SYP - Senior Digital Forensic Analyst - Aug 2022

Sheffield, Churchill Way
£31,425 - £36,231

Role: Senior Digital Forensic Analyst

Department: Specialist Crime Services – Digital Forensic Unit

Location:  Churchill Way, Sheffield

Salary: Band E (£31,425 - £36,231) - Salary negotiable depending on experience.

Hours: 37 hours per week

Contract Type: Permanent


Role Purpose:

We are seeking an experienced Senior Digital Forensic Analyst based in Sheffield.

Are you capable of combining technical ability with an investigative and analytical approach to case information?

Do you want to be an integral member of a specialist unit that supports all levels of criminal investigations?

This is an exciting opportunity to join SYP Digital Forensics (DF) department who have secured a large investment to evolve services and increase capacity.

You will be a technical leader, managing a team of Specialists, and developing techniques to be used across the Digital Forensic departments.

Your time will be spent in a diverse, dynamic working environment, where the next day always brings a different challenge.

The post holder is required to have experience in digital forensics at a senior analyst level and have experience of staff management.

Key responsibilities are:

  • Secure, preserve, process and analyse evidence from a range of digital media in accordance with digital forensic unit SOPs and ISO17025 standards, utilising a range of forensic software and techniques to support investigations.
  • Conduct processing and analysis of recovered data using techniques beyond that of standard forensic tools or automated processes and be able to communicate clear justification for use of these techniques.
  • Present findings and specialist interpretation of evidence to a detailed level beyond that of a basic examination using a format easily understood by Investigating Officers, CPS and the Courts.
  • Conduct testing of digital devices to assist in proving or disproving accounts provided by suspects, victims or witnesses and providing detailed responses to defence / prosecution queries.
  • Attendance at Court to present findings and evidence in a clear and comprehensible manner.
  • Work closely with Investigating Officers and SIOs in the creation of digital forensic examination strategies for more complex investigations and provide regular updates to the progression of casework.
  • Direct line management responsibilities for digital forensic analysts/technicians.
  • Training and mentoring of digital forensic analysts/technicians and supporting their progression through the career development plan set out by the digital forensics management team.
  • Quality assurance of work conducted by senior analysts, analysts and technicians in line with the DFUs ISO17025 accreditation.
  • Support digital forensic projects and training, such as mobile phone kiosk implementation and digital forensic awareness to other units within Force.
  • Give presentations and briefings as appropriate, in support of investigations, including providing practical advice and guidance to officers on matters relating to digital forensic Investigations.
  • Due to the nature of the work undertaken by DFU, the successful candidate will require physical and emotional resilience to be able to deal with material of a distressing nature including Child Sexual Abuse Imagery on a regular basis.

Skills and experience:

For further information relating to the role and tasks of this position, please refer to the attached role profile.


We offer generous entitlements and supportive policies to enable a better work-life balance, some of which are listed below:

  • Generous annual leave allowance (starting at 32 days per year + bank holidays)
  • Flexible and agile working
  • Generous ‘family’ leave
  • Voluntary CPD Events for all staff to allow continuous development
  • Mentoring & Coaching Scheme
  • Paid Professional Subscriptions when relevant to role
  • Access to a range of occupational health facilities
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Employee assistance service (accessible 24/7)
  • Additional benefits for Westfield Health members
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Sports and Social Club

 Case Study – Sam

Please find attached a case study on one of the team in the Digital Forensic Unit for more information on the role and what it is like to work within South Yorkshire Police.


Applicants must meet the minimum requirement checkable history criteria, which must be taken into account for individuals applying to work with South Yorkshire Police in any capacity.  A minimum checkable history of 5 years is required for this role and successfully undergoing recruitment vetting procedure is a pre-requisite of employment with South Yorkshire Police.

Appearance & Standards:

All tattoos and piercings must be in line with South Yorkshire Police’s Appearance and Standards policy.  Tattoos visible on your face, neck, hands, or head are not permitted.  Any tattoos which could be deemed inappropriate, or cause offence will also not be accepted.  If you have tattoos, you will need to make a declaration at the time of application.

Closing Date:

Thursday 1st September 2022 at 23:55

Closing dates are not normally extended, other than in exceptional circumstances and agreement is made with the Talent Acquisition Manager, Recruitment, and the Line Manager for the role.

Contact point for applicants:

For further information about the role, please contact either Amanda Thomas ( or Mark Nicholson-Gee ( on 0114 2963880.  Please do not contact this number for an application form.

Further Information:

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Diversity & Inclusion:

South Yorkshire Police welcomes applications from under-represented communities.  For further information on diversity and inclusion within South Yorkshire Police, please visit the diversity and inclusion page:

If you are from an underrepresented group and want to find out more about the support we can offer, please contact our dedicated team on

In addition, we will look to support anyone who requires Part Time/Job share working hours.

Apply for the role:

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Alternatively you can register your interest through submitting your CV. Please submit your CV to the hiring line manager, at:  & before the closing date.  Please ensure you include the name of the role and the closing date in the subject field of your email.

Note to candidates:

Please note that, should you be successful at the interview stage, the relevant internal or external pre-employment checks are required.  These include vetting clearance or review, prior to being appointed to the new role and start date being agreed.

This opportunity is closed to applications.