BUSINESS SUPPORT OFFICERS
At SIS, we’re constantly responding to changing global priorities and our business support teams must be just as flexible. Our business needs are wide-ranging and require close attention to detail and professionalism. Your sound judgment and organisational skills could be used to support an operational team involved in intelligence gathering, or a corporate team that ensures the organisation runs smoothly.
Roles are usually for two to three years, and in that time you will build relationships with colleagues and gain valuable skills for future roles. With time and experience, this could include the opportunity to work overseas.
You might be 18 years old and just left school, perhaps finished university, or have decades of administrative experience. Whatever your background, we’re looking for people with the same level of dedication and discretion, and who are proud to protect their country.
What's it like? as a Support Officer
from start to finish
after each stage we'll assess your suitability before you go onto the next stage
you register online
we check your eligibility and qualifications
We invite you to fill out a full application form
you complete an online test
you complete a second online test
you book your place on our assessment centre
you attend a one-day assessment centre
you receive a conditional job offer, dependent on passing security vetting
(this takes on average 90 working days)
you complete an online medical questionnaire
you receive a formal job offer
To apply to SIS, you’ll need to be a British citizen and to have lived in the UK for the majority of the ten years before applying. However, there are a few exceptions to the residency rule. You may still be able to apply if you’ve studied abroad, served overseas with HM forces or lived overseas with your parents. One of your parents must also be (or have been) a British Citizen too, or have substantial ties to the UK. If you hold dual nationality, you can still apply, but you may be required to give up your non-British citizenship before joining.
We have a strict no drugs policy which prohibits the use, possession or supply of illegal drugs, including the use of drugs that are illegal in the UK but are legal in some other countries. Misuse or abuse of prescribed medication or any other substance is also incompatible with holding security clearance, which can be refused or withdrawn if this policy is not observed, so you must adhere to our policy from the point of application onwards.
The point of application is the date you submit your application form.
You will be required to undergo a drug test during the application process.
When you join SIS, you’ll be given clearance relevant to your role. Some of our positions mean you’ll have access to a wide range of sensitive information. It’s vital, for the safety of our organisation, people and country, that this information doesn’t get into the wrong hands. Because of this, you’ll have to pass our security clearance to the appropriate level. It’s a long process, taking up to three months in most cases. It takes a very fair but in-depth and pretty intrusive look at your life, including your finances. So it’s important to be aware of this commitment before you apply, and that you are completely open and honest when you answer our security questions. If any details are concealed, your application won’t be taken forward.