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Critical National Infrastructure Technical Specialists Ref. 1021

IT, Science & Technical
Cheltenham, London, Bude, Scarborough, Harrogate, Lincolnshire, Manchester

Do you want to be part of an organisation that uses cutting edge technology, makes a real difference to the UK, provides excellent development opportunities, and gives you the chance to build an exciting, challenging and varied career? If you already work in the technology sector, our organisation has a wide number of technology-related roles available, to which applicants are able to apply at any time.

Our organisation is tasked with protecting the country’s people, businesses and interests in the cyber age. Working with colleagues in MI5, SIS (MI6), the MOD, the National Crime Agency, the police, academia (and many others), we gather and analyse intelligence from digital and telecommunications sources, and ensure that IT networks, systems and data are secured against hackers and other threats. Nowhere else will you be able to apply your technology expertise in such a unique environment, against such a varied set of challenges and with such interesting colleagues!

Our organisation has headquarters in Cheltenham – geographically located within an hour of Bristol and Birmingham – as well as Bude, Harrogate, Lincolnshire, Manchester, London and Scarborough. Despite the (necessary) secrecy around some of what we do, the urgent nature of our mission means there will always be opportunities to work with partners, industry and academia from across the UK, and even to re-locate between offices.

At our organisation we’re proud of our inclusive and supportive working environment that’s designed to encourage open minds and attitudes. Just as we offer a wide range of roles – specialist, technical as well as more general roles (HR, project management, finance, leadership…) - so too do we welcome applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. To do our job – which involves solving some of the hardest technology problems the world faces - we need all talents and we need people who dare to think differently. In return, along with excellent training and development options, we’re committed to providing a healthy work/life balance that enables you to perform to the best of our ability.


Our organisation has a number of openings for technical specialists who have relevant experience and expertise within Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) and / or Operational Technologies such as Industrial Controls Systems (ICS), to shape and influence the direction of technical analysis and development work.

Our Critical National Infrastructure Technical Specialists analyse complex infrastructure targets across a variety of CNI sectors, requiring a deep understanding of associated communications and technologies. Analytical and technical skills are essential to understand the behaviours and technologies.  The role involves developing and using analytic tools and techniques, whilst providing thought and technical leadership across a range of operational mission requirements.  In this role you will work alongside technical analysts, identifying new ways to interpret infrastructure design data, and act as a conduit between deep technical specialists working in government, industry and academia and intelligence and security delivery teams.  Our CNI Technical Specialists often specialise in our particular CNI sector and over time, acquire unique and valuable knowledge.

Some of our Critical National Infrastructure Technical Specialists have experience in infrastructure, operational processes and technologies, where they apply technical analysis and leadership skills to solve complex engineering problems to apply the results to the development of system understanding and capability.  

Infrastructure encompasses complex systems comprising traditional Information Technology, complex operational processes and Control System technologies.  These roles present an opportunity to play a vital role in maintaining the national security of the UK and provide a valuable contribution to the UK’s cyber capability.  With the support of an advanced training programme, we will develop you to become a world leading expert in your field.  These positions would suit someone with an infrastructure or technology background.


Candidates must have either a relevant degree (2:2 minimum), e.g. Engineering, Computer Science, Science, Electronics or related discipline; or at least 2 years relevant knowledge or experience in at least two of the following areas:

•    Critical National Infrastructure
•    Industrial Control Systems (Operational Technology)
•    Process Engineering
•    Information and communication technologies
•    Information security
•    Vulnerability analysis and / or discovery
•    Programming, computers and computer networks, operating systems

You should be able to demonstrate:

•    A technical aptitude with a keen interest in the latest technology, particularly security technologies
•    A desire to work on highly complex problems
•    The ability to analyse complex information and problem-solve
•    A real enthusiasm for learning and a keen interest in infrastructure and technology
•    The ability to communicate with, and effectively influence others
•    A desire to work collaboratively with others
•    The ability to understand customers’ needs and deliver bespoke solutions
•    A keenness to develop personally and help others to do the same
•    The ability to carry out and be responsible for documenting technical investigations

To apply for this role you will need workplace experience of at least a year. If you are a current or recent graduate please consider our Technical Graduate Opportunities which we will be launching autumn 2017


Competitive package based on qualifications and experience


Bude, Cheltenham, London, Scarborough, Manchester, Lincolnshire, Harrogate (All sites are within 30 mile radius of the location centre). 

Please note that there may not be vacancies at every location, and it may not be possible to offer a position at any of your selected locations.


Following initial eligibility and technical sifts, the recruitment process will comprise a competency-based interview with technical staff and members of our HR department.

Interviews to be held regularly throughout the year.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.