CR0 2WF, Leeds Regional Centre- 7 & 8 Wellington Place, Wellington Street, Leeds, LS1 4AP, Liverpool Regional Centre- India Building, 31 Water Street, City Centre, Liverpool, L2 0RD, Stratford Regional Centre- 14 Westfield Avenue, Stratford, London E20 1HZ, Manchester Regional Centre- 3 New Bailey Square, New Bailey Street, Salford, M3 5AY, Belfast Carne House BT3 9HY

About the job


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

We want to maximise the potential of everyone who chooses to work for us and we offer a range of flexible working patterns and support to make a fulfilling career at HMRC accessible to you.

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.

It’s a very exciting time to join HMRC.

HMRC is the UK’s tax, payments and customs authority. We have a vital purpose, now more than ever, as we collect the money that pays for public services and help families and individuals with targeted financial support.

We couldn’t do all this without our dedicated and very important, workforce. We’re one of the largest organisations in the UK, and we pride ourselves on our diverse and inclusive working culture.

We have approximately 150 Advisory and Forensic Accountants within HMRC and by joining us you will be able to support HMRC’s drive to tackle avoidance, whilst making a positive difference to the nation’s finances. You will play an active role in high-profile issues and ultimately your work will touch the lives of everyone in the UK.

Job description

The role involves supporting the following directorates:

i) Fraud Investigation Service directorate, responsible for both civil and criminal investigations in tackling the most serious tax evasion and fraud.

ii) Wealthy and Mid-sized Business Compliance / Individuals and Small Business Compliance, responsible for delivering operational compliance work nationwide across the full range of taxes and duties for businesses and individuals.

iii) Counter-Avoidance, which leads in HMRC’s drive to tackle tax avoidance, combining operational and policy work on marketed avoidance.

Our Advisory and Forensic Accountants enjoy the range of work they undertake utilising their commercial and technical knowledge and breadth of experience to understand and explain a wide range of transactions and issues. The team undertakes regular CPD and utilises this in sharing best practice both within the team and with internal customers.

Are you looking for a new challenge?

Do you enjoy analysing and interpreting financial information and data, and explaining what this shows to others?

Can you build good relationships with a range of people?

Do you thrive on a variety of work?

If so, you could be just the person we are looking for.

As an Advisory & Forensic Accountant you will give accounting advice which is objective, professional, clear and concise to include analysing relevant customer facts and financial information and challenging customer’s accounting. You will utilise the appropriate accounting frameworks, accounting standards, and company law. And demonstrate your abilities to pay attention to detail, identifying and analysing the relevant data, and using your commercial experience, to identify risks and substantiate your advice.

You will provide litigation support to others and progress your own cases preparing professional reports with factual information, and attending meetings and court as required.

Key in this role is sharing knowledge amongst Advisory and Forensic accountants and more widely with customers, as appropriate.

You will:

• Analyse facts and assess information to demonstrate your understanding of the underlying nature of transactions.

• Have appropriate digital skills for research, interpretation and analysis, with good digital literacy to support efficient working and learning.

• Document your findings in advice notes and reports complying with appropriate legislation.

• Understand and explain accounting matters to both accountants and non-accountants in a simple and articulate way.

• Communicate effectively - both orally and in writing to a variety of audiences.

• Manage your own workload, competing priorities and take ownership of your own outcomes.

• Actively promote the work of the team working cross directorate.

• Participate in projects to promote continuous improvement in the team and more widely.

• Provide accountancy advice and support to colleagues for example, in relation to Proven Financial Solvency and supply chain investigations.


A fully qualified accountant you will enjoy working with others and be looking for an opportunity to increase your wider accountancy skills in a supportive and interesting environment.

Essential Criteria:

• Full and complete qualification from, and continuing membership of, one of the following professional accounting bodies: the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW), the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland (ICAS), Chartered Accountants Ireland (CAI), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) or the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA).

• Accountancy experience gained in either practice, industry, public sector or private sector.

• Experience of analysing and interpreting a range of financial records.

• Proven experience of contributing to the preparation of financial statements, or reviewing financial statements.

• Experience of contributing to the consideration of the appropriate accounting treatment of a variety of specific transactions.

• Experience in communicating orally and in writing with a variety of audiences.

Part qualified accountants are not eligible for these posts.

Please confirm which body you are a full member of within your Personal Statement.

Our Profession has recently launched a new SO Talent Programme designed to encourage, develop and stretch AFA SOs keen to progress their career. This provides the relevant training, case work and support to build skills and experience and facilitate progression.


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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

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

  • An accountancy based technical test (to include both a presentation and a written output).


• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension

Team members that are moving offices as a result of the Locations Programme will be entitled to a Moves Adjustment Payment for three years where they incur additional costs. This is calculated based on the difference between the costs of travelling to and from the new and old office, over a weekly period. You will get more detail on this as part of targeted locations move communications.

Find more about HMRC benefits in 'Your little extras booklet' for further information

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a name blind CV (to include your job history, qualifications and skills and experience), and a 500-word Statement of Suitability.

Your Statement of Suitability should be used to describe how your experience matches the roles and responsibilities outlined in the job description and how you meet the essential criteria mentioned, providing evidence where possible.

Selection will be by sift and interview.

If a large number of applications are received an initial sift will take place using the essential criteria and the Statement of Suitability.

At full sift your CV, and your Statement of Suitability will be assessed, with successful applicants invited to interview.


The interview process will include:

• An accountancy based technical test (to include both a presentation and a written output);

• Strength based questions

• Questions seeking examples where you have demonstrated the selected behaviours - Communicating and Influencing and Managing a Quality Service.

