Associate Director, Forensic Technology

We are recruiting for a recognised subject matter expert in Forensic Technology, with experience in all facets of client-facing technology solutions, including DFIR, eDiscovery and Data Analytics.

The successful candidate’s primary focus will be supporting the delivery of an existing portfolio of Forensic Data Analytics and complex eDiscovery work-streams as part of investigation and compliance projects.

They will be closely aligned to the Investigations and Forensic Accounting teams at Control Risks and will have an opportunity to assist with building on a highly functioning Forensic Technology practice across the Europe Middle East & Africa (EMEA) region.

This in turn forms part of a global Forensic practice and the successful individual will be expected to collaborate with the global leadership team to offer support to service client needs and business opportunities outside of EMEA.

The role will require you to exhibit technical excellence, commercial acumen, and an ability to build relationships and revenue. You will need to create new market- facing service offerings based on emerging technologies, and take them out to market as a recognised subject matter expert.

This role has key focus and responsibility for:

  • Growing the development of the Forensics practice in EMEA and particularly the MIddle East
  • Identifying business opportunities externally (business development) and internally (promoting awareness and cross-selling), with a focus on the Middle East region.
  • Leading complex eDiscovery projects across the EDRM workflow, harnessing and managing the RelativityOne review platform in UAE as well as collaborating with our geo-instances across the EMEA region.
  • Leading Forensic Data Analytics projects alongside existing Forensic Technology team members in EMEA and the US, including fraud and corruption investigations and proactive anti-corruption reviews. Experience of working on projects responding to regulatory requirements – for example, the Serious Fraud Office, FCA or US Department of Justice – will therefore be a distinct advantage.
  • Supporting the investigations teams across the region by leveraging technology solutions across DFIR, eDiscovery and Data Analytics.
  • Building and developing additional business offerings for the Forensics practice across EMEA, with a focus on the cross over between structured and unstructured data.
  • Generating thought leadership and instilling best practices on data analysis for regulatory, compliance and business issues.
  • Manage, enable and support the technology team in servicing regional and local technology projects while ensuring alignment with technical teams based in EMEA and other regions.
  • Ensure the continued profitability and performance of the technology team based in the Middle East through the delivery of best-in-class services to clients.
  • Form an integral part of the Control Risks Middle East management team.

Tasks and Responsibilities

Delivery

  • Manage and deliver full-stack forensic technology projects being executed in the Middle East: digital forensic investigations, cyber forensic investigations, electronic discovery, and data analytics; collaborate across the EMEA region.
  • Digital Forensics: Manage and support the local DFIR team on both contextual computer forensic assignments as well as rapid cyber breach investigations.
  • Data Analytics: Design and implement tests and analyses to discover meaningful trends, red flag breaches, and optimise operational efficiencies from structured data.
  • Data Analytics: Develop work plans to identify, collect, aggregate, and analyse relevant data from enterprise data systems to support clients and counsel.
  • Data Analytics: Identify and establish data relationships amongst disparate sources and organise into a centralised data model to facilitate analysis.
  • Data Analytics: Apply statistical and mathematical tests to interrogate data for anomalies and patterns, working closely with Control Risks’ forensic accountants and investigation practitioners
  • Data Analytics: Create dynamic visualisation and monitoring dashboards for reporting and ongoing analysis of client risk areas.
  • eDiscovery: Acting as a subject matter expert on complex eDiscovery projects across EMEA, including both reactive and proactive solutions.
  • Technology: Creating innovative workflows on how the use of structured Data Analytics can integrate into the EDRM model
  • Become the designated subject matter expert globally for specific internal and external clients across the Forensic Technology spectrum

Business development

  • Build Control Risks’ reputation in the market place.
  • Build your own profile as a subject matter expert in Forensic Technology
  • Cultivate client relationships and become a trusted advisor by demonstrating a high level of commitment to client success.
  • Lead and create presentations of Forensic Technology capabilities to prospective corporate clients and law firms.
  • Prepare outgoing project proposals including budget, staffing, and time estimates.

Leadership

  • Be a senior point of contact for all technology-related queries from the various other teams in the Middle East.
  • Encourage and assist with the management of the Technology team members based in Dubai while encouraging direct interaction with technical leads based across the regions where applicable.
  • Oversee and provide consistency throughout the EMEA region for innovation on client engagements in coordination with colleagues and Forensic Technology industry best practices.
  • Cross-train forensic technology team members to assist with the data analytic workflow, particularly with utilising ETL and data wrangling tools.
  • Provide guidance and line management to more junior members of the Forensic Technology practice.
  • Successful growth of the practice will lead to the recruitment of new members to the team.
  • Promote a positive culture within the Middle East Technology team and in the Dubai office.

Project Management

  • Consult on complex engagements and work to exceed client’s expectations while identifying and mitigating business risks associated with projects.
  • Drive financial success and profitable revenue expansion in the Forensic Data Analytics group in EMEA.
  • Deliver high quality work within project deadlines, evolving client needs throughout the entire lifecycle of projects.
  • Oversee consistent gathering of client and project requirements and ensure requirements are properly documented and managed.
  • Define resource needs, project workflow, budget and collection processes along with Finance.

Requirements

Essential:

  • Extensive professional and technology experience in a risk consulting, forensic investigations or compliance setting and the application of data analytics, digital forensics, cyber incident response and eDiscovery solutions.
  • Experience operating in the Middle East, with a solid awareness of the market and the opportunities that it affords.
  • A good understanding of the EDRM model and eDiscovery protocols, together with subject matter expertise in the use of Relativity.
  • Proven knowledge and experience using advanced analytic tools for data collection, data management, ETL, data aggregation, data querying, predictive modelling, data visualisation and dynamic reporting.
  • Able to identify and extract relevant data from client enterprise data systems and structured databases (SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, etc.), and then organise and interrogate the data to assess quality, completeness and appropriateness for analysis.
  • Hands-on technical experience mining and analysing structured data with a strong working knowledge of Microsoft SQL Server, including advanced experience with SQL query building.
  • Able to prepare written analyses, summary reports, presentations and other client deliverables for projects and work performed.
  • Experience in creating project estimates, project plans, proposals and retention agreements.
  • Knowledge of skillsets required for fraud and corruption investigations, proactive compliance reviews.
  • Experience of working on projects responding to regulatory requirements – for example, the Serious Fraud Office, FCA or US Department of Justice.

Qualifications/Specialist Skills:

  • Bachelor’s degree. Post graduate degree or other qualifications a plus.
  • Experience of digital forensic tools such as EnCase, X-Ways, Cellebrite, Oxygen, Nuix and Axiom.
  • Experience of the eDiscovery tools and workflows, particularly Relativity, Nuix, Brainspace and Reveal.
  • Experience working with Microsoft SQL, SAP, Oracle, SB2, Microsoft Access and/or other database applications.
  • Familiarity with software and tools such as Tableau, Python, SAS, R, ACL, VBA, and/or Java preferred.
  • Familiarity with accounting and ERP applications such as SAP, Oracle and Microsoft Dynamics.
  • Excellent written and oral presentation skills to effectively communicate with diverse audiences of varying degrees of expertise.
  • Proven ability to manage and develop a team of professionals through empowerment, coaching and motivation.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and meet tight deadlines, while effectively juggling competing demands, prioritising appropriately, and overseeing multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • Willingness and flexibility to travel internationally.

Benefits

  • Private Health Insurance
  • Pension Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Work From Home (hybrid working)
  • Training & Development
  • Performance Bonus