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Specialist roles at MI5

MI5 recruits specialists in all areas of our business, be it corporate (such as lawyers, or occupational psychologists), technology (such as solutions architects or help desk analysts) or languages. To keep the country safe, however, we also require a range of specialisms to work alongside our intelligence functions.

Whilst some of these roles require previous experience, other roles seek individuals from varied backgrounds, who have the ability to transfer their broader career and life experience to the challenge of keeping the country safe. For some of our niche roles such as speech technologists, you will need specialised experience and skills. For roles such as occupational psychologists, we look for professional qualifications. As many of our specialist roles are involved in supporting our intelligence function you will be immersed in a fast-paced and stimulating environment. And you can be certain that whatever role you undertake, your previous experience will be used in ways that you could never imagine.

Occupational Psychologists

Our Occupational Psychologists are involved in a wide range of activities that play an important role in ensuring we find and keep the right people. This includes clarifying role requirements, creating job descriptions, designing assessment centre materials, auditing and advising on internal selection processes and designing recruitment campaigns. They also advise, guide and train assessors, managers and the recruitment teams on areas such as fairness, consistency and best practice.

Physical Security Advisors

Our Physical Security Advisors deliver advice to organisations that comprise the Critical National Infrastructure (CNI) on physical security measures aimed at preventing and reducing the impact of malicious threats such as terrorism and espionage.

Speech Technologist

Our Speech Technicians identify, plan and conduct research on cutting-edge technology projects relating to speech processing and analysis. They work at the forefront of a fast-evolving field alongside our partners developing new capabilities to support the work of our audio analysis and investigations.

Behavioural Scientist

Our Behavioural Scientists offer specialist advice and support, conduct in-house research on threats to national security, work with researchers outside the organisation and with our international partners to identify and translate high quality research and train frontline intelligence officers in their core skills.

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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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