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Procurement That Is Out Of The Ordinary

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This is Procurement. But not always as you know it. This is where you put your skills to the test. This is the core of our operations. From Thames House to Vauxhall to Cheltenham, and beyond. Here, what you’ll buy won’t always be ordinary. But even the ordinary could be used in a unique way. Across Technology, Estates, Supply Chain, specialist teams and more. You’ll give us the edge. New products. Unique requirements. It’s complex. It’s challenging. It’s flexible. It’s the tools we need to protect our nation from harm. Be smart. Be innovative. Influence and improve. This is where we work together to do something meaningful. This is where you take your career to the next level. This is the career package of a lifetime. Always with one mission at heart. To keep the country safe. This is Procurement at MI5, MI6 and GCHQ.

MI5, MI6 and GCHQ (the UK intelligence agencies) work to protect the UK from threats to national security. Operating within an established legal framework they gather, interpret and respond to intelligence to combat a wide range of threats, including terrorism, espionage and cyber-attacks. Our highly capable, innovative and agile procurement team is crucial to enable the agencies to acquire the tools they need to carry out this important work. This is an exciting time to join us. Our procurement team’s work is fascinating, diverse and rewarding, and our teams help to shape the future by providing a service that is vital to support the nation’s security.

Procurement Opportunities

We’ll support you through your professional qualifications studies and encourage completion of CIPS + MCIPS. In particular we are very interested in people with procurement experience in the following areas:

The Procurement Hub

This is our frontline for requests. It is a focal point for requirements and queries, establishing new contracts and utilising existing frameworks.

Professional Services

Purchasing the skills and experience from the best in the business. We buy customised expertise and knowledge-based services across a variety of professional areas.

Information Technology

Technology Infrastructure supports and underpins critical activities and a wide range of other diverse customer requirements across the agencies and its partner organisations. Technology Applications supports the organisations in every aspect of what we deliver. We work with cutting-edge technologists to deliver ground breaking solutions to our most complex of problems.

Supply Chain Security

We work with commercial, security, operation as well as our suppliers and customers to protect what we care about most – our National Security.


Provides the business with both a contract management service and a sourcing function, for bespoke construction and service requirements working across the intelligence communities.

Procurement Support

In order for our commercial teams to be at the cutting edge of procurement technology and deals, we need a range of supporting roles with business experience and acumen.

Current Opportunities

We do not have any current vacancies at this time, however we are always keen to hear from Procurement professionals. If you are interested in any future opportunities with us, please complete a very short form on our Talent Bank.

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  • Strategic Procurement Specialist
  • Senior Procurement Lead
  • Procurement Manager
  • Procurement Lead
  • Procurement Officer
Strategic Procurement Specialist
Location: Central London & Cheltenham
Salary: £69,013 - £90,457

We are looking for a Strategic Procurement Specialist who will be influential in taking our Commercial function to its next level. In delivering an agency-wide commercial strategy, you will contribute to the development of an effective approach to procurement which is financially viable and maintains the reputation of the procurement service as a highly professional and enabling support service.

Within this leadership role, you will have ownership for a diverse and challenging portfolio of major procurement projects across a range of services to areas such as frontline operations, IT, HR, and Estates.

Regular UK travel is required for the role.

Senior Procurement Lead
Location: Central London & Cheltenham
Salary: £58,319 - £72,486

We are looking for a Senior Procurement Lead to spearhead a procurement and contracting team at a time of rapid development and organisational change. You will lead and shape key projects and business change initiatives across the commercial function, translating business goals into prioritised and focused requirements for your team to deliver.

This is a unique opportunity to lead team delivery, in a challenging environment, of a diverse and challenging portfolio of major procurement projects across a range of services to areas such as frontline operations, IT, HR and Estates. Regular UK travel is required for the role.

Procurement Manager
Location: Central London & Cheltenham
Salary: £35,736 - £43,186

We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic Procurement Managers to join our diverse procurement team.

As a Procurement Manager, you will support the Procurement Lead by managing a small commercial team and actively seek to build their capability and enhance the team’s impact; through continuous development of working practices and approaches.

Engaging with customers at all levels, from project managers up to director level, you will provide a responsive, timely, efficient, sustainable and professional procurement service in line with commercial policy. You will work closely with our customers in highly sensitive operational areas, supporting them through the delivery of goods and services. In line with our customer requirements, you will ensure timely delivery of procurement projects against the departmental work plan.

Procurement Lead
Location: Central London & Cheltenham
Salary: £45,341 - £56,163

We are looking for Procurement Leads who will relish the opportunity to have accountability for leading challenging procurement projects in a major category area, such as frontline operations, IT, HR and Estates.

As a Procurement Lead, you will work closely with and support the Senior Procurement Lead and have responsibility for managing an existing portfolio of contract and framework agreements; ensuring the timely delivery of procurement projects in-line with customer requirements.

You will ensure to apply best practice procurement principles when working closely with our customers in highly sensitive operational areas and support them through the delivery of goods and services. There is also a requirement for the Procurement Lead to resolve contractual issues in collaboration with experts when necessary

Regular UK travel is required for the role.

Procurement Officer
Location: Central London & Cheltenham
Salary: £29,577 - £36,611

We are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic Procurement Officers, who will gain exposure to the world of an interesting and dynamic procurement team. Having a direct impact on operational activity, the procurement team lets and manages contracts and procures goods, services and works.

As a Procurement Officer, you will work in a professional procurement team where you will support the Procurement Manager in the timely delivery of a number of procurement projects. Through this delivery work, you will have the opportunity to develop your own procurement and supply chain skills, and promote knowledge and resource sharing with other team members in developing skills and ideas.

Working with Procurement professionals and suppliers, you will support the reviewing of contract performance and delivery to ensure requirements and Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) are met.

Careers in Procurement FAQ’s

We hope the information below will encourage you to apply with confidence for open position with MI5 Procurement

What if I have a criminal conviction?

A criminal record would not necessarily preclude an applicant from gaining a job here. Each case is considered on an individual basis and all relevant convictions are taken into account.

Will you contact my employer for a reference?

We will need to contact your current employer at an appropriate stage during the process and we will seek your permission to contact them. You will be asked to provide details of past employers.

Will I have to provide personal documents?

You will have to provide a range of documents during the process. Examples, but not an exhaustive list, include:

  1. Current and expired passports
  2. Photo card and paper counterpart of your driving licence, if held
  3. Recent statements for bank, building society, credit card and store card accounts



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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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