Director Continuous Improvement and Forensic Innovation

Metropolitan Police Service


Ref: GSe68170

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, going 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 Continuous Forensic Improvement & Innovation will provide strategic leadership of the development of forensic capability, capacity, quality, change, innovation, health and wellbeing and professional standards to deliver continuous improvement.   You will be responsible for delivering innovation and continuous improvement initiatives to support operational FS and improve operational capability and capacity.  As the strategic lead, you will spearhead the design, development and implementation of strategic change programmes, workforce strategies, and quality performance improvements to drive continuous improvement and support the evolving needs of FS. In this diverse and challenging position, you will be at the vanguard of driving change within FS, shifting approaches and challenging the status quo to strive for excellence.

The Person

You will be an exceptional and inspirational leader who has the passion and appetite to improve standards and drive innovative solutions. A high degree of personal motivation, resilience and visibility will be required with results obtained through effective management of direct reports and leadership of forensic staff in general.  You will have the confidence and credibility to engage with a variety of stakeholders and possess the ability to implement effective solutions which will help meet the varying, demanding and competing requirements within FS.  A proven track record as a senior Leader with experience in the delivery of forensic services or a science or technology related industry is essential.  This is a rare opportunity to play a significant part in the Mets Forensic Services. 

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 Datew/c 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.