Graphic designer – Digital Forensic Services

Metropolitan Police

Salary: £35,335 to £40,222 plus a £2,148 location allowance. You will receive £35,335 the band minimum. Progress to the band maximum of £40,222 will be via incremental progression.

Recruitment code: Oleeo 8205

Location: Lambeth

Closing date: 11:55pm, 15 March 2021

This role will place you at the heart of the Digital Forensic Services team offering the opportunity to use your creative and technical talents to enhance the efforts of the Criminal Justice System, helping to reduce crime in the capital. You will be creating innovative, impactful graphics to enhance the presentation of evidence for court in serious and high profile cases. Acting as a design consultant to you will need to manage client expectations, apply an analytical approach to information, and have the ability to clarify complex scenarios.

With a degree or equivalent in graphic design or significant relevant experience, you will have a strong practical knowledge of Adobe creative suite, Microsoft office and command solid Mac and PC IT skill sets.

An interest in interactive design would be an advantage with the view to developing new methodologies to aide managing the increasing amounts information and multimedia content being collected and how this can best be presented at court.

Your ability to manage multiple projects from conception to production will be key, as well as taking briefs from customers, analysing their individual requirements, deciding on the best options and prioritising work to meet deadlines.

Key Elements
Act as a design consultant.
To effectively and efficiently convert a wide range of data and complex information into clear and concise information containing visually rich designs that provide maximum impact.
To provide a design service for both print and digital media relating to:
Evidential presentation material for priority/serious crime and high profile cases – to enhance the presentation of forensic evidence at court, make complex information intelligible and bring the facts together for a jury in a clear and concise visual format.
Operational support material: graphics to inform the MPS/public and help gather intelligence information; operational briefing material and graphics for use as investigative tools and for contingency planning.
Manage multiple projects from brief through to final presentation to ensure streamlined workflow at each stage of the process. Plan, schedule, co-ordinate, assign and monitor progress of work.
Liaise and negotiate with customers. When necessary, diplomatically influence customers to choose more viable options. Ensure customer requirements are interpreted correctly and the design of the message suited to the target audience.
Establish the plan, determine the priorities and prescribe the processes needed to achieve the objective.
Problem Solving
The focus of the role is one of problem solving and requires the individual to have the ability to obtain a comprehensive brief from the customer and provide a creative design solution. The role holder is required to consider and determine the customer’s objective and identify the primary message to be conveyed and the target audience. They must have the ability to analyse, interpret, create options, evaluate, reason, make sound judgements, and decide on solutions.

They need to be a strong conceptual thinker and proficient in producing innovate creative design solutions – using the most appropriate software techniques – under pressure.The role holder will work with others in decision-making.

Considerable freedom is permitted in achieving end results, although subject to broad practice and procedures covered by functional precedents and policies.

The role holder’s expertise and judgement will be utilised to analyse and interpret information to determine graphic design solutions, and give advice. Failure to get this right would have a direct influence on the organisation as it could result in the wrong message being conveyed that could bring the service into disrepute or dispute, especially when dealing with issues of security, terrorism and other critical incidents.

The role holder is accountable for the flow of information, especially in relation to:

The timeliness and standard of graphic presentations of evidence at court for homicide, armed robberies, high profile or controversial cases.
The timeliness that Senior Investigating Officers can release Witness Appeals or publicity material to the media. This is important as effective communication can frequently result in critical evidence being established; new witnesses being discovered; important intelligence information coming to light; person being eliminated from the investigation and suspects being identified. It also affects the public’s perception of the police’s response to an incident.
The timeliness of producing material for operational briefings and Police Eyes Only purposes with the objective of identifying and causing the arrest of the perpetrators of crime before they further disrupt the public or escape the country.

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