Project Control Officer Ref.1865

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Cheltenham (located within an hour’s journey of Birmingham and Bristol)
£28,804 (including concessionary pay)
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.

GCHQ is offering you an exciting opportunity to join our Programme Management Office as a Project Control Officer (PCO).


As a PCO, you’ll be required to collate data, identify and analyse problems, draft reports and use logic and persuasion to influence stakeholders. Providing support to the Project Manager and team on governance issues, a consummate communicator you’ll engage with stakeholders and project leads at all levels across the business and will contribute to the continuing development of the Project Management Office (PMO).
The PMO is evolving to meet our changing business needs, you’ll need to be comfortable with change. Working closely with colleagues you’ll deliver high-value activities to include finance, planning, risks and issues.  

Key aspects of your work include correct adherence to agreed project tools, organising, supporting and co-ordinating key projects and project lifecycle meetings. Providing guidance on PRINCE2 and Agile Methodologies (training will be provided).

Our flexible working policy ensures a healthy work-life balance. Wherever possible, we look to accommodate reduced hours or job share options balanced against business needs.


We want an enthusiastic and highly organised individual with a good attention to detail, along with communications skills. You’ll be dealing with large budgets and therefore you’ll need a good understanding of finance as this will play a large part in some of the PCO roles.  Experience of a PMO role would be desirable but it’s more important that you are a team player and comfortable with change.

PRINCE2 at Foundation/Practitioner level, or experience of Agile methodologies are desirable but not essential, as full training is provided.

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!

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.


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.


£28,804 (including concessionary pay)


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*
- Drug test

*Interviews will be held in Gloucester 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.