Join our Graduate Programme

Launch an exciting career in Investigation with the hands-on training scheme that will ensure you're managing your own cases in no time.

How And Why You Should Apply

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Graduate Programme Manchester

  • Competitive starting salary

What you will be doing

You'll join the Investigations by Design ("IBD") team as a Graduate Trainee Case Investigator, assisting current Case Investigators with their case-loads while undergoing extensive on-the-job training.

IBD undertake a range of independent investigations for clients, which may include: disciplinary and grievance investigations; capability and conduct investigations; whistle-blowing investigations and Maintaining High Professional Standards investigations. You'll play an active role in the full investigation process, from start to finish, taking on more responsibility as you learn and grow in confidence.

While some of the cases we deal with may be highly complex and sensitive, our comprehensive training will ensure you have all the tools needed to become a fully-fledged, confident Case Investigator with your own case load and clients, if you wish to follow this path.

However, if you find you'd prefer to move into another area of the business, we will support you to do so wherever possible – you’ll frequently get the chance to discuss your goals and aspirations, and shape your own development.

Your day-to-day role as a Graduate Trainee Case Investigator may consist of:

  • You will travel to interview witnesses across the UK with our Case Investigators
  • You will take detailed notes of investigation meetings
  • You will prepare questions for witnesses, as you progress
  • You will prepare witness statements and issue these to witnesses
  • You will assist with the evidence-gathering and report writing process.

What you will have

We understand it can be tough for a new graduate. You want to start climbing the career ladder, but so often hear "you haven't got the right experience".  We don't necessarily want experience; we want potential.

Ideally, we're looking for someone with at least a 2:1 in a subject where you have been required to analyse evidence or make findings of fact. This could be Law, History, Psychology, Criminology, Business, Finance, Management or something else entirely.

In addition to this, you should be able to show that you have the following:

  • You have strong analytical abilities and can think objectively
  • You have the ability to work efficiently to meet tight deadlines
  • You have a keen eye for detail 
  • You have the courage to challenge the status quo, plus the confidence to make decisions
  • You have integrity and can work well as part of a team
  • You have the drive to succeed and make an impact in our business
  • You have a full UK Driving Licence and access to a car.

Your first year at the By Design Group

Meet Lauren

Case Investigator

They develop people when they see potential: I'm being put through a Master's level qualification in HR.

Where You Will Be

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Onwards to our company and culture…

We are the By Design Group

Experts in the worlds of Law and HR, we provide first-class services to a range of clients, delivered in our own unique way. 

Our Culture

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Our Culture - What we do

The By Design Group comprises of three sister companies: Law by Design (a boutique Employment Law firm); HR Solutions by Design (an HR consultancy) and Investigations by Design (offering complex external case investigation services). We work within separate fields but enjoy a symbiotic relationship, where we share knowledge and expertise, ensuring clients receive unique and high quality services, which exceed expectations.

We enjoy the challenge of creating a new type of business, where we have the freedom and flexibility to deliver what the client wants and needs. We believe in doing things differently and we love what we do, taking pride in the impact we make and we are passionate about supporting organisations.

Perhaps one of the most exciting aspects of our culture is the genuine opportunity to be masters of our own destiny; ideas are encouraged and grads have all the support they need to reach their potential and fulfil their aspirations.

It's crucial to all of us that we enjoy coming to work - after all, we spend most of our week here! Our open-plan office ensures a relaxed and close-knit environment, where all of our employees are welcomed and every individual is treated equally. Communication is a vital and key influence in our success, and we celebrate all of our triumphs together, whether work-related or personal.

We know starting a new job is daunting, particularly when it's your first role. That’s why every effort is made to ensure our on-boarding process is engaging from the moment you are offered a position to your first day. We are firm believers that you only get one chance to make a first impression and we want your first impression of us to be a positive one, where our values shine through.

Whether it's through annual salary reviews, a monthly bonus scheme or director 'treat nights out', we make sure our employees know their worth and their loyalty is rewarded. Other office traditions include: dress down every Friday; nights out; sporting events for charity and the 'Wellbeing 1.5', where employees are encouraged to take an hour and a half during the working week to take part in a health and wellbeing related activity.

We often have external speakers coming in to provide training on a specific topic or if there are courses... you want to go on, we're more than happy to consider those.

Training & Progression

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Sam's Graduate Story

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It was my first office experience... but everyone has been really welcoming and I've settled in quickly.

Our Future - Where we're going

Why Graduates Are Key to Our Future

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Sue Morrison, Managing Director

In April 2013, Sue Morrison founded Law by Design alongside a team of expert Employment Lawyers. The team had all worked in large, international law firms and become disillusioned by the corporate red tape, lack of flexibility and relentless drive for profit. They wanted to do things differently. Law by Design was later joined by Nick Grimshaw (not the Radio 1 DJ!) an award-winning HR Director with an NHS background. This added an HR and Investigations service, filled a niche in the market and meant the By Design Group was born.

We recognise that all organisations are unique and our 'by design' ethos ensures we deliver a quality, sustainable and values driven service. Our values are:

– Quality: being the best that we can be and getting things right first time to deliver sustainable results

– Integrity: acting in an ethical and trustworthy manner at all times across our relationships with clients and colleagues

– Teamwork: being mindful of and respecting colleagues and stakeholders, plus working collaboratively

– Realising Potential: supporting individuals to realise their full potential and bringing this to client interactions

– Wellbeing: developing a pleasant and supportive working environment to promote physical, mental and emotional wellbeing including work-life balance.

In the last four years, we've grown from strength to strength. We've developed into a family of like-minded professionals, who have a genuine desire to help the business succeed and it is for this reason that we're now in a position to start the next phase of growth. We want to bring in graduates who are excited about the prospect of being a part of this future, who are willing to learn and grow with the business and who want to be a part of something where they are valued as an individual and have the chance to make a real impact.

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