Senior Consultant Forensic Analytics

London
£50000 - £65000 per annum + competitive bonus + benefits

Senior Consultant Forensic Analytics
London
Up to £65,000

A fantastic opportunity to join a fast-growing team. If you're skilled in SQL, SAS, and Python, this is a great opportunity for an impactful role from day one.

THE COMPANY

A large company with bases across UK and Europe, this is the perfect time to join the growing team. Doubling their team to deliver to a strong pipeline of work, covering a vast range of projects across fraud, transaction monitoring, sanctions, and so on, this company is truly interested in bringing on new and different projects. A small close-knit team with a flat structure means you will get ample exposure to projects, tools and senior stakeholders.

THE ROLE

As a lead Data Analytics consultant in Europe, your role will involve:

  • Data extraction, transformation, and analysis using SQL server and a host of other tools (Oracle, DB2, Teradata to name a few!)
  • Providing consulting expertise on Fraud, Anti-Money Laundering, Bribery and Corruption, and Sanctions cases with expert financial crime knowledge
  • Developing meaningful reports and visualisations for senior stakeholders
  • Data cleansing, automation, and keyword matching using multiple programming languages

YOUR SKILLS & EXPERIENCE

  • SQL experience to an advanced level
  • Programming languages such as Python, C#, PHP, used in a commercial setting
  • Experience with visualisation tools such as Tableau, Spotfire, Qlik packages
  • Solid financial crime knowledge, from industry or management consulting
  • Educated to a degree level in Mathematics, Computer Science, or similar
  • Experience with Oracle, DB2 or Teradata is advantageous
  • Strong communication skills

BENEFITS

Up to £65,000
Above industry average bonus
Double pension contribution
Health insurance
Opportunity to European travel from day one
Company trips

HOW TO APPLY

Please register your interest by sending your CV to Rosalind Madge via the Apply link on this page.

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