Strategic Case Leaders (a new team of up to 6 posts)
(Available on a permanent or secondment basis)
Purpose of role/s (a new team of up to 6 posts):
Working as a group and individually, provide sub-strategic leadership to deliver the operational
capability and impact of the SFO.
These roles will be accountable for managing some of the most serious and complex fraud and
bribery/corruption work in the UK, and taking the lead for such cases, including those with a multi
agency and/or overseas law enforcement component.
Working at pace with Senior Civil Service (SCS) colleagues, you will define and plan the strategy for
the investigation, prosecution and asset recovery (including civil asset recovery) at appropriate stages
with the aim of bringing each case to a rapid and successful conclusion. As part of this, you will also
advise which cases should no longer be pursued.
You will provide positive and persuasive leadership and management to a team of professionals. You
will also develop the capability in the organisation so that the SFO continues to be seen as the lead
agency in combating the most complex and challenging economic crime.
You will be accountable for liaising with internal and external stakeholders to establish, agree and
secure the resources required for your case workload - including any specialist or temporary support,
ensuring that case management plans are pragmatically reviewed and that resources are fully
optimised across operations. Your leadership of cases will be the critical factor in ensuring the SFO
delivers more success with fewer resources. This will require each of you to be innovative and
creative in finding ways to successfully progress cases whilst ensuring all relevant stakeholders are
satisfied with the action taken.
You will each be accountable for ensuring the staff allocated to their cases work together cohesively
and professionally, providing them with regular feedback on performance and contributing to staff
appraisals and addressing development needs.
Primary areas of activity
Areas for which you are responsible at the corporate level
Engaging with key contacts across government and business communities, including HMRC,
Home Office, Courts, broader law enforcement organisations, local councils, forensic accountants,
organisations involved with electronic presentation of evidence, etc.
As a group and individually:
Swiftly get to grips with your full scope of responsibilities
Meet with and evaluate the talents/capacity/skills of the group of people whom you will be working
Conduct a personal and group evaluation of the overall position at SFO on arrival and be prepared
to brief the SCS cadre on your findings
As a group, establish a collaborative plan to ensure the means of delivery
Agree and set out delivery plans for the areas for which you are responsible
Deliver successful outcomes for cases under investigation, prosecuting economic crime and taking
over/seizing the assets of criminals in line with the ‘Proceeds of Crime Act’ in the most
Each Strategic Case Leader will personally direct a number of complex cases and will also supervise
and be responsible for the casework of other case managers within an operational group to deliver
thorough investigations and successful outcomes. You will establish a defined programme of work for
the staff allocated to each stage of the investigation or prosecution, working with colleagues across
operations as appropriate.
Primary responsibilities will include:
Formulating an overall strategy for each case, including an investigation plan, and ensuring that
the victim and witness management plan is duly incorporated and given full support/attention
Producing detailed case plans and delivering to those plans under the guidance and direction of
the Business Area Lead.
Managing the investigation of cases – working with professionals as appropriate to ensure the
cases are managed efficiently.
Managing the prosecution of a case – working with in-house and external legal professionals as
appropriate to ensure the case is managed efficiently and within the standards operated by the
Providing accurate and meaningful information on cases to senior management colleagues and,
where necessary, managing external stakeholders. This will include co-ordinating with the Head of
Policy and internal media advisors where necessary.
Preparing and presenting progress reports at the various levels required for the relevant Head of
Business Area, Chief Executive or SFO’s Director.
Reviewing and monitoring the funding allocated to each case as defined within the ‘SFO Financial
Manual’ and established processes and procedures, providing updates on the funding allocated as
requested and seeking to secure any external services needed within appropriate financial
Ensuring, along with colleagues, that people within the case team are properly developed so that
they are capable of fulfilling their role within SFO and that they share knowledge with other
members of their current team and other teams/groups within the SFO.
Ensuring that the victims of serious and complex fraud are, where appropriate, made aware of the
SFO actions to secure redress and keeping witnesses appraised of the status of the case as
Corporate Responsibilities will include:
Subscribing to and role-modelling the ethos, vision and mission of the organisation, taking
individual and collective professional responsibility for championing the SFO’s agenda and
proactively implementing initiatives which secure the organisation’s mission.
Fostering an organisational culture that is positive about change and committed to delivery of the
Committed to continually developing personal understanding of ‘Serious and Complex Economic
Working at all times with integrity and to the highest professional standards.
Building co-operative, team-based relationships with all colleagues across and outside the SFO as
Upholding the SFO’s Diversity policies and behaving at all times in a professional manner.
