Senior Investigator

National Crime Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Monday 30th January 2023



Reference number



£40,209 - £43,705
This is a “Spot Rate” role on a grade of 1 to 3 achieved by evidence of skills and experiences with the top grade at £43,705.

Job grade

Higher Executive Officer
NCA Grade 4 / Police Sergeant

Contract type


Length of employment

Loan / Secondment - 2 years

Type of role


Working pattern


Number of jobs available



Chelmsford, Stevenage

Job summary

Stevenage Branch 

This is a proactive investigation team working upstream and across international lines to disrupt and dismantle Organised Crime Croups.  You will have the potential to become a surveillance operative operating at the high end of high harm, utilising various investigative techniques to disrupt those that pose the highest risk to the well-being of the UK.

Borders Investigations (Chelmsford)

This is a progressive team managing referrals and complex border investigations utilising various investigative techniques, identifying lines of enquiry both nationally and internationally, securing evidence and considering alternative disruption opportunities.  You will respond to developing situations and work alongside key partners .  This role will be part of a paid on call roster.

Criminal Justice Taskforce (Chelmsford)

This taskforce is creating a ring of steel around our borders to disrupt organised crime groups.  In this dynamic working environment you must possess the ability to react rapidly to emerging situations. You will be part of a pro-active investigation team with the potential to become a surveillance operative involved in operations targeting the activity of Organised Crime Groups operating at the high end of high harm.  This role will be part of a paid on call roster.  

How to learn more about the role

On Tuesday 17th January 2023 between 18:30 and 19:30, we will be hosting a MS Teams event where you can hear officers working within the NCA’s Investigations Command discussing the role in detail and be given the opportunity to ask questions. 

Attendance for this event is by invitation only. To register your interest, please contact ASAP with the subject NCA Investigations Event 17/01/23.

Job description

As a Senior Investigator, you will be managing a team of PIP1 & PIP2 Investigators so will have experience of mentoring and developing staff.

You will be required to manage and lead serious and organised crime investigations as a Deputy Senior Investigating Officer I Action Allocator. You will be experienced in managing risk, and have proven experience in decision making and managing resources.

You will be working closely with other NCA departments and partner agencies to identify threats from criminality and work in a challenging environment to pursue offenders.

NCA Investigative teams respond to a broad range of threats including Organised Immigration Crime, Cyber Dependent crime, Fraud, Human Trafficking, Child Sexual Abuse, Firearms and Drugs, as well as having Internal Professional Standards teams.

Person specification

Every day will be different, using innovative approaches and ground breaking techniques you will be making decisions which help to disrupt and bring to justice criminals who present the highest threat to the UK. You may be expected to work directly or indirectly in tackling child sexual abuse (CSA).

***All NCA officers must hold SC Enhanced upon entry as a minimum. To meet the National Security Vetting requirements for this role you will need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 3 out of the past 5 years. For more information please see the Candidate information Pack***


Full DVLA Driving Licence (Includes Full EU Licences).


The following qualifications/skills are essential to the role and proof will be required at interview:

PIP2 Supervisor or equivalent recognised qualification/accreditation in Investigative crime issued by a Government body or evidence equivalent investigative supervisory experience.

Individuals who do not currently hold PIP2 Supervisor accreditation are still eligible to apply as long as they have an equivalent recognised qualification/accreditation or can provide evidence of equivalent level experience.

Please ensure the dates of any accreditations you are relying on, are entered on to the CV.
Should you progress to the assessment stage of the process, you will be required to provide a copy of the original certificate.
Failure to provide evidence at interview may result in your application not progressing to the next stage.


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

  • Leadership
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

  • An in-depth knowledge and use of relevant legislation (UK and International Law) affecting operational agency activity.
  • Proven experience of successfully leading or supervising people or a team to deliver against operational objectives and performance.
  • Experience in effective operational decision making with accountability for decisions made.
  • Proven experience in managing risk in pressurised operational environment.

Whatever your role, we take your career and development seriously, and want to enable you to build a really successful career with the Agency and wider Civil Service.

If you are an active police pension member immediately prior to joining the NCA, you can continue your membership throughout your employment with us as if you were a serving police officer. If you do remain an active member and subsequently return to a police force, you should be able to continue your membership there too.

