Senior Transport Sanctions Investigator 53 views

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We recognise the challenges that people with protected characteristics may experience on the job market and in their career progression. We are fully committed to being an inclusive employer and ensuring equal opportunities. We are keen to make our workforce as diverse as possible, and we hope to attract applications from underrepresented groups, including ethnic minorities, people with a disability, and people with gender diverse identities.

Are you an experienced, accredited investigator?

Have you got strong written and oral communication skills and can confidently make recommendations to seniors?

Are you comfortable working independently?

If so, we have an exciting new Investigator role within the Transport Sanctions Branch and we would love you to apply!

Job description

The Transport Sanctions and Ukraine Recovery (TSUR) division is responsible for coordinating the Department for Transport’s (DfT) response to the situation in Ukraine and implementing the Department’s sanctions policy. We’re responsible for all transport sanctions policy and enforcement within DfT, with team members working closely with multiple teams in the Department and across Government to ensure that DfT’s response to events in Ukraine and its sanctions policy is aligned with the Government’s priorities. TSUR is split into three teams – Humanitarian and Reconstruction, the Programme Management Office, and the Transport Sanctions Branch, which this role is part of.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, the Government has implemented an unprecedented package of coordinated sanctions against Russia. This includes sanctions in the transport sector, which DfT is responsible for implementing on behalf of the Government. The Transport Sanctions Branch is responsible for coordinating agreement across DfT and the Government on transport sanctions measures and ensuring that the affected sectors are compliant with them. In addition to sanctions regimes against Russia and Belarus, the Transport Sanctions Branch is also responsible for leading DfT’s response to the Government’s other sanctions regimes, including Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

The successful candidate will support the Head of Sanctions Enforcement to effectively enforce of sanctions measures in order to apply further economic pressure on the Russian regime, while remaining in-step with our international partners.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to

  • Leading the design and development of the new Enforcement Investigations branch, supporting the Head of Transport Sanctions Enforcement to develop a professional and expert function for investigations.
  • Working closely with the Sanctions Policy Team, DfT Legal Advisors and other Government departments (particularly the FCDO) to ensure robust enforcement of transport sanctions.
  • Leading the investigation process for when suspected breaches have occurred on both aviation and maritime issues, arriving at a conclusion on whether or not a breach has occurred, and providing advice on what actions DfT and the Secretary of State should take in response.
  • Leading proactive investigations into potential sanctions breaches and sanctions circumvention, using open-source research and intelligence/data gathered from external sources.
  • Ensuring the proper use of sensitive data and intelligence and using the Case Management System correctly to store all relevant information related to each case.
  • Work with the National Crime Agency, Office for Trade Sanctions Implementation, and Office for Financial Sanctions Implementation when investigations are under way, in order to access additional information as well as follow best practice.
  • Maintaining an international register, containing information of assets, companies, individuals that we and international partners are targeting for transport sanctions.

For further information, please see the attached Role Profile 

Person specification

About You 

To thrive in this role, you will have experience working in an investigative role with accreditations related to carrying out investigative work, such as Professionalism in Security or PIP.

You will have experience using a range of data and intelligence, obtaining evidence through research to build cases and providing an assessment of action that should be taken.

You will be able to work across different workstreams simultaneously, prioritising key issues where needed.

This role will require a high level of autonomous working so you should be comfortable working independently, and often at a fast-paced environment. You will have experience of working proactively, shaping and prioritising tasks to achieve objectives and maximise efficiency.

You will have excellent written and oral communications skills.

Additional Information

A minimum 60% of your working time should be spent at your principal workplace, although requirements to attend other locations for official business, or carry out detached duty in another DfT workplace, will also count towards this level of attendance.

This role will require occasional UK travel with very occasional international travel.

Some out of hours working and being a part of an on-call rota may be required.

The role requires DV clearance; however, candidates will be onboarded with SC Clearance and undergo DV whilst in post (within 6 months). Should the successful candidate not obtain DV then there will be a requirement to be re-deployed to an alternative post should a position be available.


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Working Together

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