UK’s National Crime Agency WLTM Deputy Director of Digital Data & Technology

Britain’s National Crime Agency – charged with thwarting serious and organised crime – is putting out the feelers for a senior figure to head up, among other things, the threat response, analysis, capability exploration and research unit, otherwise known as TRACER.

The Deputy Director of Digital Data and Technology (DD&T) role at the law enforcement agency is being advertised with a wide-ranging salary of between £71,000 and a little under £118,000, presumably dependent on the levels of skills the chosen candidate can demonstrate.

The winning candidate will also operate as the NCA’s Chief Science and Innovation Officer.

“It’s a high profile, senior leadership role that will see you working across the National Security landscape to ensure that our operational performance is enhanced by using science, technology and data to deliver a tangible impact,” the job ad states.

“Specifically, you’ll be responsible for the strategy, implementation and operation of a science and innovation eco-system that drives operational advantage in tackling serious crimes and criminal behaviour. That will include overseeing the regulatory, police and societal drivers on the use of any ST&D that poses a threat to our operational capabilities.”

Which sounds like the remit could include facial-recognition tech and encryption – controversial topics that are close to the heart of the current British establishment.

The chosen candidate will oversee “effective horizon scanning services, analysis and impact assessments on relevant threats and opportunities, identify and demonstrate solutions and/or new ways of working through the articulation of benefits and risks leading to policy/operational changes and or investment decisions in new capabilities.”

The deputy director will also have to be an easy rider in political circles: being “accountable for the development of the UK threat picture for Investigatory Powers Act capabilities on behalf of UK law enforcement agencies and UK Intelligence Community”; being “accountable” for the activities and financial reporting to NCA and the Home Office; and taking charge of “de-confliction of strategic digital capability requirements with other Government agencies.”

As for the tech, the new leader for DD&T will be required to help deliver “transformation,” to lead and develop processes, to act as a role model, and “inspire confidence.”

In addition to the salary, the job also comes with a Civil Service pension scheme, 26 days holiday – rising to 31 after five years in the role – and the Cycle2work scheme.

Just in case interested applicants are in need of reminding, the NCA says it focuses on disrupting the lives of human traffickers, firearms and drugs dealers, cybercrims and exploiters of children. So all in all quite an important position.

“Now more than ever, serious and organised criminals are finding new and more ruthless ways to prey on vulnerable people and the wider public,” the ad continued. “And as the come landscape continues to evolve, so do we. Our teams work collaboratively, to find new and unexpected ways to stay ahead. Join them as a deputy director, and your work will have serious impact as you help us protect millions of people across the UK.”

Not content with that, the NCA is also looking to fill the vacant posts of deputy Director of Operations; deputy director of Legal running a team of 50 lawyers and non-lawyers; and deputy director of Strategy. ®

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Paul Kunert