Forensic Quality Assurance Officer


Posted on 2nd Apr 2024

Forensic Quality Assurance Officer

This role is within a unit where Surrey Police and Sussex Police work in collaboration, whilst remaining two separate legal entities/employers with different terms and conditions.

Both Surrey Police staff and Sussex Police staff are employed in this unit on their own force terms and conditions.

Successful candidates may be appointed on the terms and conditions of employment of either Surrey Police or Sussex Police, depending on organisational requirements. A discussion will be held with the successful candidate to confirm the details of location, salary, allowances and hours.

Division / Department - Specialist Crime

Grade - Surrey Police Grade G / Sussex Police Grade 10

Status - Full Time or Happy to Talk Flexible Working

Contract Type - Permanent

Salary Grade Range - Surrey Police £30,486 - £36,026 / Sussex Police £32,772 - £35,982

Working Hours - 36.0 Hours per Week

Shift Allowance - No

Politically Restricted - No

Location - See Advert

The starting salary for this role will usually be at the bottom of the salary range and will be pro-rata if the working hours are less than full time.

Chief Constables' Message

We really welcome your interest in joining our Police Force. It is a privilege to lead the teams in Surrey Police and Sussex Police who continuously work selflessly and tirelessly in order to keep people in our counties safe.

We are looking for talented and inspirational people who put the needs of the public at the heart of everything that they do and who want to make a difference. If you feel you are that person then we want to hear from you.

We wish you all the very best with your application.

Chief Constable Tim De Meyer & Chief Constable Jo Shiner

The Role & Key Responsibilities

From your first day with us you will be part of a policing family making a real difference.

It is our mission to identify and protect vulnerable people, prevent and respond to harm and keep people safe.

In this role you will be working as part of the Central Quality Management Team, responsible for the maintenance of forensic quality standards across the forces. You will utilise your knowledge of quality standards and regulation (e.g. BS EN ISO/IEC 17025, Forensic Science Regulator's Code of Practice) to ensure compliance across various units within Surrey and Sussex Police, working closely with operational teams such as CSIs, Digital Forensics, Fingerprints etc. You will work as part of a team to develop a culture of quality, influencing peers and police managers around quality requirements and compliance. You will receive in-house training around the role and the Quality Management System used.

As part of the Quality Management Team, you will actively manage the Quality Management System for the force, ensuring adherence to key supporting activities such as auditing, investigation into non-conforming work and document reviews. You will work with the team to actively promote continual improvement opportunities both with operational units and the wider Quality Management System.

Skills & Experience

The requirements for this role are:

Qualifications:

Relevant scientific degree or recent experience working within a quality environment (policing or laboratory)

Knowledge, skills & experience:

Thorough knowledge of relevant regulatory guidance including BS EN ISO/IEC 17025, BS EN ISO/IEC 17020 and the Forensic Science Regulator's Code of Practice

Excellent communication skill with the ability to explain complex/technical information to people of all levels

Excellent written communication skills including clear and concise documented procedures and processes for others to follow

Proven ability to manage a high workload and prioritise work accordingly often with tight deadlines

Experience of auditing processes

Good knowledge of IT software tools including Microsoft Office programs

Why Work With Us?

Policing is an exciting 24/7 business and we all have commitments outside work. We’re invested in supporting people to balance their life with work and we encourage flexible working. We are open to conversations about job shares and part time working. We encourage agile working, giving you the opportunity to manage your own diary and work wherever you give the best service to the public. This may include flexi-time and home working; however at times there maybe a requirement to work at sites across both forces and therefore a willingness to travel is also required.

We take pride in looking after our people and offer a variety of benefits;

career progression

contributory pension scheme (LGPS)

generous annual leave allowance

discounts for everyday spend

on-site gyms and a range of sports clubs

generous and supportive parental leave

financial and mental wellbeing guidance and support

discounted contributory healthcare scheme

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