NABIS Ballistics Technician

Birmingham, West Midlands
08 Aug 2018
26 Aug 2018
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About the role:

A unique opportunity has arisen to join NABIS as a Ballistics Technician on a permanent basis in Birmingham. As a NABIS Ballistics Technician (following successful progressive training) you will be expected to undertake the classification of ammunition and firearms whilst preserving forensic evidence including DNA, fingerprints and fibres. This is a demanding, exciting job which is challenging but also very rewarding
You will carry out comparisons of ballistics items against the NABIS firearms open case file using both automated and manual systems. You will ensure delivery of NABIS services in line with NABIS Service Level Agreements and national performance criteria and ensure that NABIS services are compliant with quality control standards whilst maintaining the highest levels of personal, business and scientific integrity. 


The National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) provides fast time intelligence linked to the criminal use of firearms. NABIS is tasked with linking firearms incidents across the UK to help develop a national understanding of the use, supply, importation and manufacture of illegal firearms. NABIS forms part of UK policing as part of the NPCC’s portfolio, and works closely with the National Crime Agency, UK Border Force and Government Departments. 

To find out more about this role, and other NABIS vacancies, NABIS are hosting a Recruitment Open Day between 12:00 and 20:00 on the 14th of August ’18 in Birmingham City Centre. For full details on this event please visit Eventbrite:'

As part of your role you may be required to respond out of normal office hours and also work some weekends.

About you:

You will be able to demonstrate that you can effectively meet demanding deadlines and performance targets whilst remaining flexible and responsive to changing operational circumstances. You will able to demonstrate that you have good planning and organisation skills, as well as effective IT and written and verbal communication skills. 

You will also:

  • have a sound general forensic science knowledge including DNA, fingerprints, fibres, hairs and tool marks
  • be educated to degree level or equivalent in a scientific or forensic science discipline 
  • have knowledge of firearms history and manufacturing processes
  • be able to demonstrate good customer service skills 

It is desirable, but not essential, that you:

  • have experience of working in forensics or as an armourer or in firearms control / examination 
  • have knowledge of police investigative procedures and intelligence led activity 
  • experience of firearms range control and range procedures 
  • experience and training in use of IBIS technologies and firearms test equipment
  • experience of providing technical support to firearms licensing units 

The post holder will be expected to regularly travel across the UK therefore you must hold a valid Driving Licence. 

Due to the nature of the role you will be required to undertake / currently hold Security check (SC) level vetting. As a condition of being appointed to this post an individual will be required to provide a DNA sample and fingerprints. This is to assist in the elimination of identified samples from crime scenes they may attend.

NABIS is a diverse organisation where you can develop your skills, knowledge and career in an encouraging and flexible environment. We're able to offer you a comprehensive range of rewards and benefits including:

  • 24 days annual leave (plus bank holidays); increasing to 31 days after five years’ service 
  • access to a Corporate Health Cash Plan and wellbeing website
  • the opportunity to save on travel costs through a Corporate Travel Scheme 
  • the option to join a generous Local Government pension scheme

NABIS fully supports and is proud to be committed to the principles of Diversity and Inclusion to maximise the potential of people from all backgrounds through a culture of fairness and inclusion to deliver the best service for our communities.

Interviews for this post are likely to take place mid-September 2018. 

If you would like to find out more about NABIS or the role of Ballistics Technician please contact NABIS via