Cyber Forensics Unit Assurance Lead


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Financial Conduct Authority

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Cyber Forensics Unit Assurance Lead

Salary: London ranging from £63,300 to £85,000 - Salary offered will be based on skills and experience

Are you looking to join a team that provides strategic and highly specialised central support to Enforcement & Market Oversight and the wider FCA?

The team/department    

The Enforcement Intelligence & Specialist Services Directorate (EISS) sits at the heart of Enforcement & Market Oversight (EMO) and provides strategic and highly specialised central support to EMO and the wider FCA.

The Cyber Forensics Unit within EISS provide comprehensive digital evidence services to Enforcement and Market Oversight providing strategic forensic investigative techniques for the acquisition, preservation, recovery, and presentation of digital evidence.

The Forensic Science Regulator Act (2021) Code of Practice requires the regulation of forensic science activity (FSA), undertaken as part of criminal proceedings, to operate effective quality management process and procedures, meeting the requirements of the code. Compliance is demonstrated by having accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025. The Quality Management Team manage this accreditation process. In order to fulfil the requirements for ISO17025 accreditation (clause 5.6), the Quality Management Team is recruiting an individual responsible for:

a) Implementation, maintenance, and improvement of the management system

b) Identification of deviations from the management system or from the procedures for performing laboratory activities

c) Initiation of actions to prevent or minimize such deviations

d) Reporting to laboratory management on the performance of the management system and any need for improvement

e) Ensuring the effectiveness of laboratory activities

What you will be doing (the role)    

  • Working as part of the Quality Management Team, supporting the Quality Manager and Senior Accountable Individual to ensure compliance with the Forensic Science Regulator Act (2021) Code of Practice and the implementation of ISO17025 in a digital forensics' environment

  • Assisting the Quality Manager to prepare documentation for UKAS assessments and visits

  • Monitoring the operation of the quality management system (QMS) and collating management information. Assisting in the development of QMS documentation including standard operating procedures (SOPs)

  • Carrying out auditing activities as part of an audit programme. Implementing post audit activities including non-conformance, risks, opportunities, and improvements

  • Participating in Method Development and Validation Exercises to demonstrate robust scientific methodology

  • Maintaining relationships with internal and external stakeholders such as the Forensic Capability Network

What you will get from the role

  • Strategic experience of quality management across the FCA laboratory

  • Insight into the accreditation journey

  • Responsibility for adherence to the Forensic Science Regulator Act 2021 Code of Practice

  • The opportunity to work with a Quality manager and senior leadership team

Our competitive flexible benefits scheme gives you the opportunity to create a personalised benefits package, tailored to suit your lifecycle. You can use this allowance to purchase additional benefits such as dental or cycle to work or you have the option top up your base salary by taking this as cash.  


Core benefits that you will receive as standard are:  

  • 25 days holiday per year plus bank holidays  

  • Private healthcare with Bupa  

  • A non-contributory Pension of at least 8% of basic salary each month (there are several contribution levels that increase depending on your age – up to 12% a month once you reach age 35)  

  • Life assurance of eight times your basic salary  

  • Income protection  


We support hybrid working which means you will be able to work from home up to 60% of the time over a month with the remainder of your time in our London office.

The skills and experience you will have


We are a signatory to the Government’s Disability Confident scheme. This means that we will offer an interview to disabled candidates entering under the scheme, should they meet the minimum criteria for a role.  

  • Experience of working in a digital forensic environment

  • Working knowledge and experience of International Standards and relevant guidance material: ISO 17025:2017, ILAC G19 and Forensic Regulators Codes of Practice


  • Strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to form effective relationships at all levels internally and externally

  • Ability to contribute to the strategy of the departmental management team and wider division

  • Experience of bespoke SharePoint development including Power Automate and PowerApps

  • Ability to perform under pressure, managing competing priorities whilst delivering multiple outcomes to challenging deadlines

  • Auditing experience – Trained Quality Management System auditor

About the FCA   

The FCA regulates the conduct of 50,000 firms in the UK to ensure our financial markets are honest, fair and competitive. We do this to make sure markets work well for individuals, businesses and the economy as a whole. For more information on what we do, our three-year strategy can be found here.  

The FCA's Values & Diversity  

Our ambition is to cultivate a culture of inclusion for all employees that respects their individual strengths, views, and experiences. We believe that our differences and similarities enable us to be a better organisation – one that makes better decisions, drives innovation, and delivers better regulation.  

The FCA is committed to achieving greater diversity across all levels of the organisations. Given this, we particularly welcome applications from women, disabled and minority ethnic candidates for our Lead Associate role.  

Flexible working  

We welcome applications from candidates who are looking for flexible arrangements.  Many of our staff work flexibly including working part-time, staggered hours, and job shares.  We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want but we won’t judge you for asking.  

Useful information  

Applications for this role close at midnight on 2nd July 2024

This role is graded as Lead Associate – Regulatory

The role is based in London

Got a question?

If you are interested in learning more about the role, please contact:  

What to expect from our interview process 

The assessment process consists of an initial screening call with one our Recruitment Partners.  If successful, you will be invited to attend a first stage competency-based interview.

Application support

We want to remove any possible barriers and are committed to providing a wide range of reasonable adjustments so that you can keep the focus on your conversations and be at your best.  

If you have an accessibility requirement, disability, or condition that means you might require changes to the recruitment process, please contact your recruiter to discuss this further. Our aim is to make your application as easy and comfortable as possible, and your recruiter will be happy to work with you to make any necessary arrangements where possible. 

Security Clearance/Vetting

The successful candidate will hold or will be required to obtain Security Clearance (SC) level vetting.

Please note that all applications must be submitted through our online portal, applications sent via email will not be accepted. 


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Perks/benefits: Career development Competitive pay Equity / stock options Flex hours Team events

Region: Europe
Country: United Kingdom

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