Ref: 1626414

Original Listing

Company: 1626414

Salary: 54,532 - 65,597

Closing Date: Closing date: 29 Apr 2019

Location: Cheltenham, South West, GL51 0EX : London

W190/CSJ/IA/Deputy Head of Internal Audit (Technical)

At MI5, MI6 and GCHQ we help protect the UK and UK interests from threats to national security at home and abroad. We work closely as partners in the intelligence community to safeguard Britain’s people, interests and businesses from various threats including cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime. It’s challenging, varied and meaningful work that you simply won’t find anywhere else.

We are currently looking for a Deputy Head of Internal Audit (Technology) to join our internal audit and consultancy team.


As Deputy Head of Internal Audit (Technology) you’ll be a key member of the internal audit (IA) senior leadership team leading the Technology Audit team and programme.

You’ll be accountable for the design and delivery of the technology audit plan, providing key technology stakeholders with timely and insightful assurances over a range of technology areas including; IT governance and strategy, information security; cyber security; infrastructure; applications and databases; engineering; portfolio, programme and project management and IT services delivery management. You will be able to influence and facilitate change, expertly strengthening the internal control environment, while supporting the business to achieve the mission. You’ll manage the IA team, developing and supporting their career plans, while contributing to the execution of the resourcing strategy and training and development programmes across the IA team. This is a dynamic, challenging and rewarding role where your contribution will make a real difference.

While the role is challenging, our flexible working policy ensures a healthy work-life balance. Wherever possible, we accommodate flexible working hours or job share options.


We are looking for talented, flexible and committed individuals from all audit backgrounds with proven technical audit and risk management knowledge. You should have:

• Experience of audit testing methodologies, data analysis, root cause analysis and strong report writing skills.
• CISA qualification with an in-depth knowledge and experience of Technology auditing.
• Strong audit management experience with the ability to engage and inspire people.
• Exceptional communication skills, you’ll have the ability to network while working collaboratively with the business to influence and support key decisions.


At MI5, MI6 and GCHQ we’re proud of our inclusive and supportive working environment that’s designed to encourage open minds and attitudes. As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential. With comprehensive training and development opportunities, tailored to your needs and the requirements of your work, we’ll enable you to flourish in your role and perform to the very best of your abilities.


Salary of £54,532 to £65,597 depending on location (on a pro rata basis)


London and/or Cheltenham (located within an hour’s journey of Birmingham and Bristol)

Travel within the UK is essential, with a possibility of occasional overseas travel.

This role is based in Cheltenham or London. Please note, we do not cover relocation costs.
Honesty and integrity are crucial if you want to work at MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. You should read about the vetting process and satisfy yourself that you meet the criteria outlined in the vetting pages of the website prior to submitting an application.
Giving misleading information or omitting or concealing information during the recruitment and vetting process is viewed very seriously. You should ensure that you follow our guidance from when you apply.


The first thing we will ask you to do is complete our pre-screening questions to find out if you meet our initial criteria. If you do meet these criteria we will then ask you to begin an application.

You will need to create a log in and provide your full name, email address and a memorable password. Once you have successfully created a personal account, you will be required to complete an initial registration form, providing contact details and equal opportunities monitoring information.

You will then be invited to provide your CV and complete an online application form. Our recruitment team will conduct a sift of your application and successful applicants may be invited to an automated video interview. You will require access to a stable internet connection and a computer with a functioning webcam and audio capability. All successful applicants will be invited to attend a competency based face to face interview to further explore your skills and motivation for the role. If you are successful at this stage, you will be required to attend a security interview with a vetting officer. You should read about the vetting process and satisfy yourself that you meet the criteria outlined in the vetting pages of the How to Apply section prior to submitting your application.

Giving misleading information or omitting or concealing information during the recruitment and vetting process is viewed very seriously. You should ensure that you follow our guidance from when you apply.


As part of our commitment to the “Disability Confident” scheme we offer an interview to all candidates with a disability who meet our minimum criteria for the job vacancy that they are applying for. This is known as the Guaranteed Interview Scheme (GIS).

Along with the standard eligibility requirements for this post, your application will be assessed on how far you meet the job requirements. Your application must score the minimum amount of points set. On successful completion of this stage, you will be invited to interview. This will normally be a telephone interview and is our guaranteed interview.


To be eligible to apply, you must meet our residency criteria. You must be a born or naturalised British citizen and one of your parents must be a British citizen or have substantial ties to the UK.

Our UK Intelligence Agencies are committed to reflecting both equal opportunities and the society we protect and particularly welcome applications from women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic candidates.

Candidates must normally have been resident in the UK for nine out of the last ten years. This is particularly important if you were born outside the UK. However, we will still consider you if you’ve served overseas with HM Forces or in some other official capacity as a representative of Her Majesty’s Government, studied abroad, or lived overseas with your parents.

Due to vetting requirements, you will need to be 18 years old, or above, to apply. Your application may take around six months to process.


Owing to the sensitivity of our work, we do not publicly disclose the identities of our staff. Discretion is vital. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member.