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Deputy Director Science & Technology And Deputy Director Deputy Chief Research Officer

Cheltenham, Manchester
Closing Date - 28th January 2022 23:00
Technology, Engineering & Research


Science, Technology, Research and Innovation (STRI) is vital to GCHQ and the National Security community. Our ability to conduct cutting edge research and pull through innovative technologies and methods is fundamental to our mission. GCHQ has a rich and proud history of world class STRI which has underpinned our mission capability. Technology and target advancement are making this ever more critical, and it is vitally important that we keep up with - and ahead of - the outside world. We are working with a growing range of partners outside GCHQ in a range of different ways to increase the pace and impact of our research.

To support our mission we need leaders able to anticipate emerging Science & Technology opportunities in order to deliver strategic National Security benefit and future proof GCHQ’s capability, bringing people with them and engaging effectively at all levels.  We have 2 available roles within GCHQ’s Directorate of Research and Engineering (DRE) Leadership Team, Deputy Director Science & Technology and Deputy Director Chief Research Officer.

As Deputy Director Science & Technology you will be responsible for the Science and Technology Hub (a team of people focused on scaling the impact of S&T across the department) and corralling GCHQ’s S&T community. We are committed to distributed working - the STRI community is already hybrid working and has a presence across the UK.

As Chief Research Officer, you will be responsible for the Science and Technology Research Team.  Setting direction for the team, fostering a centre-of-excellence culture and outreaching to partners. We are proud of the neurodiversity within our community and the CRO is responsible for setting the environment for colleagues to thrive and deliver successful outcomes.  We are committed to distributed working - the S&T Research team is already hybrid working (from office and home) and has a presence across the UK (including Cheltenham and Manchester) and overseas. 

Diversity and inclusion are critical to our partnership and 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, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodiverse conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce.   

Theses posts will involve high and low side work and could be based from Manchester or Cheltenham with lots of opportunity for home/low side working. The roles involve UK and overseas travel. They will lead multi-site teams in Cheltenham, Manchester, London and overseas.  


To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. One of your parents must be a British Citizen or must have the nationality or citizenship from our approved list of countries. 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 and 6 months, if successful you will not be offered a start date prior to your 18th birthday. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member. Please note, you should only launch your application from within the UK. If you are based overseas, you should wait until you visit the UK to launch an application. Applying from outside of the UK will impact on our ability to progress your application. Further information on our eligibility criteria can be found on the Applying section.

I’m free to try new things and better myself."

I’ve always loved taking things to pieces to see how they work, so it was a natural choice to study Electronic Engineering at uni. I always thought it would take me into quite a ‘traditional’ engineering job, but then I realised I’d get so much more at GCHQ. I like to write code and get stuck into the detail, but I also think like our adversaries and focus on long-term strategy. It’s the best of both worlds. It gives my skills real purpose and my potential is genuinely appreciated and valued. I’m also free to prioritise my own workload and do as much training as I like. It’s really empowering.