Financial Investigator – Economic Crime Unit

Reference: Police Life

Date Posted: 2 Oct 2023

Salary: £ 37,462

Position Type: Permanent, full-time

Location: UK


Grade: Staff Grade G5

About us

Join our dynamic team as a Financial Investigator within the Environment Agency's Economic Crime Unit, a vital part of Enforcement & Investigations in the National Enforcement Service. Here, we lead financial investigations and provide essential guidance on the Proceeds of Crime Act legislation to empower the wider Environment Agency enforcement community.

As a Financial Investigator with the Environment Agency Economic Crime Unit, you'll be at the forefront of fighting environmental crime. We're part of Enforcement & Investigations within the National Enforcement Service, specializing in financial investigations and providing crucial support on the Proceeds of Crime Act legislation to the broader Environment Agency enforcement community.

Why Choose Us:

  • Impactful Work: As a Financial Investigator, you will play a crucial role within the Economic Crime Unit, an integral part of Enforcement & Investigations in the National Enforcement Service. Our unit specializes in conducting financial investigations and providing invaluable support and guidance on all aspects of the Proceeds of Crime Act legislation to the broader Environment Agency enforcement community.
  • Collaborative Environment: You'll be working alongside a dedicated team of professionals, including Financial Investigators, Financial Intelligence Officers, and a Senior Crime Analyst. Whether you choose to join our Asset Denial Team or the Money Laundering Investigations Team, you will collaborate closely with your colleagues on meaningful, impactful projects.
  • Variety and Challenge: Depending on your assignment within the unit, your responsibilities may vary. If you join the Asset Denial Team, you'll be tasked with confiscation and reconsideration investigations, identifying and recovering criminal assets through the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 legislation. Alternatively, if you opt for the Money Laundering Investigations Team, you'll focus on developing and advancing financial investigations, working closely with other investigative teams.
  • Positive Change: By working within our unit, you'll actively contribute to positive changes in the environmental landscape. You'll have the opportunity to use all appropriate powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act, including civil powers, to ensure positive and effective outcomes that reduce and prevent environmental crime.
  • Knowledge Sharing and Growth: We value knowledge sharing and encourage our team members to engage with internal and external partners. You'll have the chance to represent our team at relevant meetings and knowledge-sharing events. Additionally, you can take part in projects within the team or the wider department, offering your expertise to improve processes and drive business change and efficiency.
  • Specialist Support: You will provide specialist, technical advice and guidance to relevant Environment Agency national and area enforcement and regulatory teams. Your expertise will help ensure that investigative decisions are based on sound technical judgment and comply with current legislation.
  • Mentorship and Development: We are committed to your professional development. You'll have the opportunity to mentor and coach others on best practices in financial investigations and the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) legislation. We also support maintaining your National Crime Agency accreditations while keeping you up-to-date with evolving legislation and best practices.
  • Impactful Contributions: Your work will extend to preparing documentation and making applications for appropriate orders to Crown Court and Magistrates Court in line with POCA legislation. You'll use all available powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act to ensure positive outcomes that contribute to reducing and preventing environmental crime.

What Do You Need:

  • Accreditation: It is essential that you have current, or recently suspended accreditation through the National Crime Agency or up to AND including: Financial Investigator, POCA Part 8, Section 378 powers. It would also be desirable if you had: Confiscator, POCA Part 2, Section 16 powers.
  • Experience: it is essential that you have a strong investigatory background; preferably in conducting complex financial investigations
  • It is essential that you have experience of preparing prosecution files, evidence for court and giving evidence in court.
  • It is essential that you have a working knowledge of Disclosure under CPIA.
  • IT Skills: Proficiency in Microsoft Excel and general IT skills.
  • Attention to detail, data interpretation, prioritization, adaptability, teamwork, and the ability to work independently.
  • Security Clearance: SC and NPPV security clearances (preferred) or a willingness to obtain them.

What’s in it for you?

You’ll benefit from a culture that embraces difference and is inclusive where you’ll feel supported and trusted to do the right thing. We’ll invest in you and allow you to grow and shape your career.

What’s more, you’ll have access to our great benefits package including:

  • A salary of £37,462
  • A generous career average pension scheme
  • Overtime opportunities through standby and incident pay
  • 27 days holiday + 8 bank holidays for full-time employees
  • Great career opportunities
  • Maternity, paternity, and adoption leave scheme
  • Options for flexible and/or part-time working upon request

As an organisation we strive to reflect the communities we serve, to achieve this we welcome applications from all backgrounds regardless of race, sexual orientation, and religion. If you have any questions regarding the vacancy or application process, please contact the recruitment team at

Additional Information

Location: You can work from anywhere in England, but you'll be assigned to an Environment Agency office as your base.

Working Arrangements: We offer a hybrid work model, combining home and office work. Occasional travel and overnight stays may be necessary for team meetings and operational requirements.

Flexibility: We welcome part-time and flexible work arrangements, but you must be open to occasional work away from your home base.

Don't miss this opportunity to be part of the UK's biggest environmental organisation. Join us, and together, let's tackle the challenges of a changing climate and build a more sustainable future. Apply now and embark on a rewarding and fulfilling career journey with the Environment Agency!

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