Operational Officers

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.

Experienced Professionals


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:


Recruitment Department,

PO Box 73517,


W12 2FB


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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Wuhan conspiracy theories aside, diplomatic traction is the reward.


A week or two ago we wrote an article "Conspiracies & Ripples" which focused primarily on conspiracy theories and kicked off with the rather obvious statement that a conspiracy theory is simply a theory without the facts i.e. just a theory.  Within that we highlighted that ‘flavour of the month’ theorist’s delight, the origins of the Coronavirus and its links to Wuhan.  This echoed our views published in February which, as many did, ponder the chances of this remote coincidence maybe actually being true.  Since then there have been swathes of articles on the topic citing all sort of sources and from numerous ‘renowned’ scientists.  We have also recently had the opinions offered by those whose opinions really count, that this virus originating from the labs in Wuhan may not actually be so far-fetched after all.

We do tend to agree, or at least we did.  That was then and this is now and in the world of Politics things move quickly and one does have to look at the reality of the situation.  If there is enough fog between you and your destination, then sometimes the route you take can change, leaving you all sorts of options.  If the objective was originally to circumnavigate through uncertain waters to establish who, what, why and when the virus came about – then that is now lost in the fog.  It is arbitrary.  Now we have something that is far more concrete and tangible to use to our advantage – we have uncertainty.  We now have enough debate and conspiracy to render the findings of the scientists open to interpretation.  And that… is a diplomat’s dream come true.   This particular carcass will feed many and although the WHO will go in, on the ground, and no doubt find yet more uncertainty…it really is irrelevant.  You will certainly not find individual government’s chomping at the bit to send their representatives into Wuhan anytime soon, and even if they did, why?  Wuhan is not some sleepy suburb in leafy Northamptonshire… it is in China.  Whatever was there has long gone, if indeed it was ever even there.  So perhaps it would be wise to assume that at least for the next few decades this is a conspiracy that will never find out those salient facts. 

Now, listening to the scientists, there is an overwhelming urge to say, “shush now”.  Step back ladies and gentlemen and look at the bigger picture at play.  Nobody is actually interested whether or not the virus started in Wuhan, intentionally or not.  As long as it is open to debate, it is far more valuable.  The scientists have debated at length and argued, but there is still no unequivocal proof either way that satisfies all parties…and why could that be?  Scientific fact is not open to debate or questioning, that is a given.  However, to say Science is correct, is not true.  That is because Science has Scientists, and Scientists are human beings who in turn are fallible and motivated by many many other factors.  In China for example, one might say that scientific fact is exactly what they want it to be.  Indeed, who is to say it ends in China.


So why is uncertainty such a blessing in this case?  It provides an additional bargaining chip and a weapon in the armoury for all Governments to now use against the Chinese.  Maybe on the other side of the fence their own initial conspiracy theory that a foreign Government (the US) planted the virus in their midst, is being written about in their own press.  Or maybe not. The fact is it is a safe bet to assume that no body will ever know.  There will be no compensations or admissions of guilt in this case sadly…however the capillaceous network that is politics, diplomacy and economic negotiations will be the real beneficiaries.


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