Connecting Talent to opportunity

Connecting Talent to opportunity

Senior Digital Forensic Practitioner


Job Description:

Summary HMRC is the UK’s tax, payments and customs authority and we have a vital purpose: we collect the money that pays for the UK’s public services and help families and individuals with targeted financial support.

Digital Support and Innovation (DSI) is the specialist support business area responsible for the provision of enhanced digital and covert specialist technological support to FIS investigations. DSI works across Law Enforcement and government. DSI provides investigative tools and covert techniques to front-line investigations and works with key partners to develop and provide access to new technology and systems to enable investigators to respond to serious and complex tax evasion and crime.

DSI sits within HMRC’s wider Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) which is broadly responsible for the department’ civil and criminal investigations. FIS ensures that HMRC has an effective approach to tackling the most serious tax evasion and fraud. Job description This is a unique opportunity to be responsible for critical elements of our Digital Forensic Service provided to HMRC’s investigation teams. Working with a large, multi-talented team you will ensure that all aspects of Digital Forensic work are carried out to a high standard, adhering to solid forensic strategy and meeting all requirements of the Forensic Science Regulator.

This will involve leading and developing junior colleagues who will benefit from your expertise and experience during lab-base acquisition work, forensic analysis and presentation of evidence.

As an effective communicator you will collaborate closely with Senior Investigation Officers (SIOs) running operations and their senior management structures. Providing consultant level services on Forensic Strategy and technical problem solving

On-site operations, such as search warrants, are an important part in HMRC’s enforcement work, here the investigation teams will benefit from your experience dealing with frontline challenges and assisting with the forensic aspects of fast-paced operational work.

Responsibilities Key responsibilities

• Assist and manage other staff during the seizure and retention of digital devices within a laboratory environment and during warrant executions for subsequent forensic examination

• Manage forensic exhibits to ensure continuity, confidentiality and security is maintained at all times

• Understand, follow and actively promote Digital Forensic good practice methodologies (ISO17025:2017 standard and FSR Codes of Practice) to examine computers, mobile phones and other digital devices

• Prepare evidential reports upon completion of Digital Forensic examinations

• Provide fact and procedural-based evidence at Court as and when required

• Good communicator who can perform in a client/customer facing role

• Ability to work effectively as a team leader and support the team’s goals above individual goals

• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, managing multiple tasks through to completion

• Be at the forefront of technical developments within Digital Forensics

• To carry out any duties commensurate with the purpose of the post that may from time to time be determined

• Mentor laboratory Digital Forensic Practitioners, Higher Digital Forensic Practitioners and educate senior investigation colleagues about the field of digital forensics

Essential Criteria:

• Proven demonstrable experience working within a Digital Forensic environment.

• Proficiency with one or more of the current mainstream digital forensic software tools

• Possess an ability to examine digital devices in a methodical and precise way and have an aptitude for problem solving

• Experience and knowledge in performing Digital Forensic examinations; be able to demonstrate case experience within either the law enforcement or civil work environment

• Be knowledgeable of the ISO 17025:2017 standard and Forensic Science Regulators Codes of Practice

• Confident to work in a position of influence within a large team. Able to adapt to a fast moving, changeable environment

• Be able to regularly work with material that may be of an obscene, offensive or distressing nature. Treat such material in the appropriate manner ensuring it is secured and handled according to defined policies

• This role requires National Security Vetting at Security Check (SC) clearance level and you must hold SC vetting or be willing to apply for SC vetting. If you do not hold SC but are willing to go through the process, any job offer would be conditional and may be withdrawn should you fail to achieve the vetting.

Desirable Criteria:

• Experience leading a team within a Digital Forensic Environment

• ICDIP Membership

• Knowledge and understanding of criminal justice procedures including the Investigatory Powers Act 2016 (IPA), the Police Act 1997, Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act
(CPIA) and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE).

• Experience of giving evidence in court.

• Full UK Driving License