Operational Officers are the front line of SIS’s efforts to keep the country safe, secure and prosperous. Our Operational Officers personify our values – courage, respect, integrity and creativity. They come from a wide range of backgrounds, but have in common excellent interpersonal skills, an interest in foreign cultures and are motivated to make a difference in protecting and promoting the UK. They put their skills, which many people possess, to use in unusual circumstances, to tackle extraordinary challenges.
Our intelligence operations are fundamentally about people. As an Operational Officer you will need to understand what makes people tick, regardless of from where on the globe they originate or what they do. In being people focussed you may be looking in data for the next agent for us to recruit, building and managing relationships with contacts or testing, validating and presenting intelligence to colleagues in Whitehall.
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 the 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 three roles within the Intelligence Officer umbrella, and successful applicants will typically do all three during their career, either in the UK and/or overseas.
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 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, skilful community of like-minded individuals to complete a 2 year training programme.You must be prepared to move location (for the working week, outside of London) during training – financial support is given.
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.
This vacancy is currently closed.
New for 2017! We are developing a new entry level designed for candidates who have limited work experience but show the potential to be an intelligence officer. Successful recruits will receive enhanced training and support at the start of their career to provide them with the skills to take up certain intelligence officer roles.
Applicants must be British nationals, aged 21 or older and are required to either have, or expect to have within 6 months, a 2:1 degree.
Are you an experienced professional looking for a new challenge?
Alongside Intelligence Officer entry, SIS also has a small number of openings for direct entrants into more senior operational and expert positions.
To be considered, please send a CV and descriptive covering letter to:
Recruitment Department, PO Box 73517, London W12 2FB
Only successful candidates will be contacted.