Principal – Financial Investigations and Forensic Accounting

Charles River Associates

  • Full Time

About Charles River Associates

For over 50 years, Charles River Associates has been one of the world’s premier consulting firms. We offer employees a place to collaborate with and learn from a diverse group of consultants, industry experts and academics.
At CRA you will join leading minds who use economic, financial, technical, and business analysis to investigate and solve complex problems for an impressive roster of clients. 
CRA offers a collaborative environment, with teams who strive for client excellence by bringing curiosity, resourcefulness and initiative to their work. Through a collegial atmosphere, formal and informal training opportunities and a broad array of professional development resources, your experience at CRA will open doors for you as you accelerate your career.

The Risk, Investigations & Analytics Practice 

CRA’s Risk, Investigations & Analytics (RIA) Practice brings together three complementary sets of expertise in a unified team: forensic accounting, data analytics and corporate investigations.
We offer a multidisciplinary and thoughtful approach to investigations. We provide law firms, financial institutions, government regulators, multinational corporations and other organisations with actionable intelligence and expert advice. CRA’s investigations often combine expertise in data analytics, forensic accounting, investigations, cyber threats and e-discovery with sector-specific experience.
We work together to investigate and develop tailored investigative strategies for clients. We synthesise vast amounts of information to help our clients foresee challenges, mitigate risk, preserve value and make decisions, based on authoritative intelligence.

Position Overview

We are seeking candidates at Principal level. The Principal role involves work on a variety of complex investigative matters, often in contentious situations. Candidates will provide deep forensic accounting expertise to companies and their external counsel to help them respond to concerns around financial misconduct. This may include fraud, embezzlement, financial misreporting, bribery, money laundering and related non-compliance. Candidates will deploy these skills in a wide variety of contexts, such as independent investigations, international arbitration, commercial litigation, regulatory inquiries and international asset tracing. Candidates should expect to work hand-in-hand with analytics and investigative colleagues to deliver exceptional work product.

A successful candidate at the Principal level will lead financial investigations, take ownership of final team deliverables, contribute to business development and manage client relationships alongside Vice Presidents from the firm.

Key Responsibilities

Responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
•  Leading financial and accounting investigations in areas such as asset misappropriation, corruption and financial statement fraud. 
•  Leading forensic accounting workstreams within large, multi-disciplinary investigations that may incorporate traditional investigative background research, complex data sets and accounting or economic analysis.
•  Designing projects to support senior experts by making effective use of data from diverse sources, including economic, accounting and financial background information. 
•  Providing team oversight, supervision and guidance on task execution.
•  Taking responsibility for quality control on client deliverables and service provision.
•  Leading the day-to-day administration of engagements, including work planning and execution, budgeting and invoicing.
•  Preparing and presenting client proposal materials by consolidating observations into key themes for external counsel.
•  Leading business and practice development initiatives.
•  Building relationships with current and potential clients, and demonstrating the firm’s capabilities to potential clients, acting as a point of contact and assisting in presenting our conclusions and recommendations.
•  Fostering a team environment that is positioned for success and expansion, by managing team morale and contributing to recruitment and retaining.

Desired Qualifications 

We are seeking candidates at Principal level to support our growing Risk, Investigation and Analytics offering in London. Ideal candidates should possess:

•  Audit or forensic and litigation consulting experience.
•  +10 years of accounting or finance experience.
•  Chartered accountant or equivalent designation and/or other relevant certifications.
•  Experience managing large global engagements and managing multiple engagements simultaneously.
•  Experience analysing voluminous transactional electronic data, coordinating with data analytics professionals and providing effective visualisations of complex information.
•  Fluency in at least one language other than English is preferable; preference for French, Russian, Spanish, German, Italian or Arabic.
•  A willingness to work primarily in the office, in a collegial and entrepreneurial environment.
•  Demonstrated analytical, problem-solving and communication skills (oral and written).
•  Ability to manage multiple tasks and workstreams, be attentive to detail and meet deadlines.
•  A high level of initiative and curiosity, a strong work ethic and dedication to quality.

To Apply

To be considered for this position please submit a cover letter and resume.

Work Location Flexibility

CRA creates a work environment that enables our colleagues to benefit from being together in the office to best deliver on our promise of career growth, mentorship and inclusivity. At the same time, we recognise that individuals realise a range of benefits when working from home periodically. We currently ask that individuals spend 3 to 4 days a week on average working in the office (which may include traveling to another CRA office or to a client's location), with specific days determined in coordination with your practice or team. At certain times of the year (e.g. holiday periods), additional remote work options are offered to those whose work commitments permit it, although our offices remain open for those who choose or need to be there.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Charles River Associates is an equal opportunity employer (Equality Act 2010). As part of our focus on equity and inclusion, we work to ensure a fair and consistent hiring process. We celebrate diversity and we are committed to an inclusive work environment.

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