Assistant Director - Forensic Services

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Grade: Management Band 4

Salary: £69,366 to £75,675

Closing Date: 19th December 2018

Diversity and Inclusion Vision: “Maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a culture of fairness and inclusion to deliver the best service for our communities”


Do you have demonstrable ability to lead to change, develop strategy and deliver a first class forensic services function? 

Are you ready to join an organisation that is dedicated to building an environment that supports, challenges and enables our people to be the best they can be?

If so, we have an exciting opportunity to join us as Assistant Director of Forensic Services based in Ridgepoint House, Bromford Lane, Birmingham.

West Midlands Police are seeking an Assistant Director of Forensic Services that is ready to lead and manage the overall function of Forensic Services ensuring that it provides a first class service and immediate forensic response to police investigations across a multitude of forensic disciplines. Reporting to the Assistant Chief Constable (Crime) you will set the strategy for Forensic Services; aligning national forensic innovation and best practice to our organisational priorities.


Here at West Midlands Police, we serve almost 2.8 million people – making us the second largest police service in England. We’re radically overhauling all aspects of the business with WMP2020 - a modernisation plan that is changing the way we operate. With expertise, commitment and dedication, you’ll thrive in this senior role and help to realise our ambitions

About the role

As the Assistant Director of Forensic Services you will have the unique opportunity to oversee a large technical workforce in excess of 200 ranging from frontline FSI through to the emerging technical disciplines of Digital Forensics (e-Crime). You will hold ultimate responsibility for compliance to forensic science standards (including ISO 17025 & 17020) ensuring the delivery of specialist services within a quality focussed and accredited facility.  In addition, the Assistant Director will:

  • Lead a large complex technical specialist unit and its interdependencies including Firearms and LAB areas
  • Lead stakeholder relationships locally and nationally
  • Coordinate and task the Forensic Senior Leadership Team
  • Update, support and report into Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO), National Police Chiefs Council (NPCC), and the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC)
  • Represent West Midlands Police nationally, at NPCC Forensic Portfolio Boards and expert networks
  • Oversee and run projects locally and nationally
  • Strategically influence and shape future services in partnership with the NPCC Transforming Forensics Programme 
  • Senior responsibility for compliance, validation and technical competence that falls under the scope of ISO 17020, 17025 and 9001 
  • Ownership and accountability for the Forensic Services budget
  • Set objectives and outline policies that contribute to improved efficiency and productivity of the function and Force   

About you

You will be an experienced senior leader who has successfully managed, motivated and led a large multidisciplinary workforce.  With an authentic presence and exceptional interpersonal skills, you’ll naturally inspire confidence and instil trust as visible leader.  Committed to achieving true change-led results, you’ll be comfortable negotiating with senior leaders. You will be collaborative, resilient, committed; your values and integrity will be exemplary and complement ours.

You will also:

  • Hold an accredited forensic qualification
  • Hold a recognised managerial qualification; or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience
  • Be able to demonstrate an in depth understanding of quality standards and audit management
  • Have extensive demonstrable experience in performance and budget management
  • Be able to demonstrate substantial knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation, forensic strategy, policy and procedures
  • Have excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Be able to work under pressure and successfully deliver competing demands

Due to the nature of the role the post holder will be required to undertake an appropriately stringent vetting procedure and be cleared to Management level of vetting.

You may be a required to work outside of normal working hours on occasion, including Bank Holidays and weekends. 

WMP is a large and diverse organisation where you can develop your skills, knowledge and career in an encouraging and flexible environment. We're able to offer you a comprehensive range of rewards and benefits including:


  • 28 days annual leave (plus bank holidays) with the option to purchase additional days
  • access to a Corporate Health Cash Plan and wellbeing website
  • modern working environment in central Birmingham
  • opportunity to save on travel costs through a Corporate Travel Scheme
  • the option to join a generous pension scheme
Interviews will for the position will be held early in the New Year.

West Midlands Police are currently undertaking a long term review of staff pay and conditions.  The grade, pay and other terms of employment are therefore subject to review and may change in the future. 




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