Ref: 1626402

Original Listing

Company: 1626402

Salary: 41,638 - 50,898

Closing Date: Closing date: 29 Apr 2019

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

W190/CSJ/IA/Senior Auditor

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 offering you an exciting opportunity to join our Internal Audit Team as a Senior Auditor.


We are looking for a dynamic and energetic person to support the Deputy Head of Internal Audit. As Senior Auditor you will manage and deliver internal audit assurance and advice to customers, at pace across a range of topics. Covering operational business, technology, corporate services, finance and shared service. We are looking for someone who can understand and evaluate business arrangements quickly, a consummate communicator, you will confidently converse effectively with staff at all levels within the organisation.
This is a challenging and rewarding role, where your contribution will make a real difference. Providing customers with high quality assurance, advisory and investigatory services that help strengthen and enhance risk management, governance and internal control arrangements. Your role will involve working on a range of assignments, leading a small team on some assignments, as well as delivering independent reviews to quality, budget and agreed timescales. Career progression and development opportunities exist for driven individuals.

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


We are looking for talented, flexible and committed individuals from all backgrounds with the ability to perform complex, high, and medium risk internal audits. You should:

• Have the ability to engage and build relationships with internal and external stakeholders
• Have experience of technical audit and risk management
• Be effective at testing the design of controls and their operating effectiveness while continuously looking at ways to improve processes
• Have the ability to negotiate and communicate with customers at all levels within the organisation, at time delivering difficult message and influencing change in a collaborative way.

As the non-Technology Senior Auditor you will hold a IIA qualification or equivalent, and/ or be a qualified accountant (ACA/ ACCA/ ACMA or equivalent), with an in-depth knowledge of auditing.

As the Technology Senior Auditor you will hold any of the above qualifications or CISA qualification with an in-depth knowledge of Technology auditing.


At MI5, MI6 and GCHQ we are 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 are 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 £41,638 to £50,898 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.