M&E Safety and Compliance Manager Ref. 1747

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Operational and Surveillance
£41,638 pro rata

GCHQ, the longest standing code-breaking intelligence agency in the UK, is offering you an exciting opportunity to join our Estates Team as a M&E Safety and Compliance Manager.


Estates are transforming the way we ensure our sites are safe and compliant. We are working with our industry partners to introduce standardisation for Compliance across our sites. We are constantly reviewing our processes and training ensuring that we have a pragmatic approach, compliant with existing standards and industry best practice, supporting Mission delivery.                                                                                                  

You will be the focal point for providing support on Hard Facilities Management and the associated infrastructure for setting the standards for others to follow.  Providing guidance on electrical and mechanical infrastructure, heat power and cooling to Estates Services and Projects and other areas of the business including Data Centres.                                                                           

Under your management the team will develop a suite of technical guidance documents for all aspects of our facilities infrastructure that set the minimum configuration and standards for electrical and mechanical services across the enterprise. Ensuring our legal compliance whilst encompassing the requirement to provide VFM, sustainability and support for Mission delivery.

You will be responsible for ensuring that the guidance documentation is published electronically, communicated, maintained and updated to give a focused set of standards in accordance with Legislation, Guidance, Crown recommendations and GCHQ requirements.  

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 will have a wide range of mechanical and electrical knowledge relevant to buildings infrastructure, applicable technical skills and excellent communication skills. The ideal candidate will have a solid M&E background with a recognised technical qualification in a Hard FM related subject, supported by relevant recent experience. Able to demonstrate a good knowledge of H&S legislation, ideally holding or working towards NEBOSH General Certificate.

For this role you will need to have strong interpersonal skills, in particular networking and making contacts. The partnership with our Total Facilities Management provider is still developing, the successful applicant will demonstrate diplomatic and interpersonal skills needed to grow this relationship.  It is also essential to be a self-starter, prepared to act on your own initiative and able to drive tasks through to a successful conclusion. Good organisational abilities, positive, can-do attitude and pragmatic approach to problems, looking for solutions rather than obstacles, are essential.

Competencies - Level - Desirability

Working with and Leading Others - Higher - Desirable
Contribution to Delivery - Higher - Essential
Managing the Customer Relationship - Higher - Essential
Corporate Vision and Efficiency - Intermediate - Desirable
Change and Innovation - Intermediate - Desirable
Analysis and Decision Making - Intermediate - Essential
Communications and Knowledge Sharing - Higher - 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 £41,638 (on a pro rata basis)


Cheltenham with regular travel to other GCHQ sites


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

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*
- Drug test

*Interviews location TBC.
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.