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Associate Director Financial Crime

Grant Thornton UK LLP
London, United Kingdom
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Feb 13, 2024

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Grant Thornton UK LLP is part of a global network of independent audit, tax and advisory firms, made up of some 58,000 people in over 135 countries. We're a team of independent thinkers who put quality, inclusion and integrity first. All around the world we bring a different experience to our clients. A better experience. One that delivers the expertise they need in a way that goes beyond. Personal, proactive, and agile. That's Grant Thornton.

Job Description:


Every day our teams help people in businesses and communities to do what is right and achieve their goals. Grant Thornton Forensic & Investigation Services (FIS) supply a range of services to large corporates, lawyers and regulatory authorities. Our work falls broadly into the following areas: investigations, disputes, digital forensics, financial crime and competition services and monitoring.

As a service line within FIS, the Financial Crime team helps clients of all shapes and sizes by providing the advice they need to navigate complex financial crime risks and challenges. Our work is varied and includes:
  • Reviewing a firm’s financial crime framework (or specific elements within it) to assess business risk and regulatory compliance
  • Providing training to raise awareness and update a firm’s knowledge repository
  • Internal systems reviews - combining internal audit and industry insight to report on financial crime and fraud control design and effectiveness
  • Helping a firm to scope and carry out remediation activities in relation to core financial crime process (such as KYC, CDD/EDD, screening)
  • Conducting investigations on behalf of a firm and providing recommendations to help them determine appropriate next steps
  • Supporting an organisation’s response to identified regulatory breaches, such as sanctions breaches or instances of money laundering, bribery or corruption

Helping clients of all shapes and sizes, from FS and non-FS regulated sectors, as well as corporates, we support businesses to achieve regulatory compliance, detect and prevent financial crime, and play their part in enhancing the integrity of the UK financial system.

We’re happy to talk flexible working and consider reduced hours and job shares, we’ll support you to balance your work and life.

A look into the role

As a Financial Crime Associate Director within our Forensic & Investigations services team, you will:
  • Contribute to the strategic planning of business development activities, and lead specific opportunity related activities e.g. preparing proposals/bids, presenting at pitch meetings, organising conferences/client events, developing marketing materials.
  • Utilise and actively grow your network of contacts, attend, and present at, external networking events to support our brand awareness and market presence.
  • Manage the end-to-end delivery of assignments including delegation of tasks, coaching junior team members, responsibility for timelines and budget, identifying risks and issues with escalation to Partner/Director as appropriate.
  • Build trusted relationships with client employees and stakeholders, manage client expectations, and manage the day-to day aspects of engagement delivery under Director/Partner supervision.
  • Ensure project teams keep organised records of work done and conclusions reached and that assignment files adhere to firm quality and risk management guidelines.
  • Display judgement and an understanding of relevant risks and issues arising in an assignment, offering potential solutions and seeking advice when necessary.
  • Work effectively with all members of the team, building respect of peers and junior team members.
  • Mentor and coach junior team members; appraise them giving regular feedback, complete timely performance reviews and provide development opportunities.
  • Actively seek opportunities to develop own technical and consultancy skills, attend workshops, keep technical knowledge up to date, identify and complete relevant grade-appropriate in-house training opportunities, and keep records for CPD purposes (where required).
  • Ensure compliance with internal quality and risk procedures including the completion of take-on, conflict checking and setting up charge codes.
  • Have a good knowledge of technical matters relevant to Financial Crime, including MLR2017, CFA2017, BA2010, JMLSG, and FATF guidance.

Knowing you’re right for us

Joining us as a Financial Crime Associate Director, the minimum criteria you’ll need is relevant experience within financial crime that includes consultancy experience.

It would be great if you had some of the following skills, but don’t worry if you don’t tick every box, we’ll help you develop along the way.
  • Financial crime professional qualification e.g. ICA, ACAMS, CISI, ACFE
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite, primarily Excel, Word and PowerPoint
  • Strong technical knowledge of the UK financial crime regulatory regime (across AML, ABC, sanctions, terrorist financing, fraud) and an awareness of current developments and issues.
  • Have commercial awareness of client issues particularly within the regulated sector.
  • Experience leading teams to deliver work and be comfortable working independently and taking initiative. You should be focused on self-development as well as having the desire to coach, mentor and develop your colleagues.

Knowing we’re right for you

Embracing uniqueness, the culture at Grant Thornton thrives on the contributions of all our people, we never settle for what is easy, we look beyond to deliver the right thing, for everyone. Building an inclusive culture, where we value difference and respect our colleagues helps our people to perform at the best of their ability and realise their potential.

Our open and accessible culture means you’ll interact with leaders who are interested in you and everything you bring to our firm. The things that set you apart, we value them. That’s why we give you the freedom to bring your whole self to work and pursue your passions inside and outside of work.

Beyond the job

Life is more than work. The things you do, and the people you’re with outside of work matter, that’s why we’re happy to look at flexible working options for all our roles, and we’ll always do our best to keep your work and life in balance.

The impact you can make here will go far beyond your day job. From secondments, to fundraising for local charities, or investing in entrepreneurs in the developing world, you’ll be giving back to society. It’s that drive to do the right thing that runs through our every move, grounded in our CLEARR values - Collaboration, Leadership, Excellence, Agility, Respect and Responsibility.

We’re looking for people who want to contribute, spark fresh ideas and go beyond expectations. People who want to be able to proudly do what’s right, for the firm, our clients, our people and themselves. It’s how it should be.

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