Director of Forensic Operations

Metropolitan Police Service


Ref: GSe68167

Londoners rely on the Met to uphold the law and support their local communities. Forensic Services is pivotal to and underpins the work that the Met does and therefore our vision is to provide Forensic excellence, through innovation and partnership, to make London safer.

It is an operational service, from front line staff who manage and examine crime scenes through to forensic experts who give critical impartial evidence in court.

The service employs one of the largest bodies of police staff within the Metropolitan Police Service and is one of the largest providers of forensic services to the criminal justice system in the UK and Europe.

We provide robust forensic evidence, which adds value to investigations and criminal justice outcomes for victims of crime at the earliest opportunity across the MPS.

The role

The Director of Forensic Operations is a crucial role at the heart of the Met’s FS division.  You will ultimately be responsible for providing proactive and progressive leadership to ensure the strategic operational direction and delivery of all FS and increase the contribution of FS resources to help tackle crime and criminality in London. You will play a key role in managing and navigating all operational forensic activity, to ensure the capabilities exceed the quality and quantity needed to meet the supply requirements of Forensic Services.  Working to, and supporting the Director of Forensic Services, you will provide business critical insights and participate in leading strategic initiatives to ensure cross-functional alignment of organisational goals and objectives.

The person

To be successful in this highly challenging role, you will be an expert in complex, multi-disciplinary operational leadership, you will be a creative thinker, capable of translating strategic plans and decisions into operational practice.  A successful track record operating at a senior level with experience in the delivery of forensic services or a science or technology related industry is essential, combined with a comprehensive understanding of the science and technology that supports the delivery of effective forensic services. You will be an exceptional, resilient leader who has the passion and appetite to improve operational excellence.

For an informal discussion to explore the roles and your fit in more detail, please contact Peter Guilder at GatenbySanderson who are managing this senior police staff recruitment process on behalf of the MPS. Peter can be contacted via email: or mobile: 07545 441127.  

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.

Closing Date23.59hrs Monday 30th November 2020
Longlist Meeting Tuesday 8th December 2020
Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson From Monday 14th December 2020 onwards
Shortlist MeetingTuesday 12th January 2021
Psychometric AssessmentsPost shortlist meeting w/c 11th January 2021
Final Panel Interviews DateMonday 25th January 2021
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.