Higher Digital Forensic Practitioner

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.

This is an opportunity to support the successful delivery of HMRC enforcement through the forensic examination of digital media devices that have been or are suspected of being used in the commission of crime. Working as part of a highly skilled team in a busy, dynamic law enforcement environment.

As an excellent communicator you will provide verbal updates and written summaries, including preparing reports and presenting evidential material to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Court.

HMRC operates a competency approach to Digital Forensics. Meaning you will be allocated work based on your current technical proficiency and expertise.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assisting in the seizure and retention of digital devices within a laboratory environment and on-site for subsequent forensic examination
  • Handling forensic exhibits to ensure continuity, confidentiality and security is maintained at all times
  • Understanding, following and actively promoting Digital Forensic good practice methodologies (ISO17025:2017 standard and FSR Codes of Practice) to examine computers, mobile phones and other digital devices
  • Preparing evidential reports upon completion of Digital Forensic examinations
  • Providing 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 in a fast-paced, environment, balancing multiple tasks through completion
  • Ability to handle time and prioritise tasks optimally
  • 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 resolved
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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
  • 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.

Job Reference: 123667

Salary: Salary Minimum - National £33080

Salary per: Month

Job Duration: Permanent

Job Start Date: To be confirmed

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