Recruitment Advisor Ref. 2384

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Diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodiverse conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce.

As one of Britain’s intelligence agencies, we unlock the complex world of communications to make a real difference to the safety of the nation. We work closely with our partners in the intelligence community to safeguard Britain’s people, interests, and businesses from various threats. Think serious organised crime, such as people and drugs trafficking, or terrorism and cyber-attacks. It’s challenging and varied work that you won’t find anywhere else.

The Role

Recruitment brings in the best and most diverse talent to support GCHQ’s work and help candidates start and grow their careers with us. Our people are the most important asset we have and as a Campaign Manager in the recruitment team you will be a key part of shaping our workforce and enabling the GCHQ of tomorrow. We are passionate about diversity and have a steadfast commitment to increasing underrepresented groups within our workforce.

Working as one of our Campaign Managers you will be responsible for managing the end-to-end process of a recruitment campaign. You will be proactive in promoting an efficient and consistent recruitment service to the department, guaranteeing value for money at all stages.  

You will be accountable for the delivery of multiple recruitment campaigns, overseeing all assessment and selection arrangements for the team.  You will have line management responsibility for the Recruitment Support Officer within your team.

You will have the opportunity to build professional relationships and make effective decisions with customers and our recruitment partners and will continue to build recruitments reputation within the organisation and externally.


You will have previous experience of working in Recruitment, ideally within an in-house recruitment team. CIPD qualifications or equivalent are recognised and would be desirable for this role. We would fully support applicants who have a willingness to study towards these qualifications. Experience of contributing to positive change within a recruitment or onboarding service would be useful. We are open to the full range of working patterns, this role will bring significant home-working opportunities, typically 40-60% of your working hours.
We are looking for individuals with a strong work ethic, who enjoy a fast-paced challenging role that brings job satisfaction. Resilience is a key component to becoming part of our industry leading recruitment team. You will be part of our supportive team where you will have opportunities to develop both your personal skills and professional qualifications, in order to pursue your career aspirations.

We require excellent people management skills with a passion for empowering others and supporting professional development.  You would provide clear direction, guidance and support to colleagues whilst becoming a mentor for other team members. You will be able to build constructive relationships with internal and external partners / customers to deliver new joiners across our organisation.

Strong planning, organisational skills and clear communication skills are essential to enable you to deliver recruitment best practice and ensure a seamless candidate journey. You'll have the confidence to manage customers’ expectations around the delivery and diversity of new joiners, ensuring HR policy and employment law is followed at all times.

The role requires regularly reviewing recruitment practices, identifying and introducing improvements to enhance services, create efficiencies, and increase diversity.  You should demonstrate problem-solving skills, proactively seeking solutions when required and identifying and mitigating risks.

Training and Development

We’re proud of our inclusive and supportive working environment that is 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.


Salary of £28,487 (on a pro rata basis), with the potential to earn skills bonuses and additional payments dependent on experience.


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

Selection Process

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.

You can familiarise yourself with the general competencies we use to assess the aptitude of candidates here.

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:

- Online proficiency test
- Personal interview*
- Drug test
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.

Disability Confident Statement:

As a Disability Confident employer, we will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview. This is known as the Offer of Interview (OOI). If you successfully complete the required stages, and are successful at interview, you will receive a job offer conditional on you completing your vetting process, which enables you to obtain the level of security clearance required to undertake this role.

If you successfully complete the required stages, and are successful at interview, you will receive a job offer conditional on you completing our developed vetting (DV) process, which enables you to obtain the level of security clearance required to undertake this role.

Right to Withdraw Statement:

Please be aware that we withhold the right to bring forward the closing date for this role from the original closing date once a certain number of applications have been received. Please be mindful of this and submit your application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.