About the job

Summary

Investigating serious criminality; collecting and developing intelligence and evidence to build and contribute to case file preparations to prosecute offenders.

You will be working closely with other NCA departments and partner agencies to identify threats from criminality and work in a challenging environment to pursue offenders.

Using innovative approaches and ground breaking techniques you will be making decisions which help to disrupt and bring to justice criminals who present the highest threat to the UK.

You may be expected to work directly or indirectly in tackling child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSAE). This may involve exposure to child sexual abuse images and material. You should consider the sensitive nature of the work before deciding to apply.

Job description

Investigators

Investigating serious criminality; collecting and developing intelligence and evidence to build and contribute to case file preparations to prosecute offenders.

You will be working closely with other NCA departments and partner agencies to identify threats from criminality and work in a challenging environment to pursue offenders. Using innovative approaches and ground breaking techniques you will be making decisions which help to disrupt and bring to justice criminals who present the highest threat to the UK.

You may be expected to work directly or indirectly in tackling child sexual abuse and exploitation (CSAE). This may involve exposure to child sexual abuse images and material. You should consider the sensitive nature of the work before deciding to apply.

NCA investigative teams respond to a broad range of threats including Organised Immigration Crime, Cyber Dependant Crime, Fraud, Human Trafficking, Child Sexual Exploitation and Abuse, Firearms and Drugs, as well as having internal Professional Standards teams. Investigations are undertaken in a varied and dynamic environment with critical roles in identifying intelligence and evidential opportunities in support of Investigation leads.
Should you have previous experience or a willingness to undertake training in order to tackle Cyber Dependant Crime – please indicate this on your application (see guidance under ‘Application Process’ pages).

Investigator Surveillance Operatives

A large number of our Investigators are also trained surveillance operatives; operating as part of a cohesive flexible operational team they are able to successfully deliver proactive operations utilising the full spectrum of tools and techniques available to covert investigation specialists.

Our Surveillance Operatives are highly skilled, dedicated and tenacious investigators at the forefront of law enforcement in the UK, protecting the public from the most serious criminal threats by disrupting or bringing to justice those serious and organised criminals who present the highest risk to our communities.

It is a challenging role requiring a flexible approach to working long and varied hours, often at short notice, operating from locations within England & Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Should you be willing to undertake Surveillance training on arrival in the Agency, please indicate this on your application (see guidance under ‘Application Process’ pages).

Responsibilities

•Experience of conducting arrests; competent and experienced at interviewing witnesses and suspects (custody time limits/ procedures, extensions and authorisations), use of bad character evidence and bail.
•Experience and knowledge around seizure of exhibits, continuity of evidence, and seize/sift legislation, including experience in disclosure, and scheduling of material, and knowledge of CPIA legislation.
•Experienced and competent in completing case files and liaising with prosecuting agencies or authorities.
•Experience and knowledge in the use of investigations techniques to meet operational outcomes.

Essential Qualifications
•PIP1 or an equivalent recognised qualification/accreditation in investigative crime issued by a Government body.
•Full UK Driving Licence

Desirable Qualifications
•PIP2 or an equivalent recognised qualification/accreditation in investigative crime issued by a Government body.
•Police Advanced Driver
•Current Q1 (Q100) College of Policing Survelliance Accreditation

Individuals who do not currently hold PIP accreditation are still eligible to apply as long as they hold an equivalent recognised accreditation in investigative crime issued by a Government body. Investigators who join the agency without PIP2 accreditation may be required to achieve this, including passing any exams (National Investigators Exam (NIE) and/or the NCA Specific Powers Exam).

Successful candidates will be expected to pass a five day Officer Safety Training course (OST) during their probationary period or during their first six months in the Agency (Civil Service transfers). Failure to do so would mean you would not be able to continue in the operational Investigator role, we would seek to find you an alternative non-operational role within the agency’

The OST combines cognitive input, armed and unarmed defence theory and practical techniques and as such, requires a level of physical exertion, due to the nature and repetition of the drills. The practical techniques include use of body weapons, movement and positioning, strikes (armed/unarmed) blocks, restraint and control. We will expect officers attending the course to have a standard of physical fitness. Progressive full body warm-ups are conducted each day to minimise risk of injury to the officer. It is expected the officer is capable of a ground descent and ascent, unaided and within a reasonable timeframe. This is important both individually and in team tactics.

***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***

Licences

Full UK Driving Licence

Qualifications

The following qualifications/skills are essential to the role and proof will be required at interview:
•PIP1 or an equivalent recognised qualification/accreditation in investigative crime issued by a Government body.

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.

Behaviours

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

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together

Benefits

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:
•26 days’ annual leave on entry, increasing to 31 days after 5 years’ service. This is in addition to 8 public holidays.
•A competitive contributory pension scheme that you can enter as soon as you join where we will make a significant contribution to the cost of your pension; where your contributions come out of your salary before any tax is taken; and where your pension will continue to provide valuable benefits for you and your family if you are too ill to continue to work or die before you retire.
•Flexible working patterns including access to Flexible Working Schemes, allowing you to vary your working day as long as you work your total hours.
•All NCA officers can apply for a formal change to their working hours, pattern or location. However, acceptance of Alternative Working Arrangements is depending on a number of aspects such as business needs.
•Generous paid maternity and paternity leave which is notably more than the statutory minimum offered by many other employers.
•Childcare benefits (policy for new employees as of 5 April 2018): The government has introduced the Tax-Free Childcare (TFC) scheme. Working parents can open an online childcare account and for every £8 they pay in, the government adds £2, up to a maximum of£2000 a year for each child or £4000 for a disabled child. Parents then use the funds to pay for registered childcare. Existing employees may be able to continue to claim childcare vouchers, so please check how the policy would work for you here.
•Interest-free loans allowing you to spread the cost of an annual travel season ticket.
•The opportunity to use onsite facilities including fitness centres and staff canteens.
•Occupational sick pay

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.

Medical

Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours and Experience.
If you wish to apply for this vacancy, you must submit your application by 23:55 on 27th April 2020

Your application will be acknowledged by the Government Recruitment Service.

If a large number of applications are received then long-listing will be conducted on the criteria:

•UK Driving licence
•PIP1 or an equivalent recognised qualification/accreditation in investigative crime issued by a Government body

A panel, including the hiring manager, 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 Personal Specification section.

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.

Failure to address any or all of these may affect your application.

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.

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 is not covered by the candidate pack, please contact:
ncarecruitment.grs@cabinetoffice.gov.uk

Sift results are expected to be released w/c 12th June 2020

Interviews will take place Throughout July – September 2020 – locations to be confirmed.

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.

Full details of the assessment process will be made available to shortlisted candidates.

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 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

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.

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.

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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: Click here to visit Civil Service Commission