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Forensics Services - Disputes Manager

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Job Title: Forensics Services - Disputes Manager
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Belfast
Contact Name: Chantalle Puttnam
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Job Published: 5 days ago

Job Description

Seeking: Experienced Forensic Services - Disputes Manager to join a world-leading professional services firm, based in their Belfast offices.


The Role

Assurance is a dynamic place to be right now, and the variety of opportunities on offer is unprecedented. It’s work that really does matter. It matters for businesses, governments and society at large. 

The team provides confidence on the most complex decisions companies have to take and this provides a wealth of opportunities to everyone who joins them and works with them.

A career in the Disputes practice, within Forensic Services, will provide you with the opportunity to help clients navigate through complex disputes, including those related to International Arbitration, Litigation and Sale & Purchase Agreements.

The team helps organisations to pre-empt and avoid disputes where possible, as well as dealing with them effectively if they do happen, working on both local and international matters.

The Forensic Services team comprises around 670 people in the UK, based in London, Belfast, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leeds, Manchester and Reading. Company services are wide ranging and include dispute resolution, fraud and other financial investigations, non-financial investigations, financial crime prevention, construction claims, contract reviews and licensing management. The team includes accountants, compliance specialists, former regulators, lawyers, civil engineers and IT specialists and we are part of a global network of over 1,700 Forensic Services professionals within the global network.

The firm currently have an opportunity for a Manager to join the Disputes competency team. They are a highly skilled client facing team who support clients in a variety of dispute-related situations. The value the team brings is often directly visible to clients, in terms of savings they will make or value they will gain, making work highly rewarding and interesting. The team works across sectors with corporate and private equity clients as well as directly for law firms. The Disputes team is based across a number of offices in the UK.

The firm is looking for a Manager who is a qualified accountant with at least two years of experience post-qualification. You will have the opportunity to work on transaction-related disputes (eg. completion accounts and earn outs), Commercial Litigations and International Arbitration (“IA”) engagements. Prior experience of such roles is preferred but not a prerequisite, providing you can demonstrate audit and/or valuations experience as an alternative. It is important that you are a self-starter, a commercial and creative thinker with a desire to learn and that you can work well individually as well as part of a team.

Projects will be mainly carried out at the company’s Belfast office, although you may be required to travel to client sites occasionally (across the UK and sometimes global client sites) or other UK offices for training / meetings.


Key Responsibilities

The successful applicant will be responsible for managing client facing engagements as well as driving specific business development initiatives within the team. Client facing responsibilities include:

  • Being the day-to-day contact for the client;

  • Liaising with external contacts to source the information required and critically reviewing that information;

  • Identifying balance sheet areas which may warrant further investigation / give rise to adjustments (for transaction-related engagements);

  • Preparing and reviewing financial models and complex analyses for quantification of loss (for Litigation and IA engagements);

  • Managing engagement set up for new projects;

  • Managing engagement costs throughout the project;

  • Coaching junior team members and reviewing their output;

  • Drafting client deliverables; and

  • Proactively suggesting better / more efficient ways to deliver


Skills & Experience

  • ACA/ACCA qualified;

  • Strong accounting skills and good attention to detail with a high degree of accuracy both in analysis and when preparing written reports and outputs;

  • Clear logical thinker and well organised;

  • Fast learner with a sceptical and inquisitive mindset;

  • Commercial outlook with an interest in the wider context; and

  • Confident communicator and able to deal with people at all levels.


Person Specification

All people need to demonstrate the skills and behaviours that support the company in delivering their business strategy. This is important to the business, and it’s clients. These skills and behaviours make up the firm’s global leadership framework, The firm embraces five core attributes; whole leadership, technical capabilities, business acumen, global acumen and relationships.


Ref: | Published: 13 Aug 2019