Security Officers Ref.1870

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GCHQ, the longest standing code-breaking intelligence agency in the UK, is offering you an exciting opportunity to join our Team as a Security Officer. 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 in place 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.  

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.


As a Security Officer at GCHQ you will make a significant contribution to the overall protection of its assets, including staff, visitors and buildings. Working within a highly motivated team in a unique environment you will be a reassuring presence when conducting a full range of duties and responsibilities. Within the team your role will be key in maintaining the security of our building, controlling and monitoring the access of staff, visitors and vehicles and conducting the necessary physical searches. You will receive full training in order for you to respond effectively to any incident or emergency situation. You will monitor and operate a range of security infrastructure, including CCTV, Search and Screening and the site radio system.


We are looking for people who are comfortable making decisions and can 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 will need to be calm when under pressure.

It is not essential to have a background working in security as training will be provided. You will complete Security Industry Accredited courses, including CCTV, and will receive training in Emergency First Aid at Work. Basic IT skills, including the ability to use e-mail, the internet and MS Word will be required. A reasonable level of fitness is important as you will need to respond to incidents quickly

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 - Fundamental
Contribution to Delivery - Fundamental
Managing the Customer Relationship - Fundamental
Corporate Vision and Efficiency - Fundamental
Change and Innovation - Fundamental
Analysis and Decision Making - Fundamental
Communications and Knowledge Sharing - Intermediate

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 £18,920 per annum and there are Band 1 and Band 5 shift posts available:
• Band 1 (+33%) working 24/7hr shift pattern
• Band 5 (+12%) working extended days Monday to Friday


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: 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.

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, all successful candidates will need to acquire a DV if not already held. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 10th September 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.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.