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Senior Officer - Digital Forensics Laboratory

National Crime Agency.
Kingston Upon Thames
£36,742 - £44,912 Roles based in London will receive an additional London Weighting of £3,424.
Closing date
4 Oct 2021
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Job Details

The Intelligence Directorate works collaboratively with the NCA Investigations Directorate and partners to deliver a unified crime fighting response.
Serious and organised crime (SOC) is one of the recognised national security threats, estimated at costing the UK economy over £37 billion every year.

In the Intelligence Directorate we collect, record and enhance intelligence to build a picture of that SOC, sharing this with partners in the UK and abroad. Then, through the exploitation of intelligence, we flex law enforcement’s collective resources against these dynamic threats. We are continuously looking for new opportunities to enhance traditional capabilities to increase the quantity and quality of available intelligence and maximise its potential for exploitation.

Within the Intelligence directorate is the Forensic Services Department (FSD), providing both traditional and digital forensic capabilities. The digital forensic footprint extends to both scene and laboratory based examinations, and the specialist capabilities of the Cyber Digital Forensics team.

Job description

To be successful in this role, you will be able to demonstrate a good working knowledge of digital forensics processes and procedures within a laboratory environment.

We are seeking candidates who are experienced in managing and co-ordinating multifunctional forensic capabilities and staff, providing advice and support to all types of investigations. As an integral decision maker between operational forensic activity, our partners and customers you will demonstrate a robust attitude to forensic activity, evidencing value for money balanced against delivering bespoke forensic strategies. Previous experience in acquiring and examining an array of digital devices to secure and preserve digital evidence is also required.

The role holder must be prepared to self-develop their technical skillset to maintain knowledge and awareness of the rapidly changing digital forensic landscape.

***All NCA officers must hold SC Enhanced upon entry as a minimum. To meet the National Security Vetting requirements for this role you will need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 3 out of the past 5 years. For more information please see the Candidate information Pack***


Key Responsibilities

• Supervise a team of digital forensic laboratory-based officers
• Deputise for the Digital Forensic laboratory manager
• Support the pursuit, maintenance and continuous improvement of ISO accreditation and forensic regulation for laboratory based forensic activity
• Mentor and develop colleagues, ensuring compliance to Forensic quality standards
• Manage and co-ordinate operations and service delivery processes through the assessment and triage of forensic submissions
• Co-ordinate digital forensic officer taskings
• Conduct laboratory based forensic acquisitions of digital media in order to obtain optimum intelligence/evidence, in line with relevant legislation and accreditation standards
• Demonstrate and maintain a portfolio of technical competencies
• Develop new and maintain existing digital forensic services and technical capabilities
• Co-ordinate/conduct reactive and proactive investigations, gather evidence and intelligence in accordance with legislation, risk management and NCA policy
• Participate in tasked operations, projects and investigations, gathering information, intelligence and evidence in order to disrupt and degrade criminal capability
• Provide digital forensic advice to NCA Investigation teams and develop digital forensic strategies to support operations
• Provide support to core investigative functions including disclosure, exhibit handling/management, presentation of written and oral evidence
• Ensure the quality, secure handling and dissemination of intelligence and evidential material; maintaining confidentiality, sensitivity and duty of care
• Develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders in order to foster collaborative working


The following qualifications/skills are essential to the role and proof will be required at interview:

• Intermediate to advanced level certification in Digital Forensics
Please ensure the dates of any accreditations you are relying on, are entered on to the CV.

Should you progress to the assessment stage of the process, you will be required to provide a copy of the original certificate.

Failure to provide evidence at interview may result in your application not progressing to the next stage.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Seeing the Big Picture

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Experience of leading and managing a technical team to deliver against strict deadlines
  • Proven knowledge of relevant standards in relation to the Forensic Science Regulators Code of Practice and Conduct, and experience in an accredited environment (ISO17020/ 17025)
  • A proven knowledge of key legislation and authorities affecting the capture of digital evidence
  • Experience in collection and analysis of evidence from digital devices either laboratory-based or at crime scenes



Organised crime is one of the gravest threats to national security - blighting communities, ruining lives and costing the UK well over £34 billion every year. Organised crime can feel distant from most peoples’ day to day lives, but it affects us all. From the sexual exploitation of children to the smuggling of illegal firearms, cyber crime, human trafficking and modern slavery - serious and organised crime is everywhere.

The National Crime Agency's role is to protect the public from the most serious threats by disrupting and bringing to justice those serious and organised criminals who present the highest risk to the UK.

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