G5 Armed Surveillance Investigator, Operations, Armed Operations Unit HP12349EK

National Crime Agency

Closing date: 28 Aug 2017

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Flexible - Multiple Locations

About the job

Job description

What the NCA does:
We are leading the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime – intelligence development allows us to build a comprehensive understanding of complex and varied threats such as firearms, the sexual abuse of children, people smuggling, drugs trafficking, economic and cyber crime.
We continuously adapt – serious and organised crime is changing rapidly and becoming more complex; through our dynamic approach and pioneering technologies, and by developing our officers, we prepare for the future. Together we are building the tools, skills and processes that will make sure we stay ahead; this will mean different ways of working for all of us.
We pursue serious criminals – those who consider themselves above the law. Be they career criminals, professional enablers or those who lurk on the dark web, we will disrupt and bring offenders to justice. Our education campaigns are helping to change behaviour.
We work in partnership – with other law enforcement agencies, government and private and voluntary sectors. We provide an effective response by leading, coordinating, tasking and supporting operations as well as providing specialist capabilities and UK bureau functions. We have global reach and work with international agencies to build capacity.
We are proud to protect the public – serving them impartially and cooperatively, earning their confidence. Our leaders will inspire and empower officers to be the best they can be. Together we will make the NCA a great place to work – a truly inclusive environment. And in everything we do we will encourage openness, challenge, innovation and excellence.

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 actions.

Grade & Role Title: G5 Armed Surveillance Investigator, Operations, Armed Operations Unit,
Business Area & Department: Intelligence and Operations Directorate.
Vacancy Reference Number: HP12349EK
Location: Multiple locations including; Kent, Wakefield, South West London, Slough, Stevenage, Warrington, Birmingham and Bristol
Closing Date: Midday Monday 28th August 2017
Contract: Permanent, Full Time

Generic Role Profile Number: RP15101
Salary: £33,850 (Some London roles attract a £3,226 London Weighting Allowance on top of the basic salary)

Role summary:

To contribute to the acquisition and development of tactical and strategic intelligence focused on serious and organised crime affecting the UK.

To provide an armed and unarmed covert surveillance response in accordance with business requirement.

Participate in operations and investigations, gathering information, intelligence and evidence in order to build knowledge of serious and organised crime and support the achievement of Agency objectives.

Provide advice on legislation, policy and tactical options to assist in the planning and implementation of investigations and operations.

Provide tactical and strategic support to Agency business through research, target profile development, the collection and analysis of evidence/data, production and dissemination of intelligence and evidential products as appropriate.

Ensure the quality, secure handling and dissemination of intelligence, maintaining confidentiality, sensitivity and duty of care in line with Agency policy.

Conduct case management, and create, maintain and update departmental records, including operational or programme activity spreadsheet, case files and monthly reports.

Supervise staff or co-ordinate the work of a small team.

Build good working relationships with both internal and external partners.

Candidates are required to provide evidence against ONLY the following Personal Qualities Framework (PQF). The level required is listed on the Role Profile and below:

-Teamwork & Partnership
-Problem Solving
-Personal Accountability
-Negotiating and Influencing

Candidates are required to provide evidence against ONLY the following Entry Criteria taken from the Role Profile and the Government Communication Professional Competency Framework –

-Good knowledge of the Authorised Professional Practice for Armed Policing
-Good understanding of UK or international legislation affecting NCA / Police Service investigations.
-Good understanding of risk management in an operational environment.


Essential at Entry:

PIP1 or PIP2 accredited

Level 1 surveillance trained (Q1).


PIP1 officers who have completed an SFIC course.

Please note that if you have PIP1 or PIP2 equivalent investigative experience, candidates will be required to complete and pass an IO assessment as part of the recruitment process, failure to pass this assessment will result in an unsuccessful appointment.

All candidates who are not currently PIP2 accredited investigators must achieve PIP2 qualification within a 18 month period, including successful completion of the Specific Powers Exam (SPE). The NCA will provide you with training and support to achieve PIP2 accreditation but successful accreditation will form part of your contract of employment with the NCA.

Desirable at Entry:

Current Authorised Firearms Officer (AFO)
Candidates qualified in any elements of the essential and desirable criteria, will be required to provide certification on applying.


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

  • Communication
  • Teamwork & Partnership
  • Problem Solving
  • Personal Accountability
  • Negotiating and Influencing
  • Technical Criteria - Good knowledge of the Authorised Professional Practice for Armed Policing
  • Technical Criteria - Good understanding of UK or international legislation affecting NCA / Police Service investigations.
  • Technical Criteria - Good understanding of risk management in an operational environment.



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


Some London roles attract a £3,226 London Weighting Allowance on top of the basic salary (Existing Civil Servants will be subject to a pay match as per Civil Service Principles)

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.

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

Candidate Selection Process

The first stage is to complete the competency based application – for details please see the required ‘Selection Criteria’ and ‘To apply’ sections.
Candidates will be notified of the outcome of their application by email in the week commencing Monday 4th September.
If you meet the essential criteria for the role, successful candidates will be invited to complete a Weapons aptitude test on 25th/26th September, if successful you will then attend a 1 day assessment between the 10th – 13th October involving; Investigation Officer (IO) assessment, NDM Assessment and an On-foot Surveillance assessment.
The assessments will be scored on ‘On the day’ performance only using a set criteria. Any previous experience or qualifications will not be taken into consideration
Candidates will need to be successful in all stages to go through to interview.
There will be no alternative dates for Assessment centre, failure to attend will result in having your application withdrawn. The assessments are provisionally planned for
All successful candidates will be invited to a competency based interview.
Candidates will then be notified of their outcome.
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 not 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

Emma Knight- 0117 372 0000

Sift/interview dates and location


Further information

To apply:

Please carefully read all the information in this advert and the attached documents.
Candidates are encouraged to contact The Recruitment Team inbox should you have any questions or queries regarding the role being advertised and the selection process involved (Central.recruitment@nca.x.gsi.gov.uk ).

Candidates must fully complete the attached 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 Monday 28th August 2017.

If you are a directly employed member of NCA staff and wish to apply for this role you must complete the Internal Application form found on the NCA intranet.

The Application Form, Guidance Notes, Role Profile and Personal Qualities Framework (PQF) should be attached at the end of this advert. If they are not or you cannot 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 following information – Your full name, the Grade and Role, followed by the Vacancy Reference Number - HP12349EK

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 assessment/interview date The Recruitment Team cannot guarantee an alternate date, regardless of the reason.

Please note: Due to the volume of applications we receive, it is the NCA’s policy not to give feedback to candidates on applications, interviews or assessments, by applying for this role you accept this condition.
During the recruitment process if successful at shortlist, candidates will be required to attend 1 day weapons assessment and a further 1 day Surveillance/ Investigator assessment stages including interviews, and require candidates to be flexible in regards to travel. The cost of attending these will not be covered by the agency.


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.


NCA is a Disability Confident Employer. If you would like this application form in a different format, please contact the Recruitment Team via email to:- 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.go.uk/

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