Senior Forensic Practitioner

HMRC’s Fraud Investigation Service (FIS) is responsible for the department’s civil and criminal investigations. FIS ensures that HMRC has an effective approach to tackling the most serious tax evasion and fraud.

Digital Support and Innovation (DSI) is the specialist support business area responsible for the provision of enhanced digital and specialist technological support to FIS investigations. DSI provides investigative tools and 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.

HMRC’s Cyber & Digital Forensics Group (C&DF) plays an integral role in Her Majesty’s Government’s fight against serious and organised crime, supporting investigations totalling hundreds of millions of pounds each year. Our forensic practitioners are a key part of the UK Law Enforcement community, working on a variety of cases, from corporate criminality to tobacco smuggling. C&DF is a well-established, national resource with a strong delivery record and a reputation for robust results. Our services are in high demand, as we embrace the challenges posed by the pace of technology development and advances in data exploitation. As such, we are looking for talented individuals with a passion for computer science to join our rapidly expanding team.

C&DF’s innovation and professionalism is recognised by international partners and we are frequently asked to speak at key events. R&D is essential to our mission – from deploying new approaches to RAM analysis to building bespoke tools – and we will be investing heavily over the coming months and years. There is scope for contributing to related initiatives, from helping HMRC develop its eDiscovery capability to working with C&DF’s dedicated infrastructure team as it prepares to launch a number of new services.

C&DF also works closely with HMRC’s Cybercrime team who investigate attacks on HMRC’s digital channels with a view to protecting online services that are used by millions of people. This is an exciting opportunity to hone your skills in the field of digital forensics, including working on mobile devices and vehicles. C&DF offers an extensive training programme with potential for industry certifications and technical career pathways from apprenticeships through to Grade 6.

Main purpose of role
The Senior Forensic Practitioner role in C&DF is pivotal to the successful delivery of the team and offers varied and challenging work.

The primary responsibility of the Senior Forensic Practitioner is to provide technical assistance to HMRC’s investigation teams through the forensic examination of digital media devices that have been or are suspected of being used in the commission of crime. This will include verbal updates and written summaries, including preparing reports and presenting evidential material to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and the Court.

The difference between the Higher and the Senior roles is: the level of complexity of cases; the level of direction expected in terms of leading junior colleagues; and the expectation of managing on-site acquisition. You will be expected to liaise with Senior Investigation Officers (SIOs) running operations and their senior management structures.

It is therefore essential that applicants have current experience of conducting digital forensic examinations – gained through at least 3-5 years in a commercial, legal or law enforcement environment. Successful applicants must have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of criminal justice procedures including: the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA); the Police Act 1997; Criminal Procedures and Investigations Act (CPIA); and the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE); with emphasis on disclosure obligations and procedures surrounding Legal Professional Privilege (LPP) material.

Degree or degree-level qualification in digital forensics or a related field and/or 3-5 years practical experience in a digital forensic environment. Qualifications and certifications held may include (but are not limited to): GCFE; MSc; EnCE; ACE; CCE; A+; MCP.


Job Reference: 1614035

Salary: £36,750

Salary per: Annum

Job Duration: Permanent

Job Start Date: To be confirmed

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