Role: Computer Network Exploitation Roles

Location: Gloucestershire

Full time, part time and compressed hours are feasible. Hybrid working from home is supported, with working from home allowed on occasion, subject to business need.

Salary: £32,092 you’ll also receive a one-off recruitment bonus of £3,000 and a specialist skills payment of £4,000. This will be split into two payments – £3,500 on arrival and £3,500 when you complete your probation.

At GCHQ, we unlock the complex world of data and communications to keep the UK and its citizens safe, both in the real world and online. Working closely with our British Intelligence partners in MI5 and MI6, we protect the UK from threats including serious organised crime, terrorism, and cyber-attacks. A role in GCHQ means you’ll have varied and fascinating work in a supportive and encouraging environment that puts the emphasis on teamwork.

Our Cyber Operations teams use bespoke technology to legally infiltrate the computers of terrorists and criminals, and we’re currently looking for technically-minded people to join us in a number of different roles. With a good understanding of internet-based systems, and an aptitude and desire to learn new skills, you should be the type of person that relishes solving problems and is willing to experiment to find solutions. You should also be able to grasp computing concepts and apply this knowledge to your work, and have the integrity to work lawfully and ethically at all times.

The technology we use is varied and growing all the time, and with this in mind we don’t expect any one candidate to have a vast breadth of technical knowledge. You could have knowledge of internet and network technologies such as IP, TCP, UDP, HTTP and DNS, and an understanding of Windows/Linux operating systems and security fundamentals. You could also understand network administration fundamentals, and have a general interest in technology, automation and virtualisation. We are also looking for people who have experience of programming languages, such as Python, C/C++, Java, JavaScript, Rust, Assembly Languages, software reverse engineering, penetration testing tools and techniques as well as XSS, SQL injection, as well as Linux/Unix and systems administration and Infrastructure Security and monitoring.

Discover our current training opportunities:

•         Exploit/Implant Developer

•         Operator

•         Infrastructure Engineer

Depending on the role, you’ll be required to have a number of additional specialist skills, but these will be explained at interview.

We believe that with the right mix of minds, anything is possible. We welcome applications if you have, or expect to obtain, a minimum 2:2 degree in a STEM subject and can demonstrate the ability to work within the areas above, for example, through personal projects or degree-related study. We also welcome applications from experienced candidates who currently work within a related field, regardless of educational background.

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a team doing truly unique work, develop a rewarding career, and help keep the UK safe and secure.

At GCHQ diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ages, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodivergent conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce such as women, those from an ethnic minority background, people with disabilities and those from low socio-economic backgrounds. Find out more about our culture, working environment and diversity on our website.

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen.

If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. 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. You can apply at the age of 17 years, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Full eligibility details can be found on our website.