G5 Research and Development Officer

Discipline: IT

Sector: Central Government

Location: London

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 22/05/2020

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £27,664 per annum + £3,339 London weighting


The National Crime Agency (NCA) leads the UK’s fight to cut serious and organised crime, and the Threat Leadership Command, which comprises of a number of specific functions including the National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU), Child Exploitation Online Protection team (CEOP), Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) and the Threat Management Team, is responsible for the national response to Serious and Organised Crime threats. Their role is to work with partners inside the NCA and externally the set the strategic direction and facilitate effective delivery of the response. One of their key objectives is to tackle Serious and Organised Crimes threats by maximising the benefit of new capability across the system, and this has attributed to the growth of the organisation, leading to a number of exciting opportunities in the organisation including the Research and Development Officer within the NCCU.

The National Cyber Crime Unit (NCCU) leads the UK’s fight against cybercrime and uses specialist capabilities and expertise to support law enforcement partners across the UK and coordinate the entire UK response to cybercrime.  The Research and Development team utilise technology to aid investigations by exploiting new legislation to cause real world impact against cyber criminals. These roles are core to the delivery of NCCU and wider NCA operations.

As a consequence, the Research and Development Officer will provide tactical support to critical incidents and crimes in progress in a technical investigative and advisory function. Additional duties include;

  • Developing specialised skill sets in order to become ‘Subject Matter Experts’ in cyber-related areas.
  • Supporting and creating bespoke technical solutions to NCA/NCCU operations and investigations, including real-time support in time-critical situations.
  • Working with internal and external partners, across government and industry to build relationships, ensure best practice and explore new ways of working.
  • Looking to continuously improve cyber investigation capabilities in order to keep pace with the new and developing threats.
  • Providing technical advice and guidance to other Law Enforcement partners.

To succeed, you must be able to showcase your knowledge and expertise to deliver impact to criminals through online activity and technical solutions. In addition, you must have a background in either digital forensics, penetration testing, reverse engineering, or malware analysis, knowledge of programming languages (e.g.) Python, Java or shell scripting) and networking, creative and innovative problem-solving and research skills and knowledge of cyber-crime and internet technologies.

Please note that to be considered, you will have to undergo SC Enhanced clearance, and also undertake and pass a substance misuse test as part of the pre-employment checks. SC Clearance checks also dictate that you must have been a UK resident for three out of the last five years. Within this role, you may well be exposed to images of Child Sexual Exploitation, so please consider and be aware of the sensitive nature of the work before deciding to apply. The NCA welcomes applications from individuals with a range of Neurodivergent thinking styles and from those who may require reasonable adjustments.

For more information on the role please visit https://allenlanerecruitment.wixsite.com/nca-it or contact Joe Tyrrell at Allen Lane on 020 3031 9632.

To register your interest, please email your CV, Application Form (No more than 250 words per answer), and Equality and Diversity Monitoring Form to nca@allenlane.co.uk by 23:59 on 22/06/2020.

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