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Counter Fraud Manager

Reporting to:
Head of ECCF
Team:
Governance, Risk and Assurance
Contract type:
18 month fixed term
Salary:
Between £47,015 and £61,186 per annum dependent on skills and experience, plus excellent benefits package
Location:
Brighton
Closing date:
Friday 6 October 2023

Job ref: 160922

TPR grade: 7 - Lead Specialist

About us

More than half the UK working population rely on The Pensions Regulator (TPR) to regulate their retirement savings. With a career at TPR, you’ll be joining an organisation that will impact on millions of lives for decades to come.

Everyone at TPR plays an important role in helping to keep more than £2trn of savings safe. We’re committed to bringing people into TPR who are ready to make a difference and put UK savers at the heart of what we do.

It is important to us that TPR remains a great place to work. We do all we can to help our people reach their full potential with learning, secondment, and development opportunities. We put our 900+ employees first, supporting flexible working and offer a diverse, lively, and inclusive environment. This includes our Disability Network, Family Network, LGBT+ Network (Proud), Minority Ethnic (ME) Network and Women’s Network, which offer spaces to connect.

Our new corporate strategy outlines a bold and challenging vision of how pensions regulation should evolve to keep pace with a change in the scale and nature of the industry. We are at the start of that journey. Join us to find out what part you can play.

We operate a hybrid working model, subject to government guidelines, where regular attendance in our Brighton office is required. Attendance in the office is team and role dependent.

Role

We’re looking for an experienced counter fraud manager to support the Head of ECCF to build an inhouse internal fraud function and manage the implementation of counter-fraud capability and learning across the organisation. The successful candidate will support the Head of ECCF in delivering the Counter-Fraud Action Plan for 2023-24 and be responsible for leading and conducting counter-fraud training, regular reporting to Cabinet Office and Central Government, managing the relationship with external critical friends such as Government Internal Audit Agency and driving forward a right-sized, compliant counter-fraud function. They will complete end-to-end fraud risk assessments and lead on risk mitigation and designing controls landscape. The role will be expected to engage with all levels up to Board to present and update on all ECCF Counter-Fraud activity and should be able to manage challenges or pushback around operational and employee conduct non-compliance.

Responsibilities

You will:

  • deliver independent, objective fraud risk assessment and assurance activity designed to identify potential gaps and risk areas and to work closely with relevant teams to ensure mitigations are in place
  • support TPR in accomplishing its objectives by designing and implementing a systematic, disciplined approach to evaluate and improve the effectiveness of fraud risk management, control and governance processes
  • support key risk areas in designing suitable counter-fraud controls and KRIs where applicable
  • manage and analyse fraud controls MI from key risk areas and teams to ensure that 2nd line assurance can be provided over controls
  • deliver quality fraud investigations and reports in a timely manner for a variety of audiences of all levels up to Board
  • ensure that the implementation of post fraud-assessment recommendations is monitored and reported to the Executive Committee and the Audit and Risk Assurance Committee
  • form a cross-TPR internal fraud response group to respond to identified potential fraud, bribery or corruption cases, taking the lead on sharing lessons learned and good practice from external sources
  • work effectively alongside and compliment the assurance functions across all lines of defense, particularly where bribery and corruption activity and training are linked to employee conduct and compliance activity within the wider function
  • forge robust relationships across Government and the public sector and play an active part in networking across the profession, including becoming the conduit between TPR and current Government agenda around the new Public Sector Fraud Authority
  • ensure that all external statistics and metrics reporting is of high quality, is timely and is shared appropriately with Government and other stakeholders
  • promote and act as an ambassador for the Counter-Fraud team and the wider ECCF function across TPR
  • deputise for the Head of ECCF as Counter-Fraud Lead where required, both internally and externally

Essential and desirable criteria

Essential

  • Proven expertise in internal counter-fraud management, ideally within the public sector.
  • Solid understanding of Government Counter-Fraud activities and compliance with organisational standards like the Government Functional Standard and emerging Public Sector Fraud Authority (PSFA) work with the willingness to undergo professional training in this area.
  • Knowledge of investigation techniques and legal requirements for investigations in civil, regulatory, or criminal settings.
  • Strong stakeholder engagement and relationship skills at all levels, with an ability to adapt to audience needs and awareness of information sensitivity and employee well-being.
  • Proficiency in identifying weaknesses in financial and operational risks, along with strong communication skills both verbal and written to be able to translate technical complexity for a strategic/board-level audience.
  • Experience in managing projects with an ability to deliver complex fraud risk reviews and investigations on time and of high quality while using varied IT systems.

Desirable

  • Understanding and experience of applying the Government Counter-Fraud Functional Standard S013.
  • Professional qualifications (Accredited Fraud Technician, Crime Prevention, Financial Crime Investigation, Fraud, Bribery & Corruption Assurance or similar).
  • Degree or extensive experience in Accounting, Finance, Business, or related field.

Person specification

  • Proactive and flexible.
  • Ability to prioritise and use initiative.
  • Calm under pressure.
  • Problem solving and analytical skills.
  • Attention to detail and accuracy

Salary and benefits

As well as a salary between £47,015 and £61,186, we offer:

  • Civil Service Pension arrangements, which are recognised as some of the best in the pensions world
  • discretionary bonus arrangements
  • access to performance related pay progression
  • 25 days annual leave provision
  • flexible working arrangements
  • development opportunities
  • enhanced parental leave arrangements
  • a free employee assistance programme
  • an excellent office location in Brighton

How to apply

To apply please email recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk quoting role reference number 160922 along with:

  • a covering letter with details of how your skills and experience meet the role requirements
  • a copy of your CV
  • details of your notice period

Current employees in their first 12 months of employment who want to apply for this vacancy should first contact their line manager to discuss their application.

We are an inclusive employer and offer equal opportunities regardless of an individual’s age, disability, gender identity, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

As a Disability Confident employer, we’re committed to the recruitment, employment, retention and development of people with disabilities and to improving their employment opportunities. Candidates who declare that they have a disability and who meet the essential criteria for the job will be offered an interview.

Applications will be considered on a part time and job share basis. If you want your application to be considered as part of a job share, please apply with the hours you are available to work.

Please be aware, as we work within a hybrid environment, unless specified we will be holding interviews through Microsoft Teams for the foreseeable future.

In accordance with Home Office guidance, the successful candidate will be required to provide their right to work in the UK before they start employment. Unfortunately, TPR is not able to offer sponsorship at the time. TPR is a UK-based organisation with a working location in Brighton, candidates must live in the UK to be employed by us.

The Pensions Regulator is an arm’s length government body and part of the public service.

Any offer of employment will be subject to the receipt of satisfactory background screening checks and criminal record checks (BPSS).

If you have any queries about this role, or if you have a disability and wish to request a reasonable adjustment at any stage of the recruitment process, please email recruitmentteam@tpr.gov.uk.