Head of Analysis and Research – Front Line Policing
Type: Permanent or Secondment Location: London Organisation: Metropolitan Police Service

Salary: £67,261 to £77,982 plus a Location allowance of £1,639. You will receive £67,261 the band minimum. Progress to the band maximum of £77,982 will be via incremental progression.

Location: Vauxhall - but does offer blended working from home or other Metropolitan Police sites across London.


London is one of the most exciting and diverse cities in the world and home to almost nine million people. Supporting the Met`s fight against violence and vulnerability, the analysis and research of crime, intelligence and data to identify patterns and opportunities for enforcement and intervention are key to the targeting of offenders and the deployment of assets across London.

The challenges of a changing criminal landscape means that there are huge opportunities for you to get involved in making London safer at a time of unprecedented change and scrutiny. This role offers opportunities to work on and influence directly the future of analysis and research in the MPS and to make a meaningful difference to London, the Met and the communities that it serves.

The Role

Responsible for the Analyst and Researcher Teams across the 12 Basic Command Units (BCU), we are looking for a senior leader with a strong background in analysis and intelligence, who has the confidence to build capability and continue to develop the function in line with the organisation’s direction. You will need to apply understanding of customer needs and have the ability to see the bigger picture to identify requirements, gaps and deliver intelligence products to meet these needs.

Innovation and collaboration are key to the success of this role and your experience and leadership will be vital to the delivery of high-quality services to support the MPS and front-line policing.

The role holder will act as Head of Profession and will be responsible for recruitment, training, professional development, accreditation and the delivery of analysis and research to defined standards. You will be expected to promote the role of analysis and research and champion the adoption of best practice by setting a learning culture for all staff, instilling professional integrity and high professional standards.

You will also be expected to represent the MPS and engage at national level to drive and support intelligence research nationally and develop the analysis profession. This is one of two Principal Analyst roles within Met Intelligence and you will work closely with the Principal Analyst, Digital and Specialist Capabilities to ensure consistency and continuity across portfolios.

Skills and Experience

The successful applicant must have:

  • Extensive knowledge of intelligence processes, products and the roles of intelligence professionals within analysis and research.

  • Outstanding leadership experience and a proven track record of the planning , prioritising and delivery of analysis and research projects and programmes against defined timescales and outcomes

  • Ability to lead effectively within a strategic and operational environment

  • Strong written and oral communication skills, with the ability to work to a high level of integrity, evidencing self-motivation and the ability to influence and negotiate at a senior level and with key partners.

  • Experience of representing an organisation at a senior level for meetings, briefings and governance boards. Post holders will need to be able to establish extensive networks, internally as well as externally to the MPS

  • Experience of setting strategic objectives, with the confidence to work with a high degree of autonomy.

  • A good level of technical understanding with an eye to the future and the ability to anticipate future needs. Encouraging staff to consider new and innovative methods in research, analysis and evaluation.


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.

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.

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:

Candidate information pack

Click the button below and start your career at the Met. Applications will be via a detailed CV, Personal Statement and online application form. Your personal statement should outline why you are interested in the role and how your skills and experience demonstrate your suitability for the role. (NB. Please do not attach 2 copies of your CV).

Completed applications must be submitted by 27th June 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.

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