Senior Digital Forensic Examiner

Serious Fraud Office

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 3rd May 2021

Please note that this role is being advertised concurrently with the Band D Digital Forensic Examiner. If you are interested in applying to both of these roles, you will need to submit a separate online application for each one. You cannot be considered for or offered the role of Band D Digital Forensic Examiner if you have only applied for this role

The SFO supports the UK’s prosperity and global market position by promoting stable business conditions through investigating and prosecuting serious and complex fraud, bribery and corruption and money laundering. Our mission is to reduce the harm caused by high level economic crime, and preserve and enhance the reputation of the UK as a safe place to do business. We do that by taking on a selected number of large complex cases for investigation and, where appropriate, prosecution or judicially supervised disposal. We also pursue criminals for recovery of unlawful financial gains. We are unique in that we both investigate and prosecute offenders and have special legal powers to enable us to do this.
Job description
The Digital Forensic Unit (DFU) is responsible for the processing and analysis of all digital evidence seized by or provided to the Serious Fraud Office. This includes the collection of evidence on site, forensic extraction of any items seized or received, and the processing of these items into a medium that Case Teams can access through the SFO eDiscovery Systems. The DFU works closely with the Case Teams to ensure that required material is delivered in a timely and appropriate manner.

Senior Digital Forensic Examiners are required to take the lead on a range of digital forensic matters, acting as subject matter experts (SME) in order to provide technical assistance and guidance to non-technical staff in order that digital material can be obtained and reviewed effectively. They also analyse digital forensic evidence, providing investigative insights and reporting into Case Teams and the Criminal Justice System beyond.

The post holder will have responsibility for the management and delivery of day to day tasks undertaken by analysts and examiners on a variety of digital media, providing clear and concise details of progress and findings. They will be required to provide reports and updates to the Head of Unit in a timely manner, including presenting findings, developments and recommendations regarding digital material. They will manage, mentor and develop staff and the capabilities of the unit.

• Conduct digital forensic examinations within the confines of ISO 17025 and the Forensic Science Regulator’s Codes of Practice (or equivalent), ensuring continuing compliance and competence.
• Provide appropriate technical analysis, advice and guidance on complex Digital Forensic matters to internal and external stakeholders
• Lead, support and guide Digital Forensic Investigators and Analysts with complex technological/Digital Forensic/eDiscovery issues by sharing knowledge to help build capability and work in collaboration to resolve issues.
• Manage workflows to ensure that all digital material is prioritised according to wider office needs and processed in a reliable, cost effective and timely manner. Monitoring resources and making evidenced based recommendations to the Head of DFU when additional resources are needed.
• Provide regular reports and updates to the Head of Unit and internal stakeholders, including presenting findings, developments and recommendations regarding digital material
• Ensuring systems are in place and work practices follow approved standards (ISO 17025 and the FSR Code of Conduct) through regular Quality Assurance checks and adhering to (and developing) the SFO DFU Quality
Management System.
• Liaise with Case Teams on Digital Forensic related matters to provide creative, compliant solutions to technical and evidential issues and ensure these are in line with case deadlines and processing timescales.
• Assist the Head of DFU to undertake the strategic planning, review and co-ordination of DFU Examiner Training and ensure that all staff are provided with development opportunities according to their needs.
• Act as DFU Lead on search operations to assist in the seizure and acquisition of digital devices, ensuring the evidential integrity of the data is maintained. Providing advice and guidance to SFO search teams.
• Assist the Head of DFU to monitor and contribute to specialised projects to advance DFU processes by improving solutions and identifying the need to develop any new DFU standard operating procedures.
• Provide witness statements and attend Court to give evidence in relation to digital forensic work undertaken.
• Contribute to office-wide initiatives such as policy development, training and other work that supports the strategic development of the SFO
We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

Communicating and Influencing
Managing a Quality Service
Making Effective Decisions
Working Together
Delivering at Pace
Changing and Improving
We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

Communicating and Influencing
Managing a Quality Service
Option to join the Civil Service pension scheme. For further details, click here

Generous annual leave provision of 25 days which increases to 30 days after five years’ service plus an additional day in recognition of the Queen’s Birthday and the option to buy or sell up to five days’ leave per year. Different terms may apply if you are already a Civil Servant.

Discretionary performance-related bonus scheme.

Interest-free season travel ticket, bicycle loan and cycle to work scheme.

Access to the Rental Deposit Salary Advance Scheme which assists employees in meeting the costs of deposits for privately rented homes.

Opportunities for learning and development.

Flexible working arrangements and family-friendly policies.

Voucher for eyecare and discounted spectacles.

Access to a range of discounts through membership of the Civil Service Sports and Social Club, CSSC Sports and Leisure.

Maternity and paternity leave provision over and above the statutory entitlements.

Access to My CPS Rewards Gateway. My CPS Rewards offers staff a range of rewards and savings including:

• Discounts with high street retailers
• Savings on grocery shopping at a range of supermarkets
• Special salary sacrifice and recognition schemes
• Reloadable gift cards and e-cards
• Instant vouchers

Any move to the Serious Fraud Office from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax-Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

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