Senior Investigative Officer (Belfast 79k)

Job Description

Senior Investigative Officer (Belfast 79k)

The Client

The Independent Commission for Reconciliation and Information Recovery (ICRIR) is an independent organisation that has been set up to recover information about Troubles-related deaths and serious injuries to victims, survivors & their families to promote reconciliation. The ICRIR are working exclusively in partnership with VANRATH to source multiple Senior Investigative Officers with a range of skills and experience, for their Belfast and London offices on a permanent basis.

The Role

You will be the senior officer in charge of the investigations assigned to your team. You will be expected to lead directly on some and will supervise the conduct of others where responsibility is delegated to other investigators in your team. You will be accountable for every facet of the work assigned to your team and will develop investigative strategies appropriate to the requirements of the investigation. You will manage an innovative hybrid staffing model, bringing together experienced police officers, professional investigators and researchers to provide the best outcome for those that make requests of the Commission.

Main Responsibilities

  • Lead and supervise investigations for the Independent Commission for Reconciliation and Information Recovery. These will include investigators and experts from both professional and policing backgrounds to give a wide range of skillsets necessary for such an investigation.

  • Support the Assistant Commissioner for Investigations to lead, motivate and engage the organisational culture and promoting values, ethics, and high standards of professional conduct to enable an effective and professional service which is trauma-informed.

  • Ensure proper governance, quality and ethical standards are met during the course of investigations and, where necessary, into a prosecution process.

  • Develop and implement effective processes with law enforcement bodies and departments to achieve effective access to information necessary for investigations.

  • Manage resource plans across your portfolio in line with the wider budget framework to maximise the efficient use of public spending.

  • Effectively manage and encourage development, change and innovation, ensuring enhanced productivity, value for money and continuous improvement in problem solving and evidence-based investigations.

  • Developing and implementing investigative strategies based on the unique circumstances of each case.

  • Manage strategic relationships, both within and external to the Commission, in particular negotiating and influencing others to achieve desired outcomes.

  • Make effective, confident and timely decisions, consulting others where needed, articulating options and making recommendations for preferred courses of action.

  • Champion the development of staff, creating an inclusive environment which values diversity, encourages learning and development and identifying and acting where capabilities need to be improved.

Person Specification

  • Hold PIP3 accreditation or equivalent.

  • Experience of working at a strategic level, including the leadership of law enforcement and other professional officers

  • Significant experience of leading complex investigations

  • Knowledge of national policing policies and an understanding of the implications within the organisational contexts of the work of the Commission.

  • Knowledge of effective investigation governance.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication, negotiation and presentation skills.

  • Inclusive and supportive staff leadership skills.

  • Excellent organisational skills, ability to prioritise and delegate.

  • Experience of working with and maintaining a trauma and resiliency - informed approach.

  • Ability to seek out, manage and influence opportunities for continuous improvement and change.

  • Demonstrate the values set out in the ICRIR Code of Conduct.

  • Willingness to be assessed against the requirements for DV clearance, if not already cleared.


  • Market leading salary - £79,000 per annum.

  • Flexible working arrangement based on the business needs.

  • Supportive working environment, with access to occupational health services, wellbeing support and disability friendly policies.

  • 30 days annual leave in addition to 10 bank holidays in NI from Day 1.

  • Family friendly policies - Generous maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental leave in place.

  • Occupational sick pay.

Please note applications for this position close on the 15th July. Applications after this date will not be considered.

VANRATH will manage all applications on behalf of the ICRIR in the first instance. For more information, please contact Ethan Boylan for a confidential conversation about the role and to formally apply to the role.