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Data Engineer - Data Lab D&A Hub -National Crime Agency

Government Digital & Data -

Full-time (Permanent)
£41,347 to £50,089
Published on
23 May 2024
2 June 2024

Data Engineer - Data Lab D&A Hub

National Crime Agency

Apply before 11:55 pm on Sunday 2nd June 2024


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£41,347 - £50,089

Roles based in London will receive an additional London Weighting of £3,847. Recruitment and Retention Allowance: - This is currently set at £1,000 for this post. The RRA is an enhancement of the role and is reviewed annually.

A Civil Service Pension with an average employer contribution of 27%

Job grade

Higher Executive Officer

NCA Grade 4 / Police Sergeant

Contract type


Length of employment

If applying for Loan or Secondment - 2 years.

Business area


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Homeworking, Job share, Part-time

Number of jobs available




Bristol, London*, and Warrington. *For London based roles your contractual place of work will be Stratford. However, as that site will not be operational until early 2025 in the interim period you will be required to carry out your contractual duties from Vauxhall, or such other reasonable location, on a temporary basis. For the avoidance of doubt as your contractual place of work is Stratford, the move from any temporary place of work will not give rise to any entitlement to payments for travel time or costs under the Relocation and Excess Travel Policy.

About the job

Job summary

Join us and be part of a fast-paced team working together to fight serious and organised crime across the UK. If you like a challenge and enjoy a varied workday, you’ll feel at home here. 

At the NCA we put our people first, providing opportunities for you to grow and succeed as individuals and working together as part of a team. Love learning? Great, we’re looking for self-starters who we can support through our professional communities and training to further your knowledge and development.

We’re growing and evolving, and we need people like you to help us achieve our ambition of putting data exploitation at the heart of our fight against serious and organised crime.

Would you like to learn more about the role? 

If you would like to find out more about the role and the application process, we will be holding virtual open evenings via MS Teams on Tuesday 28th May 18:00 - 19:00. 

This event is by invitation only. If you would like to receive an invite please click through to the link below - you will be asked for your name and email address. 

Click here to attend information session.

Please ensure you register your interest no later that 5pm on Monday 27th May 2024. You will not be able to complete this form after this date and time. 

Please see our Privacy Notice within the Important information document attached to this advert for details on how your data is handled.

We are also recruiting for the following roles:

  • 349277 - Senior Technical Officer - Technical Support Unit
  • 349338 - Engineering Technical Support Officer
  • 349396 - Software Engineer - Data Lab D&A Hub / Specialist Operational Services
  • 350004 - Senior Infrastructure Engineer

Job description

As a Data Engineer in the Data & Analysis (D&A) Hub you will work as part of a varied technical team at the cutting edge of law enforcement on next-generation projects to help catch the criminals that pose the biggest threat to the UK. 

The Data & Analysis Hub (D&A Hub) is the result of the NCA’s ambition to consolidate, professionalise and improve the flow of data and intelligence from acquisition and exploitation through to analysis, assessment and dissemination. 

The D&A Hub and its Data Lab team are responsible for;

  • Building data exploitation capabilities towards strategic and live operational problems.
  • Harnessing engineering of innovative technology, advanced analytics and data science in order to generate actionable insights that deliver decision advantage to disrupt the threat from serious and organised crime

In this role you could find yourself supporting the data engineering team in developing data pipelines and custom components for data integration. This could include building ingestion pipelines (typically using Python and SQL) for structured, semi-structured or unstructured data and interacting with a range of data storage solutions including cloud based data warehouses, relational databases and document stores.  

You’ll be working with varied and interesting data covering multiple threat areas originating from a wide range of sources, and the outputs you create will have a direct operational impact.

The D&A Hub cares and is passionate about your personal development and will provide you with the skills, knowledge and training you need to develop in role.

Locations Available - Bristol, London, and Warrington. 

***To be considered, you will need to successfully complete SC Enhanced clearance before commencing the role and achieve DV clearance within the first 12 months in post.***

Person specification

Your Main Responsibilities will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Team-working: Work in multi-functional teams to advise, develop, and deliver data services to operational challenges.
  • Programming and build: Design, code, test, correct and document programs or scripts, using the right standards and tools and ensuring they meet business requirements and user needs.
  • Data service delivery:  Support the delivery of data services that are automated, reliable, and secure.
  • Service Support: Maintain and support D&A Hub services, providing first and second line support to D&A Hub customers for any incidents or issues.
  • Data Handling: Design and optimise the implementation of data pipelines to connect operational systems, data services and transformation for analytics.
  • Quality Assurance: Ensure the quality of software, and dissemination of data / information, whilst ensuring confidentiality and sensitivity in line with NCA policy and enterprise governance standards.
  • Communication: Build working relationships with colleagues across the NCA’s technical community to develop skills and cross-functional working.
  • Collaboration: Share and disseminate knowledge and findings across the broader technical and NCA community as appropriate.


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

  • Changing and Improving
  • Managing a Quality Service

Technical skills

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

  • Experience of developing and testing software/data pipelines as part of a team using version control and writing clear documentation.
  • Experience with data processing techniques, technologies and platforms and why you might use one over another.
  • Experience developing solutions for processing and analysing datasets of high complexity and/or volume.


Alongside your salary of £41,347, National Crime Agency contributes £11,163 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

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
  • If qualifying criteria is met new joiners to the NCA from UK Police Forces or UKIC will have service with those employers taken into account for continuous service purposes for Annual Leave entitlement only, this will be up to a maximum of 31 days leave (including 1 privilege day).
  • Training and development opportunities
  • Special leave 
  • Flexible working and family friendly policies
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Blue Light scheme 

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