G4 Senior Officer, Communications Data Unit, Intelligence Collections- HP1600302HG

National Crime Agency

Closing date: 25 Sep 2017

Reference number





Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area

Other - Intelligence Directorate, Intelligence Collections, Communications Data Unit

Type of role

Communications / Marketing
Knowledge and Information Management

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time


37 Hours Per Week

Number of posts




About the job

Job description

The NCA is an organisation which leads the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime. This includes class A drugs, child exploitation, people smuggling and human trafficking, major gun crime, fraud, cyber crime, money laundering and the corruption that organised criminals use to facilitate these crimes.

We work to imprison serious criminals, and use many other tactics to disrupt crime and keep people safe. In particular, we want to ensure crime doesn’t pay and that it’s harder to commit. We also draw on innovative new approaches to prevent crimes from happening in the first place.

We expect our Officers to work to the highest standards of behaviour in everything they do.

Our values and behaviours are:

Flexibility – seeking continuous improvements to the way that we work, adapting to find solutions to difficult problems.

Integrity – acting with the highest standards of integrity and professionalism.

Respect – treating everyone with dignity and respect, valuing diversity, working in partnership, and sharing knowledge and best practice.

Serving the public – being proud to put the public interest at the centre of everything we do.

Transparency – being truthful, open and accountable for our action

Role summary:

Manage/lead a team of SPOCs.

Support front line officers investigating major crime by discussing the investigation with them to establish what has happened thus far. The post holder will then offer investigative advice on legislation, policy, tactical options and evidential opportunities based on published guidance, established and/or emerging good practice and their experience.

Provide in-depth advice and guidance on a range of communications data and digital media-related opportunities including but not limited to digital/cyber forensic examination, open source, cyber tools and techniques to assist major and complex crime operations and investigations, and maximise opportunities to assist internal and external partners, in accordance with current legislation.

Develop and influence policies that govern various national policies, particularly in relation to the Acquisition and Disclosure of Communications Data as a member of the National Policing Comms Data Group.

Research, identify and analyse relevant issues affecting the SPoC community and liaise with the College of Policing Knowledge Engagement Team and other working groups to highlight emerging risks and opportunities to law enforcement agencies.

Successful candidates will be expected to form part of an on-call rota

Posts will require candidates to successfully complete a two week residential SPoC Accreditation Course (unless accreditation already held).

To apply:
Please carefully read all the information on this advert and the attached documents.

Candidates must fully complete the attached two forms to be considered for this vacancy:

• External Application Form
• Equality & Diversity Form

Please return both documents to central.recruitment@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk mailbox no later than 12.00hrs Midday on 25/09/2017.

If you already work for the NCA and wish to apply for this role you must complete the Internal Application Form found on the NCA intranet.

The Application Form, Guidance Notes, Equality & Diversity and Personal Qualities Framework (PQF) should be attached. If they are not or you can not download them please email central.recruitment@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk for an application pack

To ensure that your application / emails regarding this vacancy are actioned please ensure that the title of the email contains the vacancy reference number - HP1600302HG.

Should an application arrive after the stated deadline it will not be included in the recruitment process, regardless of the reason.

Should you be successful at short listing but cannot attend on the date/time allocated to yourself for an interview date The Recruitment Team cannot guarantee an alternate date, regardless of the reason.

If you wish to make a complaint in relation to any stage of the recruitment and selection process please email central.recruitment@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk. please ensure that you refer to the campaign reference number. If you remain dissatisfied following the outcome of your complaint you have the right to contact the Civil Service Commission to pursue it further.

To be considered, you will need to successfully complete SC clearance before commencing the role and for specified roles DV clearance within the first 12 months as part of your probation period.
You will also be required to undertake a mandatory pre-employment substance misuse test and achieve a satisfactory result.

The NCA is a Disability Confident Employer. If you would like this application form in a different format, please contact the Recruitment Team using the details shown towards the end of the form or email:- central.recruitment@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk
We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles.

Further information about the Recruitment Principles can be found on http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/
The NCA complies with and expects all its employees to reflect the values outlined in the Civil Service Code, for further information please review the code.


Desirable at Entry:

1. SPOC (Single Point of Contact) Accreditation
2. Trained in Core Skills in Communications Data (CSCD) and experience as a CD applicant


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

  • Behavioural 1: Teamwork and Partnership
  • Behavioural 2: Strategic Thinking
  • Behavioural 3: People Management
  • Behavioural 4: Innovation
  • Behavioural 5: Change
  • Entry 1: Drafting/report writing and presentation skills
  • Entry 2: Proven experience of supervising/managing a team and working to tight deadlines
  • Entry 3: Detailed knowledge of Telecommunications Single Point of Contact (SPOC) processes, communications data and current and emerging technology



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


London Weighting @ £3,226 per Annum.

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.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Recruitment Officer: Hayley Grey- 0117 372 0167

Sift/interview dates and location

Shortlisting is scheduled for week commencing: 2nd October 2017
Interviews are scheduled for week commencing: 16th October 2017

Further information

- Successful candidates will be expected to form part of an on-call rota

- Posts will require candidates to successfully complete a two week residential SPoC Accreditation Course (unless accreditation already held).

- The salary for this position is £33,286. Where existing Civil Servants apply on transfer to the NCA at the equivalent grade, pay principles on Civil Service transfers will apply.

- The location is London ONLY (The Role location is not flexible)

Share this page