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Security Officer Ref. 1506

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Security Officer starting salary of £24,598.35, Security Officer Shift Supervisor starting salary of £34,701.03

GCHQ, the longest standing code-breaking intelligence agency in the UK, is offering you two exciting opportunities to join one of our Protective Security Teams at our new facility in Manchester. We are recruiting for both Security Officer Shift Supervisor and Security Officer roles.


It’s a unique opportunity to be part of the team that is the front door to all visitors and makes them feel welcome, that protects the physical security and implements Counter Terrorist security measures at our GCHQ sites, to reduce the risk of unauthorised entry and to protect our assets and people. These measures form part of a layered approach to security and balance prevention, protection and response.

As a Shift Supervisor, you’ll be leading one of the shift teams. In both roles you’ll be part of a team developing security at this new site.

It is an exciting time to be joining us as we are actively working with our partners within British Intelligence to align our security response. This work will lead to a number of exciting opportunities in the future for successful candidates.


It is not essential to have a background working in security as training will be provided. You’ll complete a number of security industry accredited courses, including CCTV and First Aid at Work.

We are looking for people who are comfortable making decisions and are able to demonstrate excellent customer service. You need to be a good communicator and able to balance security and operational requirements when the need arises. The requirement to manage competing priorities means you’ll need to be calm when under pressure.

As a Shift Supervisor you’ll need to be comfortable in being able to make decisions and be able to demonstrate excellent team leadership and customer service skills.


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.


Security Officer Shift Supervisor starting salary of £34,701.03.
Security Officer starting salary of £24,598.35.

Selection for either role will be based on skills and experience.

Both salaries are on a pro rata basis and include a shift disturbance payment of 33 percent. You will be working on a 12 hour shift pattern.




To apply for these positions, 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 Sift
- Telephone Interview
- Interview

Interviews will be held at the end of September/beginning of October in Manchester.
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.