National Crime Agency Deputy Director – Legal
£71,000 - £117,80pa
Based in London
Bring your legal skills to an environment where they’ll matter to millions.
Human traffickers, firearms and drugs dealers, cybercriminals and exploiters of children… At the NCA, we work at the cutting-edge of law enforcement, tackling those posing the most serious threat to UK life.
Now, more than ever, serious and organised criminals are finding new and more ruthless ways to prey on vulnerable people and the wider public. And as the crime landscape continues to evolve, so do we. Our teams work creatively and collaboratively, to find new and unexpected ways to stay ahead. Join them as a Deputy Director, and your work will have a serious impact as you help us protect millions of people across the UK.
In what is one of the main leadership roles within the NCA, you’ll head up a team of around 50 lawyers and non-lawyers to ensure the timely and effective delivery of high quality legal advice. Your role will also involve deputising for the agency's Legal Advisor, including at high-level governance meetings. A key focus for you will be developing staff, shaping our strategic direction and providing a risk-based oversight on a wide range of challenging litigation and advisory cases. Along the way, you’ll need to build strong relationships with partners and deliver robust briefings to senior officials on the many legal issues relevant to the NCA.
We’ll need you to ensure we have an optimal professional environment for lawyers, paralegals and business support staff – that’s going to mean taking responsibility for a range of corporate activities, including managing budgets, recruitment campaigns, and staff development and training. Across everything you do, you’ll maintain strong and collaborative relationships with counterparts across law enforcement, the CPS, the intelligence community and Whitehall departments.
Qualified to practice as a lawyer in England and Wales, you’ll bring an inclusive and strategic leadership style, including the ability to develop, motivate and nurture a diverse and highly-skilled team that’s meeting a variety of legal needs in a complex operational environment. You’re someone who can articulate a strategic vision for a large organisation, drive stakeholder engagement and deliver change. In particular, we’ll want to see a track record of leading substantial improvements to increase operational effectiveness and value for money, including through running comprehensive programmes and setting up new capabilities.
You’ll be happy to play a wider role in the senior leadership of the NCA beyond the legal team, and to take responsibility for all aspects of good governance. You should have a solid understanding of the legislative process and the machinery of government as it applies to law enforcement and protecting the UK from the threat of harm. We’ll also be looking for a proven ability to find innovative solutions for complex problems, to show resilience under pressure, and to advise on, and deal calmly and decisively with complex and sensitive legal issues. A persuasive and credible communicator, you’ll command the confidence of senior officials and a wide range of partners within law enforcement and beyond. DV/STRAP are essential for this role, and it is only open to UK nationals.
We take your career and development seriously and want to help you build a truly successful career with us and the wider Civil Service. So, we’ll make sure you receive the right training, guidance and coaching as well as regular performance and development reviews. What’s more, as a Civil Service employee you’re also entitled to a large range of benefits, including generous annual leave, flexible working, a contributory pension, staff bonuses and recognition, volunteering days, childcare vouchers and other salary sacrifice options, and an employee discount scheme.
The breadth of our capabilities means there’s no such thing as a typical NCA officer. We recruit people from virtually every walk of life, from police to project management, crime analysis and commercial procurement. Join us and we’ll give you the powers, time and resources to deliver game-changing outcomes, as well as high-profile experience to add to your record. On top of this, you’ll get to work at the heart of law enforcement response and deal with the biggest threats to national security.
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