Extremism Threat Manager
We are very excited to be working with a highly regarded consultancy firm who are looking to hire a manager responsible for leading an analytical unit that specialises in the collection of primary source data and intelligence relating to terrorism, extremism and radical activity globally.
The role requires exceptional research skills, a strong investigative drive, the ability to motivate people to achieve a shared goal, and business and technical acumen.
- Establish and oversee a clear framework for the robust and efficient collection of verifiable and timely open-source intelligence on threats and risks relating to extremism, terrorism and other forms of radical activism.
- Manage desk-based open-source research, monitoring and investigation online, including the deep and dark webs, messaging and other applications from a wide range of sources to track and assess terrorist and extremist activity online.
- Ensure, with the support of Analysts and Junior Research Analysts, that the terrorism database is kept up to date and that incidents are correctly categorised and accurately located in the most efficient and timely fashion possible. This is likely to include identifying and implementing appropriate techniques to automate some – or large parts of – the data gathering process.
- Coordinate the monitoring, collation and organisation of primary source information and data on threats and risks posed by extremism and terrorism globally. Classify that information (whether to share that internally with analysis, with clients directly, or through other reporting formats) and process and disseminate accordingly.
- Produce expert original written and visualised analysis of research and source material, for terrorism and radicalism assessments for delivery to clients.
- Advocate best practice and innovation in OSINT research, primary source intelligence gathering and the use of data scraping and other relevant tools.
- Lead research on other threat actors, as serves the department’s needs. This might include criminal, cyber, and activism.
Candidates who have an investigative data analysis, or technical background as well as an educated interest in terrorism and extremist activity online would be of great interest.
- Right to work in the UK (UK or EU citizenship, or a work visa that is valid at the time of application).
- Exceptional online research skills, and ability to collate, process and exploit intelligence from large volumes of information and data. And proficiency in a wide range of OSINT platforms and techniques.
- A demonstrated interest in and understanding of extremism, terrorism and other related topics such as insider threats, fixated individuals and radical activism, cyber, disinformation, misinformation and malinformation.
- Understanding of how to assess information validity and evaluate source reliability when dealing with raw information and sources that are often uncorroborated.
- An ability to edit and peer review the research and written work of other analysts or researchers, and to provide constructive feedback to ensure that their work provides actionable assessments for stakeholders.
- Ability to provide supportive and development-oriented line management, mentoring and training.
- Commercial awareness and acumen and an ability to navigate commercial opportunities.
- Understanding of various online platforms used by radical and extremist actors including dark web, VChan and Telegram.
- Experience in conducting forensic open source investigations, for example using image analysis, geolocation and cutting-edge OSINT tools.
- Ability to script, code, implement automated solutions or integrate API feeds for data collection.
- Familiarity with data scraping technologies and/or visualisation platforms such as Tableau.