Finance

Finance at MI5

Our Finance function enables the delivery of our mission to keep the country safe and to ensure that public money is spent efficiently and effectively across MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.

Our team inform, shape and strengthen decision-making by maintaining and providing robust data and producing sound forecasting and reporting. We use our skills to enhance financial understanding across the intelligence agencies and to improve data analytics. And, being a trusted partner, we work closely with the business to identify risks, opportunities and choices.

This really is an exciting time to join us – our people are integral to our success and the work is fascinating, diverse and rewarding. We will actively invest time and effort in you by providing clear career progression and support throughout your Finance career with us.

Thank you for your interest in joining our Finance team!

Here, you can find out more about the team and opportunities for you to become part of it. Let’s start with some first-hand accounts of what it’s like to work in our Finance team:

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Rohan, Trainee Finance Officer
Hi, I’m Rohan. I am a Trainee Finance Officer.

I joined the organisation at 19. Previously, I worked at a building society and finished my A-Levels in the 6 months prior to joining. I was drawn to the organisation due to the generous holiday and flexible working, but mainly the ability to study towards my finance qualifications whilst gaining experience on the job. I work in the Financial Accounts team as a Trainee Finance Officer. My main role is to ensure month-end processes are executed smoothly and to assist in providing accurate information to contribute to the annual accounts. Additionally, I’m studying towards my AAT qualification and aim to be qualified in the next 18-24 months. I thoroughly enjoy the role I’m in as it’s fast paced and I have a considerable amount of support around me, meaning that I’m learning all the time!

Kai, Finance Officer
Hi, I’m Kai. I am a Finance Officer looking after finances for Estate Management.

After graduating at the start of the pandemic, I worked night shifts in a supermarket and then moved over to a private sector role focused around cyber insurance before applying for MI5. I applied because I wanted to be in an office environment where I could be exposed to different areas of the business, so I could learn and be proactive. This wasn’t happening in my previous job as I was working from home a lot. I like that the organisation is supporting me in gaining my AAT qualifications. MI5 is also highly considerate in regards to the time commitment involved in gaining these qualifications, by providing a generous amount of study days to focus on my revision.

Francesca, Portfolio Accountant
Hi, I’m Francesca. I am a Portfolio Accountant in the Financial Analysis team.

I have always wanted to work in an environment where I feel like I am making a difference and contributing to a better world. With many years experience of Finance in a variety of other organisations in the private sector, I was looking for a more fulfilling role with stability in an ever changing world. I was finally able to join the agency after many years of wanting to be part of this unique sector. My role involves working with other government agencies to provide governance and assurance on our finances. I am fortunate to work with a variety of people in a role that is involved in different projects all the time which makes it much more interesting than normal everyday finance I have experienced anywhere else.

Max, Finance Manager
Hi, I’m Max. I am a Finance Manager currently working in Strategic Finance.

I help the organisations obtain good spending settlements and then help ensure that those finances are well managed. I joined because the work sounded interesting and worthwhile. I have now worked here for over 30 years in a range of roles across our organisation in most mission areas. I joined straight from school and qualified as a chartered internal auditor whilst here, before moving into the Finance team. What I like most about working here is the simplicity of purpose – keeping people safe and furthering the UK’s interests at home and overseas – has not changed in my time working here. It is motivating, humbling and easy to buy into so all staff are aiming in the same direction.

Ayesha, Head of Resource Accounts
Hi, I’m Ayesha. I am Head of Resource Accounts.

I joined MI5 10 years ago after 5 years in the private sector. I joined because I wanted to get experience in the public sector to widen my skillset as well as do something that benefits others. The plan was to stay for 5 years... I liked it so much I stayed! I am currently Head of Resource Accounts, which is great because I get to use my technical knowledge from my studies and the role allows me to get involved in a breadth of subjects. What I like about the organisation is that over the last 10 years I have worked across multiple teams in Finance which has been amazing for developing my skills and knowledge, creating relationships and also helping me progress through the grades.

Current opportunities to become part of our team

We currently have no opportunities in Finance, but you can read below to get an idea of the roles.

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FAQs

Just like the rest of the organisation, we pride ourselves on our strong teamwork. In Finance, we know that we are able to deliver on the needs of the business so effectively because our work environment is friendly, supportive and respectful. 

Within Finance we have people with a wide range of skills and backgrounds; we are all connected by our motivation to do what is right and protect the UK.

You’ll learn your role through a mixture of on-the-job training from members of your team, and also through dedicated study time.

We encourage and support all staff in Finance to develop their careers. Working with your manager and others, you will be supported not only in learning your role, but also in making the most of your potential and the wide range of opportunities available in Finance. 

These opportunities include a generous study policy and financial support to help staff continuously grow their skills and achieve their career goals. 

With a lively community of working students, you’ll always have others to reach out to and help you through what you choose to explore, whether that’s AAT, ACCA, CIMA qualification or others.

We have many flexible working opportunities, including compressed and part time hours.

Due to the nature of our work, most of what we do can only be done from one of our offices. However, there may be opportunities to work from home depending on your role and team.

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.