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SYTECH Recruitment – HR Manager – Stoke-on-Trent – Permanent – Full-Time

HR Manager  – Permanent Full-Time

Experience Level:     Intermediate

Location:     SYTECH Offices, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire with Free Car Parking

Salary:     Up to £40,000pa

This is a new dedicated role with an established, high growth company providing digital forensic services to UK Police. The company success is based upon delivery of excellence and a ‘can-do’ approach to client and regulatory requirements. HR management plays a pivotal role in the effective operation of the company.

As a part of the senior management team you will be involved in major business decisions.

We are looking for an enthusiastic person to take responsibility at our Head Office for all aspects of the HR function, including the planning, implementation and recording of on-going staff training and competency in line with ISO-17025 standards. You will possess an up to date understanding of employment legislation and best practice. Occasional travel to our branch offices in Warwickshire and South Wales will be necessary.

Experience of working within a professional services or IT environment will be an advantage.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Manage the recruitment process (devise and maintain our online rec, liaison with University forensic faculties, briefing agencies, setting up and conducting interviews, obtaining feedback, issuing offer letters, job contracts), ensuring integrity and providing an efficient flow of information between stakeholders.
  • Oversee and manage the induction of new staff in close liaison with their Line Manager and working with other departments to ensure consistency of delivery.
  • Work closely with the various line managers to undertake training needs analysis and follow up training including effective induction of all new staff
  • Facilitate the performance management processes and implementation of the company’s on-going training and competency framework.
  • Assist with initiatives to develop the company’s people and culture to meet the demands of a fast-growing company and a fast changing business environment.
  • Support and develop line management in handling absence and disciplinary cases.
  • Provide monthly reports to Payroll. Deal with general correspondence, administering and monitoring sickness, maternity/paternity leave, holidays, overtime, etc.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with all staff, providing support and assistance to all staff including general welfare and wellbeing.
  • Advise and facilitate grievance and disciplinary procedures in line with the company’s policies, reflecting ACAS guidance at all times.
  • Help create SYTECH’s reputation as an employer of choice.

Skills and qualifications Essential

Previous experience within a HR role.

IT literate and capable of being self-supporting

Competent understanding of employment law

Professional demeanour

Ability to inspire confidence

Self-confident, calm and assertive

Strong communication skills

Interviewing skills

Desirable

Experience of professional or IT services

Educated to degree level or equivalent

Experience of change management

Application Closing Date:       4th September 2017

How to apply:
Please Email a Covering Letter and CV to the SYTECH Recruitment Office:
HR Manager Recruitment or recruitment@sytech-consultants.com

SYTECH Assisted Case – “‘Truly Evil’ Couple Jailed For ‘Sick’ Murder”

SYTECH received instructions from Dorset Police whom requested the Mobile Phone Forensic examinations and analysis of multiple Mobile Phone Handsets not supported for analysis via conventional forensic means and were all attributed to the below referenced murder investigation.

A “truly evil” couple who stabbed a man to death and recorded the “protracted and brutal” attack on a mobile phone have been jailed for life.

Phillip Nicholson, 22, was lured to a flat in Bournemouth where he was set upon by his ex-girlfriend, Isabella Gossling, and her new partner Richard Moors.

Gossling, 20, was found guilty of murder following a trial at Winchester Crown Court. She has been sentenced on Monday to a minimum of 19 years in jail.

Her boyfriend Richard Moors, 25, pleaded guilty to murder in a previous hearing at Portsmouth Crown Court in October.

He was sentenced on Monday to at least 22 years in jail.

Mr Nicholson, who had learning difficulties, was found dead in Gossling’s flat in the Boscombe area of the town on 26 May. He died from a stab wound to the neck.

He was enticed to her home on the pretence of meeting another girl who the couple were friends with, Winchester Crown Court heard.

But the meet-up was a lie made up by Gossling and Moors.

Once Mr Nicholson was at the flat, they stabbed him and recorded the attack on her phone, Dorset Police said.

In the audio recording, Gossling can be heard demanding an apology from Mr Nicholson for sexually assaulting her and encouraging Moors to kill him.

Police said the sex allegation was never substantiated nor reported and they believe it was unfounded.

The phone recording also captured the couple discussing how to leave Mr Nicholson’s body in a way to make it look like he stabbed himself.

The knife used to kill Mr Nicholson was found in a sink at the flat.

The court heard the couple had previously bullied and threatened their vicitm.

Detective Chief Inspector Stewart Balmer, from Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Isabella Gossling and Richard Moors are truly evil.

“They targeted Phillip Nicholson because he was vulnerable and they could exert power over him.

“They subjected Phillip to a brutal and protracted attack.

“This is one of the most harrowing cases I have dealt with in 30 years’ service.”

He added: “The fact they chose to audio record this violent and sick act on her mobile phone is beyond belief.”

Mr Nicholson’s family said in a statement: “We are totally devastated by the way that Phillip was cruelly tormented, tortured and murdered.

“Our son was kind, caring and helpful to all and did not deserve this callous death.

“Phillip’s death will always leave a huge dent in our hearts and those of family and friends that knew him.”

 

Source:  Sky News

Unlocking the code to success – SYTECH Graduate talks about role as Digital Forensic Analyst

Matt Davies - SYTECH
Matt Davies – SYTECH
If you are interested in an exciting role at SYTECH, then please get in touch: recruitment@sytech-consultants.comor visit SYTECH Employment.

