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 and MCIPS. We are particularly interested in people with procurement experience in the following areas:


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Careers in Procurement FAQ’s

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

There is no requirement for a degree for this role.

We are looking for applicants with:

  • the ability to manage contracts
  • confidence to develop effective relationships with customers at all levels, suppliers, and industry to deliver on requirements
  • the ability to identify risks 
  • excellent customer service skills
  • the ability to manage finance and management information to support decision making and reporting
  • a positive approach for supporting change and improvement across teams
  • effective and impactful communication skills

You will already hold, or be willing to study towards, a professional Commercial qualification such as CIPS or other business equivalent.

Prior OJEU experience is not required to be successful for one of our roles.

We have opportunities across a range of roles, grades, and locations requiring different disciplines such as contract management, supply chain security and category management.

Working from home is possible for these roles – the expectation is that you will spend a minimum of 3 days per week in the office with some flexibility to work from home 1 to 2 days per week (however this will depend on business need and is therefore not guaranteed).

In addition to this, flexi-time is offered to help balance your personal and professional life in a way that suits you. Compressed hours may also be available.

The Commercial Function has Continuous Development of its workforce skills and experience at the heart of what it does. Whatever your current level of Commercial experience, the function will work with you to consider your own growth and development and help you identify the skills and experience you need to develop and progress professionally. 

There is a wealth of core and technical skills training available within the organisation and there is support and funding for the use of external training, where appropriate. The function supports and actively uses mentoring (and reverse mentoring). 

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.

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

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

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.

You can contact us by sending an email to [email protected]

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.