Visual Effects Artist Apprentice

The successful candidate will deliver cutting edge technical solutions, used in high risk environments, employing modern technology and sensitive tactics, in order to develop intelligence and acquire evidence which contributes to reducing serious and organised crime affecting the UK.

In the Intelligence Directorate we collect, record and enhance intelligence to build a picture of that serious and organised crime, sharing this with partners in the UK and abroad. Then, through the exploitation of intelligence, we flex law enforcement’s collective resources against these dynamic threats. We are continuously looking for new opportunities to enhance traditional capabilities to increase the quantity and quality of available intelligence and maximise its potential for exploitation.

A notable gap in our current capabilities is in the field of digital imagery creation- the construction and deployment of created images and other digital media in support of operational activity. The successful applicants will be at the forefront of this emerging technology at a very exciting time and be crucial to its development.

 

Job description

As a successful candidate you will develop technical solutions involving the creation of digital images for use in complex operations in the UK and overseas. You could be deployed to work on any type of investigation including, but not limited to Child Sexual Exploitation, Cyber or Financial Investigations.
You will support operational officers in deploying the technical capabilities you have developed on behalf of the NCA to the highest standards.
You will design, develop, modify and adapt innovative technological solutions which enable the delivery of covert investigative activity against agreed strategic objectives.

You will provide information and advice on new techniques to ensure the organisation utilises the latest covert technical capability.

The production of images for the purposes described presents a number of legal, ethical and technical challenges. It requires specialist technology, training and, more importantly, artistic flair. To be successful in this campaign you will already be able to demonstrate this artistic talent, in addition to the ability and discipline to learn and apply the principles of covert law enforcement. You will have good communication skills and have the ability to work as part of a team. You will be able to demonstrate an ability to find creative solutions to problems.

In particular we are looking for proven experience of collaborative working in a technical/creative environment, whether this is during your studies, the workplace or in your own time. You should be proficient in the use of IT, with any experience or knowledge of digital creative software (Photoshop or 3D Modelling) being particularly welcome.

To join us it is essential that you have a strong interest in digital artistic/creative pursuits and have an A Level (or equivalent) in a moving picture or art-related subject. You will have passed 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C (or equivalent), including English, Maths and an art-related subject.

***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***
 

Responsibilities

Main Responsibilities

You will be working towards becoming a G5 Visual Effects (VFX) Artist on successful completion of the apprenticeship. If you are offered a permanent post you will:
• Operate as a VFX Artist in the UK, supporting NCA operations with your digital imagery expertise. Acting as a tactical advisor in all matters where visual effects are deployed in an operational context.

• Provide, create, develop capability and knowledge around the use of visual effects technology by law enforcement officers.

• Maintain an in-depth knowledge of legislation, case law and practices appropriate to covert operations and perform the role of a VFX Artist with honesty and integrity.

• Compliance with legislation and NCA policy to support prosecutions, or disruptions, where appropriate.

• Maintain the confidentiality, duty of care and sensitivity of covert operations and functions in line with NCA policy.

• Undertake responsibility and accountability for the management and maintenance of digital covert assets and equipment. Ensure responsibility for personally issued covert assets in respect of the Visual Effects Artist role.

• Assist with the delivery, or attend training and Continuous Professional Development courses when required. Maintain any other mandatory training as determined by NCA policy.

• You could be deployed to work on any type of investigation including, but not limited to Child Sexual Exploitation, Cyber or Financial Investigations.

Qualifications

The following qualifications/skills are essential to the role and proof will be required at interview:

To join us you'll need a strong interest in digital artistic/creative pursuits and have an A Level (or equivalent) in a moving picture or art-related subject.

You will have passed 5 GCSEs at grade A* - C (or equivalent), including English, Maths
and an Artistic or creative subject


Please ensure the dates of any accreditations you are relying on, are entered on to the CV.

Should you progress to the assessment stage of the process, you will be required to provide a copy of the original certificate.

Failure to provide evidence at interview may result in your application not progressing to the next stage.

Behaviours

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

  • Working Together
  • Delivering at Pace

Technical skills

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

  • Excellent communication skills both interpersonally and when writing/drafting documents or correspondence.
  • Excellent Problem solving skills
  • Experience of using Microsoft office applications and other Web based platforms.
  • Proven experience of collaborative working in a technical/creative environment.

Benefits

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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