Senior Software Engineer


Bristol, London, Warrington


About the job


Join us and become a leader of a fast-paced team fighting serious and organised crime across the UK. If you like a challenge and enjoy a varied workday, you’ll feel at home here. At the NCA we put our people first, providing opportunities for you to grow and succeed as individuals and working together as part of a team. We’ll look to you to be actively involved in our professional communities and champion learning. We are looking for experienced leaders who inspire and encourage others and are ready to make their mark on achieving our ambition of putting data exploitation at the heart of our fight against serious and organised crime.

Senior Software Engineers lead on the design and development of NDEC tools and systems, supporting operational teams with new tools, and new ways of working with data.


Job description

The NCA’s mission is to protect the public and to lead the UK’s fight against serious and organised crime (SOC). By joining us in NDEC, you are not only joining a key component of the NCA’s Operations - Intelligence Command, but are also joining part of the UK’s national security capabilities focused on tackling the greatest threats to the UK population and interests through the use of data exploitation and data science. This is an area that has grown significantly in recent years and will continue to grow as we adapt and respond to the ever-increasing expansion of technology and data in our personal and commercial lives.

NDEC are, and will be, at the heart of this response and you will be joining a team of dedicated and diverse professionals who are all committed to making NDEC and the NCA a success.

What are we looking for?
• Excellent software development skills and knowledge of object-orientated programming languages e.g. Python, Java, and C++.
• Experience/knowledge of working in an Agile environment applying modern software development practices to quality assure software release cycles.
• Experience / knowledge of cloud computing, infrastructure, and its implementation (e.g. Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud).
• Knowledge of software design languages, such as UML, tools such as Sparx Enterprise Architect.
• Experience managing team members, using subject matter expertise of efficient and effective ways of software development and data engineering to tackle business and organisational challenges.
• Strong stakeholder and consultative skills.
• An understanding of ethical considerations of potential data exploitation and software development approaches, and the legislation applicable in this area.


• Team-Leadership: Lead multi-functional teams to develop and deliver strategic and tactical data analytical solutions to operational challenges. Working closely with other data leads to quality assure, advise and ensure enterprise wide standards and contribute to strategies or ways of working, where appropriate.
• Programming and build: Lead on the design, code, test and document programs or scripts, using the right standards and tools to ensure quality team delivery.
• Data service delivery: Lead the delivery of data services that are automated, reliable, and secure; designing automation in data including writing ETL scripts and code.
• Quality Assurance: Ensure the quality of software, and dissemination of data/information, whilst ensuring confidentiality and sensitivity in line with NCA policy and enterprise governance standards.
• Coaching: Manage/coach staff and develop staff in programming and coding techniques.
• Communication: Build working relationships with colleagues across the NCA’s technical community to develop skills and cross-functional working.
• Collaboration: Share and disseminate knowledge and findings across the broader technical and NCA community as appropriate.

***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***


2:1 in a STEM degree


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together
  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Seeing the Big Picture
  • Leadership

Technical skills

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

  • Provide strategic direction to enable the design, build, integration, test and maintenance of software
  • Excellent software development skills and knowledge of the following object-oriented programming languages: C++, C#, Python, Java
  • Hold the technical responsibility for all stages of a software development project, ensuring compliance, and set the standards for programming tools and techniques
  • Knowledge of cloud-based platforms and technologies


If you are an active police pension member immediately prior to joining the NCA, you can continue your membership throughout your employment with us as if you were a serving police officer. If you do remain an active member and subsequently return to a police force, you should be able to continue your membership there too.

All officers in the NCA are members of the UK Civil Service. You will be eligible for:
• Civil Service pension scheme
• 26 days annual leave rising to 31 on completion of 5 years continuous service
• Training and development opportunities
• Cycle2work scheme

We take the welfare of NCA officers very seriously. All staff have access to Occupational Health services and there are a number of staff representative groups. We also have a range of sporting and other activities on offer.

We can provide flexible working arrangements if the role in question is suitable. These include flexi-time, job sharing and compressed hours (working contracted hours over a shorter period).

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