Directly, to the Head of a Business Area and through them to the Chief Capability Officer and the
Other key internal relationships
To enable effective delivery, dotted line links to all members of the SCS Group (includes Heads of
Business and Specialist Areas – IT, Intelligence, Proceeds of Crime, HR, Finance) – and to each
other, as a team.
Each role will directly manage a team of people including Case Managers, Lawyers, Investigators and
other staff who are allocated at various stages of the case life-cycle. Teams will change and flex
according to the required portfolio resource.
Basis on which performance in the roles will be assessed Overall delivery of case outcomes:
o We collect intelligence; we investigate; we prosecute; but increasingly, we are choosing to
negotiate settlements including the possibility of deferred prosecution arrangements. This
means that solution finding and a capacity/ability to negotiate is really important; this requires
a flexibility in thinking to be able to conclude what is actually the most appropriate outcome,
and to establish if there are more effective / efficient / appropriate means of disposing of
cases. Whilst delivering justice remains a key imperative, there is a real need to be alert to,
and ready to explore pragmatic and cost-effective alternatives.
o A readiness to offer up funding or resources to colleagues where it is reasonable to do so.
o Effective performance management of people.
o Managing and taking responsibility; visibly “standing up and being counted”; helping to shift
the culture; being the “eyes and ears” of the organisation; demonstrating a corporate
o Responding in an appropriate manner to media coverage from defence counsel.
o Other subjective measures will include:
Quality of decision-making
Positive feedback from stakeholders
Transparent and open about one’s own performance
You should be able to demonstrate and provide evidence of as many as possible of the following
criteria listed under Part One within your written application. These will be further explored at the
preliminary interview stage, along with the criteria listed under Parts Two & Three. In addition, the
criteria in Part 3 will be fully tested at any interview as they are essential criteria for the Professional
Skills for Government. You should therefore be mindful of the core headings in Part 3 and be ready to
discuss as necessary at interview.
Ideally, you will be an appropriately experienced senior financial investigator or a qualified
and appropriately experienced, solicitor, barrister or accountant – possessing a strong
reputation and high credibility within your field. However, we are also prepared to consider
other exceptional managers/leaders who fulfil the remainder of the criteria below.
Significant experience and successful track record of working at a senior level in a complex,
multi-strand, operational delivery environment – ideally, though not necessarily a legal or
investigative environment dealing with economic crime.
Practical experience and successful track record of deploying ‘Project Management’
techniques and related disciplines associated with the delivering of effective outcomes –
ideally, though not necessarily relating to criminal investigations and/or prosecutions.
A track record of having both successfully delivered and enhanced the operational capability,
effect and impact of a service.
A proven and successful track record of working at pace and at senior management level in a
complex, multi-stakeholder/discipline environment.
Significant and demonstrably successful track record of negotiating with, persuading others
and effectively handling internal/external stakeholders (ideally though not necessarily
including victims and witnesses) and staff in a complex environment .
A natural manager first, and a natural leader second – but strong in both.
Strong social skills and emotional intelligence; upbeat; well-developed communication,
networking and negotiation skills; capable of relating to colleagues (above, at the same level
or below) enthusiastically and positively; non-patronising; authentic and naturally role-models
Resolute; dogged but not stubborn; self-assured; self-sufficient; comfortable in your own skin;
and a natural self-starter.
Energised; driven; focused; inclusive and collaborative but not over-confident.
Naturally collegiate; a quietly confident and comfortable corporate team player who listens
and takes the views of others into account, who thrives and is at their best working with
Pragmatic and solutions focused; open-minded; thrives on turning strategic ideas into
operational delivery and impact.
Articulate; capable of explaining complex concepts, whether legal, financial or otherwise, in
plain reasonable English.
Media-savvy; able to communicate and work effectively with the press.
Ability to contribute to the formulation of investigative practices or legal policies.
The Professional Skills for Government (PSG) skills and competences relevant to these posts are as
Programme and Project Management
Understands and uses Programme & Programme Management techniques, including Risk
Plans and delivers strong relationships with stakeholders, ensuring that the SFO is a
respected professional organisation.
Analysis and use of evidence
Highly developed strategic analysis skills.
Identifies and uses various sources of evidence and feedback to support outputs.
Understands the validity, relevance and limitations of different sources of evidence.
Uses evidence to evaluate cases, policies, projects and programmes.
Engages with relevant experts to gather and evaluate evidence.
