HMRC seeks head of digital forensics

Post comes with salary of up to £76,610

HM Revenue and Customs is offering an annual salary in excess of £75,000 in its bid to recruit a head of digital forensics.

The role sits within the department’s Digital Support and Innovation team, which is “responsible for the provision of enhanced digital and covert specialist technological support” to HMRC fraud investigators.

“HMRC’s digital forensics [team] has a vital role to play in supporting Her Majesty’s Government’s fight against serious and organised crime, supporting investigations totalling hundreds of millions of pounds each year,” the department said. “Our forensic practitioners are a key part of the UK law-enforcement community, working on a variety of cases, from corporate criminality to tobacco smuggling. Digital forensics is a well-established, national resource with a strong delivery record and a reputation for robust results.”

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HMRC added that the services of its digital forensic unit are “in increasing demand”. In the last two years, its specialists in this area have also had to ensure compliance with new guidelines from the Forensic Science Regulator compelling organisations providing digital forensic services to the criminal-justice sector to attain ISO17025 accreditation.

The head of digital forensics will serve as the senior responsible officer for work on ISO17025 attainment. Other duties will include “developing and upskilling talent” across the wider investigative community.

“The postholder will be expected to transform and introduce a new era of forensics, from new approaches aligned with ISO17025 to being heavily involved in the delivery of a new contract for outsourcing,” HMRC said. “This will involve working closely with operational colleagues across Government, ensuring we are playing a full and effective role across Whitehall and beyond.”

The role comes with an annual pay packet of up to £76,610 for candidates based in London, or £69,500 for those outside the capital

Applications are open until 19 February, with interviews due to take place by the end of March.

Sam Trendall

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