Head of Unit - National Ballistics Intelligence Service

Birmingham, West Midlands
Chief Superintendent
02 Oct 2018
26 Oct 2018
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Grade: Chief Superintendent

Salary: Chief Superintendent

Closing Date:  26th October 2018

About the Role:

Rank: Chief Superintendent (or supported by their Chief Officer for temporary promotion to the rank)

Closing Date: 26 October 2018 Interview Date: 4 December 2018 Proposed start date: 1 March 2019  

A unique opportunity has arisen to join the National Ballistics Intelligence Service (NABIS) as the Head of Unit. You will lead a diverse and committed team with a broad base of skills and experience in a busy and complex environment. The post is hosted by West Midlands Police on behalf of UK Policing and based in central Birmingham.

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.

The NABIS Head of Unit will provide professional leadership and direction covering all aspects of service delivery. The Head of Unit will provide operational decision making and leadership in relation to tactical and strategic operational activity in partnership with police forces and other agencies to tackle gun crime at all levels. In addition you will oversee and prioritise the preparation of intelligence products at both a tactical and strategic level ensuring that NABIS products are given appropriate priority within national tasking and coordination processes. 

About you  

Applicants for the post of NABIS Head of Unit should be in the rank of Chief Superintendent or be supported by your Chief Officer for temporary promotion to the rank. You will have substantial experience of investigating serious crime and be accredited to PIP3 or Crime SIO trained at a minimum. The ideal candidate will have exposure to the complexities involved in the investigation of both gun and serious organised crime; demonstrable knowledge of firearms legislation is essential. You will be able to demonstrate a solid understanding of intelligence gathering, dissemination and reporting techniques.

You will also be able to demonstrate your knowledge, experience and skills in:

  • Successfully leading a team, promoting a service based ethos and meeting tight deadlines
  • Effective verbal communication including the ability to chair operational and strategic meetings at a high level
  • Delivering presentations and building effective professional relationships
  • Successfully influencing and persuading internal and external stakeholders
  • Possessing a strong and current knowledge of the threat posed by the criminal use of firearms in the UK
  • Influencing the tasking and coordination of operational activity and having the credibility, experience, operational currency and knowledge to do so confidently and effectively
  • Commitment to lead on, and deliver, ‘NABIS: Protecting everyone from the criminal use of firearms’ embracing our values of:
    • Public Safety First
    • Continuous Improvement
    • Act With Integrity
    • Work In Partnership
    • Communication Is Key

It is desirable, but not essential, that you have an understanding of programme / project management and knowledge of innovation and technology in areas of forensic science related to ballistics.


The post holder will be expected to regularly travel throughout the UK and internationally, therefore you must be prepared to do so and hold a valid UK Passport and full UK Driving Licence.

Due to the nature of the role you will be required to undertake / currently hold Developed level (DV) vetting.


The post attracts access to the WMP NPCC car scheme.  

Interviews for this post will take place in Birmingham on Tuesday 4th December 2018.


If you would like to find out more about the opportunity please contact Detective Chief Superintendent Jo Chilton via j.chilton@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk


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. 


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