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Project Control Officer Ref. 1407

£26,091 for GC10 and £31,883 for GC09 on a pro rata basis
GCHQ is offering you an exciting opportunity to join our Programme Management Office as a Project Control Officer (PCO)


As one of Britain’s intelligence agencies, we unlock the complex world of communications to keep our nation safe. We work closely with MI5 and MI6, our partners in the intelligence community, to safeguard Britain’s people, interests and businesses from various threats. Think cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime. It’s challenging, varied and meaningful work that you simply won’t find anywhere else.


As a PCO, you’ll be engaging in collating data and reporting back to the project. You’ll identify and analyse problems, draft reports and use logic and persuasion to influence stakeholders and project leads. You’ll be communicating with stakeholders at all levels and will contribute to the continuing development of the PMO. The Programme Management Office (PMO) is evolving to meet our changing business needs, so you’ll need to be comfortable with change.

In this role, you’ll be involved in delivering high-value activities including: ensuring correct adherence to agreed project tools (e.g. finance, planning, risks and issues);
organising and managing the project heartbeat; providing guidance on PRINCE2 and Agile methodologies (training will be provided); supporting and co-ordinating key projects and project lifecycle meetings; providing support to the project manager and team on governance issues; stakeholder management.

While the role is challenging, our flexible working policy ensures a healthy work-life balance. Wherever possible, we look to accommodate reduced hours or job share options balanced against business needs.


We’re looking for individuals from all backgrounds with good attention to detail, organisational and communications skills. You also have 2-3 years’ experience in a PMO and thrive in a multi-team environment.

PRINCE2 at Foundation/Practitioner level, or experience of Agile methodologies are desirable but not essential, as full training is provided.


At GCHQ we’re proud of our inclusive and supportive working environment that’s designed to encourage open minds and attitudes. As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential. With comprehensive training and development opportunities, tailored to your needs and the requirements of your work, we’ll enable you to flourish in your role and perform to the very best of your abilities.


GC09 £31,883 (on a pro rata basis)
GC10 £26,091(on a pro rata basis)


Cheltenham (located within an hour’s journey of Birmingham and Bristol).


To apply for this position, you must meet our nationality, residency and security requirements.  You’ll find more details here: Recruitment Process.

As users of the disability confident scheme, we also guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for our roles.

Be prepared to dedicate 60-90 minutes to completing your application. We’re conscious this might be more time than you expected, so our system will allow you to save your application at any time and come back to it later. But remember to submit your full application before the closing date.

Once we’ve established that you meet our eligibility criteria, the next steps of this selection process are:

- Personal interview
- Drug test

Interviews will be held in Gloucester June 2018
If you successfully complete these stages, you’ll receive a job offer, conditional upon you completing our developed vetting (DV) process which enables you to obtain the level of security clearance required to perform this vital role.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.