Accredited Financial Investigator, Proceeds of Crime Team

Financial Conduct Authority

Regulating financial services firms and financial markets in the UK,

Requirements of the role

The Proceeds of Crime Team (POC), made up of Financial Intelligence Officers (FIO’s), Accredited Financial Investigators (AFI’s) and professional business support provides a dedicated specialist team with the expertise to help the FCA meet its proceeds of crime investigative responsibilities. This forms part of our credible deterrence agenda, around prosecution of criminal offences linked to our statutory objectives and remit within the Financial Services & Markets Act 2000 and Financial Services Act 2012.


We provide dedicated financial investigation resource to:

  • Investigate, identify, restrain and confiscate the proceeds of criminal behaviours, seeking to remove these from convicted individuals
  • Compensate victims wherever possible
  • Use enforcement powers available to us to ensure confiscation orders are satisfied
  • Use civil powers under Part 5 of the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) 2002 and associated legislation to identify and forfeit recoverable property
  • Undertake criminal investigations into money laundering offences under Part 7 POCA


Our Proceeds of Crime Team are now recruiting for a Senior Associate on a permanent basis.


You will work as a member of a team supporting the effective delivery of the different investigations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, as well as wider projects. You will work flexibly across different cases and projects, mentoring and coaching within a small team of Accredited Financial Investigators / Financial Intelligence Officers as well as supporting the delivery of project strategy and outcomes.

What you will be doing (the role)

  • Responsibility for undertaking confiscation investigations running parallel to criminal investigations conducted by our Enforcement colleagues, or civil recovery investigations, using POCA Part 2 / Part 5 and Part 8 powers as appropriate, including managing and planning search operations and /or other high value asset seizures, undertaking criminal money laundering investigations under Part 7 POCA, using investigative powers as necessary and appropriate, along with obtaining / making section 9 CJA 1967 witness statements, dealing with unused material, evidential reviews and planning, managing and undertaking suspect interviews under PACE, obtaining evidence from overseas
  • Drafting witness statements for Restraint Orders under section 41 POCA or applications for Property Freezing Orders under POCA Part 5, analysing, presenting and evidencing financial data to trace / show the extent and whereabouts of criminal benefit and realisable property, tracing assets in foreign jurisdictions
  • Drafting Statements of Information under section 16 POCA for confiscation proceedings or to apply for recovery orders in civil cases, supporting FCA counsel in proceedings, giving evidence in the Crown Court, High Court or Magistrates’ Court where appropriate
  • Supporting, coaching, mentoring and giving practical advice to junior and trainee AFIs / FIOs, addressing training and / or performance issues, as well as advising and training FCA colleagues on all aspects of the Proceeds of Crime and associated work


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Leeds, London

 Contract type

Full time, Permanent


Accredited, Financial Investigator, Proceeds of Crime, Team

 Working pattern

Flexible working, Hybrid

 Closing Date