Understands and can interpret methods for summarising data.
Strong leadership skills, both of high performing teams and corporately.
Ability to coach and develop individuals and teams for high performance and to manage poor
Experienced in developing team capability in line with organisational vision and the business
Experience of managing change effectively, identifying resistance, building engagement and
involvement, and rewarding innovation.
Understands the relevance and uses of financial data in decision-making.
Understands and gives effect to basic principals of business planning.
Track record of contributing to corporate objectives.
With colleagues, sets and monitors challenging business plan goals, seeking continuous
improvement in the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the SFO's resources.
Fluent at interpreting a wide range of financial information, including market analyses, and
uses this to determine case strategy.
Where do these roles lead in the medium-term?
After a minimum of 2-3 years, if not taking on a more senior role in the SFO, then you will have
developed and enhanced personal credibility to equip you to compete strongly for senior
investigatory/management/leadership roles in a major accounting or legal firm, the commercial sector,
or within a government department/agency.
Why join the SFO in one of these roles?
The potential offered by the SFO in developing and adding credibility to your career
The chance to learn more about and take the lead on identifying and prosecuting of some of the
most serious of economic crimes
The sheer breadth and variety of work is exceptional
Given the relatively small size of the organisation (currently 361 posts), these roles have very high
profile and visibility to effect change very quickly in what feels like a self-contained government
Again, because of the relatively small size of the organisation and its high profile, most people
here operate at a level that is above their technical grade
As a stand-alone government department, you can find yourself talking to Ministers, Cabinet Office
and right across the public/private spectrum
The intense pride that binds the whole organisation together – the brand of the SFO is extremely
The chance and on-going opportunity to work at a national and international level with both UK and
overseas law enforcement organisations; we work with over 50 international jurisdictions, and thus
there is the chance to engage with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, embassies, multi-national
organisations and international anti-corruption bodies – and with equivalent posts in overseas
agencies and NGO’s and inter-governmental agencies such as the World Bank, Interpol, and
The chance to develop fabulous national and international networks of contacts
The opportunity to take advantage of the SFO’s heavy commitment to training and personal
Stability, in the sense that there is total clarity around the organisation’s mandate and strategic
objectives through till 2015 – alongside an exciting change agenda
The opportunity to gain a deep insight into the way that Government operates
REMUNERATION/TERMS & CONDITIONS
Contract: The posts are offered on a permanent contract basis – although we are also
open to discussing secondments
Location: Location for the roles will be London although it is possible that one role
could be northern-based
Bonuses: In-year delivery bonuses re individual cases of up to £2k each
Pension: 3 ½% contributory by employee and 18 ½% by employer
Insurance: 2 x salary life and disability cover
Relocation: By negotiation, if it is required
HOW TO APPLY
If you are interested in applying for one of these roles, we would be grateful if you would review the
person specification carefully and submit the following:
A supporting statement providing evidence and highlighting how, from your current/previous roles
and experience, believe that you meet each of the criteria set out in Part One.
A statement (ideally no more than one page of A4) explaining your motivation for being interested
in one of these roles
A detailed, comprehensive and up to date CV
Contact details of at least two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent
employer, and let us know whether you would be happy for us to contact them as part of the
recruitment process. Referees will not, of course, be contacted without your prior consent
A completed ‘Equalities & Diversity Monitoring’ form. The completion of this form will help us to
follow the recommendations of the Equality and Human Rights Commission - that employers
should monitor selection decisions to assess whether equality of opportunity is being achieved.
The information on the form will be treated as strictly confidential and used for statistical purposes
only. The form will not be treated as part of your application.
We would like to receive expressions of interest in these roles by 19 December
Completed applications (note: there is no formal application form) should be emailed to: Ellie
Chambers at our advisors, Audeliss (email@example.com) quoting reference SFO/125. All such
applications will be acknowledge and treated as confidential, and you will be kept informed of the
status of your application throughout. If there are any queries or you have any problems, you
should contact Ellie on 07811 107433
RECRUITMENT PROCESS AND ENQUIRIES
Suki Sandhu, Hamish Davidson and Henrietta High of Audeliss are assisting us with this recruitment
Initial preliminary interviews will be undertaken by Audeliss, with subsequent interviews being
undertaken by ourselves.
For an initial informal (and confidential) discussion, please feel free to contact our advisors at
Suki Sandhu on 07974 784462 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hamish Davidson on 07932 698807 (email@example.com)
Henrietta High on 07734 751969 (firstname.lastname@example.org)