Job description

Details

Reference number

202790

Salary

£45,480
Roles based in London will receive an additional London Weighting of £3,424.

Grade

Senior Executive Officer
Grade 3 / Inspector

Contract type

Permanent
Secondment

Length of employment

2 years

Type of role

Analytical
Architecture and Data
Intelligence
Investigation
Knowledge and Information Management
Science

Working pattern

Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts

1

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About the job

Benefits

Things you need to know

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Location

Bristol, London

About the job

Summary

As a Data Scientist in NDEC you will collate and manipulate large datasets to create analytical products that inform NCA operational delivery. You will demonstrate technical leadership through coaching and mentoring junior members of staff and collaborating and sharing knowledge with other teams.
You will be working at the cutting edge of data exploitation for law enforcement, using your skills in data science to deliver real world impact to safeguard UK citizens.
This role is vital in ensuring our operational staff have the right tools to lead the fight against serious and organised crime threats. NDEC is a fast-paced environment and our teams work collaboratively and creatively to deliver analytical products and data science solutions that solve exciting, unique and challenging operational problems, therefore excellent communication skills are essential to excel at this role.

Job description

Join us and be part of a fast-paced team working together to fight serious and organised crime across the UK. If you like a challenge and enjoy a varied workday, you’ll feel at home here.
At the NCA we put our people first, providing opportunities for you to grow and succeed as individuals and working together as part of a team. Love learning? Great, we’re looking for self-starters who we can support through our professional communities and training to further your knowledge and development.
We’re growing and evolving, and we need people like you to help us achieve our ambition of putting data exploitation at the heart of our fight against serious and organised crime.

What is the role in NDEC?

As a Data Scientist in NDEC you will collate and manipulate large datasets to create analytical products that inform NCA operational delivery. You will demonstrate technical leadership through coaching and mentoring junior members of staff and collaborating and sharing knowledge with other teams.
You will be working at the cutting edge of data exploitation for law enforcement, using your skills in data science to deliver real world impact to safeguard UK citizens.
This role is vital in ensuring our operational staff have the right tools to lead the fight against serious and organised crime threats. NDEC is a fast-paced environment and our teams work collaboratively and creatively to deliver analytical products and data science solutions that solve exciting, unique and challenging operational problems, therefore excellent communication skills are essential to excel at this role.

Responsibilities

Technical Leadership: Manage and support the workload of other technical staff. Provide technical expertise and knowledge to coach, mentor and develop junior members of the team and help scope solutions and pursue new ways of working with data and tools.

  • Team-working: Work in a multi-functional team to develop complex data analytical products and data science solutions to operational problems across the NCA.
  • Data Management: Gather data in all formats from a variety of sources and manage large datasets in accordance with best practice.
  • Software Analysis: Apply appropriate analytical methods and software tooling to datasets and articulate the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.
  • Data Manipulation: Manipulate large datasets to solve analytical challenges and provide support to intelligence-led enforcement activity.
  • Solution Management: Develop scientifically robust and innovative solutions to technical challenges.
  • Data Handling: Develop and implement processes for direct data capture and analysis.
  • Quality Assurance: Ensure the quality, secure handling and dissemination of data and analytical products, whilst ensuring confidentiality and sensitivity in line with NCA policy and enterprise governance standards.
  • Collaboration: Contribute to the sharing and dissemination of knowledge and findings across the broader analytical, law enforcement and NCA community as appropriate.
  • Communication: Build working relationships with colleagues across the NCA, domestic law enforcement partners and international technical community to develop skills and cross-functional working.

***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***

Behaviours

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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership

Technical skills

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

  • Experience of programming in either statistics or machine learning (e.g. R or Python) to solve data science problems in a professional context. E.g. NLP, Network Analysis, SciKit Learn / TensorFlow.
  • Experience in employing data visualisation techniques in a meaningful way to non-technical audiences.
  • Experience in the use of data to identify business problems, collaborating with others, both technical and non-technical to build new data exploitation capabilities.
  • Knowledgeable of a breadth of techniques for manipulating multiple datasets from a wide variety of minority backgrounds and protected sources. E.g. NLP, Network Analysis, SciKit characteristics. Learn / TensorFlow.

Benefits

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

Security

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.

Medical

Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

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 30th May.

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 programming in either statistics or machine learning (e.g. R or Python) to solve data science problems in a professional context. E.g. NLP, Network Analysis, SciKit Learn / TensorFlow.

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 with 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 4th July.

Interviews will take place throughout July and August - locations to be confirmed. Please be advised that the interview process may change due to the current situation regarding COVID-19.

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

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

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 ncarecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk, 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 ncarecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk 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

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. At the NCA we are looking to recruit from the widest possible talent pool and encourage applications to apply from a diverse range of 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 ncarecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk
If you have any specific queries about the role that is not covered by the candidate pack, please contact:
ncarecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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

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.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :

  • Name :
    NCA Recruitment Team - GRS
  • Email :
    ncarecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Recruitment team :

  • Email :
    ncarecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

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 Central.recruitment@nca.gov.uk. 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: https://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk/recruitment/recruitment-complaints/

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