Grade:  Higher Executive Officer (HEO)

Reporting to: Head of Unit at Assistant Principal Officer Level

Employing Authority: Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC)

Location:  Dublin 1

Closing Date: 12 noon, Monday 22 July 2019


Role Summary

The Digital Investigations Unit has responsibility of Digital Forensics, eDiscovery and Open Source Intelligence for all Units and aiding of other agencies across Europe. The Unit works closely with all other Units in the CCPC and has a large amount of responsibility in documentation and assisting other Units within the organisation. The Senior Digital Forensic Specialist will assist in providing technical assistance to investigating officers during search operations and also on a day to day basis in relation to the digital forensic investigation of computers, mobile phones and other digital devices.

The Unit is undergoing expansion with the full transformation of laboratory systems and technical resources coupled with a comprehensive L&D strategy to ensure that all of the enforcement team are certified in the necessary tools. Funding and related supports for further education may be made available should the successful candidate be ready to undertake post-graduate studies in this area. The role will give the successful candidate the platform to build collaborative networks with other professionals along with other development opportunities. People and project management opportunities can be availed of which will provide the role holder an excellent skillset to assist in career progression in the area.

The Senior Digital Forensics Specialist will work closely with the Head of the Digital Forensics Unit and all Enforcement Divisions ensuring that all digital investigations are managed in compliance with international best practice as it relates to criminal investigation digital forensic standards.

Key Responsibilities

  • Assist on Investigations in Ireland and EU member states acquiring Digital evidence and/ or Liaising with other Irish and EU Authorities in Consumer Enforcement relating to Digital Information

  • Assist and support investigation teams during the life cycle of alleged infringements of the Act.

  • Develop, verify and document Processes and generate Activity Reports

  • Conduct on-site interviews with organizational IT experts during search operations

  • Conduct forensic investigations of laptops, servers and mobile devices

  • Offer insight in Security and occasional Penetration tests

  • Summarise and present information from investigations to cross-functional teams

  • Provide assistance to CCPC in general management of DIU Systems, working with the Head of Unit and deputise as required.

  • Research and develop new tools and techniques including training of staff on areas of interest related to security, Forensics, eDiscovery and OSINT and present to enforcement officers of the CCPC

  • Contribute to the development and achievement of the strategic goals of the organisation generally and divisional objectives in particular by participating in cross-divisional projects, and training workshops as required

  • Build, maintain and interact effective and professional working relationships with CCPC staff, and individuals, law enforcement and organisations that the CCPC deals with. Where appropriate, represent the CCPC at national and international seminars and conferences.


Technical and Professional Requirements

Essential - the candidate must have most, if not all of the following:

  • Computer / Digital Forensics degree and/ or a relevant professional qualification such as SANS, EnCE;

  • Experience and knowledge in performing Digital Forensic examinations (First Responder and/or Lab based) on computers (including Network and Server-based forensics) and/or mobile devices;

  • Demonstrable case experience within either the law enforcement or public services sectors;

  • Proficient working knowledge of Windows and mobile operating systems;

  • Experience of examining other common operating systems such as OS X and Linux;

  • Knowledge of computer based hardware, IT systems and terminology;

  • Experience of using forensic tools such as EnCase, FTK, XRY and Cellebrite;

  • Experience and knowledge in completing OSINT tasks (tools and methods);

  • Proficient working knowledge of eDiscovery platforms and the Electronic Discovery Reference Model (EDRM) process; together with understanding and working in the area of Legal Professional Privilege;


  • Previous relevant experience in the Civil/Public Sector.

  • Knowledge of risk in a working environment.

  • Working knowledge of document retention rules in a Data Protection ‘GDPR’ context

  • Working knowledge and understanding of case management systems.


Closing Date 

Closing date for applications is 12pm on Monday, 22 July 2019