DevOps Engineer Ref. 1897

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Technology Roles
Full Time
£35,641 Includes a concessionary payment (on a pro rata basis)

GCHQ, the longest standing code-breaking intelligence agency in the UK, is offering you an exciting opportunity to join our Research and Innovation department as a Cloud Software Engineer.

The Role

GCHQ’s Research and Innovation Department is increasingly developing its innovative capabilities using cloud technologies as the wider business is beginning to migrate to such platforms. This includes the platforms and services offered by public hyper-scale cloud vendors and open source based private cloud instances based on the Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s software landscape (e.g. Kubernetes). Working closely with our researchers your role will be crucial in ensuring we deliver an efficient, scalable and secure capabilities that adhere to best practise and realise the full potential of the rapidly evolving cloud platforms and services.  

You’ll work closely with researchers to provide software engineering guidance and collaborative development effort to deliver iterative maturation of research prototypes to full operational capabilities. The provision of platforms and services to aid the automation of this process also falls within the scope of this role. Working side by side with researchers, you’ll play a crucial role in meeting the mission goals of GCHQ.


We’re looking for a proactive DevOps engineer with experience of delivering scalable capabilities using Kubernetes and microservice architectures. We are seeking someone with a passion for the continually evolving technologies and services used on such platforms. A consummate communicator you’ll work closely with and bring together teams of developers, using strong communication skills to guide the engineering elements of novel capabilities.

Experience of the following is essential:

  • Developing on Kubernetes along with Developing capabilities upon serverless technologies.

Experience of the following is desirable:

  • AWS architectures and services (essential within 1-2 years).
  • Azure architectures and services.
  • Engineering cost efficient capabilities that use machine learning and/or artificial intelligence techniques upon cloud technologies.

Training and Development

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.

About Us

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.

Equal Opportunities Statement

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


Salary of £35,641 includes a concessionary payment (on a pro rata basis)


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

Selection Process

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!

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.

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

*Interviews will be held in Cheltenham
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.