£28,804 - £32,349 (Including concessionary payment)
Scarborough and Cheltenham
You’re the first to see what’s trending. Now be the first the join us.
From social media sites to messaging apps, the internet has drastically changed the way we connect, communicate and behave. In fact, the previously two separate online and offline worlds are now one and the same. But for all the good, there are still people across the world who use the internet to threaten our values and safety,
To combat this, we’ve created the Covert Online Operator role. It’s a chance to be on the front line of the nation’s covert online capability, and use your knowledge of everything online to tackle criminal activity. You may find yourself disrupting terrorist communications, protecting children from the darker side of the net, preventing cyber-attacks, or frustrating groups attempting to radicalise individuals. While this may seem like a technology role, it’s actually all about people. About understanding how humans behave and what makes them tick. So you’ll use your emotional intelligence to deter national threats. You’ll then work with people throughout the team, including technologists and behavioural scientists, to develop strategies that will disrupt, deter and frustrate our adversaries. And we’ll ensure that everything you do is done within the law.
There isn’t really a typical Covert Online Operator. They come from all walks of life.
What we’re really looking for is people who are passionate about the online world. You’re the first to see what will go viral. The first to see what’s trending. And the first to know what’s next. With responsibility of analysing the way people communicate, a background in linguistics would benefit your application, but it’s not essential. We’re mainly focused on your dedication to achieving positive outcomes, and the way you thrive when working in a team. As an early adopter, you’ll also love being part of something new and worthwhile. After all, your work won’t only help us disrupt our adversaries – it will keep people throughout the country safe. But don’t worry, it’s not all down to you. You’ll have the constant support of your team, and even be assigned a mentor who will give you the chances to explore and develop your cyber skills and awareness. You’ll also learn how to understand internet threats, discover the importance of digital data and realise how to make the best use of different technologies.
In the future, additional roles will be available in Manchester.
At GCHQ, we encourage a healthy work-life balance. It means you can develop a work pattern that suits your work responsibilities and your personal life. So if you want to use your love of the online world to help protect people, apply to become a Covert Online Operator today.