At MI5 and MI6, we help protect the country and its interests from threats to national security at home and abroad. It means we work against everything from terrorism and espionage, to cyber threats and sabotage. It’s a complex task, which is why we need the right people to join us.
Vetting Officers hear the good, the bad, and everything in between. It’s about having insightful, confidential conversations with people to build a full picture of who they are. By doing so, you’re helping to keep the country safe.
In this vital role, you’ll put individuals at ease and encourage them to be open about personal, sensitive matters. These could include everything from family history, social life and relationships to financial affairs and internet behaviour. So, it takes both diplomacy and discretion, using your emotional intelligence to find honest answers. That’s why you’ll instil trust and support to discover their unedited life stories.
Empathetic yet assertive, you’ll build rapport and have an innate sense for the truth. You’ll know when to dig a little deeper, with the ability to spot inaccuracies or inconsistencies. But no matter what you hear, you’ll remain professional and unbiased. Ultimately, once you’ve collated all the details you need – you’ll summarise your analysis and recommend whether someone should hold Developed Vetting (DV) security clearance.
This is a highly complex role that will stretch your extensive people and communication skills to the full. You will need a genuine interest in others and relevant experience of working with people. Most importantly though, you will be an excellent listener with the focus to assess the significance of what you hear. You will also be able to convey your recommendations succinctly and clearly in your written reports.
In return, you’ll have a rewarding, varied and fulfilling job as part of a team who play a vital part in keeping the country safe.
For more information and to apply, please use the link provided below.
To apply you must be a born or naturalised British citizen. You should not discuss your application, other than with your partner or a close family member, providing that they are British. They should also be made aware of the importance of discretion.