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Corporate roles at MI5

All organisations have corporate functions that ensure things run smoothly and effectively, and MI5 is no exception. The difference is that if you’re working for MI5, you’ll be helping to keep the country safe.

People with a range of vocational and professional qualifications work alongside our investigations and operational teams in corporate roles. Working here means using your skills in ways that you may not have done previously. You will be involved in projects that are unlike those elsewhere. Your job title may be similar to your current one, but the work will not be, and you will need to use your expertise in sometimes unusual ways and think about things differently. Many private sector professionals join us to advance their career path in a different way. Others join from the public sector to develop their skills in a more unusual environment. Like all organisations we recruit for traditional corporate functions such as procurement, finance and human resources. Unlike other organisations, people working in these roles will have a direct impact on the work we do to keep the country safe. For some roles, we look for professional qualifications, whilst for others we focus on people skills and experience rather than qualifications. Joining one of our corporate teams doesn’t mean you have to stay in the same role throughout your MI5 career. If you want to move into an operational or investigative post, or into a completely different business area, this is entirely possible and we will fully support you in exploring this. The very nature of our work means that the job you do here will provide you with opportunities like nowhere else. So if you would like to challenge and develop your skills in a completely unique environment then why not join MI5?

Finance Officer Training Scheme

Joining our Finance Officer Training Scheme will provide you with a unique opportunity, in a permanent role, to study for an Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) qualification and develop your skills while protecting the country.

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Finance Accountant

Finance is at the heart of all business decisions and actions and we are looking for finance professionals to help ensure we manage our money effectively and make the most of our resources. As a Finance Accountant you will help ensure we manage our money effectively and spend it wisely.

Finance Officer/Analyst

Finance is at the heart of all business decisions and actions and we are looking for finance professionals to help ensure we manage our money effectively and make the most of our resources. If you have the drive and talent to develop your career, we will provide the financial and study support you need to gain Chartered Accountant status.

Procurement Professionals

We employ Procurement Professionals at all levels who have access to a broad range of spend categories and projects, some you might be familiar with, but others that are unique to our organisation.

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Senior Business Enablers

Our Senior Business Enablers play a vital role in leading teams and keeping the country safe. As the country faces increased threats to national security, it will be your role to support and lead teams carrying out a range of essential corporate functions. Making a difference through teamwork, professionalism and innovation in our many corporate roles. 

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Information and Records Manager

MI5 and MI6 are looking for dynamic record managers who are passionate about extracting maximum value from our information and developing tools, practices and policies.

Administrative Officers

Our Administrative Officers work across a variety of departments each offering a range of roles providing essential support to our officers.This is an ideal role for a school leaver, people coming back to work after a career break or those looking for a change of career.

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Graphic Designers

Our Graphic Designers work in our in-house digital print and design section producing designs to fulfil a variety of briefs to deliver high quality end products. They also provide advice and consultancy on best practice and liaise with both internal customers and external contacts.


Our Lawyers find practical solutions to complex legal problems and deal with high profile litigation. They advise colleagues in relation to highly sensitive investigative and operational matters and are involved with legal challenges covering the full range of MI5’s responsibilities.

Security Officers

Our Security Officers make a significant contribution to the protection of MI5 staff, visitors and estates. They are key in maintaining the security of our buildings, controlling and monitoring the access of staff, visitors and vehicles, and conducting necessary physical searches.

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Our Receptionists are the key first point of contact for all visitors who come into our buildings. Ensuring that all identification checks for visitors are carried out before making sure that they reach their hosts as quickly and smoothly as possible.

Business Support Officers

Our Business Support Officers provide vital administrative support. You could be working in a range of departments from finance to HR or in our legal team, fulfilling a range of important tasks including collating information, managing databases, research and producing reports.


We recruit a variety of Drivers. Our Mail Van Drivers are responsible for the secure transportation of mail and equipment for official purposes between various sites. Our Fleet Drivers transport cars, vans and other specialist vehicles of varying size between our offices or to outside agencies for maintenance. They also prepare vehicles for use and carry out routine maintenance checks.

Vetting Officers

Vetting Officers carry out extensive and thorough interviews with potential recruits and existing staff to explore everything about them before carefully making a decision about their suitability to hold the highest form of security clearance necessary for government positions, Developed Vetting (DV) status.


We employ Auditors at all levels to deliver risk-based audits across a number of business areas including operational, security, financial and organisational risks.

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The breadth of work and variety of roles means you’ll never be bored


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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