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Investigations Specialist

We have been a leading figure in publishing for more than 500 years. We have always been a forward-looking organization, maximizing the technology for the day, but the digital revolution is bringing enormous change, fast. That same spirit of adventure and entrepreneurialism is critical to our future success. In a fast-changing publishing landscape, OUP welcomes the inquisitive, the inventive, and the ambitious; people who challenge the conventional, and pioneer the possible.

About the Role

We are looking for a Group Investigations Specialist to assist the Head of Investigations in delivering effective fraud, bribery and corruption prevention, deterrence, detection and response through conducting robust global investigations, detection exercises, and raising awareness of OUP’s Investigations Response Plan and reporting channels. 

This role is an excellent opportunity in corporate investigations, working for a large global publisher. You will deploy your skills in a varied setting, considering ethical risks in functions spanning sales, marketing, procurement, editorial, and other business operations. We are a mission-driven organisation and work within a well-established Ethics and Compliance department.

Duties of the role will include:   

  • Working as part of the Investigations Team, support activities across our holistic ‘detect-prevent-deter- and investigate’ model for addressing fraud, bribery, corruption, and other Ethics and Compliance risks.
  • Ensure that global investigations into fraud, bribery, corruption, undeclared conflicts of interest and other unethical conduct are carried out to high standard, in a timely and methodical manner, in accordance with OUP’s Investigations Response Plan and Investigation Procedures.
  • Manage a caseload of investigations and response activity, ensuring that investigation case files, evidence, chain of custody logs, and other records are kept up to date and securely stored.
  • Keep the Head of Investigations up to date with the progress of investigations, producing briefing notes and reports as necessary.
  • Lead and coach support investigators, and respond to enquiries from Ethics and Compliance colleagues, acting as a subject matter expert on OUP’s investigation procedures and protocols.
  • Conduct fraud vulnerability assessments and detection exercises to identify potential fraud, bribery, and other unethical conduct, drawing on data from a number of sources.
  • Conduct anti-fraud and corruption awareness visits to build the organisation’s capabilities to spot red flags and Speak Up (ethical reporting) awareness campaigns to improve reporting.
  • Assist the Head of Investigations in producing regular KPI reports to senior management and other stakeholders on incidents and other response activity.
  • Assist working groups across the business to identify, assist, and register fraud, bribery, and other Ethics and Compliance risks.

About You

You will have:

  • High personal integrity and discretion, and deep appreciation of the responsibility that comes with working with sensitive and confidential information.
  • Significant experience working in an investigations role, either in a specialist fraud, bribery and corruption team or a more generalist investigations function, within a global or local company, or the police, local authority, or other agency/entity.
  • Significant experience of interviewing subjects and witnesses.
  • Cultural adaptability and willingness to travel up to 60% of the time.
  • High level of attention to detail/accuracy.
  • Demonstrable experience of maintaining robust case file records and of managing case management systems.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, emotional intelligence and an ability to show empathy while remaining objective at all times.
  • Excellent writing and reporting skills.
  • Ability to work on own initiative, and as part of a team.
  • Highly numerate and able to analyse financial information.
  • Engaging training and presentation skills are desirable

You will need to be a qualified investigator (Professionalising Investigations Programme Level 2), or have an equivalent recognised qualification.  Equivalent on the job experience will also be considered. Being a Certified Fraud Examiner or Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist would be highly beneficial in this role.

We’re all currently working from home at the moment due to COVID.  We are currently thinking through how we use our offices in the future and are open to discussing flexibility within this such as a blend of office and home working.


We care about work/life balance here at OUP. With this in mind, we offer 25 days’ holiday that rises with service, plus bank holidays and Christmas closure (3-days) and a 35-hour working week. We are open to discussing flexibility in respect of working hours and the use of technology to support regular remote working, dependent on role. We also have an on-site gym with subsidised membership fees and a great variety of active employee networks and societies.

We help make your money go further by contributing to your pension up to 11%, offering loans and savings schemes through our partnership with Salary Finance, in addition to travel to work schemes and access to a wide range of local discounts.

Please see our Rewards and Recognition page for more information.


Please contact with any queries relating to this role.

We are committed to supporting diversity in our workforce, and ensuring an inclusive environment where all individuals can thrive. We seek to employ a workforce representative of the markets that we serve and encourage applications from all.

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OUP UK - Oxford
Great Clarendon Street, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Division:
    Group Compliance
  • Department:
    Group Compliance
  • Closing Date:
    14 March 2021
  • Salary:
    Dependent on skills and experience
  • Location:
    OUP UK - Oxford
  • Full Time / Part Time:
    Full Time
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