Financial Investigator

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Full Time Part TimePermanent
  • Post Date: January 19, 2022
Job Description

The Financial Investigator is responsible for maximising asset recovery opportunities and removing the money generated by serious and organised crime as part of Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency’s (DVSA) drive to; prevent and detect fraud against DVSA products/services and deny criminals the benefits of fraudulent activities and protect the public from harm.

The successful candidate would ensure delivery of an effective, timely and business focussed asset recovery specialism in accordance with plans and corporate objectives.

The role holder is responsible for providing a rigour by which matters of impropriety in the areas identified above can be managed and actioned as required by the Senior Investigation Manager and the Head of Counter-Fraud and Investigations.

Most of our teams are currently working from home and this is likely to be the case until at least mid-2021. Although we are still working on what our new normal will be, it is likely that we will be moving to a flexible hybrid approach, combining both home and office-based working. This role can be based at any UK DVSA location, this is primarily an office based role and this can be discussed further at the interview stage if you are successful at sift.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Through Financial investigation, support criminal investigation across England and Wales in the targeting of criminals and organised crime groups operating against DVSA products/services
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for the recovery of criminal assets by means of confiscation, forfeiture and seizure of cash in order to further the disruption of criminal activity
  • Act as a point of reference for DVSA officers or the regional intelligence unit in relation to financial investigation. Investigating referrals tasked via the National Intelligence Model (NIM) process, undertaking enquiries and investigations with financial institutions, and obtaining necessary court orders
  • Assist Counter-Fraud Senior Investigation Manager in managing a rolling program of Financial investigations to ensure all targets are achieved and profiled throughout the year
  • Provision of specialist advice on all Financial Investigation related matters to internal and external customers. Attendance at committees, meetings, seminars etc, providing advice, education and guidance on all matters relating to Financial investigations
  • Ensure all Financial investigations adhere to published codes of practice, Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA), Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE), Criminal Procedures & Investigations Act (CPIA), Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), Freedom of Information Act (FOI) & Data Protection Act (DPA) by conducting regular Quality Audit checks on own work
  • Develop and maintain good relationships with customers, trade associations, Police, other enforcement agencies, solicitors and Procurators’ Fiscal
  • Liaise and maintain close links with National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), Regional Asset Recovery Team (RART), Police and other Enforcement Agencies, developing DVSA wider educational role

For more information about the role and responsibilities please see the attached Role Profile and Candidate Pack.

About you

To thrive in this role, you will have strong organisational skills with the ability to work on your own initiative, planning your day to produce quality work.

You will have experience of financial and criminal investigations and enjoy probing, investigating, and using your exceptional attention to detail to achieve your goal.

You can express yourself effectively and have exceptional written and verbal communication skills. You are resilient and flexible and enjoy working in a demanding role.

You would be described as a conscientious and self-motivated individual who takes responsibility and ensures all procedures are followed.

Additional information

You should hold, have previously held, or have a willingness to work towards the National Crime Agency Accredited Financial Investigator qualification.

A valid Driving Licence is required as there will be frequent travel throughout the UK and to some remote locations, this will likely include some overnight stays.

About Us

The Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA) helps everyone stay safe on Britain’s roads.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring 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, Strengths and Experience.
We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. In addition, where appropriate, you may be invited to attend a video interview.

Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly as all updates from us will be sent to you this way.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and personal statement. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

How to Apply

As part of the application process you will be asked to provide a CV and Personal Statement. Please tailor your CV to suit the role. For your Personal Statement, please demonstrate the following:

  • Experience of conducting financial investigations under Proceeds of Crime Act legislation (POCA 2002)
  • Experience in dealing with criminal investigations
  • Your knowledge and understanding of criminal justice procedures (POCA 2002) including the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA), the Police Act 1997, Criminal Procedures, and Investigations Act (CPIA) and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE)

The sift is due to take place week commencing 19th July 2021.

Interviews are likely to be held week commencing 2nd August 2021.

This interview could be conducted via a video interview, details of which will be provided to you should you be selected for interview.

We’ll try to meet the dates we’ve set out in the advert. But there may be occasions when these dates will change. We’ll give you plenty of notice of any important dates.

We’ve designed the selection process specifically for this role. So your assessment could include:

  • an interview

You’re encouraged to become familiar with the role profile, as you may be assessed against any of the criteria recorded within.

Please see attached candidate notes for further information about our recruitment process.

The Department for Transport recruits using Success Profiles. For each role, we consider what you need to demonstrate to be successful. This gives us the best possible chance of finding the right person for the job, drives up performance and improves diversity and inclusivity.

You can read more about Success Profiles here visit our Careers website.

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

Further Information

To learn more about applying for a role within the Department for Transport, visit the Application Process page of our Careers website.

Before submitting your application, we encourage you to visit our Things You Need to Know page for further information about applying for a role within the Department for Transport and the Civil Service.

Throughout this job advert there are links to the DfT Careers website, which provides you further information to support your application. Should you be unable to access the information on our website, please email for assistance.

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name : Lata Joshi
Email :

Recruitment team :

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Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here ( to visit Civil Service Commission


Role profile