CareerLink: The job of the security investigator III

Investigator III

Fraud, violations of state and federal law, cyber crimes and many other acts of malfeasance describe circumstances in which investigators are called to practice their trade. Working at times under difficult and confidential circumstances, investigators must have the ability to work with, interact with, question and report to all levels of the organization while maintaining integrity and following prescribed investigation methodologies capable of court challenge. The investigator must also stay abreast of new techniques and maintain a liaison relationship with local, state and federal authorities. The investigator's role is critical to the company when situations dictate a need for a more in-depth view of suspicious circumstance.

Job Description

  • Plans, organizes and conducts complex investigations of alleged suspected violations of laws and regulations concerning criminal and general allegations, fraud, and computer crimes, and provides technical investigative services.
  • Develops investigative strategy, interviews personnel and vendors, interrogates suspects for admissions, documents investigations with evidence to facilitate criminal and/or civil procedures.
  • Maintains a liaison with the organization's legal department and local, state and federal law enforcement agencies in order to achieve maximum results and support business efforts.
  • Establishes links between suspects and other violators by piecing together evidence uncovered from a variety of sources.
  • Analyzes and evaluates investigative progress to reassess priorities, leads and direction.
  • Plans and directs surveillance as needed to determine places, persons or activities to be observed, time required, and number of investigators needed.
  • Recruits and utilizes informants.
  • Participates in joint task forces, coordinates investigative activity with other federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as needed to resolve jurisdictional problems in accordance with established policies.
  • Testifies before grand juries, courts and administrative hearings on investigation results.
  • Prepares clear, comprehensive and cohesive investigative reports and statistical data in a timely manner.
  • Evaluates the latest products and techniques in communications and other technical equipment utilized in investigations, and provides advice and consultations in their use.
  • May act as point of contact for outside vendors.
  • Provides guidance regarding the obtaining and handling of circumstantial, cold and/or fragmented evidence.

Qualification Guidelines

Bachelor's degree in an area of study relevant to this position and more than 6 years of experience with a major law enforcement, intelligence, public- or private-sector security organization. Must have proven interview and interrogation skills. Has had some exposure in the international security arena. Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) preferred.

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