Senior Officer, Biometrics Identification, Forensics- IP1220202HG

National Crime Agency

Closing date: 26 Jun 2018

Reference number



£34,118 - £38,964


Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Operational Delivery

Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time


37 hours per week

Number of posts



Tamworth, West Midlands

About the job

Job description

Job Description

Role Title & Reference Number: Senior Officer, Biometrics Identification, Forensics- IP1220202HG

Location: Tamworth

Closing: Midday Tuesday 26th June 2018

Would you like the opportunity to contribute to the fight against serious and organised crime?

A Fingerprint Expert is required to have completed a nationally recognised Fingerprint analysis training programme, with extensive on the job training and must be a UK recognised registered Fingerprint Expert.

To search and compare fingerprints and marks against national collections in accordance with Agency procedure, ISO 17025 standards and FSR Codes. Produce accurate comparison conclusions at 1st, 2nd check and independently verify identifications to support NCA core business. To attend court as an Expert Witness. Represent the agency at national and international level, working with partner agencies to embrace and develop future methods and technology, in the area of biometric identification.

Salary: The salary band for this position is £34,118- £38,964.  Where existing Civil Servants apply on transfer to the NCA at the equivalent grade, pay principles on Civil Service transfers will apply. All other salary offers will be made at the advertised amount.

This post also qualifies for payment of a Recruitment and Retention Allowance of £1,800 per annum. This is a non-pensionable allowance paid monthly and payable whilst you remain in the role. The allowance will be reviewed annually.

This role is open to External candidates & Civil Servants on lateral & promotion basis.

About the NCA

Serious and organised crime is one of the gravest threats to the UK's national security. The National Crime Agency sits at the heart of the law enforcement response, protecting the public by disrupting and bringing to justice those serious and organised criminals who pose the highest risk to the UK.

We identify and disrupt serious and organised crime by investigating and securing the prosecution of those responsible. We also lead, support and coordinate work across law enforcement, locally, regionally and nationally to reduce the impact of serious and organised crime on the UK’s communities and deter people from becoming involved in such activity.

NCA officers work at the forefront of law enforcement, building the best possible intelligence picture of all serious and organised crime threats; relentlessly pursuing the most serious and dangerous offenders; and developing and delivering specialist capabilities on behalf of law enforcement and other partners.

There's no such thing as a typical NCA officer. We come from different backgrounds and cultures, speak many language and have diverse skills and experiences. What we have in common is dedication and a commitment to protecting the public from serious and organised crime.
Are you ready to join the team?


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
Childcare voucher scheme
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).

Application Process

As part of the application process candidates are required to provide evidence against behavioural and entry Criteria as well as any essential/desirable qualifications & skills.

Essential Qualifications/Skills:

Registered with UK national register of Fingerprint Experts
Full UK driving licence

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

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

• External Application Form
• Equality & Diversity Form

Please return both documents to mailbox no later than 12.00hrs Midday on 26/06/2018.

The Application Form, Guidance Notes, Role Profile and Personal Qualities Framework (PQF) should be attached. If they are not or you cannot download them please email 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 IP1220202HG.

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 alternative date.

If you wish to make a complaint in relation to any stage of the recruitment and selection process please email 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 an inclusive employer committed to developing a workforce which reflects the society we protect. We value difference, and recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the  Civil Service Commission Recruitment Principles. More information can be found on

If you would like the application form in a different format, please contact the Recruitment Team via email to:-
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.


Registered with UK national register of fingerprint experts


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

  • Behavioural criteria 1: Teamwork and Partnership
  • Behavioural criteria 2: Problem Solving
  • Behavioural criteria 3: Personal Accountability
  • Behavioural criteria 4: Negotiating and Influencing
  • Behavioural criteria 5: Innovation
  • Technical criteria 1: Good knowledge of operating the IDENT1 System, Marks and Tenprint
  • Technical criteria 2: Experience of preparing fingerprint evidence for court
  • Technical criteria 3: Experienced in fingerprint identification and verification process at 1st and 2nd level



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.


This post also qualifies for payment of a Recruitment and Retention Allowance of £1,800 per annum. This is a non-pensionable allowance paid monthly and payable whilst you remain in the role. The allowance will be reviewed annually.

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

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

Recruitment Officer: Hayley Grey 0117 372 0083

Sift/interview dates and location


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