Communications and Engagement Lead - Offensive Cyber Ref. 1719

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Cheltenham or London
£54,532 (on a pro rata basis), plus £5,500 London Pay Addition if applicable
GCHQ, the UK’s intelligence, security and cyber agency, is offering you an exciting opportunity to join one of their larger Directorates as Communications and Engagement Lead for Offensive Cyber


The UK is one of the world’s leading top tier cyber powers. GCHQ works in partnership with
the Ministry of Defence (MoD) to maintain global leadership in this area.

Offensive Cyber is a rapidly evolving and increasingly important part of the UK’s national security mission. By being able to actively tackle online the people and states who manipulate, deny, disrupt degrade or destroy targeted computers, information systems or networks we continue to ensure the security of our country and its people.

In 2019, the digital world is the real world. And through offensive cyber, we are able to harness the skills and talents of both GCHQ and the MoD to build the tools, techniques and tradecraft to combat the UK’s threats in cyber space.

Our ability to inform and engage with our many stakeholders and audiences is key to our success. We’re looking for an experienced communications and engagement professional who is comfortable working across organisational boundaries in a complex, high profile and fast-moving environment.

The successful candidate will be confident at building relationships with and influencing a range of stakeholders at all levels within GCHQ, MoD and across Whitehall.


As the Communications and Engagement Lead for Offensive Cyber you will:

•    Immerse yourself as part of the GCHQ team, building strong relationships with counterparts in MoD
•    Develop an overarching communications and engagement strategy for internal GCHQ employees as well as wider stakeholder audiences, and make recommendations about the most effective engagement methods to meet those needs
•    Develop feedback mechanisms, capture key issues and action as necessary
•    Develop and rehearse high profile communication announcements
•    Draft and edit creative communication, in a range of formats, to support internal and external stakeholder and media communication activities
•    Report on progress against the objectives set out in the communications and engagement plan
•    Scope the role and the communications resource requirements
•    Lead and line manage a small team of communications and engagement colleagues
•    Become part of GCHQ’s professional network of communicators and work closely with colleagues in the central Communications and Engagement team.

Competencies - Level - Desirability

Working with and Leading Others - Higher - Essential
Contribution to Delivery - Higher - Desirable
Managing the Customer Relationship - Advanced - Essential
Corporate Vision and Efficiency - Higher - Desirable
Change and Innovation - Higher - Desirable
Analysis and Decision Making - Higher - Desirable
Communications and Knowledge Sharing - Advanced - Desirable


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.


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.


Salary of £54,532 (on a pro rata basis), plus £5,500 London Pay Addition if applicable.


The job will be based in Cheltenham or London and will involve some travel, mainly within the UK.


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.

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

- Application Form
- Personal interview (including a presentation)*
- Drug test

*Interviews will be held in Cheltenham/Gloucester.

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.

The closing date for applications is Monday 18th March 2019.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.