Fancy working for GCHQ? Here’s how to apply for new roles in Manchester, The Manc

Fancy working for GCHQ? Here’s how to apply for new roles in Manchester

GCHQ is responsible for providing signals intelligence and information assurance to the government and the UK’s armed forces.

The Government Communication Headquarters (GCHQ) is currently recruiting for a number of roles in Manchester.

Whether it’s something you’re aware of, or it’s rather fittingly been kept under wraps, the country’s intelligence and security organisation actually has an office base right here in Manchester city centre.

GCHQ is responsible for providing signals intelligence and information assurance to the government and the UK’s armed forces.

In a nutshell, the main goal is to “keep our country safe”.

While the main hub of the over 100-year old organisation is actually based down in Cheltenham, other office locations include London, Scarborough, Lincolnshire, Cornwall, and of course, Manchester.

Working alongside MI5 and MI6, the organisation combines technology and intelligence to counter sophisticated threats such as terrorism, cyber attacks and more – and you can now apply to be a part of the action at “the heart of the nation’s security” as GCHQ is recruiting for roles in our region.

Here’s some of the jobs currently up for grabs.

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Specialist Technical Analyst

Salary – £28 642 + the opportunity to qualify for specialist skills payments ranging from £5,000 to £23,000+ per annum in the role.

Role – According to the job description on the GCHQ website, this position is an operational role within GCHQ that is responsible for analysis of industrial systems data and making recommendations.

This post is part an analytical team, and the successful candidate will play a role in informing and shaping HM government outcomes.

“This is a unique and exciting opportunity to work at the centre of intelligence.”

You can find more information about the role of Specialist Technical Analyst, and stick an application in here.

Fancy working for GCHQ? Here’s how to apply for new roles in Manchester, The Manc
The main hub of the over 100-year old security and intelligence organisation is based in Cheltenham / Credit: GCHQ

Senior and Lead Software Engineer

Salary – £37,639 – £59,210 (depending on skills, experience and job role – package includes basic salary and concessionary payment).

Role – According to the job description on the GCHQ website, successful candidates will be passionate about developing software, have a curiosity for new technology and new ways of solving problems, thrive working in diverse teams with other highly capable software engineers, have potential to be a future leader on technology, design, feature development or teams, and be interested in a role that gives them space to innovate and learn new skills.

“You’ll be central to our work to keep the country safe.”

You can find more information about the role of Senior and Lead Software Engineer, and stick an application in here.

European Language Graduate

Salary – £30,831 (which includes a concessionary payment).

Role: According to the job description on the GCHQ website, successful applicants will be talented, flexible, and committed individuals from all backgrounds with a 2:1 degree in at least two languages – French, German, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish – and a linguistic ability of a very high order to carry out the duties of transcription, translation, analysis and research.

The role is available to graduates who are “keen to use their existing language skills and for those interested in learning a new language.”

You can find more information about the role, and stick an application in here.

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Haven’t found a role suitable for you?

GCHQ is offering Mancunians the chance to register interest for a variety of roles that will become available in our region over the upcoming months, with the organisation’s website stating that “it doesn’t matter where you are in your career, as long as you’re interested in learning or have experience of working in a more technical role.”

The roles that GCHQ will be hiring for in upcoming months are:

  • Infrastructure Engineer
  • Network Engineer
  • Information Assurance
  • Software Developer and Engineers

You can keep your eye out and register your interest via the GCHQ website here.

Featured Image – GCHQ

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