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Head of Police National Computer and Criminal Histories team, Data & Analytical Services Directorate – 40532
£58,130 - £69,900


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We have a permanent role to lead the Police National Computer and Criminal Histories team within the MoJ Data & Analytical Services Directorate at Grade 7b. The post is open to staffon level transfer and other eligible staff on promotion and you must be a member of the GSS, GSR or GORS to be eligible to apply.

The Successful candidate will be based at: 102 Petty France, MoJ Hubs and home. It is anticipated the post holder would need to work 2 days a week in 102 Petty France (covid allowing), due to the fixed location of the Police National Computer.

Interviews are likely to take place in February 2021 and will be held via MS Teams. We will keep a merit list for a year for those who successfully pass the interview board but who are not offered a post.


Data and Analytical Services Directorate (DASD) sits at the heart of the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) providing analytical support across a diverse and exciting agenda. We work in a dynamic and fast paced context and our skills are in heavy demand across the MoJ. We are a cross-disciplinary directorate with a supporting policy development and operational delivery with a mixture of generalist analysts and data users, social researchers, operational researchers, statisticians and economists.

Analysts have a crucial role to play in the achievement of the Ministry’s goals. We provide the evidence on which to make good policy choices, monitor and evaluate progress and demonstrate outcomes. There is a huge appetite within the Ministry for more and better analysis, which is driving us to recruit.

MoJ provides an exciting and dynamic environment for analysts with considerable opportunity to make a difference.  DASD comprises around 300 staff who providing support, challenge and advice to policy and operational colleagues and Ministers right across MoJ and beyond.  Analysts have a crucial role to play in the achievement of the Ministry’s goals, and there is a huge appetite for more and better analysis and analysts.

Why work for the Ministry of Justice?

  • Flexible working arrangements – including compressed hours, flexi-time, working for home or commuter hubs outside of London
  • Regular job rotations to broaden experience – there are regular optional rotations for analysts of all levels to expand experience and opportunities
  • Analysis is at the centre of the Department’s decision making – with the move to a ‘Data Driver Department’ and a Secretary of State keen for all decisions to be evidence driven, your analysis will be key in influencing decisions
  • See the frontline and what your work is influencing – regular opportunities to visit prisons and probation providers to better understand the areas your analysis is affecting
  • Range of new areas of work and software – with the move to a more ‘Data Driven Department’ there will be many new areas of analysis to develop and a better range of analytical software

Job Description

The role is leading the Police National Computer (PNC) and Criminal Histories team. This is a high profile and demanding role. The team manages and analyses the MoJ’s extract of the PNC. The postholder will work with internal and external stakeholders to agree secure PNC data shares and support a range of analyses to develop the evidence base on offending. They will also manage a team of analysts to deliver two statistical publications.

Key Responsibilities of the role

  • The post holder will act as the guardian of the PNC data, ensuring that it is maintained at the required security level (‘Secret’). Working with internal analysts and external academics they will agree the sharing of PNC data in a secure way, support stakeholders in developing data sharing agreements and in analysing the data effectively.
  • The post holder will support the G6 in negotiating a new IT support contract for the PNC and transitioning to the new contract.
  • They will have the opportunity to lead several major development projects. They will work to transition the PNC to a cloud environment, negotiating with IT and contract management colleagues and the police to agree a suitable solution. Working with policy, analytical and external colleagues, they will explore the expanded PNC dataset, to identify new and interesting analyses to drive policy and expand the evidence base. They will also lead the team to publish newly refined statistics on Knife Possession and Criminal Histories, provide briefing and ad hoc analysis on these topics, and develop new areas of analyses, such as on prolific offenders.
  • Relationship-building is a key skill for this post. The postholder manages a contract for PNC security and liaises with the police to maintain our access rights. They are responsible for supporting, challenging and developing a team of 4 analysts (2 Band Bs, 1 Band C and 1 Band D), enabling them to work together to deliver a range of outputs – effective people management is therefore essential. The team also has strong links with policy colleagues and will continue to develop these further.

(To safeguard the PNC extract, the postholder will be required to become cleared to ‘Secret’ level – further details can be provided on request.)  

The following experience and skills are desirable:

A good understanding of the Data Protection Acts and good IT skills is highly desirable.

Recruitment process

You will be assessed against the Civil service success profiles framework.


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

  • Leadership
  • Managing a quality service
  • Delivering at pace

Please also refer to the CS Behaviours framework for more details at this grade (Level 4 – Grade 6 and Grade 7 or equivalent):


1: You will be asked to provide examples of the following analytical requirements:

Applies quantitative analytical methods effectively to drive insights and evidence that influence decision making and add value:

  • Identifies, gathers and brings a range of often large data sets together, identifying and resolving quality issues
  • Uses appropriate methods and techniques to analyse the data to gain insight and evidence that solves problems or questions
  • Presents findings and insights persuasively so customers engage and understand the evidence and use it to influence decisions
  • Anticipates potential further uses of data wider than solving initial problem, and can raise awareness and engagement in value of quantitative approaches

2: Professional competency:

You should give evidence of how you meet the requirements of the relevant professional competency framework. Further information can be found within the links below:

Government Statistician Group (GSG):

Government Social Research Service (GSR):

Government Operational Research Service (GORs):

Please note that a number of the analyst competencies may overlap with the MoJ competencies listed above. We therefore recommend that in providing written evidence for the analyst competency, candidates focus on the technical and methodology aspects of the competencies that are specific to the profession. We will use evidence presented for the MoJ competencies in assessing the wider skills candidates have.

Applicants Invited for Interview

You will be required to give a 5-minute presentation at interview. Details of this will be sent to those candidates who are invited for interview.

Additional Information