W342 - Intelligence Analysts

Do you enjoy problem solving and complex challenges? Do you have an interest in technology? Are you attracted to a role that challenges the way you think? GCHQ are offering you the exciting opportunity to be an intelligence analyst in Manchester.

At GCHQ, we value your ability to learn and adapt to new challenges, we’ll invest in your skills and adapt to the way you like to learn. We’ll support and encourage you, helping you to become part of our world-class intelligence analysis team.

Analysis is at the heart of what GCHQ does, which means our analysts are at the very heart of our workforce. Our analysts work in a rapidly changing technological environment, solving problems on a daily basis, meaning no two days are the same.

Information comes from across the globe, in all kinds of formats, and you’ll be working with bespoke technology to piece this information together and analyse it to create a bigger picture. Working collaboratively in teams, you’ll process a large range of data to produce insightful and impactful reports for our partners and customers. These reports inform foreign policy, military operations, law enforcement activity, and national security. You’ll tackle a variety of challenging problems, sometimes involving high degrees of uncertainty.

Our flexible working policy ensures a healthy work-life balance. We also look to accommodate reduced hours or job share options balanced against business needs.

Our comprehensive Analysis Development Programme provides you with all the training you’ll need to begin your career alongside other aspiring intelligence analysts. It includes courses such as network security, encryption, and analytical thinking. You’ll be guided by knowledgeable tutors and supported by senior analysts every step of the way. The work placements will give you the very best start to your analytical career by working on real world problems from the outset with support from expert mentors and colleagues.
Responsibilities We want people from all backgrounds, with great analytical skills who enjoy being challenged and can make sense of complex information. Your background, life experience and culture could be critical to giving us that vital diversity of mindsets that we need protect the country. You’ll enjoy taking responsibility for your own work, collaborating with other analysts on both short and long-term projects.

Other skills and mindset desired:
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Good time management skills and ability to work under pressure
  • Pro-active and keen to learn
  • Interest in new technology

Our world is always changing and continually presents us with new analytical problems, and in order to give us the best possible chance of solving these, we need a broad range of minds, with people of all ages and experiences from across our society, who can see and understand things from different perspectives. We need people who look beyond the obvious and who think differently.

You’ll be comfortable with technology, but don’t worry if you don’t have a technical background as we’ll provide full training from the beginning. Some of our very best intelligence analysts joined us without technical knowledge, but came with a curiosity for technology, a passion for learning, and the ability to never give up on a problem.


  • Access to learning and development tailored to your role
  • A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options
  • A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service pension
  • Annual leave allowance, based on full-time working hours, of 25 days, plus 10.5 public and privilege days, which are set dates