Business Support Officer
MI6 is the UK's foreign intelligence service. It works to promote and protect the UK's national interest both at home and overseas by ensuring our government has the information it needs.
The roles are diverse. You could be working in an operational team supporting intelligence gathering or in one of the corporate teams that are essential to the smooth running of the Service. You can expect to spend two or three years in each post and as your experience grows you may have the option of applying to work overseas.
Business Support Officers come from diverse backgrounds. Some come straight from full time education, others have extensive work experience but are interested in moving to a unique working environment.
Whilst administrative experience is desirable, what they are looking for is willingness and a capability to do this kind of work. You will need a high level of professionalism as well as sound judgement and strong organisational skills. SIS wants people who are adaptable with a broad range of skills and able to perform in any of its wide ranging jobs.
MI6 offers an excellent working environment with great benefits including 25 days holiday and a generous pension scheme. Depending on your circumstances it can offer flexible working arrangements.
Intelligence is at the heart of what MI6 does. It is the secret information that the British government requires to keep the country safe and prosperous.
As an intelligence officer your focus will be gathering, delivering and utilising intelligence. These are fascinating and unique roles. Whether working with government departments to identify the intelligence requirements, overseeing a targeting effort to develop an operation to gather the intelligence, meeting the agents overseas with access to the intelligence, or reporting the intelligence back to senior government Ministers you will be at the forefront of keeping this country safe and secure.
Your career will likely encompass all of these roles but you will not be assigned to any one until you have been through the initial induction course which will allow SIS to assess where your skills best lie. In your career you will also have the opportunity to work overseas, receiving language training where appropriate.
As your career develops you will have ample opportunities to broaden your skills and look to move into management and operational leadership positions.
You will receive a competitive salary (variable dependent on relevant experience) and also benefit from additional allowances, including child care support during training. The ideal candidate is probably not the obvious candidate.
The sort of qualities we are looking for are:
Real evidence of achievement, both in an academic setting and supplemented with work/life experience
A sharp intellect and analytical capability with an ability to link disparate data in order to draw conclusions
Sound judgement and the capability to operate with great levels of autonomy
A drive to acquire knowledge and an ability to absorb new learning across a diverse range of subjects
Exceptional interpersonal skills and emotional intelligence. The ability to understand, interact and connect with a diverse range of people is central to what we do and defines a good officer
An interest in foreign culture is essential. Ability with foreign languages and technology are both advantages.
Russian Language Opportunities
You'll be using your language skills to provide intelligence insights, working at the core of SIS operational teams. You will feel comfortable learning and applying new technical skills to conduct analysis and increase intelligence capabilities. You will also work with a range of government departments, including Whitehall, law enforcement agencies and the military to manage intelligence requirements.
You will work as part of a team, calling on technical experts where needed, but will also have considerable autonomy in organising your daily work. You will be working in a modern, open plan working environment which encourages day-to-day collaboration. You'll be supported by more experienced colleagues, as well as receiving dedicated training in analysis skills.
Enthusiasm, flexibility and team-working are all important. You'll have an analytical and enquiring mind set, sound judgement and good attention to detail. You'll also have the opportunity to verbally brief operational teams and other colleagues across the intelligence agencies.
At GCHQ you will be the first line of assessment of the intelligence value of Russian language material, which may include highly technical and specialist terminology. However, you don't need to already be technically experienced as full training will be given. GCHQ has a large language community and there are opportunities to progress to senior language positions which have greater or broader responsibility.
At MI6, you'll carry out core language analysis work in support of investigations and develop your own career path focusing on the areas that most interest you, be it assessments, investigations or agent running. We have opportunities for promotion within the team, leading to more strategic understanding of the work we do and mentoring of junior colleagues. There are opportunities to develop your language skills and also learn new skills such as interpreting.
At MI6, you’ll work as an integral part of an operational team, sifting Russian language material against customer requirements to identify reportable intelligence that will shape and influence the team’s operational decision-making. You may have the opportunity to become a subject specialist, train in interpreting or learn new languages. Later, you may earn promotion as a linguist or branch into a different role in the organisation. Whatever your career path, you will be part of a community of dedicated and talented linguists, working together on projects that really make a difference.
1st Line Technical Support Analyst
As a 1st line technical support analyst you will provide IT support and advice on a wide range of services to MI6 officers around the globe. Successful applicants will begin by joining either the Service Desk or the 24/7 Event Management team to gain 1st line experience and learn about the Service. Once trained there will be opportunities to move into a range of other IT Service Management roles such as Incident, Request and Change Management.
Although much of this work is based in London, working normal office hours, there will be opportunities to travel overseas to provide on-site support and training.
This is a highly rewarding role which will allow you to learn about the service, and develop your skills for further IT Service Management roles within MI6.