We are currently looking to recruit language
specialists with excellent spoken and written skills
in Arabic, Mandarin and Russian.
As an agency collecting intelligence from all over the world in
many different languages and dialects, we couldn't operate without
our teams of talented linguists. Working primarily in London, they
have the chance to use their language skills day in, day out,
translating raw material from both written and spoken sources. The
role is fascinating and rewarding; fascinating because you will be
working with subject matters that lie at the heart of world events
and rewarding because you will be the person making intelligence
accessible to people throughout the SIS.
Throughout your career, you'll also have the chance to get
involved in other activities; these might include interpreting.
role-playing, carrying out foreign language research to identify
new leads, becoming a cultural expert, using your linguistic
expertise with our overseas partners or to assist with operations
overseas. There may also be opportunities to mentor other
Thinking of applying?
To be an SIS linguist you will need a very high level of skill
in at least one language and a genuine passion for languages. As
well as being able to recognise the subtle nuances in your
specialist language you should also be capable of translating these
into clear and well drafted English.
You should only discuss your application with your partner or a
close family member, as long as they are British. They should also
be made aware of the need for discretion.
All candidates should launch their applications via our website
from within the UK. Those based overseas are advised to wait until
they visit the UK before launching an application. Applying from
outside the UK will impact on our ability to progress your
Please note: if you have applied to us before, we will not
consider a new application within two years of your previous
In the future we may have requirements for linguist specialists
in other languages, so it is worth revisiting our website from time
If you wish to apply, please do read the Eligibility
page to check our requirements, failure to do so may impact
on your application. When ready to proceed, please click on
the Apply button below.
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