Student opportunities in Forensic
Deloitte has one of the largest forensic practices in the world with more than 1,400 dedicated practitioners in over 30 countries. Forensic services are increasingly sought by companies and lawyers who require investigations to be undertaken or disputes to be resolved.
Deloitte Forensic helps clients react quickly and confidently in a crisis, investigation or dispute. With our global network, deep industry experience and advanced analytical technology we resolve issues and deliver proactive advice for clients to reduce the risk of future problems.
As part of the world’s leading provider of Forensic and Dispute Advisory services, our Forensic teams are constantly sought out by high profile organisations who need to perform extensive, complex and often urgent investigations into their business operations and data. Our client base includes many large corporates and household names along with many law firms and some smaller companies.
We use state-of-the-art technology and play a vital role in a wide variety of investigations, disputes and litigations. One of the most exciting aspects of our work is that no two projects are the same so there are always new challenges to be faced.
Forensic operates in two key areas: Financial Crime and Forensic Technology. Whichever one you join, you’ll be using your skills to combat fraud, bribery and corruption, anti-money laundering, international sanctions and intellectual property disputes.
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Our Financial Crime experts cover Anti-Money Laundering, Trade and Economic Sanctions, Fraud, Anti-Bribery and Corruption matters.
Our specialist technical advisory teams, consisting of sector and regulatory experts, help clients evaluate and enhance their financial crime risk management framework, providing bespoke subject matter expertise and execution capabilities.
We help our clients conduct effective financial crime investigations throughout the investigation lifecycle. Using our E-discovery and data analytics capabilities to identify root causes of regulatory and legal breaches, in order to build sustainable solutions. We support the management and the closure of any subsequent remedial activities.
Managing change and building sustainable business models
We translate key financial crime requirements into effective business designs to enable clients to meet their strategic objectives. Our services include process and organisational design and implementation; financial crime training; and risk culture assessment and change, in order to embed senior management governance and accountabilities into the organisation.
This team is made up of experts in Forensic Development, Analytics and Electronic Discovery.
Increasingly our clients are looking for new solutions in Forensics to provide enhanced insight and efficiency over and above that which is provided by existing industry standard software. The Forensic Development team (based in St. Albans) builds software platforms to bridge this gap by leveraging cloud services and cutting-edge technology and applying it to the Forensics domain. Our business analysts work closely with members of the Forensic practice to distil innovative ideas into specifications for a valuable software product, which our developers then build by following the scrum methodology. Example aspects of these solutions include advanced analytics, data visualisation, business process management and automation, machine learning and artificial intelligence.
Many of our projects require us to interrogate structured and unstructured data. Our data analytics experts use specialist software to extract, transform and process data – this may be to scrutinise financial information or analyse customer details from our clients’ systems. We work with multiple data formats including industry standard software, as well bespoke data repositories, and may be required to process many millions of data records.
Advanced analytical and visualisation techniques are then used to interrogate and assess the data in support of investigations or to answer key questions posed. We are continually innovating and exploring new ways to help our clients explore their growing data needs. Examples of our work include searching for missing transactions, identifying networks of individuals or developing tools to help firms meet their regulatory requirements.
The first stage of an investigation, dispute or litigation is to capture and preserve all data that may be required as evidence. We need to understand the clients’ IT infrastructure and identify all sources of data that could be relevant. We then capture the data in a forensically sound manner so that, should court proceedings be instigated, we can testify to the integrity of the data as an expert witness in court. We collect data from a large variety of sources, including servers, laptops and mobile devices. Sometimes data is captured in a covert manner, as the client may not wish to alert certain individuals that an investigation is taking place.
With the ever-increasing use of electronic communications, one of the key challenges is to assess all the emails and documents that have been captured and to quickly identify where the key evidence is likely to be. We work alongside external counsel, law firms and internal investigation teams and use sophisticated analytic software to identify the emails and documents that are most likely to be relevant to the lawyers or investigators. We provide support throughout the lifecycle of the investigation, where it may take a different route as individuals or witnesses are interviewed or new facts emerge. The result may be a report to the company, a formal response to a regulator or even a bundle of documents which are to be used as exhibits in court.
This is a fast-paced and challenging environment with both UK and international exposure that’s perfectly suited to ambitious placement students. Candidates must have a real interest in technology and the use of computer forensics tools and/or analytical techniques to support investigations in the financial services industry and the business world at large.
During your placement you will be aligned to the Forensic Technology. At the end of your placement you will have a final round interview to be accepted back into the team you have worked in; equivalent to a Graduate in the second year of the Graduate programme.
What work would you get involved in on a day to day basis as a graduate in your team?
When you are placed within your assigned team you can expect to work on a variety of projects from very early on in your career, helping to provide technical and advisory solutions to our clients. In Forensic Technology, your work may involve assisting with the collection of potential evidence from a suspect’s computer, analysing financial data to look for fraudulent transactions, or assisting our investigators to find the ‘smoking gun’ document to crack the case. In Financial Crime, you’ll have a more strategic focus, for example examining a client’s financial crime compliance systems and controls and designing change programmes to meet regulatory requirements.
What learning and development opportunities are on offer to a student joining your service area?
Forensic provides a structured two year Graduate Training Programme with a technical grounding in either Forensic Technology or Financial Crime. You’ll learn all the fundamental capabilities you need for the role and for progression within the firm..
During your first week on each placement you can expect to spend the majority of your time training. This will be a mixture of e-learning and instructor led courses to equip you with the core skills for each area in which you will be working. Following your training you can expect to be working alongside specialists drawn from a wide range of professional and technical backgrounds to build and deliver innovative technology platforms and analytics tools to help our clients address their greatest commercial, legal and regulatory challenges.
In addition, our Financial Crime graduates undertake the International Compliance Association’s Diploma in Anti-Money Laundering professional qualification during their second year at the firm.
Forensic is a growing team, predominantly London based, with teams in our regional offices Birmingham, Manchester and St Albans. Alongside our graduate training programme at our London and St Albans offices, we plan to continue growing the team over the next few years, including our regional offices, which will present a wealth of opportunities for individuals who are interested in career advancements. Should you be interested in travel, there are many opportunities to work abroad on temporary assignments such as in our Swiss or Middle East practices.
What differentiates your industry from other industries?
The breadth of our skills is just the starting point. We combine these skills to develop well-rounded solutions based on a full understanding of businesses and the environment in which they compete. This integrated approach gives our clients a clear commercial advantage and allows us to build long standing client relationships.
What type of projects could a graduate work on in your team?
We are currently involved in a number of high profile projects, and you will have an opportunity to work across many varied industries with responsibility for meeting our client’s expectations.
A recent example relating to a fraud investigation at a large multi-national company required the involvement of all FT disciplines. Our team of data collection specialists extracted data and information from a number of key systems including accounting data and email archives. The extracted information was securely transferred to our analytics lab where the analysis stage started. This involved a review of the emails relating to persons of interest to understand what they knew about the fraud and when. This review was run in parallel to an analysis of the invoices held on the client’s accounting system, looking for unusual or suspicious transactions.
Our graduates were involved at every stage of this project, working alongside and being supported by more senior colleagues.
What social, society and corporate responsibility activities can you get involved in with your team?
Financial Advisory prides itself on being a responsible business and as such have several initiatives where staff can utilise their skills. There are a range of activates to become involved in across both Financial Crime and Forensic Technology ranging from Social Pioneers, Volunteering programmes, Community Days, Fundraising initiatives and BeyondMe, a new model for charitable giving which harnesses the resources and creativity of young professionals and senior leaders to tackle the issues that they are passionate about with maximum impact.