MI5 - Intelligence Officer Development Programme

Salary: £30,817 rising to £33,316 after one year
Location: South East, London, East Midlands, West Midlands, North West, North East, Scotland, Yorkshire, Nationwide
Start date: ASAP
Sectors: Legal & Law, Management, Public Sector, Military & Defence

What did you want to be when you grew up?

Fewer and fewer of us actually get the jobs we first dream of having and whilst there are many graduate programmes across the country, very few offer a role this rewarding, stimulating and impactful. MI5 Intelligence Officers play a vital role in running investigations that help keep the country safe against threats to national security.

The Intelligence Officer Development Programme (IODP) is designed to equip you with the skills you need and help you learn about MI5 investigations before you lead them.

The Development Programme

Our Intelligence Officer Development Programme will enable you to develop the skills you need to lead investigations in MI5, whilst you work in roles which directly support investigations. These roles could include, but are not limited to digital intelligence, analysis, warrantry and legal casework. This will be structured as either two postings of approximately one year each, or one posting over two years.

The Foundation Investigative Training course

Subject to successful completion of performance reviews, you’ll advance onto our Foundation Investigative Training (FIT) course. Lasting five weeks, it will prepare you for a direct move into one of our investigative sections as an Intelligence Officer. Upon successful completion, and subject to line management approval, you’ll also be eligible to apply for an advancement interview for promotion.

The future

As a fully trained Intelligence Officer, your first role could be countering threats from international terrorism, espionage or Northern Ireland related terrorism. As your confidence and experience grow, so will your responsibilities. From then on you may choose to specialise in investigations, where you’ll pull together intelligence, working with different departments to gain resources. You’ll also set investigative strategies, making recommendations based on perceived threat levels, collaborating with colleagues and the police to thwart terrorist activity where needed. Alternatively, you could move into roles managing or training new IODP entrants, or broaden your experience by taking on an operational or policy role.

What it’s like to work at MI5?

It’s exceptionally rewarding as, on a daily basis, you can see the real and tangible impact you are having on helping to prevent threats. It’s a lot more collaborative and supportive than people might think. When an important investigation comes in, everyone works together to ensure work is completed to the highest possible standard, as quickly as possible.

We’re also fully committed to diversity, as we know how important it is to our success. We know that people from different backgrounds bring different insights to the organisation, and we really value it – and need it.

Encouraging a healthy work life balance is an important focus. We operate flexible working and because of its sensitive nature you can’t take work home with you, so the time outside of work is always yours.

Ultimately, you’ll find that the environment is supportive and informal whilst also being incredibly professional and focused.

What we look for

Safeguarding the UK against threats to national security requires intelligent, talented people, and those people aren’t found in any one particular section of society. Graduates from a range of backgrounds and degree disciplines join the Intelligence Officer Development Programme. To apply, you’ll need to have - or be expecting - a 2:2 in any degree discipline, or have relevant and permanent work experience.

As a confident communicator, you can quickly establish productive working relationships with your colleagues. You’ll need to be organised, have a good eye for detail and trust your own judgement. While happy to take responsibility for your own areas of work, you’ll also enjoy collaborating to solve problems and make decisions. MI5 also expects its employees to have a high degree of honesty and integrity.

To apply to MI5 you must be a born or naturalised British citizen, over 18 years of age and normally have lived in the UK for nine of the last ten years. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member, providing that they are British. They should also be made aware of the importance of discretion.