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Engineering Group Head

Closing Date - 23:00 on Monday 9th May 2022
Technology, Engineering & Research
£70,053 - £74,320 (on a pro rata basis), plus a non consolidated payment of £2,899


Short Summary of role

Group Head role within GCHQ’s Engineering Department, Directorate of Research and Engineering (DRE).

This role is about creating the environment and culture that enables your workforce and beyond to understand the vision and embrace the changes in their areas of expertise to make a noticeable difference to the way we support GCHQ operational outcomes.

This is a Business Strategy and Operational Leadership role, leading an area that specialises in developing data and analytical services and platforms. Your workforce is made up of staff and industry partners, and the success of your area is dependent on getting the best from your combined workforce.

Technical leadership is provided by others in the area which this role will work alongside, so technical experience is not a requirement for this role.

What will the successful candidate be doing?

What we need is someone with:

• A credible leadership background, with demonstrable experience in running a business area.
• The enthusiasm and great interpersonal skills to champion and deliver the changes that achieves real improvements to our mission capability.
• An inclusive and supportive leadership style and actively champion equality, diversity and inclusion.
• A natural instinct to collaborate, and build trust with customers and partners.

Key responsibilities:

• Providing strategic, operational leadership to the teams working at the forefront of mission capabilities, and accountable for group delivery of portfolio outcomes.
• Championing and driving improvements ensuring the workforce have the right skills, behaviours, mix of minds fit for the future.
• You will be a member of GCHQ’s Engineering Leadership Team. Engineering is made up of six groups spread over multiple locations.
• You will have a key role in making Engineering greater than the sum of its parts through collaboration.
• You will be expected to exemplify an inclusive and supportive leadership style and actively champion equality, diversity and inclusion.
• You will be responsible for ensuring the success of growing the teams in Manchester and accountable for the group being successful working across the two locations.
• You will be responsible for actively building and maintaining strong relationships with partners internal to GCHQ as well as external partners in other Goverment Departments and overseas. Balancing the competing needs of a wide and diverse set of stakeholders.
• Role modelling our GCHQ Values of integrity, ingenuity, teamwork and impact.

Training and Development

At GCHQ we value your ability to learn and adapt to new challenges, we’ll invest in your skills and the way you like to learn. We’re proud to offer an inclusive and supportive working environment that encourages open minds and attitudes. As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we are committed to helping you fulfil your potential.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must be a British Citizen. One of your parents must be a British Citizen or must have one of the nationalities or citizenships from one of the following: British Overseas Territory, British Subject, British National (Overseas), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person, citizenship of a country in the Commonwealth, citizenship of a country in the European Economic Area (EEA), or citizenship of the United States of America (USA). If deceased, they should have had such citizenship or nationality before death. If you hold dual nationality, of which one component is British, you will nonetheless be considered. If successful, you will not normally be required to give up your non-British citizenship but, as a condition of your employment or secondment, the organisation may impose restrictions on your postings, work travel and/or general use of that nationality. 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. Each case will be carefully considered on its own facts. 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 How to Apply 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.