CTPHQ – Solution Architect – Grade J/K – Data Science Unit

February 11, 2024

Job Description

Job title: CTPHQ – Solution Architect – Grade J/K – Data Science Unit

Company: Greater Manchester Police

Job description: Are you interested in joining a team that is going to revolutionise how counter terrorism police operate in the UK?

Counter Terrorism Policing (CTP) is establishing a brand-new Data Science Unit, based in Manchester, which will play a key role in supporting the national effort to disrupt the terrorist threat and keep people safe.

The team are recruiting for a variety of roles, including the position of Solution Architect.

This role represents an exciting opportunity for the successful candidate to get in on the ground floor and help shape a new department, which will deliver a range of pioneering services to the counter terrorism policing network and key partners, including:

  • Delivering advanced data analytics support to operational teams, corporate leaders and partner agencies. This will regularly involve working alongside intelligence analysts and digital experts nationally.
  • Working with operational partners, industry, and academia to produce dedicated products intended to address some of the most challenging problems in national security.
  • Leading experimentation and prototyping for new digital and analytical tooling which will evolve CTP’s national technical capabilities and core ICT.
  • Leading and representing CTP in policing, national security, cross-government, industry and academic partnerships on advanced data analytic capabilities and emerging technologies.

As a Solution Architect, the successful candidate would be expected to be responsible for the design and documentation of the architecture at the application layer.

They will support the Business and other areas of NCTPHQ by translating project requirements, identifying and developing strategically aligned technical solutions, in conjunction with Managed Service Providers, third parties and partner agencies.

They will develop solution architecture models for projects and plans to drive forward the strategy, taking advantage of opportunities to improve business performance.

They will provide expert advice on Counter Terrorism Policing solutions and how they fit together architecturally across the organisation.

In addition to technical expertise, we are also looking for proactive team players who have a real passion for innovation and developing best practice for the public sector.

Please answer the following criteria in a cover letter along with your CV:

– Experience of high-level solution design, providing strategic solutions to minimise risk and manage down complexity.

– Knowledge and experience of Servers/blades environments including network connectivity, networked storage, virtualised environments, Oracle, SQL server, & other collaborative and security products.

– Experience of working within an enterprise architecture environment in a complex medium to large sized organisation, ensuring that technical projects align against the organisation strategy, architecture and governance objectives.

– Able to communicate technical information to a non-technical audience.

If you are interested in knowing more about the team and the role being advertised then please email the hiring manager – 66633@gmp.police.uk

Closing Date

3 Mar 2024

Recruitment Team Contact

Other Information

Please see attached Job Description for further duties and responsibilities of this post, please note (unless otherwise stated) you only NEED to evidence essential criteria during the application stage however if you possess a desirable criteria marked (AF) please do evidence this.

Please view the Person Specification within the job description, when applying you will have a maximum of 150 words PER essential/desirable criteria listed beneath Qualifications, skills, knowledge, experience and other.

Please ensure that your application follows the above guidance. If you need further advice, please contact GMPrecruitment@gmp.police.uk.

This is a designated post under the Force Vetting Strategy and the post will therefore attract an enhanced level of vetting.

This post requires access to the most sensitive intelligence material on a daily basis. Applicants must hold or be prepared to undergo National Security Vetting (NSV) level before taking up the post.

Additionally, this material is of particular sensitivity to the UK and its distribution must be restricted to UK nationals. In approved circumstances dual nationals (of which one element is British) may also be granted access. However, in the event that potential conflicts of interest cannot be managed the post holder will not be able to see the intelligence material and will not be able to perform their duties. For the purpose of safeguarding national security and in line with Cabinet Office Policy, supported by Section 82(2) to (4) of the Police Reform Act (2002), applicants who do not hold or acquire Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) or Developed Vetting (DV) clearance and meet the nationality requirements cannot be offered the post

For further information regarding the National Security Vetting process, please click the following link: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/security-vetting-and-clearance’
Please note for applications which carry enhanced vetting you should have resided in the UK for the last 5 years.

Successful applicants will be invited in for a competency-based interview and you will have to pass a medical, background checks and a job-related fitness test.

If you have any further questions, please email CTPNW’s HR Team: ctpnw.hr@gmp.police.uk

Due to the Equality Act (2010) the sickness will not be checked until the conditional offer stage of the recruitment process and therefore candidates need to ensure that they have a good attendance record for the last 2 years for Staff and officers and for 12 months for apprentices.

The Equality Act 2010 makes it unlawful to discriminate against a disabled person in all areas of employment, including recruitment. The Police Service welcomes people with disabilities and will do its best to make reasonable adjustments to the working arrangements and/ or the working environment providing it is possible to do so.

If you have a disability and you require support with your application or any part of the selection process, please let us know so we can consider and support you with any reasonable adjustments you may require. If you need any support completing this application please contact gmprecruitment@gmp.police.uk and the recruitment team will be happy to assist.

Please note that you will be required to provide an educational psychologist report in support of any adjustments.

Please note, all of our communication will be sent to you via the e-mail address you provide on your application form, therefore please ensure noreply@gmp-recruitment.co.uk is in your mail safe senders / safe recipients list to prevent our e-mails going into your junk mail.

CTPHQ is committed to achieving an inclusive and diverse workforce reflective of the communities we serve and would welcome applications from individuals of all backgrounds.

You will find attached the Code of Ethics and Leadership Expectations for policing, these nationally recognised behaviours and values set out the guidance that you will be tested against within any specialist recruitment process. This will provide a consistent foundation for a range of local and national processes to be evidenced and which CTPHQ adhere to.

Minimum Age for Applications


Expected salary: £43098 – 48966 per year

Location: Manchester

Job date: Thu, 01 Feb 2024 03:37:54 GMT

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