IT Engineers Ref. 1859

IT, Science & Technical
Greater Belfast

Our IT Engineer role is an exciting opportunity to work with world leading integrated technologies, strong partnerships and talented people. It is an inspiring, inclusive and rewarding place to develop your career and enhance your skills. You will be critical in working as part of a team coming up with innovative designs, builds and operating world-leading technologies for our customers and industry.

Based in the Greater Belfast area in Northern Ireland, this is a unique opportunity to work in an office with a high operational tempo.

Skills and Experience

Supportive training, online modules and external courses are all available to help you further develop and increase your technical skillset.  In this role, you will be responsible for a wide range of technologies, including (but not limited to):

  • Desktop/Laptop Support (Windows 7 and 10)
  • Cisco Networking
  • Server technologies (MS Server 2016/19)
  • Virtualisation (Citrix and VMware)
  • MS Exchange
  • Storage & Backups
  • Airwatch Mobile Device Management
  • Videoconferencing

This is a role where a person with enthusiasm for technology will thrive.  You will regularly provide advice to our customers on a range of issues and work using your own initiative.  We are looking for individuals who are quick to absorb new information and enjoy keeping up-to-date with technology.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from those with relevant experience of working to Service level agreements with excellent interpersonal skills and can offer a high level of customer service.  We would welcome applications from those with relevant formal IT qualifications, alongside practical experiences.

Before you Apply

Owing to the sensitivity of our work, we do not publicly disclose the identities of our staff and our staff cannot discuss their work.  Discretion is important to MI5.  You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member, providing that they are British. They should also be made aware of the importance of discretion.

Honesty and integrity are crucial if you want to work at MI5.  You should read about the vetting process (link to vetting process) and satisfy yourself that you meet the criteria outlined in the vetting (link to vetting) pages of the How to Apply (link to how to apply) section prior to submitting an application.

Should your application be successful, you will be given a full briefing on the reasons why it is important not to disclose that you work for MI5 and what to say if people ask you or your family about your career.

Giving misleading information or omitting or concealing information during the recruitment and vetting process is viewed very seriously.  You should ensure that you follow our guidance from when you apply.

Recruitment Process

The first thing we will ask you to do is complete our pre-screening questions to find out if you meet our initial criteria.  If you do meet these criteria we will then ask you to begin an application.  The first step will require you to create a login.  You can do this by providing your full name, email address and a memorable password.  Once you have successfully created a personal account, you will be instructed to complete an initial application form providing contact details and equal opportunities monitoring information.

Assuming you pass this stage you will then be invited to complete and submit our full application form.  Our recruitment and technical teams will then carry out an application sift.

Successful candidates will then be invited to a face to face interview in the Greater Belfast area, followed by a security interview with a Vetting Officer.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As part of our commitment to the “Disability Confident” scheme we offer an interview to all candidates with a disability who meet our minimum criteria for the job vacancy that they are applying for. This is known as the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS).

To secure and interview for this vacancy, the minimum criteria (in order of application process) are:

Vacancy Eligibility Questions:
You will be asked a series of questions relating to this vacancy.  If you meet the criteria here you will be directed to the initial application form.

Application Form Sift:
Along with the standard eligibility requirements for this post, your application will be assessed on how far you meet the job specification and the competency questions you answer.  Each competency will be scored.  Your application must score the minimum amount of points set.

On successful completion of these stages, you will be invited to a interview, which is our guaranteed interview.


To be eligible to apply, you must meet our residency criteria.  You must be a born or naturalised British citizen and one of your parents must be a British citizen or have substantial ties to the UK.

Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for nine out of the last ten years.  This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK.  You will nonetheless be considered if you have, for example, served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty’s Government, studied abroad, or lived overseas with your parents.

Due to vetting requirements you will need to be 18 years old, or above, to apply.  Your application may take around 6 months to process.

MI5 is an equal opportunities employer and our staff comes from a diverse range of backgrounds and cultures, reflecting the society we protect.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.