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Our auditors don’t just assess financial controls.

They assess covert surveillance, counter terrorism, agent running, international travel, emerging technologies and cyber threats.

The UK’s entire intelligence community.

So when you join us, you’ll have a huge scope and an even bigger impact.

It’s all yours to audit. 

Find out more about joining Internal Audit and Consultancy at MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. Apply today.

A career in Audit at MI5, MI6 and GCHQ is a unique opportunity for a varied and interesting career that will give insight into the workings of the UK intelligence agencies; an opportunity to do something that makes a difference; and opens up countless opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Audit Opportunities

We will encourage and support you through continued professional development. We are particularly interested in people with audit experience in the following areas

Audit

Our auditors work across all three intelligence agencies, providing advice and delivering internal audit assurance. Auditors assess a range of corporate and operational areas, including things that are completely unique to the intelligence community.

Technical Audit

Our technology auditors use their specialist knowledge to provide assurance and advisory services across the three intelligence agencies, assessing some of the most significant risks and challenges the organisations face.

Audit Support

The Audit Operations team coordinate and manage the administration and operations of the team, which is crucial to our success. The team manages the reporting and monitoring process for audit performance; maintenance of the internal audit methodology; coordinates the annual audit planning exercise; and manage the function’s recruitment, resourcing and budget.

Current Opportunities

  • Deputy Head of Internal Audit – Technology
  • Senior Internal Auditor - Technology
  • Senior Internal Auditor
  • Internal Auditor – Technology
  • Internal Audit Operations Manager
  • Internal Auditor
Deputy Head of Internal Audit – Technology
Location: London and Cheltenham
Salary: £66,297 - £72,486

As our Deputy Head of Internal Audit (specialising in technology), you will work at the heart of the UK intelligence community. With great leadership skills, you will shape internal audit assurance and offer advice across MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. You will focus on quickly understanding different topics and areas of the agencies and providing customers with the advice they need. Everything you do will help us to strengthen our risk management, governance and internal controls.

To join, you will have an IIA qualification (or equivalent), and/or you will be a qualified accountant. We will also expect you to have an extensive internal audit and risk management background. Plus, you will need impressive knowledge of technology audits, platforms and product sets and ideally hold a CSA qualification. But, importantly, you will be able to deliver a portfolio of complex audit work to set deadlines.

As a credible leader, you will have a successful track record of developing teams and nurturing talent. Your proactive mindset and collaborative ethos means you will provide solutions ahead of deadlines and build strong relationships with our partners. All in all, your skills and expertise will give us the confidence to carry out our work. 

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

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Senior Internal Auditor - Technology
Location: London and Cheltenham
Salary: £50,639 - £56,163

As a Senior Internal Auditor with a focus on technology, you will work on complex audits for MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. You will need to get to grips with how tech supports a variety of areas, some of which will be unique to our intelligence work. So, to understand and evaluate them, you will communicate with people across all three organisations. You will also manage a small team of qualified auditors, supporting everyone to carry out high-quality assurance to agreed timescales and budgets.

To join, you will need to have a background of internal audit and risk management. It means you are comfortable performing complex, high risk internal audits, all while dealing with ambiguity. Your experience will all be backed up by your knowledge of applying audit testing methodologies, data analysis and root cause analysis. So you will review design control processes, and always look for ways to improve things. And, as confident leader, you will build great relationships with customers, foster a collaborative ethos and negotiate effectively with stakeholders.

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

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Senior Internal Auditor
Location: London & Cheltenham
Salary: £50,639 - £56,163

As a Senior Auditor, you will support the Deputy Head of Internal Audit in our non-technology areas. Day-to-day, you will provide expert advice and evaluate business arrangements across all three intelligence agencies. This will range from overseeing and managing a small team, to delivering your own independent reviews.

It’s incredibly varied work where you will assess things that are completely unique to the intelligence community. You will also seek out innovative ways of working and ensure we are making the best decisions. It means you will interact with staff at all levels and take the lead when communicating with senior stakeholders. Everything you do will help to strengthen and enhance our risk management, governance and internal control arrangements.

To join, you will have a background in internal audit and risk management. This will be supported by your experience of performing complex, high risk internal audits and your knowledge of audit testing methodologies, data analysis and root cause analysis. Comfortable with ambiguity, you will manage competing priorities and negotiate with customers. With a positive and proactive mindset, you will encourage change, inspire innovation and lead teams. Plus, as a keen learner with a passion to protect the UK, you will have a hugely positive impact across all three agencies.

