G4 Senior Media Investigator


Chelmsford, Crawley, Dover, Fareham, Gillingham (Kent), Kingston-upon-Thames, London, Slough, Stevenage, Heathrow

About the job


Responsible for supervising and leading Digital Media Investigators investigating serious and organised crime.

As a Senior Digital Media Investigator, you will be supervising Professionalising Investigations Programme (PIP) 2 Digital Media Investigators and mentoring trainees so will have experience mentoring and developing staff. You will be required to lead the digital media investigation on complex serious and organised crime investigations, will be experienced in managing risk and have proven experience in decision making and managing resources. 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.

Job description

Key Responsibilities

• Provide guidance to Senior Investigating Officers on the application of technology in investigations. Take a lead role in difficult or complex investigations.

• Supervise the development and implementation of effective digital media investigation strategies to support the advancement of an investigation. (including data identification and recovery, internet investigation and other digital media investigation tactics).

• Ensure digital media investigations are carried out thoroughly, professionally and expeditiously in accordance with the Agency’s policy and legislative requirements ensuring all legal and operational requirements are met on the way to preparing cases for submission to the Crown Prosecution Services (CPS).

• Be responsible for professional oversight and development of Digital Media Investigators (DMIs) in your region including mentoring Trainee DMIs

• Harness and seek specialist support from roles such as Analysts, Communications Data Investigators (SPoC - Single point of contact, Digital forensics, Technical Operations Major Crime Investigative Support (MCIS) to apply appropriate expertise to the advancement of an investigation.

• Support NCA Digital Forensics at scene, provide advice and guidance to operational officers, including on scene and within Digital Media Suites.


You will have the below qualifications or skills:

Essential Criteria:

• Trained Digital Media Investigator (College of Policing or equivalent recognised qualification/accreditation in Digital Media Investigation)
• Professionalising Investigations Programme (PIP) 2 or an equivalent Government issued qualification/accreditation in investigative crime.

Investigators who join the Agency without PIP2 accreditation will be required to achieve this, including passing any exams (National Investigators Exam (NIE) and/or the NCA Specific Powers Exam), within their probationary period.

Desirable Criteria:

• PIP2 Supervisor
• Trained to Open Source Level 3 (or equivalent recognised qualification in Internet Investigation)

Please note :

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 Officer Safety Training course (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***


• Trained Digital Media Investigators (College of Policing or equivalent recognised qualification/accreditation in Digital Media Investigation).
• Professionalising Investigations Programme (PIP) 2 or an equivalent Government Issued qualification/accreditation in investigative crime.


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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Experience of relevant legislation (UK & International Law) affecting digital media investigation activity
  • Experience of conducting investigations utilising strategies and techniques relating to digital media
  • Experience of supervising/managing people or a team.
  • Experience of leading/managing multiple investigations.