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Application Process

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Intelligence Officers Process Map

Takes up to
9 months
from start to finish

after each stage we'll assess your suitability before you go on to the next stage

Intelligence Officers Process Map

you register online

Intelligence Officers Process Map

you complete a short application where we check you meet our initial eligibility criteria

Intelligence Officers Process Map

you complete an online test

Intelligence Officers Process Map

you fill out an application form including a competency based question

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you complete an online analysis exercise

Intelligence Officers Process Map


Intelligence Officers Process Map


Intelligence Officers Process Map

you attend a one day assessment centre

Intelligence Officers Process Map


Intelligence Officers Process Map

you receive a conditional job offer, dependent on passing security vetting

Intelligence Officers Process Map

security vetting

(this takes on average 90 working days)

Intelligence Officers Process Map

you complete an online medical questionnaire

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you receive a formal job offer

Join Us

SIS offers a wide range of fascinating and unique operational roles both overseas and in the UK. Find out more information about each role to see which best suits you.

Join us and you’ll have a stimulating, rewarding and varied career. You will receive training to give you the skills to contribute to impactful intelligence operations with an international dimension. You may be in the UK or abroad, working with colleagues in the intelligence community, Whitehall, foreign intelligence services and/or agents. Whatever role you’re tasked with, you will engage with people from all walks of life, as you gather the vital intelligence we need to keep our country safe, secure and prosperous.

For over a century we have sought to attract the very best talent the country has to offer into our Intelligence Officer cadre. That doesn’t necessarily mean the cleverest people from the most prestigious universities – although it might – what we really look for is first-class interpersonal skills, a keenness to contribute to the UK’s safety and prosperity, mental sharpness, and a curiosity about the world. Many people have that mix of skills and we would like to hear from you. Intelligence Officers typically have some life experience under their belt and are able to hit the ground running (be it in the UK or overseas) following an initial training course.

Intelligence Officers receive training throughout their career – be it in foreign languages, managing relationships, using technology, management or whatever else they need to do the variety of roles we have. That’s why we look for people with an insatiable thirst for learning and development.

There are four roles within the Intelligence Officer umbrella, and successful applicants will typically do all four during their career, either in the UK and/or overseas.

  • Operational Managers: plan and manage intelligence collection operations.
  • Targeters are charged with turning information, such as data, into human intelligence operations.
  • R Officers plug SIS into Whitehall and are responsible for validating and testing all the intelligence.
  • Case Officers are the people building and managing relationships.

More Information

We are keen to identify motivated individuals, with an interest in both data analytics and people, to play a vital role supporting our high priority work. Our SIS operational data analysts turn raw data into meaningful insights that help us to keep our country safe and prosperous.

We make a considerable investment in developing the skills of our operational data analysts. You will join a diverse, skillful community of like-minded individuals to complete a 2 year training programme.

Successful candidates are graduates passionate about data, technically savvy, enjoy making connections and discovering trends. They are curious and like to solve puzzles. They are willing to share, work collaboratively and with creativity. Above all, their interpersonal skills are just as important.

More Information

We have a small number of opportunities for experienced industry and corporate professionals with at least 8 years experience in people-facing roles. If you're looking for a new challenge, are open to change and learning new skills, we'd like to hear from you. We need people who are proactive, resilient and have a creative approach to their work, along with experience of building and maintaining discreet client relationships.

  • Established language skills and overseas experience are desirable but not essential.
  • Applicants must be British passport holders.

We particularly welcome applications from women and ethnic minorities.

To be considered, please send a CV and descriptive covering letter detailing your motivations for applying to:

Recruitment Department, PO Box 73517, London, W12 2FB

Only successful candidates will be contacted.



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.  

Drug use

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.


Security clearance

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 paramount for the safety of our organisation, our people and our 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. And it takes a very fair, 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 be completely open and honest when you answer our security questions. If any details are concealed, your application can’t be taken forward.

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