 

Matt is a graduate of the BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics course and is now working for SYTECH as a Digital Forensic Analyst.

 

Why did you decide to study computer forensics?

“I was looking for a change of career and thought computer forensics sounded very interesting. I wanted a career that was challenging and non-repetitive. During the practical tutorials in the dedicated forensic lab I began to really enjoy the topic, but when it really clicked for me was during my final year project. I became obsessed and would stay in the labs as late as I possibly could, often being asked to leave by campus security so that they could lock the building!”

Why did you decide to study at the University of South Wales?

“The University of South Wales has an outstanding reputation within the industry and I wanted to maximise the value of my degree. Had I not been able to study computer forensics at the University of South Wales, I would not have pursued a career in digital forensics.

“The University of South Wales works closely with the industry of digital forensics in creating its course content. Exposure to advanced forensic techniques such as CCTV reconstruction, forensic data recovery, and chip-off and J-TAG analysis provides students with skills vastly exceeding those of other institutions and a solid foundation upon which to build their careers.”

How did the course challenge and inspire you?

“Dr Huw Read is an excellent lecturer and instilled a new method of thinking within me. Digital forensics is about thinking outside the box, it’s looking at new devices and seeing beyond their hardware capabilities and understanding the functionalities available to the user. It’s about working around the challenges presented by security measures and providing solutions to complex problems. Trust me when I say that there is no greater feeling than that moment when you have overcome a significant challenge. Only when we push ourselves do we discover what we are truly capable of!”

Tell us a bit more about your research?

“My final year project involved creating a forensically sound method of analysing an 8th generation games console. I was given access to a dedicated postgraduate research lab and became obsessed with overcoming the challenges presented by the device. I established a method that does not alter any data during the analysis process. I was awarded a mark of 76% and invited by University lecturers to continue my research during the summer period. In October 2014, I submitted an academic paper at the Digital Forensics Research Conference (DFRWS) Europe’s largest digital forensics conference. In March of 2015, I became a published author and travelled to Ireland to present my work in front of over 200 attendees.”

What does the day-to-day role of a Digital Forensic Analyst entail?

“On a daily basis, I conduct both prosecution and defence examinations of embedded devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, Satellite Navigation Systems, games consoles, etc. The nature of the cases I am involved in range from indecent images of children to missing persons and murder investigations. The role also involves travelling around the country conducting on-site extractions of mobile devices and providing expert witness testimony in a court of law.”

How do you feel your course helped prepare you for your job at SYTECH?

“Although I enrolled on the MComp (Hons) Computer Forensics course offered by the University, I withdrew from the course early, as I was offered my position at SYTECH after graduating with the BSc (Hons) Computer Forensics. I now provide lectures at the University of South Wales to provide guidance on the skills required by industry.”

What are your next steps?

“The next step in my career is to undertake further study at the University of South Wales. I am currently in the process of preparing my PhD research proposal and aim to begin my studies in January of 2016. My aspirations are to make a significant impact in the field of digital forensics and for my name to stand for integrity, honesty and professionalism.”

What advice would you give to someone considering studying a degree?

“If you feel as though you are not ‘brainy’ enough, just remember that when I started out I didn’t have any qualifications, I was never any good in school and I’m dyslexic. Now, I’m a graduate, a published author, employed as a Digital Forensic Analyst at a fantastic organisation that believes in me and has faith in my abilities; so much so that they have offered to fund my PhD studies.”
Matt was interviewed by industry publication, Forensic Focus earlier in the year. Read the article to find out more about Matt’s research on the forensic analysis of a Sony PS4 and how he thinks the industry will evolve over the next few years.

If you are interested in an exciting role at SYTECH, then please get in touch: recruitment@sytech-consultants.com or visit SYTECH Employment.

 

Source: http://www.southwales.ac.uk/story/1995/

NSPCC – “Sexting” Awareness Campaign

‘I saw your willy’

NSPCC – Be Share Aware.

We tell our children it’s good to share – but online it’s different. In fact sometimes it can be dangerous. That’s why we’re asking parents to be Share Aware – and keep children safe online.

Find out more here: https://www.nspcc.org.uk/preventing-abuse/keeping-children-safe/share-aware

 

Detailed View of a Memory Chip

SYTECH Case – Moto Android Chip-Off Examination – Murder Investigation

SYTECH Case – Moto Android Chip-Off Examination – Murder Investigation

Andrew Munro was charged with the murder of his wife and attempted murder of another close relative for which he denied both charges.

Claire Munro, mother of three, was found dead in her home with serious injuries.

SYTECH received instructions from Cheshire Police whom requested forensic examination and analysis of Motorola Moto Android based Mobile Phone Handsets not supported for analysis via conventional forensic means and were attributed to an on-going murder investigation.

At SYTECH the aim of the examination was the extraction, validation and presentation of all user based data and in particular whether there were any malicious applications installed or software capable of remotely tracking and controlling the handset.

The only way to gain access to the data held within the handsets was by that of “chip-off” examinations.

This involves the removing of the Flash Memory chip from the handsets printed circuit board (PCB).

This is where any potential data will be stored within the handset.

Data relating to the Investigation was recovered from the memory, this showed the potential to track and control a mobile phone handset remotely.

 

At trial Mr Munro changed his plea to guilty in relation to the murder and he also pleaded guilty to S18 wounding as an alternative to the attempted murder of another.

 

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/andrew-munro-denies-murdering-wife-8750194