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Forensics-Senior Associate, Digital & Forensic Investigations-Reading

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Senior Associates
Deals - Forensic Services
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Who we're looking for

We are looking for a Senior Associate to join our Reading ‘Digital and Forensic Investigations’ (“D&FI”) team within the Forensic Services practice. You will be involved in delivering project work, assisting senior team members in developing new business and helping to grow the capabilities of our practice. This is an exciting opportunity for someone to join a market-leading Forensic team with significant opportunities for development and career progression.

About the role

The Forensic Services team helps clients to prevent, mitigate and resolve crises, so our projects are often fast paced and bespoke. As part of our D&FI team, you could be investigating a wide range of issues such as fraud, bribery or employee misconduct as well as working alongside lawyers on fact-finding or regulatory matters. Our team is growing both in the UK and globally, offering excellent opportunities for career progression.

Senior Associates are key members of our project delivery teams. They apply cutting edge techniques to solve complex problems and apply smart solutions to our clients’ issues. You will be working in teams of varying sizes generally under the supervision of a Manager or Senior Manager. You will get the opportunity to interact directly with client staff and perform scoping exercises, identify risks, monitor costs, draft sections of our reporting/deliverable and be involved in meetings with senior stakeholders.

Outside of project work, you will help the senior members of the team develop relationships and opportunities with target clients, intermediaries (typically law firms) and PwC colleagues in other business units or locations.

There is often a requirement to travel so you will need to be flexible with regards to your working location.

In return we offer:

  • Variety - we have an impressive list of clients with different needs and issues at both a technical and strategic level.

  • Opportunity - to develop your technical and business skills and enhance your business advisory, presentational and interpersonal skills. There is also significant opportunity for career progression for individuals who successfully deliver projects and contribute towards business development efforts and the growth of the practice.

  • Support - we work as a team and support each other on a day-to-day basis. We also actively encourage an ongoing exchange of knowledge across the many specialists operating within PwC. You will be given coaching while working on projects, building your credentials, experience and forensic mindset and a people manager to help guide your career.

  • Training - PwC is recognised for the quality of its training programmes that cover both technical and 'soft' (e.g. report writing) skills. We have developed bespoke training to focus on Forensic technical capabilities.

  • Challenge - we work in an atmosphere which encourages you to be proactive and imaginative, with an emphasis on serving our clients' needs.

Main duties and responsibilities
  • Being part of our project teams, undertaking data and evidence gathering, performing analysis and producing initial drafts of documentation and reports.

  • Developing your knowledge of Forensic Services technical skills and methodologies, and applying this in your work.

  • Building your own personal network both within and outside the firm.

  • Supporting senior team members in producing client proposals, marketing collateral and developing thought leadership.

  • Making a positive contribution to the team environment, coaching junior colleagues and displaying a commitment to excellent client service.



  • University graduate with a 2:1 degree or equivalent.

  • At least exam-qualified ACA/ICAS/CPA (or equivalent Accountancy qualification) and with experience working in a large professional services firm.

  • Professional curiosity.

  • Strong logical reasoning, attention to detail and problem-solving skills.

  • An articulate and confident communicator, both orally and written.

  • The ability to work independently with little supervision, but integrate well into teams.

  • A strong desire to learn and willingness to share knowledge and coach others.

  • The ability to manage time, prioritise tasks and work under tight deadlines.

  • Native/fluent English speaker.


  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Excel, Tableau and other data analytics tools

  • Experience of undertaking investigations into fraud, corruption or other misconduct.

  • An understanding of current forensic technology (e.g. Relativity; Brainspace; NUIX; etc..)

  • Other languages.



Our Deals business is an exciting, fast-paced and an ever-growing business that focuses on deals and crisis situations for our clients. Collectively, we deal with the types of situations you hear about regularly in the news and we provide support, insight and analysis to the management, shareholders and financiers of business.

The skills we look for in future employees

All our people need to demonstrate the skills and behaviours that support us in delivering our business strategy. This is important to the work we do for our business, and our clients. These skills and behaviours make up our global leadership framework, ‘The PwC Professional’ and are made up of five core attributes; whole leadership, technical capabilities, business acumen, global acumen and relationships.

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We work in a changing world which offers great opportunities for people with diverse backgrounds and experiences. We seek to attract and employ the best people from the widest talent pool, as well as those who reflect the diverse nature of our society. And we aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their strengths. Creating value through diversity is what makes us strong as a business and as an organisation with an increasingly agile workforce, we're open to flexible working arrangements where appropriate.

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