Digital Forensics Examiner - Kingston upon thames


HM Land Registry

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About the Job

Job Summary

We are seeking experienced digital forensic practitioners who are able to demonstrate a good working knowledge of digital forensic processes and procedures in a laboratory environment, looking for the next challenge of their career.

Working in a digital forensic laboratory, you’ll play an important role in the acquisition and subsequent analysis and examination of an array of digital devices; securing and preserving digital data, to produce reports and provide evidence, in support of Agency investigations.

  • To be considered, you will need to successfully complete SC Enhanced clearance before commencing the role and achieve DV clearance within the first 12 months in post.***

Job Description

Working closely with digital forensic operations officers and investigation teams alike, you will also have the opportunity to drive innovation in order to change the way we operate. Providing specialist advice and guidance on digital forensic opportunities, you will ensure requirements are captured and delivered to our quality standards.

This role requires individuals to have an active interest in evolving technologies, who can maintain and develop their technical skillset, knowledge and awareness of the rapidly advancing technology and digital forensic landscapes.

At the NCA, we celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment. We welcome neurodivergent thinkers and offer reasonable adjustments to those who need them.

Working within the digital forensic team, you will efficiently support national and international operations and projects. This is a fantastic opportunity for you to develop within digital forensics and play a key part in shaping the future capabilities of the unit.

Although this post is laboratory-based there will be some requirement to travel throughout the UK, and potentially internationally; sometimes at short-notice, involving some anti-social/long hours.

Learn More About This Role

To learn more about this role, please register for the following event:

On 29th November and 17th January from 18:00, we are hosting an MS Teams event where you can hear from NCA Digital Forensics officers and be given the opportunity to ask questions about the role.

Attendance is by invitation only. To register, please contact ASAP with the subject NCA – Digital Forensics Recruitment Event - and the date of event you want to attend

Person specification


  • Maintain a portfolio of technical competencies in relation to the acquisition, processing and analysis of digital media;
  • Effective exhibit management, ensuring evidential continuity and integrity;
  • Assist and promote the attainment, maintenance and continuous improvement of ISO 17025:2017 accreditation and forensic regulation for digital forensic laboratory activity;
  • Contribute to tasked Agency activity, gathering evidence and intelligence in accordance with legislation, risk management and policy, to disrupt and degrade criminal capability;
  • Provide digital forensic advice and guidance to NCA teams on a range of digital investigative opportunities;
  • Conduct laboratory based digital forensic examinations of digital media to obtain optimum intelligence/evidence, in line with accreditation and legislation;
  • Mentor and encourage the development of junior digital forensics officers;
  • Maintain accurate records and reporting for evidential production, including testimony at court as required;
  • Develop and maintain effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders in order to foster collaborative working.


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

Industry standard digital forensic qualification(s) or equivalent 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:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Experience of working within a digital forensic laboratory
  • Demonstrable knowledge and understanding of exhibit management handling and continuity
  • Experience of examination and analysis of a range of digital devices, operating systems and file systems
  • Experience of producing reports and/or statements to an evidential standard.


Alongside your salary of £30,740, National Crime Agency contributes £8,299 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

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).

Things you need to know

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles (opens in a new window), and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

If you wish to apply for this vacancy, you must submit your application by:

Tranche 1 - Sunday 10th December 2023 at 23.55

Tranche 2 - Sunday 7th January 2024 at 23.55

Tranche 3 - Sunday 4th February 2024 at 23.55

Tranche 4 - Sunday 3rd March 2024 at 23.55

You will be asked to complete a CV as part of the application process, Please see the candidate information pack for more information.

During your application process your CV will assess the following criteria

  • Industry standard digital forensic qualification(s) or equivalent experience

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:

  • Experience of working within a digital forensic laboratory.

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;

Tranche 1: Week commencing Tuesday 2nd January 2024

Tranche 2: Week commencing Monday 22nd January 2024

Tranche 3: Week commencing Monday 19th February 2024

Tranche 4: Week commencing Monday 18th March 2024

Interviews Will Take Place:

Tranche 1 - Throughout January and February 2024

Tranche 2 - Throughout February 2024

Tranche 3 - Throughout March 2024

Tranche 3 - Throughout March 2024

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 17 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.

Please ensure that all examples provided in your application are taken directly from your own experience and that you describe the examples in your own words. Any instances of plagiarism including copying of examples/answers from internet sources will result in a withdrawal of your application. Further action, including disciplinary action, may be considered in such cases involving internal candidates. Providing false or misleading information would be contrary to the core values of honesty and integrity expected of all Civil Servants.


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 NCA we have a hybrid working arrangement in place enabling officers to work a proportion of their role remotely. Eligibility and the degree of home working will vary depending on the requirements of the role. Further details can be discussed at offer stage.

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


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

The requirement for DV is to have been present in the UK for at least 7 of the last 10 years.

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

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

Checks Will Be Made Against:

  • successful completion of the BPSS
  • UK criminal record and identity checks
  • credit reference checks
  • relevant personnel and medical checks (if required)

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 (opens in a new window).See our vetting charter (opens in a new window).

People working with government assets must complete baseline personnel security standard (opens in new window) 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 the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities with settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS) (opens in a new window)
  • nationals of the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein and family members of those nationalities who have made a valid application for settled or pre-settled status under the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • individuals with limited leave to remain or indefinite leave to remain who were eligible to apply for EUSS on or before 31 December 2020
  • Turkish nationals, and certain family members of Turkish nationals, who have accrued the right to work in the Civil Service

Further information on nationality requirements (opens in a new window)

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code (opens in a new window) 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 (opens in a new window).

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.

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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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