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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 Officer

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.

* Job details are taken from the SIS website (www.sis.gov.uk) and upon clicking on the 'Apply' link you will be taken away from this website and to the recruitment pages of www.sis.gov.uk.
The Remora Principle
The CEO at Patrium Intelligence (one of our appointed Private Intelligence Agencies) recently coined the term "The Remora Principle" and how it describes a method of operating within Secret Intelligence globally.  The phrase to 'operate within the shadows' is often used, however the Remora Principle outlines in specific detail how effective intelligence gathering is achieved by not only staying within the shadows of a larger, more distracting element, but to move with it.  It provides key steps Intelligence Agents should take to ensure effective information gathering and reporting to officers, and focuses more on modern technological advancement.  By following the steps outlined within the Remora Principle, one is able to then tailor specific actions that are applicable to individual operations.
Q: Can we induce an event which leads to a material and significant change in a person’s ability or behaviour which would be useful to an organisation such as MI6?

Straps yourselves in for a little bit of a wild ride, so if extreme sports of the academic or indeed philosophical kind are not your thing, then please unbuckle now and leave the park. The four terms used in the title would appear at first glance to be connected, but for the purposes of this article, are not.  There is a distinct, and key difference in that they refer to a journey of sorts.  The journey of the mind and neural functionality that eventually leads to a change which has been caused by an ‘event’. Each term describes a condition.  A condition of the brain at a point in the journey. 

Where did my Taxi Driver and my money go?”


Whenever there is a radical and rapid development in Technology, the voices of those who fear the human effects of such developments sing loud.  Of course, debate is ultimately a healthy proposition when conducted in the correct manner i.e a respectful exchange of ideas, evidence and facts to determine the truth or at least the likelihood of why ‘something’ happens.  The problem is that as we venture further up the emotional curve and hit the raw nerve of public consciousness, a healthy debate, absent of extreme views, is less and less likely.   This is quite possibly the stage we are at now when it comes to the vast changes of technological development at exponential rates of growth.  If one then throws into the mix a subject such as Artificial Intelligence, which has been the subject of many a doomsday prophecy, especially in the fictional world, then the prediction of likely effects  becomes distorted.  There are a vast number of capillaceous issues branching out from each topic within AI and on a scale which precludes us from analysis in this article due to time.  However, there are rarely more topics as emotive as a person's job and their ability to generate income in order to survive...so will driverless cars render the taxi driver extinct and will money even be necessary in any form? Read More. 13.08.19

Dark Web

An Opportunity or Threat?

Perceived wisdom suggests the Dark Web is synonymous with illegal activities involving weapons, drugs and pedophiia.  The assumption has been that if you use it, then you have something sinister to hide.  To be fair, closure of drug giants like "Silk Road" did nothing to change those perceptions.  However, in the big brother world of surveillance, the search for privacy is demanded by the majority and will be found in some way or another.  Furthermore, in a society where people are being increasingly attracted to the fringes of life,  the shift to increasing usage of the Dark Web is a given.  That does not mean it is wrong however, and as we often witness, it is people from the 'fringes' who sometimes operate outside of social norms, who provide the greatest sources of innovation.  We firmly believe the dark web will undergo an upgrade of sorts and although usual, non-secured browser based sites will attract some attention, their days are numbered.  The really exciting proposition is to predict Dark Web 2.0, 3.0 and so on. Rather ironically, but understandably, it is the law enforcement and intelligence agencies who are spending more and more resources on hiding within the shadows of the Dark Web.  It has been the most effective way so far.  However, as it grows, it will it continue to be the safe haven of the criminal or will some form of regulation (such as was with the legalisation of drugs etc), prevent the extreme offenders?  Take the example of Silk Road. It is not only possible, it is probable.  Whether you are in favour of legalisation generally or not,  in many cases it is a safer option.  Many of the sites that offered Marijuana were ran as slick commercial organisations where consumer satisfaction was paramount.  The product was therefore of superior quality (apparently) and it was offered within the relative safety of the internet and not some dark street corner.  Maybe that one is for the liberals out there.  For our purposes however, it shows that the deep dark web does actually have a USP which can be monetized, namely privacy.  Looking further head therefore, the real drug that will sell well in our 'Orwellian' future, is anonymity.  That will undoubtedly be the most precious of commodities.


As it stands now however, people and the societies they live in tend to display tendencies to self-regulate and yes, whilst there is always potential for abuse, the masses will (or should) drive the market to some degree of parity.  There are certainly huge opportunities around the corner.  A secured 'blockchain'esque' physical depository for parcel delivery is bound to happen on a large scale and accompany the growth of the Dark Web.  That is because the only chink in its armour at the moment is complete anonymity with delivery of items. Imagine a secure facility where parcels (aka Data) entering from one side, is subjected to 'scrambling' (aka 'Encryption') and leave the other side to be collected by a seemingly unconnected party (aka 'You').  Now multiply that across every City in the UK.  You then have what one can REALLY call an encrypted, secure, supply chain that would be undetectable to all agencies and, most importantly, legal  Read More.

Innovation, technology and the military are inextricably linked, and throughout history whenever there is a technological breakthrough, one of the first beneficiaries is invariably the military.  Whether it is recent developments such as GPS, or much later, Galileo selling telescopes to Italian monasteries to see enemy ships approaching, the human desire to conquer or defend is paramount. With the 'genie' firmly out of the bottle, Artifical Intelligence will become a 'game changer' in the Military world as for many, the upsides are simply too strong to worry about potentially disastrous consequences.  Here we take a look at the detail and the precise areas of growth just around the corner.Read More

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