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“ Forensic data analytics professionals, can you answer some of my questions? ”

Mengxiao Q. asked a question
during the live chat Deloitte Forensic Technology Live Chat
to Deloitte UK Recruitment Team

10/10/2017
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(1)For forensic data analytics professionals, do they work on client site or doing analytics (sql, tableau, etc.) at local forensic lab (2) what kind of data play with often, transactional from ERP or emails, documents ?
10/10/2017
Associate, Deloitte UK

Hi Mengxiao,
It really depends on the project! Some are based in the office and others are based on client site (this can sometimes be abroad too). Regardless of where your project is based, within Data Analytics, you will always be doing some sort of analytics!

10/10/2017
Mengxiao Q.

Yeah. What kind of data play with often, transactional from ERP or emails, documents?

10/10/2017
Associate, Deloitte UK

Also forgot to mention that within Electronic Discovery we also have a forensic lab where we store and work with evidence.

10/10/2017
Senior Associate In Forensic Technology, Data Analytics, Deloitte UK

Hi Mengxiao

I can help out on point 2. We really analyse data from a huge variety of formats. From more structured data types such as transactional/payment datasets to unstructured types such as mobile and social media data to emails.

10/10/2017
Mengxiao Q.

Beyond SQL and tableau, what kind of skillset do you want to see, Python or R?

10/10/2017
Senior Associate In Forensic Technology, Data Analytics, Deloitte UK

Good question Mengxiao. We do use a wide variety of tools. In Data analytics, we do use quite a lot of Python for scripting and data munging as well as other tools such as Graph databases.

10/10/2017
Senior Associate In Forensic Technology, Data Analytics, Deloitte UK

With regards to the application however, there is no requirement to have prior knowledge of such tools. You will pick up a lot of this on the job and there will be training provided as well

10/10/2017
Mengxiao Q.

Great! Does forensic data analytics every year have quotas for colleagues from other Deloitte member firms? For secondment or transfer?

10/10/2017
Resourcing Advisor, Deloitte

Hi Mengxiao,
No we don’t have a quota for employees from other firms. The positions are open to anyone!

10/10/2017
Mengxiao Q.

I mean, currently I'm at a China member firm, in audit innovation and analytics area, would there be "global mobility positions' of forensic data analytics in the UK?

10/10/2017
Assistant Director, Deloitte UK

Hi Mengxiao. You would be eligible to apply for the grad scheme regardless of being in Deloitte China. One of our new joiners this year joined us after spending a year in audit in another Deloitte firm overseas.

10/10/2017
Mengxiao Q.

Thanks,Tracey

10/10/2017
Assistant Director, Deloitte UK

We are very open to candidates with other experience looking for a change in career to join us.

10/10/2017
Mengxiao Q.

Is any machine learning, e.g. SVM, decision tree, etc. done in FA? On what kind of data?

10/10/2017
Senior Associate In Forensic Technology, Data Analytics, Deloitte UK

Well, the majority of Data Analytics work does not really involve Machine Learning. However there are innovation projects in the department which revolve around this. For example, I've worked on a document classification and topic modelling task - where yes you get to implement said learning models like SVMs, trees etc.

10/10/2017
Mengxiao Q.

Great! So, as I understand it, forensic investigations usually get data at a more detailed level compared to audit, is that right? Because clients are more willing to share data (existence of fraud or FCPA violation signal) ?

10/10/2017
Senior Associate In Forensic Technology, Data Analytics, Deloitte UK

The kind of data that we get would really just be a function of the type of investigation at hand.

10/10/2017
Mengxiao Q.

Yeah.

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