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Counter Fraud Officer OCC45270

Job details


Salary range: £34,728 - £37,890 per annum

Work location: County Hall, Oxfordshire

Hours per week: 37 – we are open to discussions about flexible working

Contract type: Permanent

Closing date: Wednesday 28th October 2020

Interview date: Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th November 2020


Vetting requirements: This role is subject to a Criminal Records Check.




Grow and develop an effective Counter-Fraud service



About us


The Counter-Fraud Team’s overall aim is to reduce financial losses to the Council from fraud and to foster a zero-tolerance approach to fraud within and against the Council. The Team undertakes fraud prevention and detection work, fraud investigations and pursues the appropriate sanctions or recovery of funds. 

Oxfordshire County Council is responsible for administering a budget of £750m across a wide range of public services, from schools to social care, highways maintenance to blue badges. The County Council is now partnering with Cherwell District Council to deliver a number of services across both Councils.



About the role


This is an exciting, new role which will provide the right person with the opportunity to help grow and develop the Counter-Fraud Service. Based in the Council’s highly regarded Internal Audit team, you will use your experience of Counter-Fraud to help build a first-class service. Your goal will be to minimise financial losses to the Council and improve the prevention and detection of fraud.  We offer a varied caseload and the opportunity to investigate and pursue complex fraud cases. You will also champion fraud prevention by undertaking proactive fraud exercises and offering training and awareness activities.



About you


Substantial experience in counter-fraud or investigation management is essential, ideally supported by a relevant professional qualification or accreditation.  You must be competent at intelligence gathering in accordance with CPIA and interviewing under caution in accordance with PACE. Experience of taking cases to court is essential. The initiative and drive to achieve continuous improvement in fraud prevention across the Council is vital.  Self-motivated and highly organised, you’ll have excellent communication skills and a strong drive for innovation. An understanding of local government fraud risk would be helpful.



Rewards and benefits


It really is true that every single job role here contributes to bettering the lives of the people in our county - we want to do this for our employees too. We are proud of our strong flexible working culture, including the opportunity for flexibility on working hours and the use of technology to support agile working. We offer some of the very best learning and development opportunities to support your ongoing development.


We have a generous holiday allowance which rises as you remain in employment with us up to 32 days, as well as giving you the option to buy additional holiday. You will also have access to a Local Government Pension Scheme with employer contributions of up to 19.9% of your salary; a range of local and national retail discounts; and a host of enhanced family friendly policies including carers leave and paid time off for volunteering.



Would you like to know more?


Please click here to view the Job Description & Selection Criteria.  


For an informal discussion about the role please contact Sarah Cox, Chief Internal Auditor on 07393 001246 or Tessa Clayton, Audit Manager and Counter Fraud Lead on 07393 001217.




Application Procedure


To apply, you will need to complete an online application form. This includes a section asking you to explain how you meet the role requirements, as specified in the job posting.  

You may attach a cover letter and/or CV to your application form, however it is not mandatory. 


If you experience any difficulties whilst completing the application form, or if you require the application form in an alternative format, please contact the Recruitment Team at occ.recruitment@hants.gov.uk.




Our Organisation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults. We expect all employees, workers and volunteers to share this commitment. We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices reflect this commitment.


As a Disability Confident employer we guarantee an interview for disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for the job. We also guarantee interviews to care leavers who have completed further education and who meet the essential criteria for the job. For those leaving care without any further education we guarantee an interview for our apprenticeships. 


All posts, unless stated otherwise, are open to flexible working arrangements.


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