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Procurement that is out of the Ordinary

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.

They support operations and investigations by acquiring everything from professional services and emerging technologies, through to bespoke items for on-going research and development. Individual teams work closely with their customers - constantly thinking on their feet to formulate creative ideas in response to sensitive operational requirements. Following commercial best practice, the teams will build effective supplier relationships that aim to safeguard supply chain risk and drive good performance and value in often complex and challenging environments.


The Secret Intelligence Service, commonly known as MI6, is the foreign intelligence service of the government of the United Kingdom, tasked mainly with the covert overseas collection and analysis of human intelligence in support of the UK’s nation.

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The Government Communications Headquarters is an intelligence and security organisation. GCHQ intelligence helps prevent terrorism, crime and protects against cyber-attacks. We are responsible for providing signals intelligence and information assurance to the government and armed forces of the United Kingdom.

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What We're Looking for

Our roles will give you an opportunity to be part of a team who buy usual goods unusually, including cutting edge technology that helps keeps our country safe. Being part of something – working for us is unique, you’ll be part of something few experience. Whether you have previous procurement experience, or are completely new to this fascinating areas of work we have roles that can help you succeed in your career.

You are....

  • looking for a job that is different.
  • looking for a job that help make a difference to our national security.
  • highly motivated & relish responsibility.
  • able to work to deadlines and across a broad range of procurement projects.
  • able to build and develop meaningful and productive relationships with both customers and suppliers.

Work Environment


We’ll give you all the support you need – whether it’s training, mentoring or coaching. We also offer support towards a recognised qualification and you’ll be eligible to join the Civil Service pension scheme.

Work Life Balance


A good work-life balance is really important to us. We work up to 37 hours per week, but can offer flexible working patterns, where business needs allow. We also welcome applications for part-time working.



Professional development and careers progression is important to us. We can offer both in-house and academic training options to help you develop a career within the UK’s intelligence agencies.


Strategic Procurement Specialist
Location:Central London & Cheltenham
Salary:£69,496 - £88,120

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. 

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Senior Procurement Lead
Location:Central London & Cheltenham
Salary:£57,221 – £70,691

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.

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Procurement Manager
Location:Central London & Cheltenham
Salary:£35,641 – £42,136

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.

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Procurement Lead
Location:Central London & Cheltenham
Salary:£43,984 – £54,791

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 this role.

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Procurement Officer
Location:Central London & Cheltenham
Salary:£28,804 – £35,695

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.

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