Computer Network Operations Lead Ref. 1298

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IT, Science & Technical
Competitive package based on qualifications and experience

GCHQ is offering you an exciting opportunity to join our Computer Network Operations team as a Computer Network Operations Lead.


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.


Our Computer Networks Operations team hack the computers of terrorists and criminals to discover and disrupt their plans. Under strict legal safeguards and oversight, we have the scope to do things that wouldn’t be possible elsewhere, and provide the opportunity to really develop your skills.
Using reverse engineering, penetration testing and intrusion detection skills, you’ll support national security objectives. With world-class training and support, you’ll have all the tools required to carry out our critical mission.
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 are looking for individuals from all backgrounds with experience or knowledge in reverse engineering, penetration testing, vulnerability analysis, intrusion detection or analysis of malicious code. With skills in network operations, you enjoy problem-solving, keeping up with changing technologies and want to make a real difference to the UK

You have either a degree or equivalent qualification in a relevant STEM subject; or a Bachelor’s or Masters’ degree incorporating ethical hacking, digital forensics or information security.


A thorough understanding of networks and protocols, including experience of security and protecting software and networks.


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 – we are proud of the work-life balance we offer people.


Competitive package based on qualifications and experience




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

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 Cheltenham
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.