Scientific Officer (Cyber Intelligence) - Enforcement Section, Compliance Department

Closing date for applications: 09/12/2022

Role Summary

The Scientific Officer (Cyber Intelligence) role is based within the Enforcement Section of the Compliance Department, reporting to an experienced Enforcement Intelligence Officer. Responsibilities of the Scientific Officer (Cyber Intelligence) are broad ranging and focused on supporting the Enforcement Section to garner actionable intelligence from cyber sources which will be utilised to assist an intelligence led Enforcement process.

The Scientific Officer (Cyber Intelligence) will work to support the HPRA to enhance its analytical capabilities in order to extract insight from open-source intelligence (OSINT), available in-house data sets, and other confidential sources to provide pathways for operational innovation and improve its already well established ability to proactively conduct regulatory and enforcement activity. .

As part of the Intelligence team within the Enforcement Section, the Scientific Officer (Cyber Intelligence) will have a broad remit to identify and analyse open-source data pertinent to combating the sale and supply of falsified and unauthorised medicinal products procured through digital supply channels. They will work in close conjunction with Enforcement colleagues and will maintain effective working relationships with colleagues in the wider HPRA and its stakeholders.


Other General Responsibilities

The Scientific Officer will work directly with an experienced Enforcement Intelligence Officer to:

  • Conduct market surveillance of on-line sales platforms and social media sites to extract actionable OSINT which can be utilised to combat the sale and supply of falsified and unauthorised medicinal products.

  • Work in close co-operation with colleagues in an active criminal investigations environment to support the needs of investigators and management.

  • The role will also require the candidate to pro-actively manage data to service internal management reporting and supporting external data requests. This role requires strong analytical, technical, and people skills, as well as excellent problem solving.

  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of the intelligence led enforcement process, specific to the HPRA and its regulatory mandate.

  • Support Enforcement Section’s improvements in data management and data quality. Analyse and assess data quality and reports, contribute to the design and implementation of strategies to improve data quality with a view to providing greater data-based insights.

  • Identify relevant external evolving sources of cyber data and determine their utility in supporting the Enforcement Section’s activities. Contribute to the development of on-line OSINT and other sources, for use in operational criminal investigations.


For more information, please refer to the role profile below. Applications should be submitted via the HPRA Recruitment Portal

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