Technical Recruitment

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We’re GCHQ, the UK’s intelligence, cyber and security agency. Working closely with our partners in the intelligence community, we protect the nation’s people, interests and businesses from threats including serious and organised crime, terrorism, and cyber-attacks. It’s varied, meaningful work that
you won’t find anywhere else.

Now, you have the opportunity to join us in our mission. As part of one of our technical teams, you’ll learn new skills, develop your abilities, and apply your knowledge to projects unique to our organisation. Your insights will be valued and your ideas encouraged as we work together to protect the UK in the real world and online.

Some of the roles we’ll be recruiting for include:

Cyber Security Development Programme – Over two years, you’ll explore the cyber security landscape through placements within the business, receive extensive support and formal training, and ultimately apply to an information security role with the organisation.

Senior and Lead Software Engineers – Using a range of software engineering methods, languages and frameworks, you’ll lead a team solving mission problems while making strategic contributions
and ensuring best practice.

Software Engineers and Junior Software Engineers – You’ll join an Agile team tackling real-world problems with a variety of software engineering technologies including JavaScript, Java, C++, Node, Python, Rust, Go and .NET.

Infrastructure Engineer
You’ll work on unique and exciting projects, finding solutions and developing new capabilities across hardware, software and cloud platforms.

Weapons Systems Analyst
You’ll conduct technical data analysis to understand foreign weapon capabilities and technologies, using your knowledge to inform UK defence planning.

Industrial Systems Technical Analyst – Using analytical techniques and your own technical knowledge to solve intriguing problems, you’ll gain valuable insights that inform government decisions.

Whether you’re just starting out in your career or looking to apply your expertise to new projects, we’re looking for self-motivated problem-solvers with a genuine passion for technology. At GCHQ, you won’t just work to understand the ins and outs of tech. With the support of our tailored training you’ll push your inquisitive mind. Plus, with our smart working patterns, you can carry on living your life in a way that suits you.

To find out more about our exciting opportunities, and to apply, please visit our website.

At GCHQ, diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodiverse conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. One of your parents must be a British Citizen or must have the nationality or citizenship from our approved list of countries (further information on our eligibility criteria can be found here). If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for seven out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. You can apply at the age of 17 years, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside of the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application. Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found on the Applying section.

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