Trainee Investigators

Serious Fraud Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Friday 25th September 2020


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Applicants from outside of the Civil Service should be aware that starting salaries will normally be at the band minimum and you should not expect to receive a higher salary.


Executive Officer
Band E

Contract type

Fixed Term

Length of employment

18 months

Business area


Type of role


Working pattern

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

Number of posts



2-4 Cockspur Street, London, SW1Y 5BS

About the job


Inquisitive mind? Do you 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?

If the answer is yes look no further, as the SFO's Trainee Investigator programme may be just for you. Every trainee’s experience on the programme is unique; you will be given the freedom to grow as an investigator whilst developing a broad range of skills.

In partnership with the College of Policing, the SFO provides a comprehensive investigation training programme and you will work with, and be supported by professional investigators, lawyers and accountants.

At the 2019 Tackling Economic Crime Awards (TECAs), the Programme lead won Outstanding Training Initiative for the Programme. The TECAs are open to anyone working in the UK, operating in the public, private and third sectors. The awards recognise and reward individuals teams, initiatives and companies involved in tackling different areas of economic crime.

Job description

You will be based in central London in a mainly office based role. However, the nature of investigation work will mean you are required to work away from the office from time to time but this will always be with a reasonable notice period. The SFO welcomes applications from people who wish to work alternative working patterns although all staff must understand that high levels of personal commitment are needed to ensure the requirements of the role are met. This includes a requirement to be available to attend the office between 9-5pm for up to 4 weeks to undertake internal training during the course of the Programme.

Successful completion of the Training Programme will mean promotion to a Band D Investigator role in one of our Operational Divisions.


Our investigators evaluate large volumes of material in detail and our Trainees will be mentored to undertake a range of tasks including:

• Documentary review to identify key lines of enquiry and evidence;
• Interviewing witnesses;
• Analysing banking records and produce summaries of financial transactions and further actions required;
• Participating in the gathering of evidence through searches of premises;
• Producing concise and accurate written documentation e.g. witness statements, recommendations on lines of enquiry.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering at Pace


Option to join the Civil Service pension scheme. For further details, click here

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.

Discretionary performance-related bonus scheme.

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.

Opportunities for learning and development.

Flexible working arrangements and family-friendly policies.

Voucher for eyecare and discounted spectacles.

Access to a range of discounts through membership of the Civil Service Sports and Social Club, CSSC Sports and Leisure.

Maternity and paternity leave provision over and above the statutory entitlements.

Access to My CPS Rewards Gateway. My CPS Rewards offers staff a range of rewards and savings including:

• Discounts with high street retailers
• Savings on grocery shopping at a range of supermarkets
• Special salary sacrifice and recognition schemes
• Reloadable gift cards and e-cards
• Instant vouchers

Please be aware that any move across the Civil Service on or after 04 October 2018 may have implications on an employee’s ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers.

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.
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, Ability and Experience.
The Selection Process is in two stages:

Stage One:
You will need to complete the initial “short” application form to register your interest in applying for the role.

You will then be invited to complete the two online assessments; a numerical test and a verbal test.

If you pass both you will be invited to complete the rest of the application form. In this section you will be asked to provide examples of how you meet two of the key behaviours for the role at the required level, Making Effective Decisions and Delivering at Pace.

As part of your application, you will also be asked to provide one example that demonstrates your experience of analysing and interpreting numerical data (e.g. bank statements) and one example that demonstrates your experience of producing concise and accurate written documentation.

Stage Two:

Candidates who are successful at Stage One will be invited to attend an interview .At present it is anticipated these will be carried out by video-conferencing but further details will be made available to successful applicants in their invitation.

You will be asked questions that assess two behaviours; Communicating and Influencing and Working Together. These questions will explore specific examples of when you have demonstrated these behaviours.

You will also be asked questions about how you would act in and respond to certain situations in relation to the SFO’s values. Value-focused questions help us to predict your future success on our trainee programme as well as your motivation. They will also help you to figure out if this is the right job for you.

For more information on the selection process, please refer to the Candidate Pack attached to this advert.

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.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Human Resources
Email :
Telephone :  02072397272
Recruitment team :
Email :

Further information

For external competitions there is no appeal against the selection decision. However, individuals have a right to appeal if they feel that the principle of appointment on merit through fair and open competition and the Civil Service Commissioners’ recruitment principles have not been met. Individuals who want to appeal should do this by setting out their grounds for appeal in an email for the attention of Head of HR Operations to If, after an internal appeal, you still believe that the Civil Service Commissioners’ Principles have not been met, then you can contact the Commission directly: Complaints should be sent in writing to: Civil Service Commission, Room G08 ,1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ. Email

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