Senior Officer – Advanced Data Acquisition

National Crime Agency

As a Senior Officer within the Advanced Data Acquisition team, you will focus on some of the Agencies toughest technology challenges.

You will supervise a number of our forensic engineers who, like you, are energetic and enthusiastic professionals who enjoy problem solving and overcoming technical challenges.

You will get your hands on some of the most sophisticated equipment available to Digital Forensic practitioners, whilst working closely with a dedicated team and developing relationships with peers both nationally and internationally.

You will be encouraged and encourage others to ‘Think outside the box’ to enable the recovery of data from security enabled/damaged digital devices.

Your knowledge of electronic engineering will be employed to find technological solutions for current and foreseen challenges.

If you enjoy being tested and cannot rest until a conundrum is answered then this is the job for you
Job description
The Agency has a nationwide forensic services department, which provides both traditional and digital forensic requirements for investigations, intelligence and Cyber teams across the country.

In addition to our operational digital forensic teams, the Department has the Advanced Data Acquisition team, who focus on the Agencies toughest technology challenges by problem solving and overcoming technical challenges to enable the recovery of data from security enabled or damaged digital devices.

Essential to the role: Electronic Engineering Degree/HND/HNC or equivalent STEM subject or equivalent technical qualification

Key Responsibilities
• Provide specialist digital forensic advice both internally and externally on legislation, policy, tactical options and evidential opportunities, producing formal reports as required, to inform and progress deliverable intrusive technical strategies to maximise evidential outcomes.
• Support the pursuit, maintenance and continuous improvement of ISO accreditation and forensic regulation for NCA Forensic services.
• Manage and direct resources to ensure activity remains focussed and the recovery/analysis of items of forensic interest is completed within agreed timescales, financial constraints and quality standards against operational and organisational objectives.
• Through the application of advanced techniques, co-ordinate and conduct reactive and proactive investigations, gather evidence and intelligence in accordance with legislation, risk management and NCA policy in order to disrupt and degrade criminal capability.
• Provide information and advice on new technologies and techniques, including the exploitation of data, systems and technology, to ensure the Agency utilises the latest cutting edge technical capabilities.
• Proactively research and develop innovative and emerging technologies to support investigations both in real time and time-critical situations.
• Work with internal and external partners, across government and industry to build effective relationships in order to foster collaborative working.

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

– Electronic Engineering Degree/HND/HNC or equivalent STEM subject or equivalent technical qualification.

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:

Changing and Improving
Technical skills
We’ll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

Knowledge of electronic engineering principles and PCB level repair including hardware diagnostics and reverse engineering.
Knowledge of electronic circuit diagrams and schematics.
Experience in a technical role involving the development of future technologies.
Extensive interpersonal skills including report writing and delivery of briefings.
If you are an active police pension member immediately prior to joining the NCA, you can continue your membership throughout your employment with us as if you were a serving police officer. If you do remain an active member and subsequently return to a police force, you should be able to continue your membership there too.

All officers in the NCA are members of the UK Civil Service. You will be eligible for:
• Civil Service pension scheme
• 26 days annual leave rising to 31 on completion of 5 years continuous service
• Training and development opportunities
• Cycle2work scheme

We take the welfare of NCA officers very seriously. All staff have access to Occupational Health services and there are a number of staff representative groups. We also have a range of sporting and other activities on offer.

We can provide flexible working arrangements if the role in question is suitable. These include flexi-time, job sharing and compressed hours (working contracted hours over a shorter period).

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