GCHQ - Cyber Operations Roles



Location: Gloucestershire

Flexible working, such as reduced hours or job share options, available

At GCHQ, we work together to keep the UK and its citizens safe. Only through collaboration can we protect our nation from threats, such as terrorism, espionage and serious, organised crime. Our fast-growing team in Cyber Operations has a crucial part to play in this, as you’ll discover if you join us in one of these key roles.

Whichever one you choose, Developer or Operator, you’ll be taking on some of our most important and fascinating – not to mention, varied – work.

Vital to our mission, you’ll be helping to discover and disrupt threats and plans, under strict legal safeguards. And with constant support, it's also an opportunity to develop your talents and do things that simply aren’t possible elsewhere.

Depending on the path you choose and your technical expertise, you could be identifying targets' vulnerabilities and developing bespoke software and solutions, or working closely with Intelligence Analysts, employing a range of technical tools and infiltration techniques to get under the skin of our targets.

Of course, we're not expecting you to be the finished product. Frankly, there's no way you could have all the skills and experience we need. But so long as you bring a sharp, creative mind, a passion for problem-solving and a genuine interest in all things cyber, we'll invest the necessary time and resources to get you where you need to be.

It could be that you've already attended our Cyber Insights Summer School. But whether or not that's the case, you'll find both roles offer the chance to broaden your field of expertise, gain valuable insights and develop your skills further.

Across the board, we’re looking for creative people who have (or expect to get) a 2:2 degree in any STEM subject. Alternatively, you might be working in a relevant field already. But even if you do, the fast-paced nature of our work and the constantly evolving challenges we face mean the learning will never stop.

You’ll enjoy working in a team environment and value the different perspectives of others. And with an understanding of the drawbacks, as well as the benefits of internet technology, you’ll fit right in. As well as keeping up-to-date with technical developments, you’ll work lawfully, ethically and impartially at all times.

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, ages, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodivergent conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce such as women, those from an ethnic minority background, people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds.

Find out more about our culture, working environment and diversity on our website.

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 on our website). 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.

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GCHQ - the Government Communications Headquarters - works in association with MI5 and MI6 to make up the UK's National Intelligence Machinery.

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