Manchester Policy & Compliance Advisor Ref.1931

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We are an intelligence, security and cyber agency with a mission to help keep the UK safe. Our purpose is to pioneer a new kind of security in this ever more complex world.

Our people use cutting-edge technology and their combined ingenuity to identify, analyse and disrupt threats to us all. We work closely with MI5, the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), law enforcement, the military and international partners to counter real-world and online threats from a broad range of adversaries.

We are opening a new office in central Manchester; this new location will be fundamental to our mission, pulling on a wide mix of minds to create innovative and inventive solutions and enabling us to better identify and disrupt threats to the UK.


To enable us to continue to operate legally and deliver effectively against our mission, we are seeking a Policy and Compliance Advisor to join us in Manchester to support and lead on a range of legal authorisations and oversight functions. Compliance with the law is an essential requirement and enable to our mission and thus GCHQ operates under an oversight structure which includes inspection from the Investigatory Powers Commissioner’s Office and the parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee.

They will ensure GCHQ (with its partners) understands its information and security risks and will provide pragmatic guidance on how to manage them. This will include providing independent assurance and consultancy to the organisation on the management of key risks and threats, alongside advising on strategies that allow us to best exploit opportunities that will benefit the mission.

The ideal candidate will have excellent engagement skills and alongside experience of embedding corporate policies, helping to set the compliance culture tone.

A key measure of success for GCHQ Manchester is ensuring that there is a strong compliance culture that supports and complements the dynamic working environment. Our Policy and Compliance Advisor will play an essential part in establishing this culture in Manchester, instilling the core concepts throughout the workforce through the role–modelling of effective and positive behaviours.

You will be providing professional consultancy services to a wide range of people across organisation for both day to day enquiries, and in support of GCHQ’s policy and compliance agenda.

This will require you to build the necessary relationships, understand and establish the transformational requirements, and increase levels of maturity across GCHQ, increasing our capacity and capability as you go.

The role will involve the following:

• Learning new tools, techniques, the way our organisation ticks, and the people around you
• Building strong consultancy relationships with clients, often in advising particular areas on best practice
• Building the capability of the Manchester Policy and Compliance function, to enable the organisation to work differently in order to sustain change
• Working within our operational teams, advising on the most appropriate ways in which we conduct our work


Whilst possessing the professional skills below is highly desirable, of equal importance is attitude, the desire to learn, be creative and having the enthusiasm, growth mind-set and interpersonal skills to deliver in a fast- paced environment.

In terms of professional and personal skills, the following are desirable:

• Contribution to the provision of guidance and briefings to Manchester staff on the legislation and policies that governs our work
• Maintaining awareness of changes in GCHQ policy and oversight legislation, providing review and challenge as appropriate
• Playing an active role in the wider GCHQ Policy and Compliance networks
• Delivering effective feedback to the Manchester team using diplomatic, constructive and engaging approaches

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… Rule yourself in and give it a go!

Competencies - Level

Working with and Leading Others - Intermediate – essential now
Contribution to Delivery - Intermediate – desirable
Managing the Customer Relationship - Intermediate – essential in 6 months
Corporate Vision and Efficiency - Fundamental – essential now
Change and Innovation - Fundamental – essential now
Analysis and Decision Making - Intermediate – desirable
Communications and Knowledge Sharing - Intermediate – essential now

Further information on the competencies can be found here.


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 £26734 p.a. currently with a concessionary annual payment.


Roles will be based in Manchester.


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.

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 Manchester
A DV is required for this role.

The closing date for applications is Tuesday 12th November 2019, however if we receive the amount of applications required, we may close the vacancy early. Applicants are encouraged to apply promptly to avoid disappointment. We reserve the right to close the advert early.

We are working hard to create the right physical environment with the new Manchester facility, but we also need our staff to work in the right ways to support this and one another. As part of the mind-set, we expect any successful applicants to be willing to help us shape the Manchester environment. It will be a dynamic and flexible environment, so we are looking for people to embrace this and help us shape this fantastic new opportunity.

As such, should you be selected for interview, in addition to the usual competency-based questions, we will ask you to begin the interview by spending 2-3 minutes talking through:

• Something you have learnt in the past 3 months and how have you gone about the task of doing so? This should be a specific thing you’ve learnt taking us through how you went about acquiring the relevant knowledge. It can be work related or come from something you’ve done outside of work.

To be clear, the focus her is very much on the content and not the delivery. You can choose whichever style suits you (be that an informal chat/discussion, printed slides, an essay, a mind map, TED-talk style, etc).

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.