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

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Internal Auditor – Technology
Location: Cheltenham
Salary: £38,137 - £41,123

As a Technology Auditor, you will deliver a huge variety of internal audit assurance to MI5, MI6 and GCHQ. You will support a range of business areas - everything from operations and technology, to corporate and shared services. It means you will deal with some incredibly interesting topics that are unique to the UK intelligence community. To get to grips with these areas and quickly evaluate them, you will liaise with staff across all three agencies. Plus, you will confidently work to deadlines and set budgets, and sometimes as part of a wider team.

To join, you will need to have a background of internal audit and risk management. Tech will become your area of specialism, so you will ideally have experience of technology auditing, along with knowledge of platforms, product sets and audit testing methodologies. You will also be comfortable performing internal audits while dealing with ambiguity. With a proactive and positive mindset, you will deliver difficult messages sensitively, improve internal methods and influence change. As keen learner with a passion to protect the UK, you will have a hugely positive impact across all three agencies.

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

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Internal Audit Operations Manager
Location: London and Cheltenham
Salary: £50,639 - £56,163

As our Operations Manager, you will coordinate and manage the administration and operations of the team, which is crucial for our success. With a clear focus on operations, you will look after the reporting and monitoring process for audit performance as well as manage the administrative support team and make sure we have the right resource. 

You will help with the on-going maintenance of the internal audit methodology and manage the annual audit planning exercise. We will also look to you to manage the function’s budget and to provide clear reports and analysis.

To join you must have demonstrable experience of working in an Internal Audit function, and it is highly desirable that you that you possess an Internal Audit qualification. Maintaining the audit universe requires a strong insight into internal audit standards, processes and accepted good practice.

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

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Internal Auditor
Location: Cheltenham
Salary: £38,137 - £41,123

As an Internal Auditor, you will work in our wide ranging non-technology areas. You will have huge scope working across all three intelligence agencies, providing advice and delivering internal audit assurance. It’s incredibly varied work where you will assess a range of operational and corporate areas. In fact, you will assess some things that are completely unique to the intelligence community and we  will encourage you to spend time getting to grips with the subject matter. It means you will meet lots of people, learn about the challenges and then produce high quality reviews – all of which will allow us to operate safely and efficiently.

To join, you will need a background in internal audit and risk management in either the private or public sector. With experience of performing audits, you will have knowledge of methodologies, data analysis and root cause analysis. And with excellent communication skills, you will be confident talking to a range of people and writing reports. As we are constantly developing our skills and adapting to ever-evolving risks, you will also need to be a keen learner. And with a passion to protect the UK, you will have a hugely positive impact across all three agencies.

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

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The Audit Team

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Benefits

I didn’t realise how many benefits there were to being an auditor in an intelligence agency. It’s not just the pride you get from doing the role – it’s the impact it has on your life. I was working in the commercial sector before I joined, and I was so used to working all sorts of hours. I could feel my laptop staring at me from across the room – it was just constant pressure.

The culture here really values having a ‘work-life’ balance. The organization and the team do not just pay this lip service. Flexi-time has been life-changing. Your workload really is yours to manage. So now I get to spend more time with my family, and I get more out of my working day.

I worked in the private sector before I came here, so I did take a slight salary cut. But the great pension and work-life balance more than make up for it. Not to mention the training. We get to know the agencies – exactly what they do and how they do it. And you’re always supported to work on your soft skills or even work towards professional qualifications. The learning never stops.

The Work

As auditors in the intelligence community, we focus on the riskiest parts of the business. But before I assess any high-impact risks, I need to understand exactly what’s involved. So I spend a lot of time getting to grips with exactly what our people do and what the mission is. I’ve even had the chance to shadow actual operatives, as it’s just the best way of getting to know the process.

Day-to-day, I work across a range of departments and I audit a range of projects. I might assess Agent Running Compliance one week, and assess Digital Contagion risks the next. No matter the project, I’m out and about meeting people and learning about different challenges. It’s great to get away from my desk and engage with others.

Every agency has a slightly different focus, but no matter who I’m supporting, I’m always analysing information and solving problems. I have a really big impact on the agencies’ work to keep the country safe.

