Internal Auditor - Non-Technology Ref. 2102

Mission Enablers
£38,137 - £41,123 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.

We are offering you an exciting opportunity to join our Internal Audit and Consultancy Team as an Auditor within our non-technology areas. The Internal Audit and Consultancy function is a diverse team that works as a trusted business partner with the agencies: protecting value, delivering insight and developing talent and future leaders. We have privileged exposure to the work of the community and take pride in delivering high quality and impactful work, while continuously seeking opportunities to innovate our ways of working. It’s challenging, varied and meaningful work that you simply won’t find anywhere else.


We are looking for dynamic and committed people to support the Deputy Head of Internal Audit and the Senior Auditors. You’ll deliver internal audit assurance and advisory work to MI5, MI6 and GCHQ at pace, covering a wide range of topics. Your remit will incorporate a range of operational and corporate areas, including topics that are truly unique to the intelligence community such as reviews of mission focused capabilities and adherence to the legal framework underpinning our work.

We are looking for someone who can understand and evaluate business arrangements quickly, and be a credible communicator who can interact with staff at all levels across the organisation.

In this challenging and rewarding role, your contribution will make a real difference.  You’ll provide customers with high quality assurance, advisory and investigatory services that help strengthen and enhance risk management, governance and internal control arrangements.

You’ll work on a range of assignments, sometimes as part of a small team and on other occasions on your own. Whatever the task you’ll be producing high quality reviews, to budget and agreed timescales.

In line with our focus on developing talent and future leaders, career progression and development opportunities will form an important part of these roles.

Our flexible working policy ensures a healthy work-life balance. Wherever possible, we accommodate reduced hours or job share options, balanced against business needs.


We are looking for talented individuals with:

• Internal audit and risk management background in the public and/ or private sector.
• Experience of performing internal audits, with an ability to navigate ambiguity with purpose.
• Desirable knowledge and experience of applying audit testing methodologies, data analysis, root cause analysis and strong report writing skills. This should include the ability to review the design of control processes and their operating effectiveness, while continuously looking at ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of these processes.
• Experience of working on a portfolio of audit assignments and an ability to manage competing priorities and deliver audit work at pace, to time and quality commitments.
• The ability to engage and build relationships with stakeholders. This should include experience of negotiating and communicating with stakeholders at all levels in the organisation, to deliver difficult messages and influence change in a collaborative way.
• A proactive mindset, with an ability to identify methods or approaches to continuously improve internal audit capabilities and ways of working.

To apply for the Auditor Non-Technology role, you must hold, or be working towards, an IIA qualification or equivalent, and/ or an accountancy qualification (ACA/ ACCA/ ACMA or equivalent).


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.


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. Please note, we do not cover relocation costs.

Honesty and integrity are crucial. 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 in London 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.