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Council HQ, John Muir House, Brewery Park, Haddington, EH41 3HA
£34,947 - £39,126 per year
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week
Work From Home:

Vacancy Information

Hourly rate of pay: £19.15 - £21.44

Temporary until 28th February 2025
Days and Hours of Work:
Monday - Friday, 09:00-17:00
Days of work are negotiable, starting and finishing times are flexible and flexi time is applicable.
To start asap.

The Counter Fraud Officer role offers an exciting new opportunity to create and develop a professional Counter Fraud Function across East Lothian Council. Working with teams across the council to both improve and develop preventative and detective controls across the Council and monitor the financial and service delivery benefits of improvements. Initially operating for a 2 year period to provide a proof of concept and demonstrate the value of a Counter Fraud function going forward. Training will be provided to suitable and motivated candidates. Support will be provided from the current Internal Audit team with skills and experience in Counter Fraud and from networks of Local Authority Counter Fraud teams across Scotland. Relevant experience in either data analysis, investigations, Local Authority processes or Council tax would be useful although training will be provided.

Home Working Consideration  
Applications for homeworking or hybrid working will be considered for this post, subject to a trial period and in accordance with East Lothian Council’s Home Working and Worksmart Policies which can be found here. Home or Hybrid working options can be discussed with candidates invited for interview. All applicants must live in the UK and will be expected to attend Council offices from time to time as required.

Job Details

Promote and implement a robust approach to tackling fraud with Managers across the Council’s activities, embedding the counter fraud culture. Monitor compliance with policies, procedures and practices, assess fraud risk vulnerability with Managers to prevent and detect corporate fraud, and provide advice and training to Managers and Staff. Conduct investigations in response to allegations of corporate fraud. 

Please download the Job Outline/Person Specification (available under 'Job Attachments') for the full range of tasks and duties associated with this job.  You will need to refer to these in order to complete the application form.  You must ensure you meet every 'essential' criteria stated on the Person Specification to be considered for interview.

The ‘East Lothian Way’– values and behaviours we expect our employees to demonstrate in their everyday work.  Should you be invited to interview, you may be asked questions based on these behaviours.  Please refer to the document via the link to familiarise yourself with them.

Job Requirements

Relevant Qualifications
Counter Fraud Qualification Such As CIFAS Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist or CIPFA Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist or be able to demonstrate relevant experience with an ongoing commitment to continuous professional development.

The preferred candidate for this position may be subject to a Basic Disclosure provided by Disclosure Scotland prior to a formal offer of employment being made by East Lothian Council.

Please note:
If a Disclosure check is required and you have spent more than 3 months working or living outwith the UK in the last 5 years then you will also be required to present a copy of an overseas criminal record check. Details of how to apply and contact details can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Additional Information

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