Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services (FIDS)

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Assurance plays a vital role in restoring and maintaining public confidence in the world’s capital markets by providing an independent and reliable voice.

EY is one of the most trusted, respected and influential organisations in the industry. As an assurance professional here you’ll have access to world-class training and all the latest information. Your work will follow a consistent, globally recognised methodology, and you’ll use leading edge support tools. Our Assurance practice is built around our core audit delivery but also encompasses a wide range of assurance services including Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services (FIDS), Financial Accounting Advisory, Climate Change and Sustainability and Commodity Trading Risk Management.

This graduate programme is a joint FIDS and audit scheme in which you will gain experience in these two crucial areas of our Assurance practice.

Our fraud, investigation and dispute professionals help clients deal with complex issues of fraud, regulatory compliance and business disputes which could otherwise detract from their efforts to achieve their company’s potential.

We help our clients develop strategies to pre-empt, manage and resolve the risks of business conflict that can emerge across organisations. We also assist in investigating alleged misconduct, fraud and non-compliance with regulation.

We are part of a global team of more than 2,500 dedicated professionals which offers solutions that help manage legal risk and protect company value.

Our audit based professionals have direct access to a huge variety of companies and experience an introduction to business which is difficult to match. The opportunity to develop as an individual within audit means the experience you gain is unrivalled from day one. We help our clients by providing assurance to key stakeholders, helping to create the confidence which enables those businesses to trade successfully and grow globally. Identifying opportunities for those businesses to improve through enhanced risk management, better processes and procedures or through operational efficiencies broadens the experience for everyone and also provides significant added value to our clients.

Your aim: to provide peace of mind to our clients by using your skills and experience to give companies, investors and regulators confidence in financial statements, business critical information or processes and offer accounting solutions.

What will my day be like in Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services?

Our Fraud Investigation & Dispute Services (FIDS) team has a number of posts available in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester for graduates who are looking to qualify as Chartered Accountants. Our FIDS professionals provide clients with four core forensic services:

  • Special Investigations: investigating fraud and other financial activities, including tracing and recovering assets and helping clients develop or monitor anti-corruption programmes;
  • Dispute Advisory: supporting the resolution of litigation and other commercial disputes and competition enquiries;
  • Transaction Dispute Advisory: offering accounting advice in disputes and warranty claims arising from the sale or purchase of businesses;
  • Corporate Integrity and Compliance: helping clients to focus their compliance activities in areas of greatest risk to the business.

On joining the team you'll work on client assignments in all four areas and may also be involved in IT forensic investigations. Other projects you may work on include: researching companies, industries or individuals using internet tools and publicly available information; marketing research; and business development projects.

You'll technically contribute to FIDS client engagements and internal projects. An important part of your role will be actively establishing, maintaining and strengthening internal and external relationships.

You will progress to anticipating and identifying risks and informing senior members of the team about significant issues. You will determine that delivered work is of high quality and is reviewed by the next-level reviewer. As an influential member of the team, you’ll help to create a positive learning culture and will progress to coaching and counselling junior team members and helping them to develop.

What will my day be like in Audit?

EY will take you further, faster so you’ll be making a difference to our clients' businesses right from the start. In your first year, you’ll focus on obtaining a thorough grasp of our unique audit approach. You’ll work with a variety of clients in order to understand what we do and how different strands of our business work together to benefit our clients.

By delving into our clients’ work processes, we come to know their performance strengths and vulnerabilities. As a result, we help our clients see how they can improve their business – and often, how we can assist them. So it’s not surprising that many of our longest-standing and most complex business relationships are with our audit clients.

What training and development will I receive in my first few years?

As well as working, you will be trained to become a Chartered Accountant with the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales (ICAEW).

Graduates will join after university and spend 3 years on the programme.

As well as your professional training, you will also develop essential know-how through diverse activities. Over the years you may experience web-based learning, shadowing senior colleagues and team members, secondments (internal, with clients, or overseas) and residential training courses with our in-house experts. You'll be assigned a counsellor on day one who will work closely with you to identify your strengths and help you grow in your career.

From day one, you'll be working on real client projects and be involved in a variety of work across a range of sectors. You'll receive a full induction into the firm and regular professional skills training.

What opportunities will Fraud Investigations & Dispute Services open up?

Our expectations are high: we believe many of our graduates joining FIDS will become senior managers, directors and partners – we're looking specifically for the business and market leaders of the future. We're looking ahead and we believe the work and training you do in your first few years lays the groundwork for a fast moving, high-potential career with us.

We place particular emphasis on talent for leadership and strong commercial sense. To further these, we've created a structure that allows people here to realise their potential at the earliest stage in their career, taking their career further, faster. A key requirement will be to demonstrate success in completing high-quality engagements for our clients and winning new work for the firm. At first you'll work on, then later lead, proposals to prospective new clients, showing a strong grasp of their business and potential in the market.

We'll give you responsibility at the earliest possible moment – as soon as you're ready for it. As you progress, your familiarity with - and comprehension of - clients will mean you work closely with them and other colleagues to design business solutions. We're looking for individuals willing to exceed our high expectations, and those of our clients. You'll receive training and coaching by experienced staff at every stage of your career. And in due course, we'll look to you to pass your knowledge on to less experienced members of your team to help them take their career further, faster.

What are my options when I apply?

We have School Leaver, Graduate, Industrial Placement and Summer Intern opportunities in Birmingham, Leeds, London and Manchester, with two of our Scottish offices Edinburgh and Glasgow offering Industrial Placements only. You will have the opportunity to work with a broad range of clients across various industry sectors.

Entry requirements:

For Graduates:

You are eligible to apply for this programme if you are studying for an honours degree or have graduated with an honours degree.

For School Leavers:

To be eligible for our schools leaver programme you should be studying A levels, Scottish Highers, or equivalent.

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