CAP Lead Infrastructure Engineer Ref.1620

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IT, Science & Technical
Full Time
Up to £48k with the potential to receive further bonus’ depending on experience
CAP Lead Infrastructure Engineer

GCHQ, the longest standing code-breaking intelligence agency in the UK, is offering you an exciting opportunity to join our NCSC Capability Infrastructure Department as a Lead Infrastructure Engineer.


The National Cyber Security Centre is growing its internal engineering capability to prototype, build and operate systems and software to support the research and delivery needs for a number of teams and customers. This is a lead role in which the successful candidate will be expected to be the technical authority for a number of systems and performance manage a team of skilled engineers. You’ll be expected to perform and lead research into infrastructure engineering best practices, defining standards and roadmaps for both internal and external customers and to drive consistently high standards of delivery.

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


You’ll need to be an expert in building, deploying and supporting the architecture of modern and legacy enterprise systems. You’ll have an excellent understanding in a number of technologies, including how to appropriately secure and maintain them for different business functions. This should include cloud-based infrastructure, on-premises enterprise technologies, high security implementations and networking at scale. You’ll have a track record of successful delivery of infrastructure and technology projects as the Lead for a multi¬disciplinary team and should be experienced in Agile / DevOps practices. Key aspects of your work not only require peer discussion with very technical staff, but also programme and project managers to successfully gain funding and deliver outcomes as well as line management and the development of new and existing staff.


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.


At GCHQ, our mission is to protect Britain from ever-evolving threats. It’s incredibly varied work as the UK’s infrastructure, businesses and way of life are constantly targeted. By gathering information and looking into communications, our organisation aims to stop this. It means you’ll have one of the most unique and interesting careers there is to offer.


Up to £48k with the potential to receive further bonus’ depending on experience


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 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.