Specialist Trading Standards Officer – Proceeds of Crime (Accredited Financial Investigator) - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £44,165 per annum
Closing date: 31 Aug 2022
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 8741
Role: Public Health
About the role

Specialist Trading Standards Officer – Proceeds of Crime (Accredited Financial Investigator)

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £44,165 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Closing Date: 31st August 2022

Relocation package available.

This position will be predominantly home based with some office attendance on a flexible basis.

Essex Trading Standards is looking for a highly motivated person to join its team as a Specialist Trading Standards Officer leading on the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) and financial investigations.

Essex is one of the largest Shire Counties in the UK with a population of just under 1.5 million and in excess of 25,000 diverse business premises. While we look to support legitimate business activity wherever we can, we don’t shy away from taking on difficult and complex Trading Standards criminal investigations.

Many of these investigations will have a financial element to them and require the skills of an accredited financial investigator.

In this role you will be taking a lead on our POCA investigations and while you will have no direct line management responsibility you will be providing guidance and support to other investigating officers across the service in relation POCA and financial investigations. You’ll be dealing with the more complex issues and providing strategic updates and recommendations to service managers to ensure we are always performing to the highest standards.

You will be an active member of our tasking management team using your expertise to help shape the direction of all criminal investigations and will be responsible for managing all aspects of financial investigations including restraint and confiscation, acting as a single point of contact with other enforcement and government agencies, making applications to court for all part 2 & 8 investigatory orders, attending court and giving evidence as well as representing the authority both regionally and nationally on all aspects of proceeds of crime.

You will need to be a fully qualified and accredited financial investigator with an up to date CPD record as well as a qualified and experienced Trading Standards Officer holding either the DCATS, DTS or equivalent.

You’ll be working in one of three multi-functional teams responsible for handling all incoming demand one week in three – so a good working knowledge of Trading Standards legislation is desirable.

You will have excellent communication skills (and the ability to deal confidently with a range of stakeholders) and be equally comfortable working both alone and as part of a team of Trading Standards professionals across the whole service.

Excellent organisational skills are a must together with the ability to work flexibly and independently to meet the demands of the role and service. You will be confident to assess and prioritise workload to hit agreed deadlines.

You will hold a full UK driving licence and have access to a car that can be used for work.


To read more about us please visit: https://www.workingforessex.com/role/place-public-health/

Why Essex? Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to offer an excellent benefits package to all its employees. More information can be found here pay and reward

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What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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If you have queries on this role or require anything further, please email resourcing.team@essex.gov.uk