Senior Auditor - Technology Ref. 2003

Trades & Services
Cheltenham, Central London
Full Time
London: £52,171 – £56,400 Cheltenham: £49,269 – £53,263

At MI5, MI6 and GCHQ we help protect the UK and UK interests from threats to national security at home and abroad. We work closely as partners in the intelligence community to safeguard Britain’s people, interests and businesses from various threats including cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime.

We currently have vacancies in our Internal Audit and Consultancy Team for Senior Auditors in our Programme Assurance and IT Audit areas. The Internal Audit and Consultancy function  is a diverse team that works as a trusted business partner with the agencies: protecting value, delivering insight and developing talent and future leaders. We have privileged exposure to the work of the community as a whole and take pride in delivering high quality and impactful work, while continuously seeking opportunities to innovate our ways of working. It’s challenging, varied and meaningful work that you simply won’t find anywhere else.


We are looking for dynamic and committed people to support the Deputy Head of Internal Audit. As a Senior Auditor you’ll manage and deliver internal audit assurance and advisory work to MI5, MI6 and GCHQ at pace, covering a wide range of topics.  Your remit will focus on technology and how technology supports a range of business areas such as operations andcorporate services, including topics that are truly unique to the intelligence community such as reviews of mission focused capabilities and adherence to the legal framework underpinning our mission work.

For success in this role you’ll be able to understand and evaluate business arrangements quickly, and be a credible communicator who can interact with staff at all levels across the organisation - you will take a lead role when communicating to senior stakeholders. As a Senior Auditor, you will manage a small number of newly qualified Auditors

In this challenging and rewarding role your contribution will make a real difference. You’ll provide customers with high quality assurance, advisory and investigatory services that help strengthen and enhance our risk management, governance and internal control arrangements.

You’ll be working on a variety of complex audits and assignments. This could range from leading and overseeing a small team to deliver a project, to delivering independent reviews to quality, budget and agreed timescales.

In line with our focus on developing talent and future leaders, career progression and development opportunities will form an important part of this role.

Our flexible working policy ensures a healthy work-life balance. Wherever possible, we accommodate reduced hours or job share options, balanced against business needs.


We are looking for talented individuals with:

•    A solid and demonstrable internal audit and risk management background in the public and/ or private sector.
•    Experience of performing complex, high and medium risk internal audits, with an ability to navigate ambiguity with purpose.
•    Knowledge and experience of applying audit testing methodologies, data analysis, root cause analysis and strong report writing skills. This should include the ability to review the design of control processes and their operating effectiveness, while continuously looking at ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of these processes.
•    An ability to lead small teams to deliver a portfolio of audit assignments and manage competing priorities and deliver audit work at pace, to time and quality commitments.
•    The ability to engage and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders. This should include experience of successfully negotiating and communicating with customers at all levels within the organisation, to deliver difficult messages and influence change in a collaborative way.
•    A proactive mindset, with an ability to identify methods or approaches to continuously improve internal audit capabilities and ways of working.
•    Demonstrable line management experience

To apply for the Senior Auditor Technology role, you must hold a CISA qualification and possess an in-depth knowledge and experience of technology auditing.


At MI5, MI6 and 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.


London £52,171 – £56,400
Cheltenham £49,269 – £53,263
Depending on skills, qualifications and experience


London and/or Cheltenham (located within an hour’s journey of Birmingham and Bristol)

Travel within the UK is essential, with a possibility of occasional overseas travel.


This role is based in Cheltenham or London. Please note, we do not cover relocation costs.
Honesty and integrity are crucial. You should read about the vetting process and satisfy yourself that you meet the criteria outlined in the vetting pages of the MI5 or GCHQ website prior to submitting an application.
Giving misleading information or omitting or concealing information during the recruitment and vetting process is viewed very seriously. You should ensure that you follow our guidance from when you apply.


The first thing we will ask you to do is complete our pre-screening questions to find out if you meet our initial criteria. If you do meet these criteria we will then ask you to fill out a full application form where you will need to create a log in and provide your full name, email address and a memorable password.
Our recruitment team will conduct a sift of your application and successful applicants may be invited to a short video interview. All successful applicants who pass this stage will be invited to attend a competency based face to face interview to further explore your skills and motivation for the role. If successful at interview, you will be required to attend a security interview with a vetting officer.


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:
Eligibility Questions - You will be asked a series of questions relating to this vacancy. If you meet the criteria here you will be directed to the application form.

On successful completion of this application form you will be invited to a video interview. This is our guaranteed interview.


To be eligible to apply, you must meet our residency criteria. You must be a born or naturalised British citizen and one of your parents must be a British citizen or have substantial ties to the UK. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for nine out of the last 10 years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. You will nonetheless 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. You can apply at the age of 17 years and 6 months, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. 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.


The UK Intelligence Agencies 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.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.