Cyber Operations Specialist Ref.2068

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Operational and Surveillance
£36,227 (this is made up of basic salary £28,080 + £4,000 specialist pay + £3,000 Recruitment bonus + £2,147 concessionary payment

Our Cyber Operations team performs under strict legal safeguards and oversight, having the scope to do things that wouldn’t be possible elsewhere. We hack the computers of terrorists and criminals to discover and disrupt their plans. We will provide you with the opportunity to develop your skills in numerous technical areas, from complex operational infrastructure to the development of sophisticated software and everything in between. Your role will involve developing the solutions required to gather intelligence and disrupt those that seek to do harm to the UK and its citizens.

You’ll have an affinity for technology, a desire to learn and adapt to an ever-changing set of adversaries, whilst developing the solutions required to gather intelligence and, disrupt those that seek to do harm to the UK and its citizens.


We’re looking for passionate people from a diverse range of backgrounds, who will thrive working in a team environment and value the different perspectives of others. You’ll have an interest in technology and how it works, along with an ability to apply technology creatively to solve problems. You’re willing to experiment and find a solution and you enjoy new tasks. You recognise the breadth of internet technologies and both the benefits and drawbacks they offer the world. You’re interested in keeping up with the latest developments, able to grasp computing concepts and apply your knowledge, along with an ability to work lawfully, ethically and impartially at all times.

We welcome applications from experienced candidates who currently work within a related field regardless of educational background. Alternatively, if you have, or expect to obtain a minimum 2:2 degree in a STEM subject and can demonstrate the ability to work within the areas above for example, through personal projects or degree related study.

If you’re excited about what we do and working with us but are not sure you’re 100% there yet… rule yourself in and give it a go!

Training and Development

At GCHQ we’re proud that we offer an inclusive and supportive working environment that encourages 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 best of your abilities.

About Us

At GCHQ we work alongside other London agencies and international partners to safeguard our nation. We work against unique complex threats – everything from cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism and organised crime. It means your work will be incredibly interesting, and unlike anything you’ll find anywhere else.


Total package £36,227 (this is made up of basic salary £28,080 + £4,000 specialist pay + £3,000 Recruitment bonus + £2,147 concessionary payment


Gloucestershire (within an hours journey of Birmingham and Bristol and Oxford)

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 if candidates here.

Be prepared to dedicate 60 minutes completing your application. We are conscious this might be more time that you expected, so our system will allow you to save your application any time and come back to it later. But please remember to submit your complete application before the closing date.

Once we have established that you meet our eligibility criteria, the next steps of this selection process are :

-Application Form
-Business Sift
-Personal interview*
-Drug Test

*Interviews will be held in Cheltenham

GCHQ appreciate that attending an interview may incur a cost to the candidates and aims to off-set this by making a provision for the reimbursement of some interview expenses for those candidates travelling over 30 miles to attend.

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.