G4 Lead Data Scientist – Multiple Locations*

Discipline: IT

Sector: Central Government

Location: London

Type: Permanent

Date posted: 22/05/2020

Start: ASAP

Duration: Permanent

Salary: £35,846 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 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 Lead Data Scientist 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 team of Data Scientists utilise technology to aid the NCCU’s investigations, exploiting modern machine learning techniques with the best data science tools to cause real world impact against cyber criminals.

As a consequence, the Lead Data Scientist will be seen to deploy analytical capabilities in support of operations; manipulate data sets to solve strategic analytical challenges and provide support to intelligence-led enforcement activity against serious and organised crime. Additional duties include;

  • Providing leadership in the NCCU through advice on innovative operational techniques, UK and international legislation, policy and tactics to assist in the planning and implementation of Cyber investigations.
  • Exploiting information from a variety of sources to establish patterns of criminal behavior, discover emerging trends, develop intelligence leads and identify opportunities for an operational response.
  • Developing innovative solutions to data challenges through the effective use of software tools and the exploitation of data to extract maximum intelligence value.
  • Supporting and mentoring members of staff, promote data science specialism across NCCU and wider NCA.
  • Building relationships with colleagues within NCA and wider international law enforcement, to develop skills and cross-functional working to support Agency business.
  • Ensuring the quality, secure handling and dissemination of information, maintaining confidentiality, sensitivity and duty of care in line with NCA policy.
  • Setting and monitoring the delivery of the team’s priority objectives, collaboratively working with other teams within the NCCU and the wider NCA.


To succeed, you will lead a team of data scientists responsible for developing intelligence and evidential data collection opportunities using innovative techniques to combat existing and new threat areas of the internet exploited by serious and organised crime. In addition, you will be expected to keep up to date with data science techniques and adopt new techniques. You will also be able to  showcase the ability to engage with stakeholders and champion the value of data science work. Experience using and developing statistical, behavioural or other analytical techniques and experience of data science tooling (e.g. Python, Jupyter, Notebooks) will also need to be shown.

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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