Project Manager Ref.1866

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London, Cheltenham (located within an hour’s journey of Birmingham and Bristol)
GCHQ, the longest standing code-breaking intelligence agency in the UK, is offering you an exciting opportunity to join our APM award-winning Project Management profession.


As a Project Manager you’re deliver one of the most complex portfolios of projects in the UK and work closely with colleagues with a strong reputation for delivery. The pace of change means it’s unlikely you’ll manage the same project twice – you’ll never be bored! Our projects can be technical but many also drive forward business change and involve working with and influencing external partners. You’ll be accountable for leading and managing innovative projects, using a range of methodologies. A consummate communicator you’re engage with Stakeholders at all levels, and contribute to the continuing development of the profession.
In response to changing business challenges, we’ve broadened our range of delivery approaches to include agile and direct engagement with the business in a consultancy role.

The excellence of our project management community’s work in this area was recognised in 2017 and 2018, winning two Association of Project Managers (APM) awards in 2017 – “Innovation Project of the Year” and “Overall Project of the Year”, and “Programme of the Year” in 2018.   

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’re looking for creative, flexible and forward-thinking project managers from all backgrounds. You’ll have a proven track record of delivery with a strong customer focus and be confident at translating customer needs into accurate requirements.  You’ll have good leadership and interpersonal skills and be committed to supporting others and inspiring their trust and confidence in order to deliver the best outcomes. You’ll need to show us that you are comfortable with a high pace of change and can adapt your delivery method to suit your project.

Project Managers

We’re looking for Project Managers who have experience in working with a wide range of stakeholders and have proven organisation skill and an ability to lead delivery in a variety of different organisational environments.  

Senior Project Managers

We’re also recruiting at a more senior level, exceptionally well organised you’re demonstrate an awareness of and an ability to select a range of delivery approaches and ways of working to meet the demands of a complex portfolio.  
PRINCE2 Practitioner or experience of Agile PM methodologies is desirable but not essential.

If you do not meet all the requirements for a Project Management position we may, at our discretion offer you a place on a Project Management Development Scheme.


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. We have a development framework specifically for Project Managers, supporting professional development through a range of approaches including classroom training, e-learning and work-based structured learning. We’ll support you as you maintain PRINCE2 practitioner status, learn Agile PM techniques and become a member of the APM.

The community is also encouraged to give back to others through coaching and mentoring, and sharing lessons and learning about new initiatives and other business areas at the monthly Project Management Forum. As Corporate members of APM, our commitment to supporting the development of our staff has been externally recognised.

The UK Intelligence Agencies – MI5 / MI6 / GCHQ – 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.

If you’re excited about working with us and think you have some of what we’re looking for but aren’t sure if you’re 100% there yet… why not just give it a go!


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.


Starting salary* of £35,641 with the senior level starting salary at £43,984 pro rata (Including concessionary payment). Along with the potential to earn skills bonuses and additional payments dependent on experience.

*Plus additional £5,500 London pay addition for London based roles.


London and 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:

- Application Form
- Personal interview* (covering competencies and PM skills)
- Drug test

*Interviews will be held in Gloucester in November 2019.
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.