Business Support Officer Ref. 1974
Based in London with opportunities to work overseas
MI6 is the UK's foreign intelligence service. We work to promote and protect the UK's national interest both at home and overseas by ensuring our government has the information it needs.
The roles are diverse. You could be working in a team supporting intelligence gathering or in a team that ensures the smooth running of the Service. You can expect to spend two or three years in each post and as your experience grows you may have the option of applying to work overseas.
Business Support Officers come from diverse backgrounds. Some come straight from full time education, others have extensive work experience but are interested in moving to a unique working environment. Whilst administrative experience is desirable, what we are looking for is willingness and capability to do this kind of work. You will need a high level of professionalism as well as sound judgement and strong organisational skills. We want people who are adaptable with a broad range of skills and able to perform in any of our wide ranging jobs.
MI6 offers an excellent working environment with great benefits including 25 days holiday and a generous pension scheme. Depending on your circumstances we can offer flexible working arrangements.
The Application Process
To apply for MI6 you must be a born or naturalised British citizen, at least 18 years old and have lived in the UK for eight of the last ten years. You will have at least 5 GCSEs Grades A to E including Maths and English Language Grades A to C or equivalent (original certificates will need to be provided at assessment centre stage).
If you are eligible to apply, you will complete an online application form and online test. If you pass, you will be invited to an assessment centre which will include interviews and an in-tray exercise. The application process is rigorous and can take between 4-6 months as we need to carry out background and security checks.
You should not discuss your application with anyone other than your partner or a close family member, providing they are British. They should be made aware of the importance of discretion.
Guaranteed Interview Scheme
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. This is known as the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS).
To secure an interview for this vacancy, the minimum criteria (in order of application process) are:
You will be asked a series of questions relating to this vacancy. If you meet the criteria here you will be directed to the full application form.
You will be required to reach the pass mark set for the online test.
On successful completion of this test and an application form sift, you will be invited to interview. This is our guaranteed interview.