About the job
The Forensic Information Databases Service (FINDS) administers national systems that identifies links between forensic evidence found at scenes of crime and arrestees (and on occasion other individuals such as vulnerable persons and missing persons), ultimately ensuring the integrity of records held on multiple national forensic databases (National DNA Database NDNAD, IDENT1 (fingerprints) and National Footwear Database).
This is a critical role for maintaining public confidence in forensic information databases for the purposes of supporting policing in reducing crime, maintaining order, and bringing criminals to justice.
The NDNAD Performance and Impact Analyst promotes and maintains the integrity of the data held on the NDNAD through the FINDS Data Assurance Strategy. They will enable the delivery of a performance management framework within the whole NDNAD supply chain and support the development of error reduction strategies.
They will also interrogate system biometric and nominal data to deliver consistent, accurate and reliable management information (MI) to support business decisions and to answer Parliamentary Questions (PQs), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and ministerial correspondence required from the unit.
Through applying their knowledge of the NDNAD supply chain, scientific judgement and statistical analysis (where applicable), they will manage the data integrity process, identifying trends and unexpected results and working with stakeholders (including Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs), Forensic Service Providers (FSPs) and the Forensic Science Regulator) on ways of improving the data held on NDNAD and the supporting business processes.
By using and maintaining their scientific and/or wider NDNAD supply chain knowledge, they ensure that the integrity of the data on the NDNAD is maintained and continually improves through the maintenance of the NDNAD performance management framework of the whole NDNAD supply chain.
• Works to the Data Assurance Strategy for the NDNAD in line with policing and customer requirements agreed by the FIND Strategy Board
• Analyses and develops the NDNAD performance management framework in order to analyse and identify performance trends, within FSP DNA laboratory processes and the processes utilised within police forces
• Working with stakeholders within the NDNAD Supply Chain, the role holder puts in place improvement and corrective actions to ensure an appropriate resolution of a specific data integrity issue(s), or through continual improvement of the integrity of the records resulting from the NDNAD supply chain
• Communicates the value and impact of the NDNAD, both in terms of issues but also in terms of continual improvement and good practice within DNA laboratories and/or policing
• Ensures that the FINDS can respond to ministerial submissions, PQs and FOIA requests and ensures that the management information feeding into these responses are accurate
• Through applying their knowledge of the DNA supply chain, they ensure that the assurance developments are delivered in line with these requirements
• Ensures that the delivery partners that support the NDNAD meet the expectations of the agreed service levels
• Develops the assurance activities within the services, taking into account the advances of science, ethical issues, IT considerations of running large databases and the legal provisions of running databases
• Gain understanding of the DNA risk profile of regular dialogue with related group(s) of stakeholders. Maintains effective relationships with HO colleagues, Law enforcement agencies and Forensic Service
• Providers to ensure there is an understanding of the risk profile associated with the NDNAD supply chain
• Proactively highlights and encourages stakeholders to adopt improvements in the processes supporting NDNAD, for example ensuring two-way communication with the Forensic Science Regulator’s Unit / United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to ensure they understand the wider risks associated with the NDNAD supply chain and to understand any impact changes to quality standards may have on their work
• Educated to degree level (Scientific), or equivalent in a relevant subject, or has comparable experience and working knowledge of the role of DNA in forensic science
• Demonstrates good knowledge of policies and procedures impacting on the Police, Forensic Service Providers and CJS to ensure that the data obtained is accurate and interpreted correctly, in the context of the environment of the Database
• Demonstrates a good working knowledge of the NDNAD supply chain, through detailed knowledge of one or more of the following: DNA profiling systems at a DNA analyst level of competence, or the custody inputting process and is a registered Police National Computer user, or the working of the NDNAD, applying statistical analysis in order to identify and understand emerging trends
• Possesses excellent communication skills (both written and oral), which convey key issues, information and solutions effectively to an audience from a range of backgrounds
• Able to analyse and interpret large amounts of information effectively and present findings from it clearly and concisely
• Has excellent judgement and decision making skills; is able to assess what the impact of releasing sensitive information will be and is able to manage that impact
The successful candidate must undertake Security Clearance and Non Police Personal Vetting (NPPV) – Level 3, and would only be offered the position on the condition that they subsequently pass the clearance process.
• Experience of working to a regulated environment, possibly involving forensic science or within law enforcement agencies
• Understanding and experience in quality management and project management methodologies
Educated to degree level (Scientific), or equivalent in a relevant subject, or has comparable experience and working knowledge of the role of DNA in forensic science
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
Changing and Improving
Delivering at Pace
Managing a Quality Service
Seeing the Big Picture
Communicating and Influencing
Making Effective Decisions
We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:
Seeing the Big Picture
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
GSE 1 – maintains up to date Scientific (or NDNAD operation or PNC) knowledge and is alert to emerging Science and Technology issues and trends, which might impact or benefit own, or FIND’s work.
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension
Things you need to know
Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.
See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.
Selection process details
This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV and Personal Statement (Max Word Limit: 500).
Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.
Please note your Personal Statement should be aligned to your suitability for the role and how you meet the essential criteria.
At sift the personal statement and the lead behaviour – ‘Seeing the Big picture’ will be assessed.
CV’s will not be scored.
In the event of a high volume of applications received, then an initial sift will be conducted against the lead behaviour (Seeing the Big Picture).
Those successful at sift stage, will be invited to an interview which will focus on the 5 behaviours outlined above, Technical based questions and will also include strength-based questions.
*For technical skills candidates should refer to the following framework:
Government science and engineering: career frameworkClick here
Sift and Interview dates
Sift will take place week commencing 24th September 2021.
Interviews will take place week commencing 11th October 2021.
We are closely monitoring the situation regarding Covid-19, and will be following Central Government advice as it is issued, as such you will be invited to attend a video interview. Further details and instructions will be provided closer to the scheduled interview.
We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There may be occasions when these dates will change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.
PLEASE NOTE: Due to time constraints we may not be able to offer alternative interview date(s). It is therefore expected that candidates who are successful at sift stage will make themselves available during the above time frame given.
To apply for this job please visit www.civilservicejobs.service.gov.uk.