Trainee Investigator

Serious Fraud Office

Closing date: 26 Oct 2017

Reference number



24,832 - 29,847


Executive Officer
Band E Investigator

Contract type


Business area


Type of role


Working pattern

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


36 hours per week excl. breaks

Number of posts



SFO, 2-4 Cockspur Street, London SW1Y 5BS, UK

About the job

Job description

Inquisitive mind? Want to make a difference and be involved in the investigation of some of the UK’s most serious and complex fraud and corruption cases at our Central London office?
With a starting salary at £24,832 rising to £31,100 after successful completion of our training programme this is a rare opportunity to train to undertake challenging investigations and begin a most rewarding career.
The Serious Fraud Office investigates and prosecutes the most difficult Fraud and Corruption cases; no case is too big or complex to be tackled. The SFO invites you to apply for the opportunity to investigate serious economic crime and contribute to the government’s anti-crime agenda and enhance the UK’s reputation as a safe place to do business. For more information about the role and how to apply please refer to the attached candidate information pack.

Person specification

Essential Criteria for Trainee Investigators
Candidates must be able to demonstrate all of the following:

Ability to analyse and interpret numerical data (e.g. bank statements).

Ability to produce concise and accurate written documentation

A genuine interest in the Criminal Justice System

Effective use of MS Office, including Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Desirable Criteria for Trainee Investigators
Whilst not essential, the below will be considered beneficial:

Experience of investigative work within a professional, law enforcement or financial environment.

Experience of conducting structured interviews

On your application, you will need to provide a personal statement of no more than 1500 words that includes each of the following a) a description of when you have had to analyse and interpret numerical data; b) a description of when you have carried out research in order to produce a concise and accurate written report and; c) an explanation of why you want to be a trainee investigator at the SFO.


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

  • Leading and communicating
  • Delivering at pace
  • Making effective decisions
  • Changing and improving

You must provide evidence against the following on your application form:

  • Leading and communicating
  • Making effective decisions

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Pension: Option to join the Civil Service pension scheme, which is a defined benefit scheme. For further details, click here
Leave Allowance: A generous annual leave provision of 25 days which increases to 30 days after five years’ service plus an additional day in recognition of the Queen’s Birthday and the option to buy or sell up to five days’ leave per year. Different terms may apply if you are already a Civil Servant. The allowance is pro-rated for part-time staff.
Other Benefits: We offer flexible working arrangements and family-friendly policies including:

Maternity and paternity leave provision over and above the statutory entitlements
Interest-free season travel ticket, bicycle loan and cycle to work scheme
Access to the Rental Deposit Salary Advance Scheme which assists employees in meeting the costs of deposits for privately rented homes
Voucher for eyecare and discounted spectacles
Salary sacrifice childcare voucher scheme
Flexible working arrangements and family-friendly policies
Access to a range of savings and discounts offered via the My CPS Rewards programme
Access to a range of discounts through membership of the Civil Service Sports and Social Club, CSSC Sports and Leisure

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Please refer to the attached candidate information pack for details of the application process. Please ensure you read this carefully before clicking the apply now button and starting your application.
Please be aware that the online situational judgement test will close at midnight on 25 October 2017, a day before the deadline for the closing date of the application form. Candidates who have not passed the online test before midnight on 25 October will not be able to continue with their application process. Please do not leave your test until close to the deadline as any technical issues or assistance you require may not be resolved in time for you to continue with your application. Extensions cannot be granted under any circumstances.
Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Online test instructions

This test is not timed, although it will time you out if after 25 minutes there is no activity, therefore there is no need for candidates who would normally request additional time on tests to do so

Sift/interview dates and location

Please note the assessment centre dates cannot be changed. If you are unable to attend the assessment centre during the week specified you should not apply.

Online Situational Judgement test closing date: midnight 25 October 2017
Online Application closing date: midnight 26 October 2017
Sifting: November 2017
Invites to assessment centre: by 24 November 2017
Assessment Centre: 4-8 December 2017
Interviews and assessments will take place in Central London. Specific venue and dates to be confirmed

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