Operational Officers are the front line of SIS’s efforts to keep the country safe, secure and prosperous. Its Operational Officers personifies their values – courage, respect, integrity and creativity. They come from a wide range of backgrounds, but have in common excellent interpersonal skills, an interest in foreign cultures and are motivated to make a difference in protecting and promoting the UK. They put their skills, which many people possess, to use in unusual circumstances, to tackle extraordinary challenges.
Our intelligence operations are fundamentally about people. As an Operational Officer you will need to understand what makes people tick, regardless of from where on the globe they originate or what they do. In being people focussed you may be looking in data for the next agent for us to recruit, building and managing relationships with contacts or testing, validating and presenting intelligence to colleagues in Whitehall.
The Operational Officer Recruitment process starts with the online application stage. This stage consists of getting through the initial, straightforward vetting questions concerning citizenship and age etc. Once pass this first step, you will then move on to the online testing stage which consists of;
1. Situational Judgement Tests
2. Verbal Reasoning Tests
Both these areas are covered in some detail in the "Online Testing" section of this site, and we would strongly recommend brushing up on this part in as much detail as possible. We provide some useful tips on what candidates should and should not do at this stage in the application process. In essence once you have passed this part you are then ready to commit to the substantial application form.
The application form consists primarily of relatively mundane factual data questions followed by several competency based questions involving specific scenarios as well as covering individual areas of expertise or experience. Although this is an often repeated piece of advice, it appears to be one which candidates discard too easily at their peril, and that is READ THE QUESTION. The seemingly mundane data questions HAVE to be completed correctly. Remember this is an extremely competitive environment and jobs are few and far between so it can be the smallest detail (as in life and the job itself) that can make the difference between success and failure. So, simple things like qualifications, an employment timeline that is chronological and makes sense, a date of birth with the right year, a correct email address or a national insurance number with the right number of digits. Please check and triple check and make sure they are all correct. A ridiculously high percentage of applicants are culled at this stage for these reasons alone.
Are you an experienced professional looking for a new challenge?
Alongside Intelligence Officer entry, SIS also has a small number of openings for direct entrants into more senior operational and expert positions.
SIS is interested in receiving applications from experienced candidates, with at least 10 years of professional success in people-facing roles.
Established language skills and overseas experience are desirable, but not essential
You must be a British passport holder
SIS particularly welcomes applications from women and ethnic minorities. To be considered, please send a CV and descriptive covering letter to:
PO Box 73517,
Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please note, applications should be posted to this address. Previous applicants have attempted to visit the Royal Mail Delivery Office and nearby Offices on Manor Road to deliver their correspondence personally. For security reasons SIS cannot accept applications personally.
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