We’re also encouraged to follow up on our projects and see what impact we’ve had. I love how much variety and independence I’m given, and I love that I’m helping to protect the UK. I never imagined I’d have such a rewarding role and impactful role in audit.

The People

We audit really serious risks, so everyone really appreciates our work. We get to spend time with senior stakeholders and we’re often the first ones to be invited to a meeting. I always feel really valued by everyone across the agencies.

It’s such a supportive environment – everyone pulls together and is really happy to help out. We’re all motivated by the fact we’re protecting lives, not money. And, because of the complexity of what we do, we all ask each other for advice and trust each other’s opinions.

To be an auditor here, you have to love learning. Technology is the biggest risk we face, so we proactively keep up with innovations and changes. It’s the only way we can ask the right questions and challenge in the right places. Everyone’s dedicated to doing to the best work we can and getting the best outcomes. I’ve never worked with such talented and committed people before – it’s really inspiring.

Careers in Audit FAQs

We hope the information will encourage you to apply with confidence for an open position with MI5 Audit

Will I be supported to pursue training and professional qualifications?

Yes. We support training through the Chartered Institute of Internal Auditors for you to gain certified or chartered status. We also support continuing professional development (CPD) requirements for a range of qualifications, including ACA, ACCA and CISA.

Professional development is a cornerstone of our work – maintaining the trust of our clients means having a suite of skilled practitioners in various disciplines across the team. 

Is there a good work/life balance?

Yes. Work/life balance is important to us.  Flexi-time offers you the chance to work the hours that suit you, with no set formal hours. If you need to come in late or leave early, you can make up the time another day. Similarly, if there are times you need to work longer than usual, you can recoup this another day as time off in lieu. 

Are flexible working arrangements available?

Yes. In addition to flexi-time, there are a variety of flexible working arrangements on offer. These include part time working, job sharing and compressed hours. Flexible working arrangements are commonplace and well-supported among the team. For more information on the options available, please see here.

Where I will be based?

The team are split between London and Cheltenham as their base locations. There will be occasional travel between these sites, and the opportunity for overseas travel if this interests you.

What is my career progression likely to look like after joining?

There is no typical progression path. Once you have joined and completed your initial posting (typically three years), your career is in your hands. With support from your manager, you may wish to pursue progression with the team, or look to gain a cycle of experience in other parts of the business, for example in operational or intelligence sections.

What type of people work in Internal Audit & Consultancy?

The team has a diverse mix of professional and personal backgrounds. We are a group of experienced professionals with a blend of career auditors, specialists and consultants. Alongside those with expertise in corporate areas such as finance, HR and IT, we also recruit individuals with experience of the operational realities the UK Intelligence Community faces in carrying out its unique mission. 

What is a typical day like in Internal Audit & Consultancy?

One of the best parts of our job is the variety - you can expect to be working on a range of different projects and meeting with stakeholders from across the agencies. You might start your day at the MI6 headquarters with a planning meeting for the upcoming overseas audits, then meet with legal officers to discuss compliance with new regulations before presenting emerging audit findings to the MI5 Director responsible for Agent Handling. Whatever you do, you can be sure that you will have a big impact on the work the agencies do to keep the UK safe.

TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE OTHER AGENCIES WHO COLLABORATE WITH US, PLEASE VISIT THEIR SITES BELOW

MI6

The Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6, is the foreign intelligence service of the government of the United Kingdom, tasked mainly with the covert overseas collection and analysis of human intelligence in support of the UK’s nation.

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GCHQ

The Government Communications Headquarters is an intelligence and security organisation. GCHQ intelligence helps prevent terrorism, crime and protects against cyber-attacks. We are responsible for providing signals intelligence and information assurance to the government and armed forces of the United Kingdom.

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WHY JOIN MI5?

A career at MI5 is like no other. Not only is it rewarding and unique but the variety here is like no-where else. It is this variety that means most people stay at MI5 as they are able to fulfil all their career ambitions here without ever having to leave. We are also committed to rewarding the people who work for us and demonstrating our appreciation for their vital contribution by offering an excellent range of benefits. And due to the nature of our work it means you can’t take it home with you, so when you leave the office you really do leave your work behind you, providing you with an excellent work-life balance. Whatever role you perform, you will be directly contributing to keeping the country safe.

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