DfT/756/17/DfTc Senior Data Forensic Investigator

Department For Transport
37428.00 GBP Annual
11 Sep 2017
05 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Are you able to absorb a wide range of information quickly and make sound judgements? Do you have an analytical mind? Do you have a genuine interest in forensic investigative techniques and the role they play in electronic data searches?

If so, we want to hear from you.

As our Senior Data Forensic Investigator, you will ensure that the department meets its legal requirements to find data relevant to Freedom of Information requests, Data Protection requests, Judicial Reviews etc. You will often need to do this to very tight deadlines.

You will carry out forensic investigations across a range of digital storage facilities using advanced search tools and techniques to get the right results with minimal impact on system performance.

You will work with a range of officials, including other IT professionals, senior civil servants, lawyers and policy teams.

About you
Ideally, you have a background in carrying out a wide range of data forensic investigations, with an understanding of relevant law. As a minimum, you are working in an IT or programming environment and have an eye for detail and an analytical mind. You are able to use your communication skills to understand the requirements of the investigation, and how the investigation needs to be carried out. You have the ability to absorb information and instructions quickly, allowing you to take responsibility for your own work. You are confident in your own abilities and use your understanding of what is expected of you to successfully manage the expectations of others.

You will have an industry-recognised qualification in computer forensic investigation techniques, such as the Certified Forensic Investigation Practitioner (CFIP) qualification, or be willing to work towards such a qualification within six months of joining us.

About us
The Digital Service is a new internal capability with around 100 staff, and as the Digital Centre of Excellence for DfT, will:

• offer high performing, secure and innovative services
• grow our professionalism
• empower our people to meet user needs
• build relationships to achieve DfT's objectives

This is a great time to join us as we build the team and deliver a major transformation programme. If you share our vision of being the 'best in class' and have the knowledge and enthusiasm to deliver in this exciting role, then we look forward to receiving your application.

We can proudly announce that the Department for Transport has been recognised for its leadership on workplace gender equality by being included in The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2017.

DfT's inclusion is recognition of our commitment to make the Department a great place to work through our culture of equality and inclusivity and the great strides we've made to raise the number of women in senior positions.

You will have the option of being based at either our London or Hastings office with some home working available. However, we will need take a flexible approach to ensure business needs are met.

Successful candidates based in Hastings will attract the SEO national salary of GBP37,428 as will those who are not based in London for at least 3 days a week.


Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Besides the rewarding nature of the job itself, the benefits that come with it are excellent. The package includes generous leave entitlement, attractive pension options, flexible working and other policies to enable a good work/life balance, including beneficial childcare arrangements. You'll also benefit from our commitment to nurturing and developing talent.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check .

Nationality statement
Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules .

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details
If invited to interview, this may consist of a range of question types. These could include questions about your strengths or how you would respond in any particular situation as well as specific examples of things you have done.

When considering your experience, please tailor your CV and Personal Statement to reflect the role and the following skills:

Strategy and architecture / Information strategy / Information management

• Drafts and maintains the policy, standards and procedures for compliance with relevant legislation. Understands the implications of information, both internal and external, that can be mined from business systems and elsewhere

Skills and quality / Quality and conformance / Conformance review

• Plans formal reviews of activities, processes, products or services. Evaluates and independently appraises the internal control of automated business processes, based on investigative evidence and assessments undertaken by self or team. Ensures that independent appraisals follow agreed procedure and advises others on the review process.
• Provides advice to management on ways of improving the effectiveness and efficiency of their control mechanisms. Identifies and evaluates associated risks and how they can be reduced

Making Effective Decisions

• Identify a broad range of relevant and credible information sources and recognise the need to collect new data when necessary from internal and external sources
• Recognise patterns and trends in a wide range of evidence/data and draw key conclusions, outlining costs, benefits, risks and potential responses
• Ensure all government and public data and information is treated with care in accordance with security procedures and protocols

Managing a Quality Service

• Make effective use of project management skills and techniques to deliver outcomes, including identifying risks and mitigating actions
• Develop, implement, maintain and review systems and service standards to ensure professional excellence and expertise and value for money
• Develop proposals to improve the quality of service with involvement from a diverse range of staff, stakeholders or delivery partners

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 .


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.