Senior Programme Manager Ref. 2096

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Technology Roles
Central London
Full Time
Up to £92,558 (Dependent on skills and experiences demonstrated)

MI5 is responsible for protecting the UK from threats to our National Security. It’s our job to ensure the safety and prosperity of our country, countering threats from terrorism and espionage. Whatever, your role, you will contribute to our mission in keeping the country safe.

Who we are

MI5 operates in a challenging and fast-paced environment. Its technical capabilities are central to its mission to keep the UK safe. It constantly needs to revolutionise the technology that it uses, the ways in which it delivers technical capabilities and how it works with partner agencies in the UK and overseas.

As a Senior Programme Manager at MI5, you will have day-to-day responsibility and accountability for a transformational multi-million-pound programme. These are typically business change programmes enabled by substantial technological delivery. You will be expected to drive the programme from its early shaping stages through to implementation, early life support and eventual closure. This includes the requisite governance forums needed to underpin it.

What you will do

This is an exciting opportunity to step into a critical leadership role within MI5. You will have primary responsibility for the successful delivery of new capabilities for our front line business users. You will set the vision for the programme’s future, inspiring your teams to deliver results.

You will be familiar with iterative planning technique’s plan and will proactively monitor its overall progress. You are an accomplished change professional that has a track record in programmatic delivery.

You will be expected to make the necessary decisions, working with others, to balance conflicting demands across the business, technology and delivery demands in order to achieve the business benefits.

You will manage the programme’s budget, which will typically be £20+ million, monitoring the expenditures and risks against the benefits that are to be realised as the programme progresses. Therefore, sound financial management experience is essential for this role.

Who you are

We are looking for an individual with a proven experience of large scale, systems integration delivery. You will have experience in leading the transition into the business and early life support.

You will have worked in an Agile environment in a medium to large organisation. You will be someone who enjoys technology and keeps up to date with the key trends in this space.

Strong stakeholder management and communication skills are essential. You will be required to build and sustain relationships with internal and external partners, including but not limited to our intelligence partners, wider Government and third-party contributors to the programme.

Disability Confident: Offer of Interview

As part of our commitment to being a ‘Disability Confident Leader’ we offer an interview to all candidates with a disability who meet our minimum criteria for the role that they are applying for.

Equal opportunities

MI5 are Equal Opportunities employers, committed to reflecting the society we protect. Our recruitment process is fair, transparent and based on merit. We particularly welcome applications from diverse and under-represented groups.

We particularly welcome applications from women / Black, Asian and minority ethnic candidates.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply you must meet the following criteria:

• You must have been resident in the UK for 9 out of 10 years
• You must be a born or naturalised British citizen
• One of your parents must be a British citizen or have substantial ties to the UK. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK.
• You will 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.

Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application other than with your partner or a close family member.

Please note you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application.  

Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found on the How to Apply section.


Owing to the sensitivity of our work, we do not publicly disclose the identities of our staff. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member providing they are British.

Equal Opportunities

The UK Intelligence Agencies / MI5 / MI6 / GCHQ are Equal Opportunities employers, committed to reflecting the society we protect.  Our recruitment process is fair, transparent and based on merit.  We particularly welcome applications from diverse and under-represented groups.

Please be aware that we withhold the right to bring forward the closing date for this role from the original closing date once a certain number of applications have been received. Please be mindful of this and submit your application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.