Compliance Lead - Forensics


MO4 Forensic Services
Band L
Full Time
36 hours per week

Job Title: Compliance Lead - Forensics

Salary: £56,560 to £60,714 plus a Location allowance of £1,639.

Location: Lambeth


The Compliance Lead has an influential and significant position within the Directorate and is responsible for the effective and efficient delivery of the quality management system as the framework to manage risk and ensure compliance with all regulatory and legal requirements. The role will lead on effecting change through continuous improvement and performance enhancement. This will be achieved through performance improvement and lean, efficient and effective process management. The Compliance Lead will represent the MPS on all compliance matters and contribute to the development of quality standards and regimes on a national and international level. The Compliance Lead will lead on all Health and Safety matters for the Directorate, ensuring there is compliance to all legislative requirements.

Key Activities:

  • To provide a strategic lead for a multi-functional team consisting of Quality Managers and Technical staff to design, maintain and improve the quality management system of the Directorate of Forensic Services to the requirements of the Forensic Science Regulator and other applicable legislation (e.g. GDPR, H&S)
  • Identify customer requirements and integrate customer needs wherever possible into the strategic goals of the Directorate by fully understanding operational performance within and across the Directorate and how forensic processes interact from crime scene examination through to forensic evidential presentation in all crime types
  • Through data analysis, report on forensic performance to the Directors and the senior management team, identify failing or lower end performance, make and implement recommendations for improvements in productivity, efficiency, accuracy, compliance and cost savings across the Directorate
  • Manage the Forensic Services Risk Register, acting as the single point of contact to work effectively with HQ Strategy and Governance on risk and performance management.
  • To lead on the development of Forensic standards at National and European levels
  • As the MPS Forensic Compliance Lead, the role holder will represent the Directorate in related matters within the MPS and at National and European levels.
  • Liaise with external stakeholders such as the Home Office, the British Standards Institute, the United Kingdom Accreditation Service, the Forensic Science Regulator’s office, the European Network of Forensic Science Institutes, MOPAC, DARA, HMICFRS, College of Policing, Information Commissioners Office etc. to facilitate external audit and inspection to develop the evidence base to inform best practice.  
  • Lead on Health and Safety management ensuring that the Directorate is compliant with legislative requirements
  • Understand and accept the core principles set out in the H&S Policy in relation to your role, duties and responsibilities and implement those principles and requirements in day-to-day activities.
  • Demonstrate effective visible safety leadership, understand H&S policy and lead compliance within area of responsibility. Implement the principles and requirements of H&S policy in your day to day activities and within the teams you work/manage.  Encourage open dialogue and feedback on safety issues
  • Expected to work within the Forensic Service Quality Management System and actively contribute to the continuous improvement of the system by participating in quality assurance activities, engaging in internal and external audits, competence and proficiency tests, reporting non-conformances and proposing changes to improve the system.


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) Security Check (enhanced) (SC(e)) level before taking up the post; with a willingness to undergo Developed Vetting (DV) once in post, if required.

Please click on the below link to view an online candidate information pack that will you give you an insight into the Met, the competency framework we use which shapes our daily work behaviours, the application process and a host of other information, that will help inform and support your application:

Click the apply now button below and start your career at the Met. Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement and online application form.  (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).  Your personal statement should be no more than 1000 words detailing your knowledge, skills and experience within the compliance arena against the competencies ‘We are Innovative & Open Minded’ (level 2) and ‘We deliver, support & Inspire’(level 3).  Successful candidates will be invited to an interview, which will consist of a presentation and interview based on the following MPS Competency and Values Framework (CVF) Level Three competencies:

  • We are emotionally aware
  • We are collaborative
  • We take ownership and
  • We analyse critically

Completed applications must be submitted by 9th September 2022.

We view diversity as fundamental to our success. To tackle today’s complex policing challenges, we need a workforce made up from all of London’s communities. Applications from across the community are therefore essential.

As a Disability Confident Committed Employer the Met have committed to ensuring that disabled people and those with long-term health conditions have the opportunities to fulfil their potential and realise their aspirations.

Professional Qualifications

  •  Have, or working towards, a National General Certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (NEBOSH)


  • Extensive knowledge of standards such as ISO 9001, ISO 17025 and ISO 17020.
  • The role holder will play a key role in organisational performance improvement by fully understanding and showing how meaningful outcomes will be improved through efficient service delivery.


  • Strong and strategic management and leadership skills and the ability to adjust to multiple demands, shifting priorities and unexpected events whilst maintaining a positive work attitude. They will be self-motivated with a resolution and determination to change and improve the culture and systems within the Directorate.
  • Excellent interpersonal, facilitation and negotiation skills are essential as the person will be in a position of influencing senior management on strategic and operational change.
  • A high degree of analytical ability is required to problem solve and place forward recommendations for improvement.
  • The role holder will also be skilled in mentoring and coaching and will be leading a Directorate team of quality managers and senior technical staff.


  • Significant experience in quality management systems
  • Experience of identifying, escalating and managing risk within their sphere of responsibility, and across the wider strategic business.


  • An in-depth knowledge of the Directorate’s key performance measures in line with customer expectations including the police service, the judicial system and the community.
Head of People, Professionalism and Compliance – Band S

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