Expert knowledge. Persistence. An eye for detail.
Our Analysts need all sorts of talents.

Piecing together intelligence to protect the UK.

Analysis is at the heart of what GCHQ does. Information comes from across the globe, in all kinds of formats, and our analysts are here to make sense of it.  Analysis here never stands still because our world is constantly changing and, as our analysis problems are all different, so we also need our analysts to be unique and diverse thinkers. Some of our very best intelligence analysts didn’t join us with technical knowledge, but with a curiosity about the technology we use, a passion for learning and an ability to never give up on a problem. If you already have a level of technical knowledge (through study or work experience), you could be developing a number of different tools and techniques to help our intelligence analysts and to produce results that will help to protect the UK’s security and economic well-being.

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Intelligence Analysts

To succeed as an Intelligence Analyst, you’ll be someone who enjoys being constantly challenged; you’ll be interested in and keen to work with communications technology (but don’t worry if you don’t have a tech background as we’ll provide full training on our comprehensive Analysis Development Programme); you’ll also have a passion for learning, as well as an interest in world affairs. Our Analysts enjoy working with a large range of data – analysing, distilling & interpreting it in order to produce insightful and impactful reports for our partners and customers. Using their excellent communication skills, these reports inform foreign policy, military operations, law enforcement activity and national security.

You’ll tackle a variety of challenging problems, sometimes involving a high degree of uncertainty. So your work won’t just involve answering questions, but you’ll often need to devise the method required to answer them too. In this fast-paced and multi-faceted role, you’ll need the flexibility to tackle the unexpected, the determination to forge through difficulties and the ability to work well in a team. You’ll have at least a 2:2 (Hons) degree in any subject.

Last year we allowed Sky News into our HQ in Cheltenham to see what our analysts do to keep the country safe. You can watch their short film here:

Communications Technology Analyst

Working with wider areas of GCHQ, you’ll be analysing vulnerabilities and technologies to drive the delivery of new capabilities that help support and meet intelligence and security outcomes. With a deep technical understanding and a natural flair for technology, you’ll be working with the latest technologies, engaging with internal & external experts and learning to exploit large amounts of data to discover new targets of interest. You’ll also constantly strive to improve our analytic techniques.

With the flexibility to tackle the unexpected, the ability to react rapidly to changing circumstances and the determination to overcome difficulties, you’ll be a strong team player. You’ll need at least a 2:2 (Hons) degree in a science, technology, or maths subject, or knowledge and experience in at least one of these areas: computing and computer networks, operating systems, telecommunications systems, information security, data manipulation and interpretation. 

Analyst Tool Developer

With a keen eye for innovation, you’ll be developing tools and prototypes to help our Analysts work more effectively. You’ll be prototyping tools that interpret or visualize data and closely supporting Technical Analysts and Data Scientists in your area. You’ll work closely with our engineering teams, helping to provide direction and contributing to corporate frameworks and tools. You’ll also have the chance to work with other partners to help develop new tools and techniques.

As well as a 2:2 (Hons) degree in a science, technology, engineering or maths subject, you’ll have experience of working with large complex data sets using Hadoop and Pig, or programming and visualization.

Communication Systems Analyst

You’ll join a team developing and applying techniques to access the underlying data in the communications signals you discover. As well as being a strong problem solver, you’ll need to be an experienced programmer, with the drive to make our future systems more intelligent. With the ability to perform effectively as a member of a team, you’ll need a desire to apply your skills to support GCHQ’s mission.

Ideally you’ll have degree level knowledge of modern communications systems, combined with relevant practical experience. But show us that you have the attitude, enthusiasm and technical aptitude we’re looking for and we’ll provide high quality training and exceptional support. 

Operational Data Scientists

With an interest in big data, analytics and problem solving, you’ll use your deep maths, stats and computer science expertise to solve complex data problems by modelling data. Naturally inquisitive, with the ability to look at problems from different angles and question existing assumptions and processes, you’ll support technical analysts and intelligence analysts in their challenges. You’ll also have the chance to work with our partners to share and enhance our analytic capability.

As well as a 2:2 (Hons) degree in a science, technology, or maths/statistics subject, you’ll ideally have experience of working with large complex data sets.

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