Business Support Officers

Salary: £24,313 (including local pay addition)
Based in London with opportunities to work overseas

MI6 is the UK's foreign intelligence service. We work to promote and protect the UK's national interest both at home and overseas by ensuring our government has the information it needs.

The roles are diverse. You could be working in an operational support team supporting intelligence gathering or in one of our corporate teams that are essential to the smooth running of the Service. You can expect to spend two or three years in each post and as your experience grows you have the option of applying to work overseas.

Business Support Officers come from diverse backgrounds. Some come straight from full time education, others have extensive work experience but are interested in moving to a unique working environment. Whilst administrative experience is desirable, what we are looking for is willingness and capability to do this kind of work.  You will need a high level of professionalism as well as sound judgement and strong organisational skills. We want people who are adaptable with a broad range of skills and able to perform in any of our wide ranging jobs.

MI6 offers an excellent working environment with great benefits including 25 days holiday and a generous pension scheme. Depending on your circumstances we can offer flexible working arrangements.

Please click here to see pen portraits of staff currently in Business Support roles.


The Application Process

To apply for MI6 you must be a born or naturalised British citizen, at least 21 years old and have lived in the UK for nine of the last ten years. You will have at least 5 GCSEs including Maths and English.

If you are eligible to apply, you will complete and online application form and tests.  If you pass, you will be invited to an assessment centre which will include interviews and an in-tray exercise. The application process is rigorous and can take between 4-6 months as we need to carry out background and security checks.

You should not discuss your application with anyone other than your partner or a close family member, providing they are British. They should be made aware of the importance of discretion.

Whatever your role,
you'll be helping to
protect the UK
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