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
  • 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).

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

If you wish to apply for this vacancy, you must submit your application by 23:55 on Monday 30th January 2023.

Once submitted your application will be acknowledged by the Government Recruitment Service.

Please note depending on the volume of applications a Longlist at sift may be conducted on following criteria:

• PIP2 Supervisor or equivalent recognised qualification/accreditation in Investigative crime issued by a Government body or evidence equivalent investigative supervisory experience.

Candidates must pass this criteria for their application to be progressed. 

A panel will then assess your application to select those demonstrating the best fit for the role by considering the evidence you have provided against the criteria set out in the Entry Criteria section. 

Failure to address any or all of these may affect your application. 

Sift results are expected to be released w/c 20th February 2023.

Interviews will take place throughout March 2023 - locations to be confirmed. Please be advised that the type of interview (eg. virtual/face-to-face) may be subject to change and successful candidates will be notified of this prior to attending. However the interview is conducted, the interview criteria will remain as shown on page 16 of the candidate information pack.

The above sift and interview dates are an indicative timeline. 

Should you be successful at sift but cannot attend on the interview date(s) listed the recruitment team cannot guarantee an alternative date. Please contact the recruitment team. 

You will then be asked to attend an interview in order to have a more in-depth discussion of your previous experience and professional competence. 

Full details of the assessment process will be made available to shortlisted candidates.


Where more than one location is advertised, candidates will be appointed in merit order for each location. You will be asked to state your location preference on your application. 

Please be aware that you can be posted to any location that you put in your preferences. If you would only like to be posted to one location, please confirm one location only. If you are posted to a location that you have requested and you do not accept that location, you may not be offered another role.

Please note, only advertised location can be offered. Notes populated in a free text box will not be taken into consideration.

Near Miss

Candidates who are judged to be a near miss at interview may be considered for other positions in the NCA which may be at a lower grade, but have a potential skills match.

Hybrid Working

Here at the agency we are currently piloting a hybrid working pattern. 3 out of 5 working days are spent in the office. Further details will be discussed with the successful candidate. Please note this is subject to change and dependant on the job role.  

Reasonable Adjustment

We are committed to ensuring our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible to all. As part of our application process you will be prompted to provide details of any reasonable adjustment to our recruitment process that you may need. If you have a disability or long-term condition (a physical or mental impairment that has a substantial and long term effect on your ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities protected under the Equality Act 2010) and need us to make any adjustments or do anything differently during the recruitment process, please let us know by emailing, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes. 

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should: 

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional. 

Please contact us by emailing or calling 0117 372 0000 as soon as possible before the closing date if you wish to discuss any reasonable adjustments before applying. 

Inclusion and Accessibility

The NCA embraces and values diversity in all forms. Being truly reflective of the communities we serve and building a culture where everyone can perform at their best is critical to leading the UK’s fight against serious and organised crime – something which affects us all. We want to recruit and retain the very best and broadest diversity of officers so the NCA welcomes applications from individuals from all backgrounds.

We are proud to be an inclusive, equal opportunities employer. As a Disability Confident Leader we are committed to ensuring that all candidates are treated fairly throughout the recruitment process. 

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact


All security clearances require you to provide evidence of your UK footprint where you have been physically present in the UK.

The requirement for SC clearance is to have been present in the UK for at least 3 of the last 5 years.

Failure to meet the residency requirements will result in your security clearance application being rejected.

If you require SC clearance you will need to provide evidence of the below requirements.

Checks will be made against:

  • Departmental or company records (personnel files, staff reports, sick leave reports and security records)
  • UK criminal records covering both spent and unspent criminal records.
  • Your credit and financial history with a credit reference agency
  • Security Services records

We encourage all candidates to thoroughly review the candidate pack which explains the role further before submitting an application.

If you have any specific queries about the role that are not covered by the candidate pack, please contact:

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


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

See our vetting charter.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.


Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

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 equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.
The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.
This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.
Once this job has closed, the job advert will no longer be available. You may want to save a copy for your records.

Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name : NCA Recruitment Team - GRS
  • Email :

Recruitment team :

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Further information

If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and 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.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission:

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