The written test focuses on risks utilising your commercial knowledge and will be made available online for a period of one week around the interview dates. Marks are again available in relation to your presentation and communication skills.

During the panel interview, you will be asked behaviour-based questions to explore in detail what you are capable of, and you will be asked strength-based questions to also explore what you enjoy and your motivations relevant to the job role.

This is an example of a strengths-based question:

“It is often said that the customer's needs should come first. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this statement?”

There is no expectation or requirement for you to prepare for the strengths-based questions in advance of the interview, though you may find it helpful to spend some time reflecting on what you enjoy doing and what you do well.

If invited to sit the test, you will need access to the financial accounting standards. These are available on-line. Please make sure you can access the following links:

• UK GAAP accounting standard FRS102

• International Accounting Standards, register for free to gain access

A list of potential technical topics for this will be provided prior to interview. Marks are also available in relation to your presentation and communication skills.

Interviews will take place via video link. Sift and interview dates to be confirmed.

Other Information:

Please note, we are also recruiting for G7 Advisory Accountants and G7 Forensic and Civil Fraud Accountants. If you apply to these adverts and are invited to interview for more than one of the roles, you will only be required to sit the presentation part of the online interview and the written output test once. If you are invited to both SO and G7 interviews you will be required to attend more than one interview as the behaviours assessed are different. You will sit the presentation at the first interview you are invited to and will sit the written output test separately during the interview period. If you do not pass the technical test (at an appropriate level for each role advertised) your application will not progress in the relevant recruitment campaign.

If you apply for more than one of the linked adverts above, your test and interview scores from your first submitted application will be automatically carried across to any other applications you make. This means you will only be invited to attend one interview.

After interview, separate merit lists will be created for each advert (i.e. location) and appointments will be made in strict merit order. If you are successful and accept an offer, all other linked applications will be withdrawn.

Please take extra care to tick the correct boxes in the eligibility sections of your application form. We understand mistakes sometimes happen but if you contact us later than 48hours before the vacancy closes, we will not be able to reopen your application for you. The inbox to contact is: Use subject line to insert appropriate wording eg Please re-open my application - 156234 & vacancy closing date 21st October 2021

Security Update
If you are successful and transferring from another Government Department, we will carry out a check of your identity, nationality, and immigration status (including the right to work in the UK) and a criminal record check before confirming your appointment.

Successful candidates must pass a Disclosure and Barring Security Check/Access NI check. Please note that HMRC have an exemption under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, which enables us to make enquiries about both unspent and spent convictions.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service /Access NI on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

For further information on the Access NI confidential checking service telephone: the Access NI Helpline on 0300 200 7888 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

HMRC transformation
HM Revenue and Customs is currently going through an exciting ten-year transformation programme to create a tax authority fit for the future. As part of this, we are committed to providing high-quality jobs and giving employees a great place to work, whichever location you work from.

HM Revenue and Customs has made significant progress with its plans to locate in 13 large, modern, flexible offices, equipped with high-speed digital infrastructure supporting improved customer service and compliance activity. These collaborative workspaces will enable smarter working and great training and development facilities, allowing for the sharing of expertise, local training, promotion, and provide great ongoing career development opportunities.

These offices will be located in central locations in the following towns and cities close to accessible transport links: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Belfast, Newcastle, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Nottingham, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Croydon and Stratford. Our Regional Centres in Croydon, Bristol and Belfast are already operational.

In addition, there will also be a small number of specialist sites where the work cannot be done anywhere else, in Gartcosh (near Glasgow), Telford, Ipswich, Worthing and Dover, as well as our headquarters in central London. What’s more, our Welsh language service has people located in Porthmadog, as well as Cardiff.

We are letting you know about our future plans because if you are recruited into an office that is not one of these locations, you will be expected, subject to HM Revenue and Customs applicable policies, to move to one of these locations in the future. In some cases, this will be via one of our nine transitional sites.

If you are not a current civil servant, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to the regional centre or a transitional or specialist site.

If you are a current HM Revenue and Customs employee and you joined us through an advert that was advertised on or after 11/01/2017, you will not be eligible for financial assistance for your move to a regional centre, a transitional site or a specialist one. This is in line with the terms of your original appointment to HM Revenue and Customs.

For more information please contact the vacancy holder.

Terms and Conditions
We really hope you decide to apply for this role. If you’re successful you need to know that in February 2021 members of recognised trade unions (ARC and PCS) voted to approve a pay and contract reform offer. This means that HMRC will adopt new terms and conditions for all colleagues as part of a multi-year pay deal and contract offer, the pay deal period is 01 June 2020 – 31st May 2023 and terms and conditions changes take place from the 01 June 2021 onwards. These terms will apply to colleagues who already work in HMRC and if you join us, it will apply to you too. We’ve put together a summary of the key changes that will be made and you can find this attached to the Job Advert.

If you are currently working for an OGD and would like to consider the impact on your pay when joining HMRC, please see the attached document "Pay on Transfer from OGD" for further information.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Further Information
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.

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Any move to HMRC from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility here

HMRC welcomes applications from those who need to work a more flexible arrangement and will agree to requests where possible, taking into account our 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.

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

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.

Reasonable adjustment
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.
Please see our Disability Matters: How we can support you during our selection process booklet for more details.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

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

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code 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.
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.

Apply and further information

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Richard Taylor
Email :
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Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. You have the right to complain if you feel a department has breached the requirement of the Recruitment Principles. In the first instance, you should raise the matter directly with the department concerned. If you are not satisfied with the response, you may bring your complaint to the Commission. For further information on bringing a complaint to the Civil Service Commission please visit their web pages:

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