Head of eDiscovery

Serious Fraud Office

Closing date: 2 May 2018

Reference number



62,111 - 74,188


Grade 6
Band A (Digital)

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Information Technology

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time


36 hours per wek (excl. breaks)

Number of posts



Serious Fraud Office 2-4 Cockspur Street London SW1Y 5BS

About the job

Job description

Do you have experience in managing and supporting eDiscovery systems within complex and multi-disciplined organisations or are you experienced in investigating and prosecuting criminal cases, in particular those involving fraud, bribery and corruption?

You may have either a technological or a legal background to be the person we are looking for to lead our eDiscovery activities.

Technology is at the heart of the SFO’s business, and the key component of that is our eDiscovery platform, which our case teams use to review the significant amount of digital evidence we seize in the course of our investigations. The amount of data has grown exponentially in recent years: our cases regularly involve more than 10 million documents, and the largest has more than 50 million. We have invested heavily in technology to help support this, and that includes the development of a ‘LPP robot’ based on machine learning and artificial intelligence, which helps identify material covered by Legal Professional Privilege. We have also made significant enhancements to our digital forensic capabilities, and have recently implemented a new eDiscovery platform, OpenText (Recommind) Axcelerate, which is running alongside our legacy system, Autonomy Introspect. A project is underway to migrate our existing cases to the new platform, however some older cases will remain on Introspect, so both systems will be in use for some time.

Supported by a Project Manager, and a team of in-house staff and third party contractors, you will take a leading role in the migration project, and in managing and supporting the current and future systems. You will be responsible for engaging with users of this system across the organisation, to ensure that our multi-disciplined case teams are able to use this technology to investigate and prosecute our cases as efficiently and effectively as possible, and that they are supported in the use of Predictive Coding and Technology Assisted Review features as we seek to utilise this across our cases.

You will also take a lead role in working with other law enforcement and regulatory agencies in the UK and other jurisdictions on this topic, and our key technology partners. For more information about the role please see the attached job description.

The Serious Fraud Office (SFO) is a specialist prosecuting authority taking on the top level of serious or complex fraud, bribery and corruption
We are unusual in the UK in that we both investigate and prosecute our cases. We were set up this way because these kinds of cases are complicated and lawyers and investigators need to work together from the beginning.
Our staff includes investigators, lawyers, forensic accountants, analysts, digital forensics experts and a variety of other specialist and support roles. You can find out more about the work we do at our website www.sfo.gov.uk

Person specification

The successful candidate could either come from a legal background or a technology one, and they will be expected to be able to meet at least three of the essential criteria:

• Experience in managing and supporting eDiscovery systems within complex and multi-disciplined organisations
• Proficiency with the eDiscovery process and the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM)
• Strong understanding of disclosure rules and procedures and the CPIA
• Experience of investigating and prosecuting criminal cases, in particular those involving fraud, bribery and corruption
• Experience in managing the eDiscovery lifecycle of a number of large cases simultaneously
• Experience of working with multi-disciplined teams and organisations, including accountants, investigators and lawyers
• Strong technical knowledge of common eDiscovery platforms and data formats


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

  • Seeing the big picture
  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Building capability for all
  • Managing a quality service
  • Achieving commercial outcomes

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Option to join the Civil Service pension scheme. For further details, click here http://www.civilservice.gov.uk/pensions

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. http://www.cssc.co.uk/.

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

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.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

Sift will be conducted on competency examples and the evidence put forward against essential criteria. In the event of a large number of applications, only the following two competences plus essential criteria will be reviewed - Collaborating and Partnering and Managing a Quality Service
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.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift w/c 7 May
Interviews w/c 21 May. Interviews to be held at SFO, 2-4 Cockspur Street, London SW1Y 5BS. All dates are subject to change

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