Deputy Head of Internal Audit - Technology Ref. 2100

Mission Enablers
Cheltenham, Central London
London £67,316 - £72,486 Cheltenham £66,297 - £71,376 Depending on skills, qualifications and experience.

At MI5, MI6 and GCHQ we help protect the UK and UK interests from threats to national security at home and abroad.  We work closely as partners in the intelligence community to safeguard Britain’s people, interests and businesses from various threats including cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime.  It’s challenging, varied and meaningful work that you simply won’t find anywhere else.

We are currently looking for a Deputy Head of Internal Audit (Technology) to join our internal audit and consultancy team.


As Deputy Head of Internal Audit (Technology) you’ll be a key member of the Internal Audit senior leadership team leading the Technology Audit team and programme.  This is a challenging and rewarding role where your contribution will make a real difference.

You’ll be accountable for the design and delivery of the technology audit plan, providing key technology stakeholders with timely and insightful assurances over a range of technology areas including; IT governance and strategy, information security; cyber security; infrastructure; applications and databases; engineering; portfolio, programme and project management and IT services delivery management.  

You will be able to influence and facilitate change, expertly strengthening the internal control environment, while supporting the business to achieve the mission.  You’ll manage the Internal Audit team by developing and supporting their career plans, while contributing to the execution of the resourcing strategy and training and development programmes.

While the role is challenging, our flexible working policy ensures a healthy work-life balance. Wherever possible, we accommodate flexible working hours or job share options.


We are looking for talented, flexible and committed individuals from all audit backgrounds with proven technical audit and risk management knowledge. For success in this role you’ll have:

• Experience of audit testing methodologies, data analysis, root cause analysis and strong report writing skills
• A CISA qualification with an in-depth knowledge and experience of Technology auditing.  
• Strong audit management experience with the ability to engage, inspire and motivate people.
• Exceptional communication skills, with the the ability to build networks and work collaboratively with business areas to influence and support key decisions.


At MI5, MI6 and 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.


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

Travel within the UK is essential, with a possibility of occasional overseas travel.


This role is based in Cheltenham or London. Please note, we do not cover relocation costs.

Honesty and integrity are crucial if you want to work for our organisations. You should read about the vetting process and satisfy yourself that you meet the criteria outlined in the vetting pages of the website prior to submitting an application.

Giving misleading information or omitting or concealing information during the recruitment and vetting process is viewed very seriously. You should ensure that you follow our guidance from when you apply.


The first thing we will ask you to do is complete our pre-screening questions to find out if you meet our initial criteria. If you do meet these criteria we will then ask you to fill out a full application form where you will need to create a log in and provide your full name, email address and a memorable password.

Our recruitment team will conduct a sift of your application and successful applicants may be invited to a short video interview. All successful applicants who pass this stage will be invited to attend a competency based face to face interview to further explore your skills and motivation for the role. If successful at interview, you will be required to attend a security interview with a vetting officer.


As part of our commitment to being a ‘Disability Confident Leader’ we offer an interview to all candidates with a disability who meet our minimum criteria for the role that they are applying for. This is known as the Offer of Interview (OOI). To secure an interview for this vacancy, the minimum criteria (in order of application process) are:

Eligibility Questions - You will be asked a series of questions relating to this vacancy. If you meet the criteria here you will be directed to the application form.

On successful completion of this application form you will be invited to a video interview. This is our offer interview.


To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. One of your parents must be a British Citizen or must have one of the nationalities or citizenships from one of the following: British Overseas territory, British subject, British National (Overseas), British protected person, citizenship of the Commonwealth, EEA nationality, or citizenship of the United States of America. If deceased, have had such citizenship or nationality before death. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. If successful, you will not normally be required to give up your non-British citizenship but, as a condition of your employment or secondment, MI5 may impose restrictions on your postings, work travel and/or general use of that nationality. Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for seven out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. Each case will be carefully considered on its own facts.

You can apply at the age of 17 years and 6 months, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday.

Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside of the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application.

Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found on the Applying section.


Owing to the sensitivity of our work, we do not publicly disclose the identities of our staff. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member.


The UK Intelligence Agencies are 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.

Please be aware that we withhold the right to bring forward the closing date for this role from the original closing date once a certain number of applications have been received. Please be mindful on this and submit your application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.